"Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket."
Author: Alan Beck

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mommy blues.

If your son left this morning for 6th grade camp, you're probably feeling a little blue today.

Feeling blue, will make you crave chocolate.

You'll keep busy, while chaperoning your kindergartners field trip, which will help you forget about the fact that your 11 year old just left for two days, which will help you avoid overindulgence in chocolate.


Your friend (and fellow field trip mom) tells you about the enticing no-bake cookies she made last night (it's all your fault, Charlene!)

Hearing about chocolaty no-bake cookies will make your mouth start to water, and your tummy begin to growl.

Driving home from the field trip, you'll turn the radio up EXTRA LOUD in an effort to drown the noises of your growling stomach. 

(it won't do much good)

Once home, you'll scour the cabinets for something sweet.  Reaching for a handful of candy corn (boring), you'll glance at the peanut butter jar. Seeing the peanut butter jar will remind you of the no-bake cookies your friend told you about.  In your mind, you'll run through the short list of ingredients she said they contained and hope that you have everything.

Crossing your fingers that you have what they call for, you'll google NO-BAKE COOKIES.

Googling NO-BAKE COOKIES will leave you with a bazillion different recipes.  You pick the one that looks the yummiest (sans gluten) and tweak it to your liking.  After tweaking, you'll begin to do the following:

Bring the following to a boil:

-1 3/4 cups sugar
-4 T. cocoa powder
-1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter

Once your mixture is boiling, you'll let it boil for exactly one minute, then mix in the following:

-1 t. vanilla
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-3 1/2 cups oats

You'll mix everything together, and drop these babies by the spoonful onto parchment (or waxed) paper.

You'll lick the pan clean.....really, you will.....and you'll let the rest set for an hour or so.  Then you'll try your best not to eat the entire batch before your kids get home.

Thinking of your kids will remind you that one of them won't be coming home for two days.  As you start to become blue, you'll remember the yummy chocolate treats you made.  As you begin to eat your third one, you'll decide that chocolate makes everything gloomy a teensy bit better.

The End.

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