If you’ve got a bunch of candy, chip, and cookie odds and ends hanging around the pantry, this Kitchen Sink Bark is a great way to use it up! It comes together in a snap and the kiddos will love it!
I know I’ve said this before, but kids are so hard. I’d love to say that I’m that fun, carefree mom that loves staying up super late with the kiddos, enjoying the Summer nights and throwing schedules out the window but good grief. No.
For the past week or two, I’ve let Jon David sweet talk me into staying up past his bedtime, which I have discovered is not healthy for my brain. Then yesterday he got in trouble and had his electronics taken away for the day and had to go to bed early. It was like 8:15 pm and both kids were in bed. Lucy had been throwing toddler tantrums all day, Jon David had been knowing all the things all the day and for the love of Pete, we were DONE.
And I know. I knooooow. I can’t tell you how many well-meaning emails I get telling me that I need to appreciate it now, soak it ALLLLLLL in because one day the kids will be big and the house will be quiet and empty and void of chubby baby toes and sticky countertops and refrigerator drawings. I appreciate those emails. So much, truly. But I ALSO know that to live to SEE that day, I need to have my brain intact. And in order to have my brain intact, THE KIDS NEED TO GO TO BED.
So there we were. Both kids in bed before 8:30. I could have cried with joy.
As my husband and I sat there looking at each other, I realized that we don’t spend nearly enough time talking about how awesome we are. Kids are hard. Life is hard. We kick butt at all of it.
Home cooked dinners and prayers and bill paying and toy buying, ice cream scooping and walk taking, story reading and cartoon movie watching — we do every bit of it. Good grief, sometimes kids think WE are ruining their lives and I’m thinking “seriously? You embarrassed the life out of me at the grocery store, my cute jeans don’t fit me because of this thing called CHILDBIRTH, and what I’d REALLY love to be doing is eating chips for dinner in front of the TV. Which would be tuned to Bravo.”
But we cook nutritional meals and eat around the table while we talk about hypothetical situations like what we would bring if we were stranded on a desert island or what candy we would eat if we could only choose one for the rest of our lives, because that is what you do for kids.
So last night, my husband and I talked about all the ways we are awesome. We patted each other on the backs. I think I might have shook his hand in congratulations a few times, I don’t know, this Summer has made me delirious.
I made margaritas and we ate M&Ms. We watched movies on Netflix with adult language and violence. We said, “we are the bosses. Our kids need to go to bed early more often so we can talk about how awesome we are at making humans.”
Honestly, it’s how every Saturday night should go, I decided. You should try it.
Just a thought.
This Kitchen Sink Bark is something you could make for the kids or totally hoard for yourself. The thing I love about it is that you can use up all those bits and pieces of cookies and chips and candies hanging around in the pantry — if there are broken pieces in the bottom of the bag, even better!
This stuff is so fun for a party, a teacher gift, or even using up Halloween candy to make a fun neighbor gift this Fall. Or you could eat it after sending the kids to bed early. Whatevs.
Just melt some Almond Bark and get sprinkling!
- 16 oz chocolate or vanilla almond bark
- Variety of chips, pretzels, candies, cookies, or even crackers
- (I used rainbow sprinkles, pretzels, mini Oreos, gummi bears, and Swedish Fish)
- Line a large baking sheet with wax paper.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt almond bark according to package directions. Spread evenly over wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle candies, chips, etc over the bark while it's still melted, gently pressing some of the larger pieces into the bark so it will stick. Place in the refrigerator until firm.
- Using a sharp knife (or clean hands), break the bark into pieces.
Enjoy and have a happy Monday!