These Carmelita Bars are what you make when you want a cookies but don’t want to babysit one cookie sheet after another. It’s also what you make when you want to bribe your kids back into form.
Every summer it’s the same story, three weeks before school starts, we start gearing up with back-to-school shopping for clothes and school supplies, and bedtime gets rolled back to a reasonable hour that won’t leave their heads hitting the table by 10am. And every year it’s a battle.
This year. . . . I can’t even believe I’m saying this, I’m almost afraid if I type it, I will jinx it. But here it goes, because it’s worth sharing–no battles. None. What’s even more crazy is usually Naomi or I do their back to school shopping. This year, the boys insisted on picking out their clothes, even the toddler who apparently needs little kids Stance socks (13.99 a pair–gulp!).
While I’m glad they are growing up, I’m also leery of the idea of them becoming more self aware of their image. So when I’m asked if something looks cool, my response is always, “Do you like it?”. If I’m pushed it’s usually a simple, “Looks great dude.”
Bedtime hour is a different story. There is always the whining, the pleading and the begging and arguments of why does bedtime have to be rolled back now when it’s still summer. And like any good parent I tell them, “Because I said so.” And when that is met with more resistance I offer these Caramelita Bars as breakfast.