I have decided I am over hearing this won’t last forever even though I myself have written that phrase in this very blog many times over the last weeks. At first it really somehow felt like we were all going to briefly do a collective thing (gooo team!) and then with the flip of a switch (quarantine set to OFF) everything’s magically back to normal, but that was obviously unrealistic and it sure doesn’t feel that way now. Now it feels more like we’re in some kind of endless free fall and yes, this exact state obviously can’t last forever, but we’ve lost too much ground. The path back to “normal” is going to be uncertain and arduous and normal isn’t going to look like it used to, maybe not for a long time, maybe never.

Maybe that’s going to be a good thing, in some ways. But in others, surely not. At any rate, I’m no longer cheered by being reminded this is temporary, because it’s hard not to worry that whatever is next will be worse.

ANYWAY. If you have not yet reached the Rice Krispy treat stage of pandemic coping, I recommend getting yourself some supplies on your next contagion-braving grocery run, and then upping your treat game by leaving the mixed-up goo sort of loosely glopped together in the pan to set rather than pressing it down. Instead of dense square bars you get these airy delightful pieces that can be more easily pulled apart, and if you had the forethought to add some M&Ms in there, all the better.

I also recommend adopting the sport of competitive bear spotting, if wherever you live is doing the thing where people put stuffed bears in windows for children to find. You take your kid, you both get on bikes, then you risk death by craning your head around to look for bears while going full speed and forgetting to watch for traffic. It is perhaps not the safest pastime, but it is great fun and when you get home there are, ideally, Rice Krispy treats to be relished.


10 Responses to “Bear spotting, no refs”

  1. Ginger on April 14th, 2020 9:20 am

    Girl, when I saw that headline, I thought that even the bears must be leaving the woods, looking for food! (I had been reading about the cannibalistic rats!)

  2. Kim on April 14th, 2020 9:30 am

    I will be the oddball and put my giant stuffed octopus in the window.

  3. Julie on April 14th, 2020 9:31 am

    Genius about the Rice Krispy treats!!

  4. michelle f. on April 14th, 2020 9:41 am

    ok, if you’re making rice krispie treats try this variation of them. instead of using vanilla swap out maple flavoring then mix in chopped crispy bacon. it takes them to a whole new level. i made these for a potluck and got rave reviews.

  5. Kristin on April 14th, 2020 10:17 am

    I have reached the Rice Krispie stage, but I bought them pre-packaged at the store!

  6. Rachel Delaurier on April 14th, 2020 11:23 am

    Just made grilled pimento and 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwiches for the sloppy treat on the go! Pandemic-15 lbs bring it on! Love your posts!

  7. Kim on April 14th, 2020 12:22 pm

    Lord Jesus, how could I have forgotten about Rice Krispie treats. Because carbs don’t count during a pandemic, I’ve been allotting myself a pint of Baskin Robbins chocolate chip every night, which is both pricey and also the high point of every day.
    And now I’m fearing this might be the 2nd time I’ve written about that ice cream in the comments here lately. I stand behind it.

  8. Heather on April 14th, 2020 12:41 pm

    Hahahaha I’m glad someone else has hit the rice Krispie phase of all this I was just feeling bad for eating half the pan I made last night over the course of the day.

  9. Shawna on April 14th, 2020 1:34 pm

    Just this morning I was telling my kids the best way to use up our going-stale Rice Krispies and maple-flavoured marshmallows would be to make Rice Krispies squares!

  10. Sian on April 15th, 2020 9:28 am

    Am just going to leave this right here:


    These are a true delight of an upgrade and addresses the idea of pillows of marshmallow throughout.

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