Obsessed With These Rice Krispie Treats!

I’ve loved homemade Rice Krispie treats for years but lately I feel like they’re missing a little something. They need to be richer! I’ve found just the recipe that makes that happen. These Browned Butter Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats from Baked Bree are to die for! They are an excellent mix of sweet and salty and lean towards that ever popular taste of salted caramel. They are a must try this season! (The one thing I have adapted is I use 2 teaspoons of vanilla instead of vanilla bean because I always have it on hand.) ENJOY!

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Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Rice Krispie Treats
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 (10-ounce) bags marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies


  1. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Find a really big bowl and measure out 9 cups of cereal. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Cut the vanilla bean in half, and scrape the seeds with the back of a knife. Add the vanilla to the melting butter. The butter will foam and make some noise. It will bubble and crack. It will start to turn a golden brown color. Watch it carefully because it can burn very quickly. When the butter is ready, the bubbling will stop and will be brown. It takes about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the marshmallows. Stir over low heat until marshmallows are completely melted. Pour the mamarshmallow over the Rice Krispies. Coat completely with marshmallow.
  4. Press into the prepared 9×13 pan. Let sit for 2 hours at room temperature before slicing.

Photo and recipe from Baked Bree Blog


Delicious Fresh Peach Pie!


Here is this years peach pie from the peaches we harvested from our tree. I didn’t make the crust from scratch this year since I didn’t have a ton of time but I used the pre-made frozen pie crust and it worked out great! Click here for the recipe and enjoy!  http://designtimesfour.com/2011/10/11/peach-pie/

Home in a Senior Community in Holladay for Sale

This main floor living condo located at The Cottonwoods. It’s a beautiful, senior community with all brick homes and tiled roofs. This unit has new windows, including three sliding doors to the tiled patio. It’s so light and bright the patio feels like an extension of the home. The home has an attached 2-car garage with epoxy floor and built-in storage. Great location in community. Close to the pool and club house with a beautiful view of the mountains. There is also a locked RV lot in the community, residents can rent space and there are spaces available now. It’s a two bedroom, two bathroom spacious rambler. It has 1732 square feet and is priced at $299,000.

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Any questions regarding this listing or other real estate questions, email me at andrea.summerhays@gmail.com.

Photos by Obeo

My Dream House

As a Realtor I walk through a lot of homes. Some of them are move in ready, some need updates but have good bones and some need a lot of TLC.  People ask me all the time if seeing all these houses make me want to move. The truth is when I’m with a client I’m imagining them living in the home not me and when I’m on tour with my office I’m thinking about which of my client’s would like this house.

This house that I’m drooling over is one that I stumbled upon. It’s near the area I grew up and I always wondered what it looked like inside so when I saw that it was for sale, I checked it out. Well…it’s gorgeous! I’m a modern girl at heart and these people have nailed it. (They actually have the same bedspread, pillow and guitars on the wall that my son has in his room…is this house for me or what??:) ) I love the views, concrete floors, staircase and the backyard is amazing.

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It’s a gorgeous home but we aren’t moving. We are happy where we are and our kids are happy too. If you are interested in this home let me know and I can get you in to see it. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,614 square feet and is listed for $885,000.

Contact me at andrea.summerhays@gmail.com

Views, Views, Views! This house is for Sale!

If you are looking for views of the entire Salt Lake Valley, this custom-house in Draper is for you. It’s a rambler with an office, master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, kitchen and living area on the main floor but also has two more floors below. Each floor has 10-16 foot ceilings, views and they walk out to a deck or patio. This home has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 family rooms, 4 fireplaces, a theatre and is on .37 acres. It has 7570 square feet and is priced at $1,050,000.

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If you are interested in this house or have any real estate questions please email me at andrea.summerhays@gmail.com

Photos by Obeo.

Liebster Award

We are thrilled to have received the prestigious Liebster Blog Award from the great people, Craig and Megan, at The Sunday Bottles. Craig and Megan get together every Sunday night with family and friends and enjoy a delicious dinner and some wine. Then the blog about the night and critique the wines they sampled. They cook some amazing dishes and their photography is outstanding. Check them out!

You might be asking yourself what is the Liebster Blog Award?

The Leibster Award is about promoting smaller blogs, less than 200 followers, which you think deserve special recognition. Here are a couple of rules of the award:

1. Copy and paste the award onto your blog.
2. Thank the person that gave you the award and put a link back to their blog.
3. Choose 5 more blogs to award and let the writers know by leaving a comment.

It has taken us a couple of weeks to decide which blogs to pass the award to because there are just so many great blogs out there!

The Leibster Award goes to…(drum roll)…in no particular order…(another drum roll)..:

I Wanna Talk About Me 

Brooke is a stay at home mom with four kids. She is a fabulous writer that talks about the good and bad of motherhood, shopping, traveling, marriage and divorce. One post you will be laughing and the next you’ll be crying. It is a must read.

Steps to the Shop

A Philly girl who is working her way to owning her own shop. She has already started an online company called Frequency Vintage where she finds one of a kind vintage items. She loves to talk fashion and trends, and shares her journey of starting her own boutique.

Living the (Gluten Free) Good Life

In 2010, Laura found out that both her husband and daughter have celiac disease, meaning they are allergic to wheat. She is blogging about how she works around the problem so they can all enjoy a good meal. She loves food and loves to cook and refuses to let gluten-free cooking ruin that.

The Occasional Affair

Gorgeous photos, design ideas, places to shops, fabulous finds and more. If you are looking for some great inspiration, then look no further!

Spiritual, Physical, and Financial Wealth

Julianna is a well read and very grounded person. Her blog is like having your own life coach full of inspiration. She focuses on overcoming the negative, doing the things that truly make us happy. 

Enjoy checking out these great blogs! 

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Simply Utah

We were featured yesterday on this great local blog Simply Utah. Check it out here.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

They say that what happens in Vegas should really stay in Vegas, well not this time. We are going to break with tradition. Andrea and I have the chance to take a few days to ourselves and head down to Vegas for a few days and then up to St. George for a few more days, without kids. Did you get that last part, no kids! We love our little rugrats but it’s always nice to take a few days just the two of us.

We decided it would be fun to take you along, in a way…We have been through Vegas several times but never actually stayed there. It’s going to be nice to stay in a posh Vegas hotel, eat some outstanding food, hopefully see a show and I am sure we will mix in some great shopping. We hope to hit some great vintage shops and a good friend of ours told us about this cool place to go see the old neon Vegas signs. We will take lots of photos and let you know what makes our Vegas Top Ten List.

Viva Las Vegas!!

Disclaimer: Remember that we are two, 34-year-old exhausted parents so there will be nothing scandalous about this trip, sorry to disappoint!

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