When I was in college, I worked at a summer camp as a camp counselor. Some of my best memories are of those summers--hiking, ropes courses, and Ms. Marilyn. I really don't know how long Ms. Marilyn had been coming to camp to volunteer, but she was there faithfully every summer. A petite older woman, she drove a golf cart around camp and helped with little odds and ends. It wasn't long before I grew to love this woman and her great big heart.
One of the funniest memories I have of Ms. Marilyn was the following conversation...
Ms. Marilyn: "Would you like to receive a double blessing today, dear?"
Me: "Of course!"
Ms. Marilyn: "Good. Take out the trash." <wink>
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Ms. Marilyn was a bit sassy, but she was also a giver. Each week, she would bring homemade treats to place in the staff cabin refrigerator. When I saw the red "Buy a Box, Give a Free Box" sticker on the front of our Cheerios™ box, I knew this was a simple way to pass on a little cheer. Then, I decided to honor Ms. Marilyn's memory by making her recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars for our new neighbors down the street.
The Cheerios™ "Buy a Box, Give a Free Box" coupon campaign is simple and exclusive to Walmart. Each box of Cheerios ™ will contain a unique code that shoppers can enter online to give an e-card and mailed coupon for a free box to a recipient of their choice!
It only took a minute to fill out and my e-card was on it's way to Molly from Just a Little Creativity. I happen to know that Molly just sent her oldest off to college and was in need of a little cheer. While I can't take her large amounts of chocolate and sit with her as she misses her baby-turned-college student, I can send her a free box of Cheerios™ to brighten her day. It's the little things.
After sending off the Cheerios™ e-card to Molly, I headed to the kitchen to make Ms. Marilyn's recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars to take to our brand new neighbors. Now, that's what I call a real double blessing! These ooey, gooey treats are easy to make and always please a crowd.
Ms. Marilyn is just one of the many people in my life that taught me the joy that comes from giving to others. What about you? Who inspires you to give?
- 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 ¼ cups Peanut Butter
- 6 cups Cheerios™ cereal
- 1 (12 oz.) bag Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
- Spray a 13X9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a 4 or 5 quart saucepan, heat corn syrup and sugar to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Add 1 cup of the peanut butter. Stir until smooth.
- Add cereal; mix well.
- Immediately press in the baking dish.
- In 2 quart saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips with remaining ¼ cup peanut butter, stirring contantly. Spread evenly over bars.
- Cool completely at room temperature until chocolate is set.