July 25, 2010
Well, another week has come to an end and summer is just sailing by. We are approaching the end of July and I can hardly believe it. I have enjoyed this summer tremendously. Our winter was very long and cold with a lot of snow, so summer was well received in our neck of the woods! I love listening to the cicadas, smelling freshly cut grass, watching the tomatoes grow, seeing fireflies light up the dusky, damp evening sky, and feeling the warmth of the driveway on my bare feet.
I also love a good summer evening picnic with friends and relatives. My son and I went to a picnic last evening at my good friend Becky's. I swear, the food at summertime picnics is the best..so delicious and refreshing. I am always in awe of the clever and different recipes that show up at these events. I find myself taking a tablespoon sampling of each one, even if I am not sure if I will like it, because it always turns out that I love it!
Her and her husband were having a lamb roast and I was so excited to go as I have never been to a lamb roast before. I was so ready to sink my teeth into the lamb that had been roasting on a spit for 6 hours carefully tended to by the master roaster Robbie (my friend's husband). The lamb was so delicious. I was so pleasantly surprised by the taste.
The seasoning was perfect, nice and salty and flavorful. The fat from the lamb and the garlic cloves, salt and pepper made for a moist and juicy piece of meat. I hear they are planning a pig roast in the fall, and guess what...I'll be there! I now want to host a lamb roast at my house. First I need to find out how and where to buy a lamb. They bought theirs at the 4-H auction at the yearly Hookstown fair. I am so jealous, I want to do that too! Well, whatever way I come by a lamb, I am having a roast, and I am pretty excited about it. My family and my husband's family have never had a lamb roast, and I've been married into this family for 18 years now, so I think it is high time to change things up a bit!! Besides the lamb, there was enough food to feed a king and his army: buttered noodles with mushrooms, cheesy potato casserole, broccoli rice casserole, tabbouleh, creamy cucumber salad, loaded potato salad, watermelon, fruit salad, fruit pizza, rigatoni, baked beans and hot dogs, blueberry cobbler, pound cake berry trifle, chocolate zucchini cake, and so on. I chose to bring a dessert and made a recipe I found on the blog Picky Palette. Here is the link. picky-palate I slightly altered the recipe according to what I already had in my pantry, but it is really almost identical.
It is called Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Layered Krispie Treats. Oh my it was delicious and oh so easy to make! The topping was to die for as I love, love, love, chocolate and peanut butter combined! If you would like to give it a whirl, here is the recipe!
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP LAYERED KRISPIE TREATS
6 C. RICE KRISPIES CEREAL
1 BAG MINI MARSHMALLOWS
1/4 CUP MARGARINE OR BUTTER
2 C. CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
1 PACKAGE MINI REESE'S PEANUT CUPS, QUARTERED
1 HERSHEY BAR, BROKEN AND MELTED
1/2 TSP. CRISCO
MEASURE RICE KRISPIES IN A BOWL. PUT MARGARINE AND MARSHMALLOWS IN LARGE MICROWAVABLE BOWL AND COOK FOR 3 MINUTES, ONE MINUTE AT A TIME UNTIL MELTY AND PUFFY. DUMP MARSHMALLOW MIXTURE INTO CEREAL AND STIR TO COAT EVENLY. DUMP INTO GREASED 13 X 9 PAN. PUSH DOWN INTO PAN GETTING INTO CORNERS AND MAKING IT LEVEL. MELT 2 CUPS PEANUT BUTTER IN MICROWAVE FOR 1 MINUTE. FOLD QUARTERED PEANUT BUTTER CUPS GENTLY INTO PEANUT BUTTER. POUR EVENLY OVER RICE KRISPIE TREATS AND SMOOTH OUT WITH RUBBER SPATULA. MELT HERSHEY BAR WITH 1/2 TSP. CRISCO IN MICROWAVE. MIX WELL. DRIZZLE MELTED CHOCOLATE ALL OVER TOP OF PEANUT BUTTER TOPPING. CHILL IN FRIDGE AND CUT INTO SQUARES.
P.S. Here was the final scene at my friend's house.
The beautiful silvery moon rising above the corn field illuminating the countryside.
Ah, yes...how I love the countryside. I am completely at home here.