Happy Sock Day

On this day in 2001, you surprised me by declaring your love. I surprised you by spending the day building my first website for you. Proving I could do it all by myself. (ok–that and sending a million emails that you didn’t get because back in the day there was no mail on cell phones and driving Food Julia crazy)

Today you surprised me again, with a movie and dinner outing. Not only that–you drank cocktails! 2. A first in these many years. It was a special, extravagant movie outing–not run of the mill.

And as I type this–I realize that in these years you’ve made it so I don’t have to prove I don’t need any help and that I spend more time declaring my love.

Happy strange perfect anniversary my love. Happy sock day.

My Secret Foodie Life

Mama is out of town. I am sure she thinks that Denise and I are eating out at ALL THE PLACES we never take her to while she is gone. Mama will be out of town until May 1. She’s been gone since March 24. Sum total of eating out: I think we drove through McDonalds once. We ordered pizza/pasta in for the kids last night but we do that when they are here on Thursday nights anyway and they won’t be here this Thursday.

So I am cooking up a storm, right? No. Tonight I am having–soggy cereal. I mixed up three kinds for variety because I have had cereal night several times. Denise will be eating leftover pizza. Other fab meals have included microwaved veggie burgers and egg sandwiches. Instant mashed potatoes. No meals at all.

Yes, we live it up while she’s gone.

How to Make Rice Krispies Treats

Real Rice Krispies TreatI’ve been informed that our history is being lost through adulteration of Rice Krispies treats. I find this a shame because I LOVE homemade (and homemade only) Rice Krispies Treats. Unfortunately, I tend to make a mess of it and I really only want one. I would love to figure out a “rice Krispies treat in a mug recipe.” Maybe I will play with that idea.

Anyhow, before the original recipe gets lost to time–here you go. How to Make REAL Rice Krispies Treats

How to Make Rice Krispies Treats


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the Kellogg's Rice Krispies-coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture
  3. Butter a 9 x13 pan REALLY well. Seriously. Butter well. Don't use spray. Use softened butter or margarine. This is what makes them so good.
  4. Butter a spatula or large spoon. Spread Rice Krispies Marshmallow mixture in 9 x13 pan. Smash them evenly in the pan.
  5. Cut into squares (using buttered knife) when they cool.
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The Idyll-A Revelation

When I started talking about The Idyll, I thought it was for me. I thought it was the dream forever home for me. I had an inkling it wasn’t but it wasn’t until people commented on our rescuing of dogs and prairie dogs that it sort of got more purpose. But still there I was in the thick of it.

Then it hit me over the weekend. The Idyll isn’t about me or for me. Not at all. Ok, so it is in the sense that it has all of my grand plan and love of learning all over it. But, instead it is a place–still either real or not so real–for people who need to find a way, escape from where they are and bloom, to have the time and space to be themselves and to heal.

It has become a sort of college that isn’t a college. A place to learn a trade or find one within. Or just the hobby someone needs to keep them from losing their thread here on earth. Sure, the writers will still have their places to have a place to finish their books. But instead of being a sort of BlogHer village, it will be a protected college of real life. A place to think or not think. A place free of the apocalypse outside the gates. The Idyll will welcome the abused, the rejected, the rescues and the strays. The Kinderhaus school will teach their young to love to learn again.  It will call the people and nurture them and let them go when they are ready. Or provide them a permanent home and they can mentor others.

I will talk more of the infrastructure…but for now…know that there is more to the it than just a playground for my dreams.