When we were dating, my husband and I loved to cook together. One of our favorite dating activities was to go to the grocery store together and buy ingredients, rent a movie, and then go to one of our apartments and cook and eat while we watched the movie. After we were married, he cooked at least half of our meals.
Somewhere along the way, I became a stay at home mom and took over all the cooking. So imagine my surprise when my husband got up in the middle of watching Parks and Recreation with me, went into the kitchen, and started to make something! I went in to investigate, and he was preparing these delicious energy balls for our upcoming trip. They are so simple and tasty, and will make an excellent road snack.
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter (he used Adams)
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
Combine peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and raisins in a bowl, and mix well. Form into golf ball-sized balls and roll each one in coconut. Place on waxed paper and set in the refrigerator to chill.
We are heading up to the mountains tomorrow to spend three days holed up in a little mountain cabin, just the five of us. We did this last year and we all loved getting away as a family. As much as we enjoy visiting relatives or vacationing with friends, there is a whole new level of relaxation when we get away by ourselves. Unfortunately, I’m not sure we’ll have a repeat of last year’s blissful trip. Our toddler came down with the stomach flu a couple of days ago, and now that he’s over the worst of it, our five year old has it. It is too late to get a refund, so we’re going to brave the trip and hope against hope that nobody throws up in the car! Cross your fingers for us. And don’t worry, the cabin comes fully equipped with a washer and dryer…something that I fear we may be using a little too much! And if our time away turns into a giant puke-fest, at least I’ll have something to blog about when I get home… (sob!)
UPDATE: Now husband and 7 year old are also sick. I’m now officially the only healthy person in the house! Which means I’m also the only one able to clean up vomit and wash the mountains of sheets, blankets, and clothing that we are going through. But hey, I’m not going to complain, I can see how miserable everyone else is and I know I’m definitely the lucky one. 😉 Our cabin rental company is graciously making an exception to their policy and letting us shift our reservation over by a couple of days, so hopefully the worst will be over by Tuesday!