At least once a week, my girls and I visit my husband’s grandma who has reached that point where she can’t leave her house and gets rather depressed. her mind is fine, but her body is failing. I want my girls to be able to understand that caring for someone is more than cleaning or just sitting. It is realizing what they need. When we talked about it, we decided Grandma misses being in charge of anything. People take care of her and visit, but she is losing the ability to make decisions and plan out what to do in situations. One of her favorite things to do was cook, but it is hard to lift or handle hot things. So we found one of her old recipes that she could handle and had her help the girls make it. I haven’t seen her this happy in a while.
Porcupines– Think Rice Crispy Treat wrapped around the marshmallow instead of mixed with it.
I have her recipe card which has her handwriting on it and the woman she got the recipe from. I love that she has the box still with all of that delicious history and labors of love. A grandmother’s recipe box is a treasure chest of memories and tastes of childhood and culture.
Add everything but the Mallows and Crispies:
Melt in microwave and stir well.
Use a fork to roll a marshmallow in caramel.
Roll in Rice Crispies and place on waxed paper to cool.
It made for a fun memory for the kids and Great-Grandma. She perked up and was able to go through a recipe guiding the girls. No oven needed, no stress and the mess was easily handled.
Oh, and they are fantastic… and addictive.
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