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To me, summer is all about lazy days in the sun and spending lots of time with family and friends. We seem to always have company around or passing through town and it is a good idea (and much less stressful) if we keep our kitchen clean and prepared for guests. That means making it sparkle, decorating for the season and always having some sort of baked treat – like one of my favorites, S’mores Rice Crisps!
How to prepare your kitchen for summer guests:
-Change out your regular kitchen towels for decorative summer towels.
-Keep your kitchen clean at all times. My favorite discovery this past week was the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths at Target in the kitchen tools section! I saw these adorable two packs and the fun colors (coral, mint, navy and gray) and had to try them! I have been so impressed with how well they clean and scrub without scratching my dishes. They give you both the wiping and drying function of a dish cloth. I also love that you can wash and reuse them while they remain good and sturdy! These dish cloths are made with premium textured fiber with scrubbing dots technology originating from their stay clean sponges. They are so worth the $4.99 I spent on them! While there are no current Cartwheel deals on Scotch-Brite, offers do frequently pop up, so check your app often!
-Change out your soap for season-friendly decorative soap. Whether it is placing a bar of soap on a summer inspired dish or finding a bright and cheerful soap dispenser, this one detail can really brighten a room. Plus, it’s practical.
-Put a summer table runner on your table to dress it up for the season. I found this one at Target and it was so perfect for adding color to my white table.
Have a Sweet Treat waiting for your guests when they arrive. I have learned from my grandmother that it is important to always have something baked or a sweet treat around for your guests. I never go to her house without there being something waiting on me, and I’ve always thought it was so warm and welcoming to have a treat waiting for your guests.
S’mores Rice Crisps:
S’mores Rice Crisps
- 7 cups rice cereal
- 16 oz. bag marshmallows (one cup set aside)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (set aside)
- 1/2 cup butter
- Place butter and marshmallows in a mixing bowl (leaving one cup set aside for later). Heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals - stirring in between until completely melted. You can also do this in a sauce pan if you prefer. Once melted, pour the rice cereal into the bowl and mix it all together. Let it cool for 10 minutes and then add in your chocolate chips and the rest of your marshmallows. Stir it up then spread and pack it in a pan or baker and let them cool for at least 30 minutes before eating.
Last weekend, we had lots of family in town and I made S’mores Rice Crisps! They were a huge hit, so much that they were mostly eaten by my family before our guests even arrived! I think I have a little hit on my hands! The only negative about making these is that they leave my pans and mixing bowls so sticky. This time, that was not a problem because I had my “supercharged” Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths! They worked like magic on my dishes and the scrubbing power made the clean up so easy! They are handy because I can clean pretty much everything in my kitchen with these gems, and no longer use my nail or a knife to get the most stubborn stuck on spots.
Check out more great recipes and cleaning solutions here!
These look delicious! Definitely pinning for later!
Michelle from Honest & Truly! says
Yum! I love s’mores and any excuse to eat them. These look fantatsic! #client
Wendy Polisi says
I have to try this for my kids. They look so amazing and I’m pretty sure they would all be ecstatic. Thanks so much for sharing.
Nikki Stevens says
These are great. I like that the cloths are washable and sturdy. I’ve been trying to get myself away from using sponges, since they hang on to so much bacteria. I also love the idea of having a sweet treat ready for your guests. I bet that makes you the kind of hostess that family just love to come see!
Rachel Zampanti Langer says
What a treat twist on a classic treat! My boys would love these. That marshmallow mess sure is yucky – I will need to give these cloths a try!
Debra Hawkins says
These sound absolutely delicious! What a fun take on a favorite family treat!
Toni Williams says
Thank you for offering cleaning solutions with your recipes. I need the scrubbing cloths yesterday! With my kids home all summer they have been experimenting in the kitchen and it has been hard maintaining the kitchen.
Positively Stacey says
I love my new Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths! They really make clean up easier. S’mores rice treats look yummy, too!
Tabitha Shakespeare says
I love making rice crisps! They are so easy to make and always a hit! Those little towels are the cutest thing and so functional! LOVE!
Danity Donnaly says
I’m going to have to try this with the kiddos. They would love this treat! Amber N
Paula Jenkins says
These s’mores treats look really tasty, and what a clever way to have all the yummy taste of s’mores without the fire and cleanup.
Laura Londergan says
well YUM! This sounds like one amazing recipe that I will have to try. Love me some s’mores and marshmallows are a fave of mine so I am all set! lol
Michelle Mink says
oh i love any dessert with s’mores. this is so tasty!
Samantha @ SammyApproves.com says
My kids would love these! I’ll have to save your recipe for later. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!
Helen Fern says
My husband will love these! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!
Yum! Thanks for linking up to the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesday I look forward to seeing what you create next week.
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
You can never go wring with s’mores and your version looks really delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
Yummy s’mores and cute scotch cleaning cloths.Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared
The s’mores look so tasty! I think ill have to make them with my nephews soon!
Beverly Roderick says
I love this s’mores recipe. It’s great to find a unique recipe like this! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.
My mouth is watering! These look so yummy 😀
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Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Mmmmm! Looks scrumptious! My girls would love these. A quick clean up is always a bonus 😉
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely weekend.