Last week, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere posted the cutest rice krispie treats ever (above) and I immediately wanted to make them. Turns out, I had already saved the Smitten Kitchen recipe she used in my ever-growing recipe bookmark list. The fact that this all happened as I was coming up on a weekend-long babysitting fest was a sign from my sweet tooth. These had to be made. And man am I glad I made that decision! They were SO delicious! The browned butter and the sea salt took the recipe over the top. On my way home from babysitting, I stopped at the grocery store and got enough ingredients to make 2 more batches. That’s how good they were.
In other greedy news, I realized that it’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans and I’m missing it all! Thankfully, my favorite Nola bakery, Sucré, MAILS their award-winning King Cakes! What?! I immediately ordered two; one for me (and my family, of course) and one for my friend’s birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with Louisiana-Style King Cake, it’s a festive cake that tastes like a croissant and a cinnamon roll mixed together and is topped with sugar/glitter icing. Each cake comes with a little plastic baby, which traditionally represents baby Jesus, and whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake is the King of the party (or, according to one of my favorite Nola natives, has to throw the next Mardi Gras party).
I might be missing the parades and the amazing parties, but I brought the best part of the season home with me. Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21st and I would highly recommend hosting a party and serving thick, warm slices of Sucré’s King Cake. You will surely be voted Hostess of the Year.