So...today is my husband's birthday (happy birthday eric-face!) and much to my son's puzzlement (he keeps asking, "no cake?!") my husband has requested no-bake chocolate cookies instead of a birthday cake. I am sure that most of you have made these one time or another, but I am going to give you my recipe because it consists of all ingredients that most people have in their pantry...so it's good if you ever have a chocolate emergency...(you know, those times that you would kill someone for something chocolate to eat...) and don't want to make a special trip to the store.
No bake chocolate cookies
2 c. white sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. milk
1 pinch salt
3 cups quick cooking oats (though I used the regular ones I had on hand without problem)
1/2 c. peanut butter (can use smooth or crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt and bring to boil. Boil ONE minute.
Quickly stir in oats, peanut butter, and vanilla. Drop onto wax paper and let cool. Chocolate emergency solved.
So...I also wanted to tell those of you with kids about these amazing toddler books by Sandra Boynton. My mother has bought Gabriel a ton of these things, and not only are they crazy-affordable, he LOVES them. Let's face it...most two and three-year-olds just aren't down for a big long story...I estimate Gabriel's attention span to be maximum two sentences per picture. And these books are great because they're cute as well as short!