“Go anywhere today?” My husband asked me about ten minutes after walking through the door from work.
“Um… does the mailbox count?” was my lame reply. I was actually proud of myself for making it that far.
Since Saturday, I have been fighting the current Crud going around. Unfortunately, sick days aren’t really covered in the Mom Contract. I keep looking for a clause, but nope. Nothing. I think the general rule is that Moms just aren’t supposed to get sick in the first place. Alas, here I am. Leaving the house under protest. Blowing my nose constantly. Sleeping whenever possible. Feeding and clothing my children only when absolutely necessary.
My parenting skills have hit an all-time low. I call it Couch Parenting. I gave up on the Naptime! Game, in favor of just telling my 3-year old, “Please don’t break anything, including your brother, while I close my eyes for 5 minutes.”
Yesterday I felt the first spark of my old self returning. What’s this? Energy? I had not left the house with both children in five days, let alone do anything fun with either of them. I was ready to get back on track.
I remembered seeing a fun little edible project in a Ladies Home Journal a few weeks ago. With only 3 ingredients and 3 steps, I knew this was a project I could tackle with a toddler on my first day back to reality. She loved unwrapping and lining up all of the Hershey’s kisses. I assembled acorns while stuffing Nutter Butter Bites into my 1-year old’s mouth. It was super simple, and the end product was cute and tasty. A successful project, if you ask me!
With plenty of fall still ahead of us these would be a fun weekend project to do with your kids or a unique addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.
For the record, I know acorns don’t come from maple trees. But there were no oak leaves within an easy walking distance. Like to the mailbox.
from Ladies Home Journal
yield: 5-6 dozen
1 cup chocolate chips, divided
9-12 oz. bag of Hershey’s kisses
8 oz. bag of Nutter Butter bites (or Ritz Bitz)
- Place about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stopping and stirring it every 20 seconds until melted.
- Unwrap the kisses and use the melted chocolate to attach one kiss to each Nutter Butter bite. (You could also split the bites in half to make more acorns.)
- Dip the flat side of the chocolate chips into the melted chocolate and attach them to the tops of the acorns. Let cool & serve.
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