Friday, August 12, 2011

Hay's for horses!

For a final Horsing Around treat, I came up with a recipe for "chocolate hay stacks". It was fun for Molly (4) to make and Ben (1) loved the haystacks and kept "asking" for more!

We melted about 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and stirred in maybe 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Then we mixed in about a cup of chow mein noodles (those little skinny crunchy noodles - yum!) and stirred gently until they were all covered. We made little "hay stacks" of about a tablespoon each on a sheet of wax paper and let them cool. I actually stuck them in the freezer to hurry along the cooling process. They're still pretty melty in the picture. This recipe made 12 snack stacks.

I imagine you could make a more hay-colored treat the same way, but by using white chocolate chips with peanut butter.

Meanwhile, the Johnson County Fair has been going on and we planned to ride some carnival rides, but got rained out. Luckily, my genius friend thought of taking the kids to Zonkers instead, an indoor fun zone with real rides, games, tunnels, and a bounce house! We had a blast and I snapped a picture of Molly on a purple horse being a cow girl.

As if our weekend couldn't hold any more excitement, we watched a parade this morning. Ben's favorite by far were the horses. When they marched/trotted past, Ben pointed and yelled and tried to stand up in his stroller! Yee haw!

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