1st Day of School – Recipe: Almond Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Today was the first day of school, and it went great.  Gabriel is at the age where the excitement to see his friends out-weighed the nervousness about plunging into a new grade.  Of course, it helped when his teacher sweetly whispered to him, “Gabriel, are you nervous?”  He gave her a cute, small smile, and said, “A little.”  And, she said, “Me, too.”  I love that his 3rd grade teacher already understands some of the things that make my oldest boy so incredibly sensitive, sweet, and kind.


Ethan is beginning to really understand everything that goes into a school day, a school year, I believe.  He woke up very well, ate a good breakfast, and was excited to go to school.  He happily took his teacher a little present and quickly put away his things (with my help) and found his seat.  He immediately found a book and was happily “reading” it when we left.  I could tell that he was more nervous than excited, but, that is a very good thing.  I believe that he understands that a lot goes into the school year, that it is not just all fun and games anymore.  That is age appropriate and a huge step for my sweet youngest boy.  We are extremely lucky because his teacher already understands all that goes into making Ethan amazing, sweet, and awesome because she has known him for two years now.  And, Ethan has friends in his class who adore him.  To them, there is not a true communication barrier.  They just love him for who he is…because the heart of who Ethan is makes him a very special boy.


I need to thank all of the people who stopped me at school today, have emailed me, or who have sent me texts to comment on my blog.  You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me.  When I decided to start the blog, I was apprehensive to even send it out to family, but I grew more comfortable as I started receiving such positive feedback from them.  And, then I decided that I wanted to share it with whomever was willing to read it.  If I can encourage someone who needs to read something positive, help someone who is forced to change her family’s diet, or comfort someone who is struggling, then that makes me very happy.  I have always said that I want our life, our journey, our experiences to have a positive impact on more than just our family.  I really had to decide how much of our life I wanted to share.  I want people to know and understand that being different can be good, very good.  And, I definitely wanted to help people who belive that having diet restrictions has to be a bad thing.  So, I decided that sharing our story would be, could be, a very good thing.


Please know that what I share is just a small portion of our lives.  Of course, we do not celebrate something every day….but I do try to find something good and encouraging about every day.  And, it is in those small moments that we often look back and realize that sometimes the greatest life lessons were turned into incredible memories.  So, thank you for reading and for giving me such positive, encouraging feedback.  Some people have asked if they can share the blog with other people.  Of course!  If I can make someone else smile because of our story, then that is definitely a reason to celebrate!

I decided to make a fun little 1st day of school dinner – sloppy joes, French fries, cut up vegetables with homemade ranch, and cashew butter rice crispy treats.  In my mind, the sloppy joes were to “not be sloppy and always do your best work”, but I had not verbalized that to anyone yet.  Gabriel was quite excited about the rice crispy treats.  So, I asked him, “Do you know why I made them?”  He said, “No.”  And, I responded, “You are a real treat, and I missed you today.”  He just gave me his crooked smile and laughed.  So, even though I mentioned last week that my littles do not know that I am crazy just yet, I think that I am wrong.  Third grade might be the magical year that they realize that momma is a little different herself.  But, different is good.  Right?  Needless to say, I did not even go over my dinner theme with the family.  Sometimes it is best that I just know the reason for the celebration without sharing the themes that I create in my head.  🙂

Recipe: Almond Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Adapted from Original Rice Crispy Treats

Almond Butter Rice Krispies Treats


2 tablespoons this shortening

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 10 oz package of marshmallows

5 cups of rice crispy cereal (gluten free)


  1. Melt shortening in pan over low heat.
  2. Add the almond butter until it is melted, and then add the vanilla.
  3. Stir in the marshmallows. When they are melted, remove from heat.
  4. Add the cereal and mix.
  5. Press the mixture into a 9x13 inch pan. I sprayed the pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking. And, then I spray a little on my hands when I am pressing the mixture into the pan to help pat it down without it sticking to my fingers.
  6. Let cool until the mixture sets, and then serve.

This little dessert was quite a treat….because I really did miss my boys today!

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3 Responses to 1st Day of School – Recipe: Almond Butter Rice Krispies Treats

  1. Cherry Williams says:

    Want to say again how much I enjoy your blog. I always check it first—even before FB and other emails. I am thinking my grandkids and I need to make these rice krispie things because they sound fabulous. You are a little wonder woman and I am so proud of you and all you do for your precious family. Thank you for posting the pix of your Ma and Pa. Love and Kisses.

    • Natalie says:

      You are so incredibly sweet. It means so much to me that friends, both old and new are reading my blogging. When I write, it is just my whole heart that I put into it. And, I am actually glad that people are reading my heart and seeing how much I love my children, my family. Nonna and Gran were here for the special day to help me out with Summer, so I had to capture them in the blog. 🙂

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