My eldest child will be turning 19 years old in April. Yes, I am not getting any younger! It just seems like yesterday that I was bringing her home from the hospital. I remember putting her in a white bassinet and looking fondly upon her for many minutes. She was so precious and beautiful! I looked at my husband as he put his arm around me and embraced my cheek, and he was just as amazed as I was that this was the product of our love. So many questions were going through my mind: will I be a good mom, will she keep her dad’s blue eyes, will she be healthy, what will she be when she grows up, etc…
When she was growing up, my husband and I tried to put a senses of pride in all that she accomplished, mentioned to be honest to herself and others, loyal to her family members and friends, to tell the truth, and always give 100 % in all that you endeavour. In life, it’s important to give your best. If it doesn’t work out, well at least you have tried. I have to say that we can certainly give ourselves a pat on the back and she bloomed into a responsible young adult woman about to finish her first year of University in Nursing. It’s her dream to make a difference in the world by helping and caring for others to maintain or recover optimal health. Yes, we did an excellent job as parents!
After almost 21 years of being married, I can happily say that my family is made primarily of LOVE with a pinch of understanding, trust, cooperation, and commitment from all parties involved!
When Mom Central was searching for Gay Lea Ambassadors, I jumped on the opportunity to represent them without a minute of hesitation. I already purchase their reputable dairy products and was aware on how much quality is put in each and everyone one of them. They taste so rich and creamy! What I didn’t know was that Gay Lea Foods is a co-operative owned by over 1,200 farm families. In 1958, Gay Lea Foods was born! A group of Ontario farmers came together to create a dairy co-operative as they believed in building a better future for themselves and their community by supporting one another, by working working collaboratively, and living according to their co-operative principles. They are committed to providing consumers high quality products, products we can trust.
At Gay Lea Foods, everyone, from farmers to production facilities to distribution, even members, employees, and partners knows that it takes commitment, passion, and collaboration to produce quality dairy products, and most of all that there is no shortcut to quality. Along the way, they have embraced innovative new products, such as the invention of the whipped cream in an aerosol container and the Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadable Butter, and responded to evolving tastes, but they haven’t really changed over the years. After all, their values and products are born on the farm!
This commercial reminds me of my father-in-law when he used to operate his dairy farm, and how he would feed and milk the cows every day at 6 am and 4 pm, day in, day out, in sickness and in health! If this wasn’t showing devotion and passion, I don’t know what is!
Just like my family, it’s nice to know that the Gay Lea Foods family is committed to high values, passion, trust, and collaboration!
For this month’s Gay Lea recipe, I decided to make a Rice Krispies Shamrock treat for St. Patrick’s Day. As I was writing about my daughter, it reminded me how we used to make them for every special occasion decorated with icing as a Christmas tree, heart, pumpkin, flower, and more. This recipe was the most delicious and fun treat my daughter would love to make and eat!
- 1/4 cup of Gay Lea butter
- 45 regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies® cereal
- 2 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
- Canned frosting, decorating gel or my homemade white icing
- Green decorating sugar (optional)
- Homemade Icing:
- 1/4 cup of unsalted Gay Lay Butter
- 1 White Chocolate Baker's Square
- 3 cups of icing sugar (add more if needed)
- 3 tablespoons of milk (add more if needed)
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add the pure vanilla extract.
- Add Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal.Stir until all the ingredients are will mixed together.
- Using buttered spatula press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray or butter. Cool slightly.
- Using cookie cutter coated with cooking spray cut into shamrocks.
- I didn't have a cookie cutter, so I just printed a shamrock from the internet and pressed the mixture on the paper to make the shape. When done, just turn the shamrock upside down onto a plate and detach the paper.
- Decorate with frosting and decorating sugar (if desired).
- Best if served the same day.
- Homemade White Icing:
- Melt butter and White Chocolate Baker's Square together in a microwavable dish
- Add the pure vanilla extract.
- Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. If too thick to spread, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk at a time until desired consistency.
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.