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I burnt the bread!

Rice Crispy Sculpture 
 
May 4, 2010 6:36 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2010 2:37 pm
My daughter Emily's school is having a Rice Crispy Sculpture contest, and we were all over that one!  The theme is Western Round Up for an event they have at the school every May.  I couldn't find very many ideas on Rice Crispy design, so I looked at western cakes, and we came up with the perfect idea- a cactus!

My husband, the engineer, was out of town, so we didn't have his structural input and it took us a couple tries to get this thing to stand!

First off, we had to make the rice crispies!  (Yum, we had to sneak out a little on the side for snacking!)



Then we molded it on a piece of foil with our hands (sprayed with Pam so it wouldn't stick), then put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes while we made the snake.  We brought the cactus out, stood it up, and it fell over... 
We needed a stand, and I found my pasta dryer and used the base and stick from that.  Re-melted the rice crispy and molded it again around the post, re-froze it, took it out.  Then it warmed back up, and started sliding down! 
We re-molded it, saran wrapped it, and then duct taped over the saran wrap to keep it from changing shape!  It sat like that overnight in the fridge. then I took it out this morning, let it sit on the counter to get hard.  Phew, that was a lot of work!

When we got home this afternoon, it was time to decorate!  We used green food coloring spray that I got at a craft store, spaghetti noodles for the "thorns", graham cracker crumbs for the dirt, candy rocks, and various candy for the flowers.  All put together with royal icing that we made last night!

It turned out so cute, and Emily is so proud of it and can't wait to show it off tomorrow at school!
Rice crispy cactus!!!
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May 4, 2010 6:57 pm
That is great! The smile on Emily's face says more than I can. Well done, Marcil and Emily!!
 
May 5, 2010 5:24 am
That's awesome...I don't have a creative bone in my body to do something like that!! Good job!!
 
May 5, 2010 6:17 am
WAY TO GO EMILY!!!!♥ Who needs an architect when you have a pasta scooper. Great job I love school projects like this, creativity is a huge part of learning. Bet it tasted better than a volcano:)
 
May 5, 2010 6:25 am
I was just thinking this has to be shared on the RE-do you mind if I post the link so the other members can see what she has accomplished??
 
May 5, 2010 10:15 am
THAT IS SOOOOO AMAZING!!!!!!!!
 
MARCIL 
May 5, 2010 10:32 am
Thank you everyone, it was a lot of fun to do! She really did it all herself, (with some assistance from me.) We dropped it off at school this morning and the office staff were raving about it, and that just made Emily's day! Redneck Gramma, sure you can post a link, thanks! What is RE-do? LOL!
 
May 5, 2010 10:38 am
that is the recipe exchange, if the blog in noted on there more people will see her amazing work:)
 
May 5, 2010 10:45 am
Thanks redneck gramma for letting us know about this blog. Good job Emily!
 
May 5, 2010 10:45 am
Absolutely amazing! Wow, she's got some talent!
 
May 5, 2010 10:46 am
Nice job Emily!
 
May 5, 2010 10:47 am
Wow! That is VERY impressive! You are so talented Emily!!! :-)
 
Paula 
May 5, 2010 10:47 am
Very clever and looked like lots of fun!
 
Keri 
May 5, 2010 10:48 am
Excellent job, Emily! I wish I had that kind of talent. And you should be VERY proud of yourself for sticking with this project, even when it looked discouraging the first couple of tries. That kind of determination is awesome!! Thanks redneck gramma for posting about this on the Exchange!! Marcil, if you'd like to join us, just look up towards the top of the page and click on the "Recipe Exchange" tab. There's a GREAT bunch of people who hang out there.
 
Abbey 
May 5, 2010 10:49 am
Great job, very creative and your hard work definitely shows!
 
May 5, 2010 10:51 am
Wow that is fantastic. I can see you are going to be one talented chef in the future. Keep it up!
 
TIE 
May 5, 2010 10:51 am
Great Job Emily! Love It! Woot Woot!
 
Keri 
May 5, 2010 10:52 am
LOL...after posting my comment above, I saw your post on the Recipe Exchange, so I guess you know where it is ;-)
 
SB 
May 5, 2010 10:58 am
Too cute! Looks like you had a great time making it together.
 
May 5, 2010 10:58 am
AWESOME. Congrats on a great job!
 
May 5, 2010 11:06 am
Way to go, once again, Emily!! (and Mom too). Can't wait to see what you are working on for the next blog :D
 
MARCIL 
May 5, 2010 11:06 am
Hi Keri and Redneck Gramma, Yes, I had an airhead moment, I didn't realize that the recipe exchange was RE... LOL!!!
 
May 5, 2010 11:07 am
lol, this is what RE will do:) everyone gets to smile at Emily's work
 
MARCIL 
May 5, 2010 11:11 am
Thank you so much redneck gramma, and everyone for your kind words. I will show this to Emily when she gets home from school today. She loves spending time with me in the kitchen, and I hope that I am creating good memories for her. Thanks again!
 
May 5, 2010 11:26 am
I wish more schools would try this. ofcourse parental support is critical....
 
weeble 
May 5, 2010 11:34 am
holy cactus, batman!!!! LOL :) simply amazing, emily. good job! and redneck, thanks for sharing:)
 
May 5, 2010 12:27 pm
Great job, I think you should get a job working for Ace of Cakes ! They could always use a great sculptor like you Emily!!! You ROCKED IT GIRL !!!!
 
May 5, 2010 1:24 pm
Great job, Emily! Very creative! Thanks for sharing this with us all! Looking forward to your next creative moment!!
 
May 5, 2010 1:25 pm
Great job, Emily! Very creative! Thanks for sharing this with us all! Looking forward to your next creative moment!!
 
May 5, 2010 1:26 pm
OOps!! My crazy slow computer! Didn't mean to double post but I made my point anyway!! ha
 
May 5, 2010 2:23 pm
Fantastic job! Keep encouraging her- she has amazing potential in the kitchen!!
 
May 5, 2010 2:52 pm
UH Oh - somebody better warn the Ace of Cakes Emily is on the scene! Awesome job kiddo! Props to you for being an encouraging mom!
 
socalmom 
May 10, 2010 9:06 am
Projects like these are one of the things I miss most about not having little ones in the house-my kiddos are grown now 25 and 29. Come on grandbabies!
 
socalmom 
May 10, 2010 9:10 am
yavie-I'd like to think you were joking but your comment wasn't funny. I would suggest the web master remove it immediately. What in the world would make you say such an awful thing? I'm sure there are many readers who feel like I do-speak out please!
 
May 10, 2010 9:20 am
I agree socalmom! Completely tactless yavie to say the least. Great job Emily!!!! Keep up the great work!
 
socalmom 
May 10, 2010 9:32 am
TAWNIE21-Thanks for backing me up! Still can't imagine a person saying something like that!
 
May 10, 2010 9:59 am
to yavie: MEAN PEOPLE SUCK.
 
May 10, 2010 10:00 am
Nice job Emily! Creative and fun!!
 
May 10, 2010 10:23 am
Actually looks pretty cool! Good job!
 
May 10, 2010 12:46 pm
Awesome! Very nice job!
 
Jena 
May 10, 2010 2:15 pm
Wow!! You guys should be very proud of yourselves, that is wonderful! Bet Dad was sure impressed what he girls can accomplish when he's away!! Great job and thank you so much for sharing!!
 
andee 
May 10, 2010 2:17 pm
Great job! Thank you so much for sharing. Wish I was so creative. And socialmom I totally agree with you.Yavie this was a very inappropriate posting.
 
Trish 
May 11, 2010 4:32 am
Yavie, get a life. Don't be jealous because you are uncreative and YOUR mum didn't help you do something so amazing. Emily, YOU are adorable, and your rice crispy sculpture is amazing!! Keep at it, kiddo!!! :-)
 
May 11, 2010 8:24 am
What a FUN project - looks like y'all had a GREAT time and it came out awesome!!
 
denise70460 
May 11, 2010 11:12 am
~~ yavie ~~ sounds jealous ~~
 
denise70460 
May 11, 2010 11:15 am
Great work Emily; Keep it up!
 
May 11, 2010 11:18 am
So creative and looks like you both had a lot of fun doing it!
 
May 11, 2010 1:57 pm
Did she win?!! Cool cactus!!!!
 
May 12, 2010 1:14 pm
Wicked awesome! Did she win? I'm glad for the blog its a big help for my upcomming Rice Krispie project!
 
MARCIL 
May 18, 2010 2:37 pm
Hi everyone, it looks like there was a post that got deleted? That is really disturbing. I'll have to keep a closer eye on my blogs. Thanks for reporting and removing it, I really appreciate it! Oh, and yes Emily did win! She won 1st place for her grade and 2nd place overall!
 
 
 
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I'm married with 3 children. I live on 7 acres with chickens, goats, and dogs. Being a city girl and living and traveling all over the world, this lifestyle is a new adventure for me. I'm an RN and I work at the local hospital in town. I love my job, and love my community! UPDATE: We have just recently relocated to the south! My husband was relocated to Marietta, GA. We are now in the suburbs, and I am embracing our new lifestyle with open arms!
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Creating my own recipes! I recently started doing this. I will research a food, look at several other recipes, and combine and moderate to my own taste. Check out my recipe box to see some!
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There have been so many. The family joke is my burnt bread. I burn the rolls/bread for every Christmas and Thanksgiving!!! My friend and I made our first T-giving turkey and left the plastic bag-o-guts in the turkey! And of course, there's the time that I mistakently added 1 cup of salt instead of sugar in a cookie recipe!
 
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