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Cooking Corner

August 24, 2011
Bernice Volkens

When the State Fair is over and school has started, to me, summer is near its end. The start of the school year is a time for getting used to a new teacher, new books, new clothes, or new kids in your class. It's a time for change. No more sleeping late. No more playing games after supper. No more swimming in the pool. No more vacation trips. A new school year always means adjusting not only to the kids, but parents and teachers as well.

All of us whether we have children in school or not, want the very best when it comes to a good education. These children are our future leaders and we want to do what we can do to help them have the chance to be the very best they can be. We want our young people to grow up to be good citizens and to care and share.

I have heard many times the most precious gift from God is the children he has given to us to care for and to love. There are many circumstances that make it impossible for some of these children to grow up in a loving environment or to be secure with the necessities of life. Perhaps they are being raised in a one parent home where there is love, but insufficient funds for their needs. Sometimes in a two parent home something happens that prohibits a happy family.

The parents along with schools has a lot to do with these children's future. We spend a great deal of time, effort and money for education. We try to give our children the needed tools to lead a full life and earn a satisfying living. I think it is too bad so many children learn much from the "school of hard knocks." How much better if it could be called the "school of opportunity." The difference between the two is attitude toward misfortune. From the school of hard knocks it is hard to get up and recover. From the other school a person learns to roll with the punches and get up to succeed. So it is with a good education.

When your child, no matter the age, gets home from school any parents want their snacks and meals to be delicious and nutritious.



1 cup ( 2 sticks) butter or


1/3 cup corn syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups oat meal

1 cup of flaked coconut

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1/2 bag (16 oz.

size) marshmallows

4 cups rice krispies


1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt and stir butter, syrup, sugar and vanilla. Stir in oats, coconut and nuts. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Stir in marshmallows and when melted stir in the rice krispies.

Using a buttered spatula, press mixture evenly into a buttered 9 X 13 pan or jelly roll pan. Cool.

In a small saucepan melt chips and peanut butter. Spread over oatmeal mixture. Cool. Cut into squares.

A good excuse for missing school. This is true- "My son is under the doctor's care and could not take P.E. Please excuse him."



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