Since Chatter and Chitter started school almost 11 years ago-I've pretty much packed their lunches. They are way too picky to eat what the school offers. Actually when I think about it-they've pretty much eaten the exact same lunch for most of those 11 years.
For whatever reason-the lunches from my elementary school, Martins Creek, stand out in my mind more than my high school years. Maybe its because I spent more time there-8 years-or maybe its because the school was so small I knew all the lunch ladies on a first name basis-and most of them knew me well enough to remember when I was born.
Of course-I liked the pizza they served-remember it came in big squares? Maybe it still does. I also like their mashed potatoes. And I never got over my infatuation with their cartons of milk-and oh my on lucky days there might even be chocolate milk. I did not like the regularly served meal of soup and a peanut-butter sandwich. I never understood how anyone could eat peanut butter without the jelly!
One lunchroom favorite-I make myself-chocolate oatmeal cookies. Some folks call them no bake cookies. I suppose the lunchroom served them-because most kids love chocolate, they were sweet, and the oatmeal made them semi healthy.
There's lots of different recipes for the cookies. When The Deer Hunter and I were first married I found the recipe variation I like the best-in a community cookbook that students at Martins Creek School sold. Coincidentally-the recipe was submitted by a girl who was a grade behind me in elementary school-I guess she never got over lunchroom cookies either.
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups one minute oats (I use a little less than 3 cups-cause I like mine extra chocolaty and moist)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine: butter, milk, cocoa, and sugar in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Heat till boiling-boil one minute.
Remove from heat-stir in vanilla and peanut butter.
Making the cookies-couldn't be easier. They are perfect for a quick fix for a sweet tooth-and fast enough to make for those last minute functions-you know the ones your daughters forget to tell you about until an hour before they start?
So did you eat in the lunchroom? Did they ever serve chocolate no bake oatmeal cookies?
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