Let’s talk about something. Something cool. Something rad. Something really really awesome.
You know what moms are good at?
Finding lost things. Y’know, sometimes you’ll be looking for a jacket for hours and you’ll yell out, “MAAAAAHHHHMMM!” before you even get to ask where your jacket is, she’s holding it in front of you. “Where was it?” you might ask. She’ll reply, “I just know things.”
Fixing boo boos. Even imaginary ones. “Mommy I stepped on a teddy bear and now I need some boo boo cream for my foot and a Rugrats band aid. My teddy bear needs one too.” The four year old cries. She promptly whips out the magical neosporin and band aids, sets the squirt on the bathroom counter, and within the minute with the help of a few mommy kisses the squirt is good to go.
Making mac n cheese. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but every time someone expresses a craving for homemade mac n cheese, everyone instantly goes, “my mom makes the best mac n cheese. With breadcrumbs and everything!” Apparently breadcrumbs make mac n cheese legit. And the best.
Being Proud. Yeah, you might be that kid who trips on the way up the staircase to receive your middle school graduation diploma, knocking down the table that all of your teachers are sitting at, spilling water everywhere and breaking the mic, but guess who’s still shouting, “WOOOOOOO!!! LOVE YOU SWEETIE!!” as tears stream down her face at the fact that you will no longer be in middle school. That’s right. Your mom.
Holding the phone between their ear and shoulder. Only moms can do this. It’s like the second they find out they’re pregnant they start practicing, knowing that in nine months they will no longer have a free hand to hold the phone while they talk.
This is just a short excerpt of the interminable list of things that moms are good at. She deserves today. I think that every other day should be Mother’s day, but I don’t think most mothers would like that. Because mothers are selfless. They don’t like getting credit for all they do. They just do stuff because they want to, for their kids.
So if you’re reading this and thinking, “I can’t believe I forgot to do something for her for mothers day, it’s just that last week was AP tests and college finals and SATs and it just slipped my mind and now it’s 3pm on Mother’s day and I have nothing for my favorite person.” fret not. I have a solution. The solution is called Oh Baby Bars. Pretty much a homemade reeses as a bar. I might as well rename this blog chocolate and peanut butter. You probably have all of these ingredients already in your house, so you won’t need to ask mom to take you to the grocery store to get what you need to give her her gift. These took less than 10 minutes to put together. The rest of the time they sit in the fridge. In true mother’s day fashion, make sure you wash the dishes. Otherwise the entire thought of the gift is negated.
Oh Baby Bars
adapted from Eat, Live, Run
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
-2 Tbsp brown sugar
-1 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
-1 12 oz bag chocolate chips
-1 Tbsp butter
Line a 9×13″ pan with foil.
Beat together the peanut butter, 1/2 stick butter, brown sugar, and confectioners sugar. Press down into the bottom of the pan. (I used a sheet of waxed paper on top of the dough to help me do this. This is also an awesome job to give little siblings).
In a heatproof (NON METAL!) bowl, put the chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp butter. Microwave at 30 second intervals on power level 5, stirring after each 30 seconds until smooth. Pour over peanut butter dough/crust thing, spread evenly. Refrigerate for about an hour before cutting into small pieces.
These would be fun to eat while kite flying at the beach on this stupendous mother’s day!
Happy Mom’s Day, Mom.