Anyone that lives with teenagers knows about the "empty cupboard syndrome." That's what happens after a visiting herd of hungry teenagers attack your kitchen.
My parents were familiar with it because my friends always found their way to our house on the weekends, and especially on those wonderful snow days.
Recently, my house has been the same way.
My teenagers have numerous friends that seem to like our house. I love the sound of laughter, the conversation is never boring and there is definitely never a dull moment. It's like having a house full of yipping, roughhousing puppies.
All that activity around the house usually means there are a lot of extra mouths to feed.
A number of years ago, I knew a woman whose house was filled all the time with her son's friends.
"They are the sweetest bunch of kids, but they eat like a pack of wild dogs," she told me once, and gave me a crowd-pleasing recipe. "It looks just like Purina Puppy Chow, which will freak them out, but they will love it. I didn't ask a lot of questions, but my son says it tastes a whole lot better."
Put a box of your favorite flavor of Crispix cereal in a large bowl or large paper sack if you want to save a step in the process and don't want to wash any dishes.
Place one stick of real butter, one cup of crunchy peanut butter and a 12 oz. package of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly melted. Pour into the bowl or paper bag and mix until the cereal is completely covered.
Dump 2-3 cups of powdered sugar on top of the cereal mixture (add a touch of cinnamon for a little extra taste) and shake the bag until covered.
Pour mixture onto wax paper so it can cool and dry.
It's a lot of fun to serve the mix in new, clean pet dishes purchased just for serving human animals. You know, a group of hungry teenagers.