Well, they've been and back. The first day of school is always a half day. A lot of hassle for just a half day, but I suppose it makes the transition easier for some. For others? Well, some of us are ready for whole days, let's just leave it at that.
This afternoon, my kids and I will observe the ancient (okay, 4 year old) family tradition of making cookies for the first week of school.
Each year, for the first week of school, I like to send along homemade -- made together -- healthful cookies for their snack/lunches. I think maybe they don't feel so far away from home that way. I remember that, "I wanna go home" feeling. (Honestly, I still get that feeling. Often. But that's another post for another day.) Suffice it to say, it's my way of sending a little of myself along with them.
As wonderful as this all may sound, to be honest, I almost talked myself out of it this year. I didn't think they really noticed it, and it's been a lot of work getting ready for school this year. But, just as I had that thought, my son came around the corner yesterday and asked me when we were making "those school cookies." He did remember. Silly me. To the store we went for the seemingly 900 ingredients. But it will be worth it. It already is -- he remembers.
I always make these particular cookies for this occasion, because they taste great, they are nut-free out of regard for any allergy-ridden classmates, the recipe makes a big batch, and they are relatively nutritious, for cookies.
2 sticks butter (I know, but it makes a lot!)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
Cream the above and then add and stir:
1 c. whole wheat
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. corn flakes
2 c. oatmeal
1 c. raisins
1 cup coconut (optional)
6 oz. chocolate chips (I usually substitute cinnamon chips)
Drop by heaping tablespoons and flatten a bit on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until done.
There they go. My Sweeties.