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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Because Sometimes I Like to Pretend I am June Cleaver

Mrs. Nurse Boy here.

I remember when I sent Dimples off to first grade.  It was his first year in school for a full day.  I longed to sit down with him after school over a homemade snack and chat about his day.  I just knew he would share his excitement for learning, his hopes, and his fears with me.  I couldn't wait to bond with him about the hours he was away from me.  I was certain he was going to miss me and long to spend some time with me.

What?  Stop laughing.

So, he is a boy.  I forgot about that minor detail.

He came home, snarfed down his homemade snack while mumbling something about wishing he had Cheez-its instead, and begged to watch some mindless TV so he could "shut off" his brain.

Yeah, it was a really special warm-fuzzy moment. 

The next day I bought a box of Cheez-its and set a bowl in front of the TV.  He was happy and I had a clean kitchen.

I quickly learned that my boys need some down time when they arrive home after a long day at school.  They are usually ready to open up around dinner time.  They really do talk, share, and open up to us, it just doesn't look quite the way I thought it would in my "Leave It to Beaver" head.  (Minus the pearl wearing Mama, 'cuz I am lucky if my shirt matches my sweatpants.)

But, today (my boys' first full-day of school this year) I felt the need to dig out my dusty pearls, put on my diamond studs, and bake. 

Sort of.

Sweet Pea and I made the best no-bake cookies ever.  (And,  my shirt still didn't match my sweatpants, but whatever.)

No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
1 cup quick oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal

1.  Combine peanut butter, chocolate chips, and coconut in a large bowl and mix well.  Set aside.
2.  Heat corn syrup and sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat until it boils.  Boil for 1 minute.
3.  Pour over mixture.  Stir well.
4.  Add quick oats and rice cereal.  Stir.
5.  Spoon teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and criss-cross each cookie with a fork.  Let cool.

Sweet Pea and I bonded while we made a mess and spent the afternoon together.  After school we all sat down for a homemade snack.  Sweet Pea and I chatted.  And, because some things never change, Dimples and Bruiser snarfed their cookies and ran to watch 30 minutes of TV.

That's OK, we will chat over dinner.


Tractor Mom said...

Oh, June Clever would be so proud!!

Come by when you can...


Kmama said...

YUMMY!! I love those cookies!

Pam @ Kassie's Beach said...

My husband would love it if I dressed like June Cleaver while vacuuming and dusting. He's old fashioned like that. Ha! What he gets is boring sweat pants.

The cookies sound yummy. I'm glad you have a little girl to share these moments with. And usually boys will eat anything so it's a win win.

Valerie said...

This was so good! :) I like all of yours but especially this one because I have two boys and I have the same problem getting them to talk. Now I know that they probably just need some downtime and we can talk at dinner! :) Thanks for the idea! :)

He & Me + 3 said...

You are too funny. But a better mom than me because you have snacks waiting for them. Sheesh. We have to scarf down dinner and head to the next event. I am looking for a routine...but not the busy routine that i am looking at this fall.

Seizing My Day said...

how did you know I was laughing after that first paragraph??!! ;) visiting from Mimi's! You are funny! I will be back!! those cookies look yummy... but I am sure they are not in my lowering my cholesterol plan!?!!

Mrsbear said...

Ha! Even my girls were like this. When I sent my oldest off to Kindergarten, I waited breathlessly for her to come home and tell me all about it. Her response to my grilling her at dismissal, complete shut down. "So, what did you do today?" "Uhm, I don't know. Nothing?" Grr. Chocolate anything is a great remedy though. :)

Brandi said...

YUM! No-bakes are a hit around here. I am definitely going to have to try these (minus the coconut b/c the Bubs don't like it... I know, they're weird).

mommy4life said...

I should whip up a batch! Or just buy a box of Cheez-its! HA

It's like pulling teeth to get info out of them about their day, pretty different with my girls, that want to update me on EVERYTHING!!!

Mammatalk said...

Wow. What a tasty recipe!!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Jonathan will start preschool this September. Ya' think he'll talk to me about his day? Oh dang it...I should just give him Cheeze-its and the TV too right? :-)

Michelle said...

The cookies look delicious, even if the boys don't appreciate it! LOL. At least they still talk to you! :)

Boy Mom said...

I'm going to be strong and pretend I never saw this recipe. I love the after school downtime, routine. We call it cave time. I have found that my 8th graders need a counseling session at the end of each school day. It's just the age where they start asking questions that leave me reeling and spluttering, so be warned.