Last Monday, I was typing away on my computer at work, nothing different from any other day at the office or from any other day in the world. And then my phone rang. And then I clocked out. And I drove across town and tried to find parking at the hospital. And as I was stepping off the elevator: my nephew had come to meet the world! He was born on April 7th, a wonderful day; full of sunshine, ancitipation in both our families. When I looked at my tiny nephew in his hospital-tight swaddle, I didn’t think my heart could beat so strongly.
The love I have for that sweet face enters my thoughts often. And my little sister transformed into a mother with grace and beauty. She’s incredibly strong, so capable and brave.
So many new starts!
A spring-time baby nephew.
My sister as a parent.
Color returns to our world, blooming trees and growing leaves.
I’m totally blogging outside on my deck right now because the sun has been out.
My mom has a batch of just-hatched chicks chirping under their heat lamp.
Asparagus is here (not as exciting as my nephew, I KNOW, but still so fantastic!).
I have a little riff on rice crispy treats here — these are like the first family-friendly recipe ever on my blog! But actually I have fun making them myself. And eating them. I love rice crispy treats and I think swapping the puffed rice cereal for chow mein noodles is adorable and delicious.
These crunchy nest treats can be topped with jelly bean eggs, Cadburys, robin’s eggs or whatever your favorite is this time of year. The steps: melting, stirring, and shaping. No-bake treats are always a win in my opinion! Chow mein noodles are crunchy and neutral-flavored, perfect for taking on this chocolate/peanut butter application. Though I think you could swap them for pretzel sticks in a heartbeat.
I keep thinking about what my nephew will be like as he grows. What will he look like? Is he going to play ball like his dad? Will he like spending time with me? Will he eat kim chi. Will he know how much I love him.
My heart is so full, it’s hard to explain.
I hope Easter brings wonderful new beginnings to you and your family, too! Enjoy!
Chocolate-peanut butter Easter egg nestsyields about 2 dozen small treats
- 12 oz ( 1 bag) chocolate chips
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 10 oz crispy chow mein noodles
- candied eggs for topping
Melt chocolate, mallows and PB together in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Mix in chow mein noodles and drop spoonfuls on to wax paper, making an indent in centers. (If the batter gets tacky or seizes up, rewarming it in the microwave will help until all nests have been formed.) Press candy eggs into nests immediately to set. Allow to cool for one hour (fridge speeds it up if you can’t wait) or until firm. Cheers!