So this week is the start of what I’m calling “Kindergarten Boot Camp”.
And in case you are wondering, no, it will not involve me screaming in my son’s face while he runs in the rain wearing a 50 pound bag of gear.
But it might involve those tires that you have to jump through all bow legged-ey. Just because it would be awesome to watch.
After 6 years of sleeping in and leisurely eating cereal in front of Spongebob reruns, my baby boy has to learn to get up early, get dressed, and eat in a timely fashion.
I’m also hoping to wean him of his “I can’t drink without a straw and I won’t eat anything unless my mom made it” habit, but I don’t have very high hopes on that one. I’ve already resigned myself to packing lunches every morning.
Lunches that include a drink with a straw.
I don’t really know what’s going to happen at “snack time”. When my son has to eat a treat that (gasp) someone other than me handed to him.
Yes, it’s that bad. All a person has to do is hand my child a cookie and he turns all Rain Man on them.
“Here honey, have a cookie”
“No thanks, my mom can get me one later”
“Honey, don’t you want this cookie?”
“Uh, my mom will give me one herself”
“But honey, it’s individually wrapped and besides, I just washed my hands”
“Uh (at this point his face is turning red and you can sense that he is getting frantic) thats, that’s uh, okay. I’m not even very hungry. Mom will get me one later”
“But sweetie pie, I forgot to tell you that this is a magical cookie and when you take a bite, a brand new video game pops out. And guess what? It’s the exact video game that you’ve always wanted but your mom would never buy”
“Well, uh….will you just take a bite and get the video game for me then? Wait, are you going to touch the video game? Never mind, can you just call my mom and have her come do it?”
For real, his kindergarten teacher is so going to hate me.
Anyways, when I spotted these treats on ricekrispies.com, I knew that they would make an awesome after school snack. And guess what? You can put them together in minutes using only your microwave.
3 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
7 whole graham crackers
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 (12 oz) package semi sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
Coat 13 x 9 inch microwave safe dish with cooking spray. Place 6 whole pieces of graham crackers in a single layer in the bottom. Cut remaining pieces to fit in the bottom. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over crackers.
Microwave on HIGH 12 minute or until marshmallows are puffy. Remove from microwave and cool completely.
In a 2 quart microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, corn syrup, and margarine. Microwave on HIGH for about 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate can be stirred smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Add Rice Kripies cereal, mixing until combined. Spread evenly over marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate about an hour until firm.
These bars were so easy and really, really delicious. No one will ever guess that you only used the microwave. Which is good, because some people get all judgey about microwave desserts.