Cheerio Marshmallow Bars

Have you ever accidentally bought your kid PLAIN cheerios when they are on a steady diet of the Honey Nut kind? Well let me tell you what happens… toddlers toss those little oat rings right on the floor and demand the sweet goodness they deserve. Since I’m not one to waste food, I turned them into a tasty treat, using an updated version of everyone’s favorite cereal bar recipe. Score 1 for Mom.


3 tbsp. unsalted butter
10 ½ oz. bag mini marshmallows
5 cups plain Cheerios
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter chips

Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter for 30 seconds at a time until fully melted. Add bag of mini marshmallows to melted butter and microwave on high for 1 minute. Mix butter and marshmallows together with a rubber spatula (marshmallows should be fully melted and smooth). Fold Cheerios into marshmallow mixture until combined. Allow to cool for 30 seconds, then add chocolate and peanut butter chips. Using spatula, press mixture into lined baking dish. Cut into squares when cool. Enjoy!

Confidencial Reserva Tinto 2014

Confidencial Reserva Tinto 2014
Portugal – Lisboa
13.5% ABV
My Rating: 88 points

In the past 2 years, Costco has been carrying more and more Portuguese wines, most of which are both budget and food friendly. Confidencial is bold enough to pair with most meat dishes, but really shines with roasted chicken or pork. Wine Enthusiast gives this wine an impressive 92 points and quotes its list price at $27! Costco gets such great deals on their wine purchases, that this gem is a budget friendly $7.99, making it a great choice for a casual night sipper.

Medium ruby, medium bodied, nice balance of fruit, acidity and tannins.

Pair with: roasted chicken

Recipe pairing:
Half Roasted Chicken
Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken

From the winemaker:
“This quality wine was produced from a selection of the best varieties of this region, using traditional fermentation techniques, long maceration and oak aging period. Very aromatic with notes of ripe wild berry fruits, in the palate it is a fruity and full bodied wine with some oak notes and an agreeably pronounced acidity.”