Saturday, November 30, 2013


Welcome, Conda.                                                   

Wow, you have some nice  treats
for us today.

Read on, folks, this recipe is one I'm trying for the holidays.

Hi all, I'm Conda, author of all sorts of things. It's great being on Lorrie's blog, thank you Lorrie! And I have a couple of things for you all, a giveaway and a recipe.


First, my romance short story The Bridesmaid Wore Stains is just released. In The Bridesmaid Wore Stains, Katherine falls all over herself hiding her klutziness from her new guy. Will she spill her secret along with everything else?
AND: in honor of this new release, I'm giving away an eBook copy of my short story romance, A Crispy Rice Christmas—just in time for a fun Christmas read! Just comment to be entered for your free copy.
A Crispy Rice Christmas was inspired by my mom's inability to cook, but I love to cook as well as write. So here's a crispy rice cereal bar recipe from my cookbook The Mall Fairies Sweet Tooth Cookbook, with a little bit about one of the characters in my tween fantasy Mall Fairies series. The first of the trilogy, The Mall Fairies: Exile, is out now with the second, The Mall Fairies: War, to be released spring/summer 2014.
Pout, the teenage fairy with the protruding lower lip, believes he is totally, awesomely Goth. He affects to wear all black, with usually a press-on tattoo of a skull or a bat on his skinny pale white chest. No way would he ever want anyone to know that his favorite cookies are crispy rice cereal bars. He's loved them since he was a tiny Toddle Wing, marshmallows and rice cereal, yum! The only one who knows is his mom, and she won't tell, because she bribes him with a cookie to wash those silly tattoos off.
Basic Recipe:
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 16 ounce bag of marshmallows (fresh mini marshmallows work best)
In a large saucepan, heat the butter on medium heat until it melts. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until marshmallows all melt. Remove from heat. Add crispy rice cereal and stir well. Using a greased spatula, spread mixture in a buttered 15 X 10 inch pan. Cut into bars when cooled.

Okay, now for the variations:
Add vanilla or rum or orange or lemon extract, a teaspoon or two to the melted marshmallows and stir well for rum bars or lemon bars—well, you get the idea.
Add a cup of nuts, or raisins or any dried fruit, or a cup of chocolate bits (or a third a cup of each!).
Add any spices you like, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, or cardamom.
Add mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or
Add 1/3 cup of cocoa for chocolate bars.
Or be daring and try adding a bit of cayenne pepper and hot sauce to the cocoa! Strange but good if you like it weird and spicy!
I'd love to answer any of your questions, about, well, anything! Except perhaps about the meaning of—um—anything! Ask away! 


  1. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.


    1. Thanks Ardamus! It was a fun blog post to write!

  2. That's about as simple as a recipe can get. I look forward to the next Mall Fairies book. War? Hope it doesn't involve nuclear marshmallow weapons.

    1. Marva! You're hilarious--and no, no fluffy white nukes--although that's a fun idea for a short story...

  3. I renamed this recipe Conda's Crazy Crispy treats.

  4. I've been looking for a new recipe for rice crispies!!!

  5. I've been looking for a new recipe for rice crispies!!!

    1. This one works with the variations, but part of the inspiration for A Crispy Rice Christmas came from when I added food coloring to the mix, trying for Christmas red cereal bars--that didn't work!

  6. A klutz - love it. Sounds cute!
    You write just about anything???
    What's your favourite genre to write?
    To read?
    Heather G - The Natasha Saga

    1. Heather G. thanks! And I write in most genres--but my fav is tween fantasy--and I love to read EVERYTHING!