Soccer season officially started.
Every time I walk through the supermarket, I spot at least two or three kids in cleats and shin guards, slowly following their parents around while slurping down Gatorade. Shoe laces untied, hair tangled, and grass stains on their knee caps… If I were them, I’d beg to hitch a ride in the cart—or simply wait in the car!
Their brightly colored jerseys bring back memories of when I played in my city’s rec league throughout grade school. My mom drove me to practice each week and offered to sew my teams’ banners for a few years, which we proudly displayed at the games and once during the soccer parade down Main Street (although I usually boycotted that and slept in instead).
Then on Saturdays, I pulled on my uniform and ran up and down the field at the local middle school. My coaches shouted their favorite phrases—“Midfielders drop back!” and “Gotta want it!”—while we struggled to shoot the ball past the opposing goalie. (I always asked to play defense. I was too shy and timid to lead the offensive charge as a forward!)
At halftime, the parents rotated the responsibility of supplying us with snacks. They usually offered fresh orange slices, but sometimes we got chilled grapes (my favorite!). After a little pep talk, we sprinted around the field for another 30 minutes before the final whistle sounded.
Win or lose, we high-fived the other team and stuffed our faces with sweet treats at the end of the match. Some parents planned ahead and baked homemade chocolate chips cookies, but others (mine included!) completely forgot and dashed over to the nearest grocery store during the game to grab pre-made goodies. Rice krispie treats—the plain ones in those bright blue wrappers—showed up nearly every other week, but they were always a huge hit!
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A root beer float!
Yes, I created Root Beer Float Rice Krispie Treats! To make these bars, you’ll add more marshmallows than in other recipes, which make them sweeter, gooier, and stay soft longer. A total win! The bottom layer tastes warm and spicy from the root beer extract (just like the soda!), while the sweet vanilla layer on top resembles the ice cream. When eaten together, they taste exactly like the classic float—but without the straw or sticky half-melted mess!