Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Butterscotch Chews, Pink Princess and Automotive Specialist ...

It pays off to have your own three children in your early 20's. If Mother Nature performs her magic, you are blessed with grandchildren while you are young enough to keep up with them. At 52, I have 5. One step grand daughter and four biological grand children.

Two of those kidlets live here in the same town. The newly turned five year old, Pink Princess, and the three year old, Auto Specialist. Be warned, the names will change from time to time, though I suspect Pink will always be a part of the Pink Princess. Best of all, these two, in disguise Angels, call me Oma .... not Grandma ... Oma. That is absolutely fine by me!

What did you call you Grand Mother? Grandma? Granny? Nan or Nana? Bottom line, she is every boys lifeline to the cookie jar, and every girls escort through the kitchen ... at least in this house it works that way. And the trade off for me? Easy answer ... hugs and kisses .... and Barney (I have come to appreciate that purple dinosaur ... heaven help me).

I have the Pink Princess and the Auto Specialist every Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday was much the same as any day. The Auto Specialist indicating the hole in his stomach was really quite unbearable, and the Pink Princess insisting we make something with chocolate (I love that girl!). Alas? NO CHOCOLATE!

With the "Oh No's" filling the air, I tell them we can make Butterscotch Chews! Life, as the kidlets know it, has been saved!

Butterscotch Chews

1/2 cup soft butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt (I use course ground Kosher)
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use pure vanilla)

Beat butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Add flour. baking powder, salt and vanilla. Spread in greased 9 X 13 pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minuets. Cut into squares while still warm.

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