Hi. I’m Laura, and I’m a nail polish addict. You might have noticed my nail polish in the occasional photo here on the blog or more frequently if you follow me on Twitter or Pinterest. My nails are always done. I do them myself every Friday night. I mentioned before that I’ve never had a professional manicure or pedicure. That’s partly because I want to control the process and partly because I love doing it myself. Plus, even if a bottle costs $20, I know I’m going to get three or four manicures out of it when one professional manicure would cost at least $20.
Painting my nails is so relaxing and choosing a color a way of expressing myself. Feeling down? Black it is. Waiting for spring? How about orange? Celebrating Christmas? Let’s go green. Sometimes I even do an accent nail, ombre, or a twist on a French manicure.
I typically have 15-20 bottles open at a time. I try to keep all different colors open, along with my life and nail saving top and base coat: Deborah Lippmann’s Hard Rock. I have tried every base and top coat out there and none can even compare to Hard Rock. I can’t tell you how many bottles I’ve gone through.
But here’s the thing. When new nail polish collections come out and I see colors I like, I have to buy them. I allow myself pretty much all the new nail polish I want. And I have a drawer full of it as a result. Probably more than I could use in my lifetime, particularly since it’s only a matter of time until I buy more.
But on days when I’m just at home baking and exercising, it makes me feel pretty, and on days I’m down in the dumps, it makes me feel happy. And sometimes when it chips, it makes me want to scream. But really, for me nail polish is a simple pleasure that makes life a whole lot better.
You know what else makes life better? Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow. That’s right, a new version of puppy chow that’s as addictive as ever. It only seemed natural to turn peanut butter and jelly into puppy chow. The only problem is something with a lot of water like jelly tends to make puppy chow soggy and trust me, there’s nothing worse than soggy puppy chow. So after stirring the cereal into the melty peanut butter, it’s coated in a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and crushed Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries. The berry cereal lends that jelly flavor without adding moisture and blends seamlessly into the puppy chow, giving that classic peanut butter and jelly flavor. Now excuse me while I go look for nail polish colors to match the Oops All Berries!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup white baking chips or peanut butter chips (either will work great)
- 5–6 cups Corn Chex
- 3–4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1–2 cups Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and chips in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.
- Add the Chex. Start with 3 cups and stir. Continue adding cereal in ½ cup increments until there is not too much peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the bowl. I like mine to still be a little gooey.
- Place the Cap’n Crunch in a zipper bag. Seal the bag tightly. Using the back of a spoon or a rolling pin, crush the cereal so that most of it is ground into a powder. A few bigger pieces are okay. Add the confectioners’ sugar to the bag and shake until combined. Pour the cereal and sugar mixture over the Chex coated with peanut butter and stir until all the pieces are fully coated. If the coating is not thick enough, add more confectioners’ sugar to the bowl, no need to combine it with more Cap’n Crunch. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.