Monday, September 13, 2010

Monkey to Llama

This morning Kai Fehry requested we make cookies and Viv Fehry requested we use peanut butter so we hit the web on a mission and ended up on a recipe called Monkey Bars because it had a cool name, it was a cookie, and it had peanut butter in it. Viv LOVES peanut butter and so she was in charge of getting the peanut butter in the measuring cup, Kai wasn't thrilled, he wanted to do that.

Kai then had a first...first time to crack and egg without getting shells in the egg (most of the success was due to him being mad about the peanut butter and using extra force on the initial crack)

Viv patted down the cookie batter into the pan. Kai is getting peeved that he can't have more batter in his mouth.

Elevating to "take that out of the oven, its mine!"


Time for a little time out from the kitchen. I have to admit I am no good at time outs. I've seen Super Nanny use magic naughty spots, I have friends who can just point in the air and their kids immediately head to their time out refuge. In my house getting to time out usually becomes more of challenge than the initial refraction. Set Kai on bed, shut door, repeat 4 times. Finally he chills on his bed for two minutes. Our time-out routine ends with sharing a book together(in hope it would make the walk to time-out more enticing but it doesn't work that way) Anyhow our favorite "time out is over" book is Llama, Llama Mad at Mama about a little llama who is finally fed up with mom's shopping journey and throws a huge tantrum in the store (also a must read for any mama that tries to coupon shop with kids in tow). Its super cute and is Kai all the way; in fact, sometimes we call him little llama.

Llama drama over. Time to spread the chocolate!

Monkey bars! Viv liked them but didn't ask for seconds. Kai ate two in about 3 minutes. I'd just give it a 3 stars, they tasted great but a little too much effort for me or am I getting that confused with the time out?

Here is the recipe Monkey Bars

Monkey Peanut Butter Bars
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 tablespoons milk

1. Cream butter and white sugar and brown sugar. Blend in 1/3 cup peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Add flour and oatmeal. Mix well!
2. Spread in greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
3. Return to oven and bake for eight minutes. Spread to smooth out chocolate chips. Cool! Mix icing and spread over bars. Refrigerate to set. Cut and eat.
4. To Make Icing: Mix together 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 3 1/2 tablespoons milk until it makes a spreadable consistency.

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