Tuesday, April 01, 2008

We're Throwing the Child Overboard!

The base is handling our taxes (for the last year). Our tax return has now been rejected three times. We read Jonah this a.m. Somehow it seems appropriate that we have begun to throw children overboard as 15 Apr approaches. Yep, we're submitting it without Krista tomorrow. We'll see if they take it now. ::snort:: Maybe we'll be down to the average 2.3 children by the time we pay Uncle Sam.
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OOEY GOOEY KRISPER BARS


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WooHOO! You gotta try these - NO marshmallows (blue dye and such). Orig recipe ingredients in ().

1 C Agave Nectar (corn syrup)
3/4 C Rapadura (sugar)
1/4 tsp sea salt (salt)
1/2 C Peanut Butter
6 C Crispy Rice Cereal
3/4 C Chocolate chips (opt)
1/2 C Peanut Butter Chips (opt)
Coat 13x9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.In large saucepan, cook corn syrup, sugar and salt over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, until mixture just begins to boil. When mixture begins to bubble and has a light froth on the surface, remove from heat. Add peanut butter. Stir until well blended. Stir in cereal.Pout into prepared pan. Using greased spatula or waxed paper, (hey Deja - you don't burn your fingers this way ::snort::) press to level. Sprinkle with chocolate and peanut butter chips. Cool Cut in squares. Makes 24 bars.
I think these are good. I used Rice Krispies and may have to buy organic RC for making these. I'm going to try puffed rice and see. Why puffed rice when the crispies taste better? The ingredient list: Puffed Rice - whole grain brown rice.....Crispies - rice, sugar, salt, high fructose corn syrup, malt flavoring.....things we avoid. LOL The Rapadura gives it a toffee taste and those who know me will be shocked to hear this - but I think less chocolate or no chocolate would be good - these were RICH!
I took these to Bible Study tonight and they seem to be a hit. The kids all tasted one bar and then asked for more. I think they like these better than granola bars... now I have two "healthier" snack bars. I think I could simply add some oats and flax seed to this.....nah....Thanks, Jen, for sending me this yummy recipe.
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Ticket System

We have a ticket system in our home. I use tickets for lots of things. They are a great way for us, as adults and young adults, to focus on the positive things the littles do. They are a huge help for training/disciplining. I've given them out one week to anyone who showed initative, another week it was for saying please and thank you, one week for instant obedience with a SMILE on the face, sometimes for extra jobs, trying new foods..... No, it's not been our experience in our two years of doing this that they revert when the tickets are gone (although Zander tends to that).

Josiah copied one full sheet for us and so there are 30 tickets on a sheet. They simply glue their ticket onto their sheet.

What can they earn? This started with little dinosaurs...but then went to play station time. I became alarmed when Zander quit responding because he figured out that he could play during Nolan's play time - and Nolan had to earn the tickets....BUT Nolan and Arielle asked if they could save their pages for a family trip to Mr. Gatti's...so Zander has been on his own. ::snort::

Arielle began redeeming her page of 30 tickets for a book - then we settled on $3 a sheet, as that was getting spendy for a week's worth of effort......Everyone always KNOWS what I'm awarding tickets for this week, and what they are saving for.

All that to say this: Today I caught this on film - hmmm....not film but card.
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None of us know WHAT she's saving for but she was thrilled (and so was the child who got an extra ticket). I get TICKET! I DID IT!
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