So, the other day I decided to be a complete and total idiot and take the kids school shopping.
Have you ever taken a 5 year old boy and a 12 year old girl to look for school clothes?
I thought it would be “fun”. Because I’m super smart like that.
The “fun” filled day began at Old Navy where my son immediately began hunting down anything and everything that had a skull on it. Skull shirts, skull belt…..and then his sister informed him that he needed to pick out a “nice outfit” for the first day.
“Uh…I’m not wearing a nice outfit on the first day. I’m wearing a COOL outfit. With skulls,” he informed her. “That way I’ll get cool people friends. Besides, don’t you know that if I dress all fancy all of my friends will talk British?”
Yeah, my son actually said that. Apparently there are a good number of 5 year olds with British accents residing in rural Arkansas.
The “fun” continued as I accompanied my stepdaughter to the dressing room and tried to convince her that yes, she actually does wear the same size as me, isn’t it funny how fast kids grow nowadays? And no, that shirt is not supposed to fit like a second skin. Yes, those pants are super cute but maybe if you could breathe in them…..okay how about if you just try on a size bigger? See how nice and not skin tight those are?
I was so wishing for Stacy and Clinton to come take over with the 360 degree mirror. They would have totally taken charge of the situation.
As if that weren’t punishment enough, I decided that a trip to the shoe store was next.
Like I said, I am full of super smart ideas.
Did you know that a five year old boy cannot commit to a pair of shoes until he runs full speed around the store and jumps up and down in them at least ten times? Yep, that is an actual fact. Apparently all kids do in kindergarten is have super speed races. They don’t sit in circles or anything like that. Nope, just run, run, run….
And of course, you’d be surprised at how easily a twelve year old girl finds a pair of shoes she likes. Oh yeah, not picky at all. And thrifty too! (This is the part of the trip that I completely wiped out of my mind and replaced with my delusional hopes and dreams. Just go with it.)
Last, but certainly not least, was the mandatory stop at Target where I learned that the best way to deal with a 12 year old girl telling you that she needs eyeliner for school is to tell her to call her dad and ask his opinion. Apparently, she didn’t need it as bad as she thought she did.
It should be of no surprise to you that I was completely wiped out of all my baking energy.
Kids will drain you like that. It’s what they do.
So, I decided to break out this easy and yummy no-bake treat. It’s too hot for the oven anyways.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Mini M&M’s, nuts, crushed Oreos, or chopped candy bars for topping
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Add sugars and beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Place bowl in refrigerator for about an hour to firm up. Remove from fridge and form into a rounded shape on plate. Cover in desired topping.
Serve with graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
This is a really yummy and easy treat!
Have a happy weekend!