We farewelled a dear friend last week. Mr Williams has been one of my biggest supporters for thirty years and I felt his loss keenly.
His passing also reminded me of my own mortality. It made me conscious that the memories we are making will sustain us in sickness and sadness.
So on Thursday when I had to choose between homework and letting the kids roast marshmallows on the bonfire; you know which one I chose.
I even broke out the graham crackers that a reader (Hello Julie! Thanks again!) picked up for me in the States. The girls had their own little fire to tend and cook on.
Dinner be damned!
While I was feeling emotional, I wasn't completely out of my tree. So I let the kids have half a dozen marshmallows each - then I put the packet away.
Now if you have kids you'll know that they'll forget where they put their school shoes, they'll forget to pack their lunch, they'll forget to brush their teeth, they'll forget to apply sunscreen but they will never forget an open packet of marshmallows.
By Sunday, they'd worn me down and I suggested we make rice krispie treats together.
homemade LCM bars (rice krispie treats)
Yield 24 bars
If there's a packet of marshmallows burning a hole in your pantry, melt them and thrill the kids with homemade LCM bars (rice krispie treats).
6 cups rice bubbles
Add the butter and marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for three minutes. Stir.
If any of the marshmallows aren't yet melted, return to the microwave for another thirty seconds.
When the mixture is smooth, add the rice bubbles and stir until evenly coated.
Press into a lined baking tray and allow to cool.
Cut into bars.
Let's face it. This is not a health food.
I suggest making these the same day that you're entertaining - and share the calorific love.
They don't keep well, so they're best consumed within a couple days of making.
Then we packed up the lot and took them to a birthday party, where Mummy swerved the homemade LCMs for a better investment of her calories!
how was your weekend?