One of my friends arrived one day at volleyball with a ziploc bag that appeared to have chocolate in it. Hmmm...bag o'chocolate. I had to inquire. Turns out she had started some Muddy Buddies but discovered she didn't have any powdered sugar in the house, so she just brought it along. Obviously, then, I had to make Muddy Buddies. The recipe, my friend told me, is on the box of Chex. Now I don't buy brand name Chex unless I have a coupon and they're on sale. I didn't, and they weren't, so I just copied the recipe on a scrap paper there in Aisle 3 when I purchased my generic box of Chex.
This morning started with Muddy Buddy preparation. Here's how:
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. butter
1 t. vanilla (if you remember it; if not, tastes good anyway)
9 c. Chex
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave.
2. Add vanilla (or not).
3. Mix together.
4. Place mixture in ziploc bag.
5. Add powdered sugar and shake until coated.
6. Spread out on baking sheet to dry.
And what better to go with Muddy Buddies than Buddy the Elf? Elf is our annual tradition. We all giggle through the whole thing no matter how many times we've seen it.
Before we sat down for Elf, however, we attended a First Lego League competition. Just as observers, not participants, although I know of a certain little boy for whom I need to one day purchase a Mind Storm. The boy was riveted on the robot courses. It's his kind of thing. I've thought about starting an FLL team (you can't just join one already in progress), but I just don't feel like starting something else and being in charge of something else. May have to take that step, though; he would meet that kind of challenge head on.
Anyway, after the Lego competition and Elf, there was a little downtime, and then Alex and I headed out for a girls' night. We attended a wonderful Christmas production at the far-away church of last week. It was well done, and we enjoyed ourselves.
Then, on the way home, the topic came up. She had some questions about her new aunt-to-be and what her husband situation is/has been since she has a teenage daughter. Her theory was that Aunt S. had to have had a husband at some point because you can't have a baby without a husband. I explained that her aunt-to-be's previous husband passed away. I explained that, unfortunately, people do still have babies even if they aren't married.
"Like Mary and Joseph?" she asked.
"Well, that's kind of a unique situation because God gave them their baby."
"So, what happens then? Girls take a pill or something and then they have a baby?"
Oh, how I wanted to just let her think that unwed mothers got that way by popping a pill. But I explained it all. The whole story of the birds and the bees.
When I was done explaining, she began her nervous, embarrassed chatter about nothing. And I turned the AC on. Because, well, it was getting a little warm in there.