A few of my friends have done some pretty awesome favors for me recently (you'll find out soon enough what they are), and today I decided to do something to show them my gratitude.
Remember this awesome old lady from The Wedding Singer who paid Adam Sandler with meatballs for her piano lessons? Well, I decided to take a cue from her, except today I made Puppy Chow. Everyone I know loves Puppy Chow (except my bf, that is), and there aren't many ingredients, so I thought it was the perfect wallet-friendly gift.
Mmm...PB+chocolate=perfection. First, take 1/2 cup PB, 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 butter and melt them together in the microwave for one minute. Then, add one tsp of vanilla extract and stir well.
Pour mixture over 9 cups of Life or Crispix cereal. Next, put everything into a plastic bag and pour 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar inside. Shake shake shake until the cereal is full coated.
Add M&Ms, and there you have it! It's not the prettiest looking snack in the world (hence the name Puppy Chow), but it's quite addictive! The bonus is that I have leftover cereal and PB—two things I could always use more of. On the downside, I now have chocolate chips and M&Ms hanging out in my freezer, and it's going to be hard to resist them! I of course snuck several bites throughout the day, but I didn't overdo it TOO much. Tonight I'm planning a light chicken and black beans meal for dinner with cup of green tea to balance out my splurge.
I'm now second-guessing my gift. Should I have gone with something a little more refined? And less messy? Plus, by the time the recipients actually get the PC, it might look gnarly and crumbled. Ahhh.
What little ways do you show your friends appreciation? With meatballs? Puppy Chow? A home-cooked meal, perhaps?