Yes, I'm one of those mamas. Go ahead and laugh, I don't mind!
I may miss my sweetie every day, but I've been consoling myself by playing with the bento cuteness I've been slowly stockpiling for the last year. Cute little animal food picks. Pink bento boxes. Tiny flower cookie cutters. And those cute little silicone muffin cups shaped like animals – they slay me! Where was all this stuff when I was harboring a secret hatred for making lunches when I was a kid?
And when she asks me (every day), "Mommy, are you going to miss me?" I give her a big squeezie hug, choke back my mama tears and whisper in her ear, "Of course I will, sweetheart! Remember, when lunchtime rolls around at school today that I've poured all my love into your lunch box."
I'm not exaggerating when I say that, either. I love packing up her lunch each night, and I find myself thinking of things I can do to make her smile when my hungry girl opens up her snack or lunch.
Tomorrow is a minimum day, so I only need to pack Miss C. a snack. I've been meaning to whip up a batch of Miss C.'s favorite Gooey Granola Bars for a good long while now, and with school starting it seems I have the perfect reason to dust off (and share!) this easy recipe.
Gooey Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used the natural, unsweetened kind)
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup raisins
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place your oats on a cookie sheet and toast for 5-10 minutes in your preheated oven. I don't like mine too toasty, so I only baked them for about 5 minutes.
While the oats are toasting, heat the peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Remove from heat when the mixture is well mixed and thin enough for easy pouring and stirring.
Combine oats, raisins and warm peanut butter mixture in a large bowl. Pour the gooey goodness into a parchment paper lined 13x9 baking dish, pressing down to desired thickness.
Cool slightly before
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add all sorts of goodies to the mix to make your own little sweeties happy. And if you don't want them to be so gooey (or a little less sweet), simply cut down on the honey.
Master W. and I had fun making these granola bars together while his Sissy was at school, though I suspect his favorite part was licking the spoon afterward. I can't wait to tuck one of these little squares next to the fruit and cheese in her snack box tonight!