NYC Trips & Rice Krispie Watermelon!

Last Tuesday my mom and I woke up ludicrously early to get into the city to be in the studio audience of Live with Kelly & Michael. SO cool, right?! Right! Aside from the 5:30 a.m. wake up, the whole experience was really entertaining. I was worried that whoever the guest was would be someone I wouldn’t be familiar with, because it’s really a hit or miss with special guests. But luckily enough, it was Dwayne Johnson, you know, “The Rock.” He talked about his upcoming movie, “Hercules,” and alluded to a special diet he had to stick to in training for the role. Curious about what a diet for a man of his stature might be, I turned to the Internet to find his diet and fitness plan. The man woke up at 4 a.m. to do 50 minutes of cardio and then strength training, focusing on a different body part each day, except his legs, which he conditioned multiple times per week (if only we could all have this sort of discipline). He did this 6 days a week for 6 months, and complemented that with a 22-week diet plan of 4,500 calories per day, which basically consisted of pure protein.

Here’s a high-quality picture of Kelly, Michael and The Rock.

10325267_10204226300648901_2562346903928435706_nKelly and Michael were amazing during the commercial breaks, interacting with the audience in the way of signing autographs and conversation.

Here are some more pictures from another recent trip to the city with my friend, Liz!

DSC_1801Back in the winter, we spent an evening going to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and we then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in negative-degree weather. Though it was a gorgeous night of which we will always have fond memories, we wanted to walk the bridge again in the warmth.

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DSC_1709So we picked up sushi and fruit salads and picnicked it up on the bridge. Though it was much more crowded this time around, it was also nice to be able to feel my fingers and toes by the end! Really a trade-off…

Today’s recipe comes from Pinterest, and it’s a simple one!

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Rice Krispie Watermelons

Ingredients

  • 9 cups rice krispie cereal
  • 9 cups marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • red and green food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Mix 4 cups of marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute in the microwave and move around. If it’s still not melted put it in for another minute. The marshmallow will get puffy. Add your green food coloring.
  2. Now add the 4 cups of rice krispies to the green marshmallow mix.
  3. Place this green mix around the edges of a circular greased cake pan making sure that it’s thinner than the red center.
  4. Red center:
  5. In a large microwave safe bowl, place the rest of the marshmallows and butter in a bowl. Do as mentioned above but this time add red food coloring.
  6. Now add in 5 cps of rice krispies to the red marshmallow mix.
  7. Fill the red mix in the middle of the greased pan to create the meat of the watermelon.
  8. Finish by adding the mini chocolate chips on top of the red for the seeds.
  9. *Recipe from: http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2013/06/19/simple-summer-dessert-watermelon-rice-krispies/
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