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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cereal Peanut Clusters & Broken Pipes

Wouldn't you know, just as we get one thing fixed in our house, another thing goes wrong. Is that what happens to everyone, or just us? We had our new air conditioner installed this week, only to discover a pipe froze over the winter in our crawl space and then broke...sending a "Niagara Falls" effect under our house. Ugh.

I simply thought our washer was leaking. Boy was I wrong. Luckily, we have an incredible friend, who also happens to be an incredible handyman. Him and his wife came over last night and he fixed it. I'm not even going to tell you how bad I felt that he had to spend most of the night under our house in the crawl space....wet...cold...muddy...all of the above.

So we treated them to pizza and a throw together dessert I made earlier in the day. Taking some advice from Kristen, over at Change of Pace, I went simple with this treat. Really you could throw just about anything in this cluster - different kinds of nuts, dried fruit, cereal. You know those bottom bits of crushed cereal you always have at the bottom of the bag? Those would be perfect.

Cereal Peanut Clusters
1 c. salted peanuts
1 c. shredded wheat
1 c. marshmallows
1 bag peanut butter/chocolate chips
1 T. canola oil

Place peanuts and cereal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or glass, just until the bigger pieces are broken up. In a saucepan on low, melt the marshmallows, peanut butter/chocolate chips and oil. Continue stirring until all chocolate has melted, but you can still see the marshmallows (they won't melt all the way). Stir in peanut/cereal mix and coat with the chocolate.
With a spoon, scoop out spoonfuls and lay on waxed paper or foil. When finished lay paper on a baking sheet and stick in the freezer so the chocolate will harden. Store in tupperware in the fridge or freezer to keep.

There is one problem with these clusters. You can't just eat one. Major problem.

Lastly, thanks for all the recipe ideas on Thursday's post, What's for Dinner at Your House? I've browsed over a few of the recipes, but plan to go through all of them this weekend. If you missed that post, or have any other ideas, feel free to attach your link!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Oh, that stinks about your pipes! Lucky that your friend was able to fix it. These treats look great...and I love how they are so simple.

  2. those look to die for! love your blog btw :)

  3. When it rains it pours I'm afraid. So sorry for your setbacks, Ally. Thank goodness you had kind friends to help you along.

    Nothing like an classic old friend like these clusters to bring everyone together.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  4. I hate when I've got house repairs! Kills me to spend money on that stuff. These clusters sound really good. My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. I hate when I've got house repairs! Kills me to spend money on that stuff. These clusters sound really good. My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing them.