Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Grotto for Our Lady

Our Lady of Lourdes
"Fruity Pebbles" Grotto

  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 10.5 oz. pkg. mini marshmallows
  • 13 oz. box Fruity Pebbles Cereal (about 8-1/2 cups)


Line a 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan and grease lightly.

In a large pan, melt butter. Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted

Add cereal; mix well. (Grease your spoon or spatula before mixing.)

Place cereal mixture into pan. Top with parchment paper and press mixture firmly into pan. Remove parchment and allow mixture to cool.

Before completley cooled (read: still pliable), lift cereal bars from pan using foil handles, and cut into 18 squares (or rectangles). A pizza cutter works well for this task.

Use four squares for the back wall of the grotto and one square cut in half for the floor. Build up the walls with all but four of the remaining squares. Mold three squares into the roof and cut the last square in half to add to the sides of the roof. You may need to play around with it a little bit and trim the edges if you'd like.

(This idea was originally suggested in a thread at 4Real. I also posted other ideas for celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes here.)

Our Lady of Lourdes ~ Pray for us!!
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  1. Oh, Jessica, this is unbearably cute!!! What a great idea, and your execution is flawless! :)

  2. Thanks Eileen!! We really had a lot of fun putting it together! =)

  3. what a fantastic idea! I can't wait to try it out and my kids will love it too.

  4. This is a great idea! Too bad I don't have the supplies handy - next year...

  5. Oh my goodness, that is sooo cute!

  6. I Love It! And, hey, if you wanted it to look more like real rocks, maybe you could use cocopuffs?

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Last night, in an email, Mary M recommended Cocoa Pebbles (which would still tie in the "pebbles") and also be brown!!! I love it!! Cocoa Puffs would work too... We will probably make that change next year if I can find them.

  8. May I ask where you got the little peg doll? This is such a fantastic idea, I'm bookmarking it for later!

  9. Thank you Kalee! I started painting little Saint Peg Dolls back in 2008, to go along with the "Alphabet Path" I was doing with my daughters. You can see them all in this post over at my other blog, Shower of Roses. :)

  10. In France we find only big marshmallow can we all the same use them for these recipe(takings) and your cereal do not exist either in France can one use corn-flakes ¿
    Thank you for your answers

  11. Yes, the big marshmallows would work the same. Just use the same amount, measuring by weight. I am not sure how corn flakes would work... Are you able to purchase Rice Krispies? They would work great.