I know that people like to say that children should come with instruction manuals, but I think they should come with 18 years of free therapy and a lifetime supply of white wine.
KIDS. ARE. SO. HARD.
Every age they are, I think the next age will be easier.
Spoiler Alert: It never is.
Right now, Jon David is nine.
You’d think nine would be a picnic. No armpit hair, no girlfriend, no Facebook, and old enough to sit quietly through movies, empty the dishwasher, and watch the baby while you use the bathroom.
But as it turns out, NINE comes with it’s own set of problems.
Nine year old boys think they know all the things. They love video games more than they love you (not literally, but it really feels that way. trust me on this).
Sometimes they talk in a deeper than normal voice around their friends. This shouldn’t be troublesome, but it is.
They throw clothes in the hamper that aren’t even dirty because it’s easier than putting them away, and sometimes they wear dirty socks instead of looking for a clean pair.
Also, they think they should be allowed to stay up super duper late. But the good thing is, they still let you tuck them in.
All the ages are hard, I have decided. Babies have poopy diapers, but nine year olds have a pile of clean clothes under the mildewed towel in the hamper.
This is why moms have crazy eyes.
These chewy Holiday Monster Cookie Bars are a last minute solution to the Christmas cookie issue. No hours of taking cookie sheets out of the oven. No arguing over who likes what. They are full of all kinds of yummy treats, and you can sub anything you like.
Got some leftover classroom party candy laying around? Chop it up and throw it in!!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup red and green M&Ms
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, roughly 2 minutes.
- Stop the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl before adding the eggs one at a time, beating after each. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour/oat mixture until incorporated. Using a wooden spoon, make sure all the flour mixture from the bottom of the bowl is mixed in (batter will be thick). Fold in chips, candies, and cranberries and spread in prepared baking pan.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until batter is puffed and brown on edges and dark golden all over. Let cool on a wire rack before serving.
These bars are thick and SO good. Enjoy and have a great day!!