To the best of our ability, keeping our family life relatively simple is key to making it run smoothly and happily. Sometimes there are speed bumps...other times there are road blocks...navigating the rocky road to keep our family harmonious in an unsettled economy.
We have been very fortunate that we were able to sustain our modest home, and even if it's size (or lack thereof) can be frustrating, at least it is manageable for our current hectic lifestyle.
I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a monstrosity of a home...you know what homes I'm talking about...those that are so big that it would take a whole crew just to maintain it. I'll admit it...i've been wanting to move to a larger house for quite sometime now. As our kids get bigger, we are starting to outgrow our house. But logistically, geographically and financially, we are very comfortable with where we are right now.
After hearing that Warren Buffet has lived in his modest 3 bedroom home for over 50 years, I think we can do the same thing (well, maybe not 50 years, but maybe a few more). Afterall, he's worth billions of dollars and it has been well documented that he lives a very simple life, enjoying simple pleasures (plays cards with Bill Gates), and doesn't believe in keeping up with Joneses (he owns a private jet company, but doesn't travel on one).
"I have an ideal life. I get to do what I want to do everyday.
And money can't buy any more than that".
I think about that quote every time I get frustrated with the little things. I get to do what I want to do...to nurture our family in our cozy home, raising amazing, responsible, respectful, kind and loving children, with the company of wonderful family and friends. So instead of hurrying to find a bigger house, we'll wait a bit, enjoy what we have now, and share these simple chocolate butterscotch bars instead...and let them be made, in a hurry.
Chocolate Butterscotch Simple Fix Bars
(adapted from the "Quick Hurry Bars" from the 150 Delicious Squares book)
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/3 cups medium unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 can (11 oz) sweetened condensed milk.
- 1/2 cup of President's Choice "Mini Butterscotch Melts" (butterscotch-filled mini chocolate cups)...or mix 1/4 cup each of butterscotch and chocolate chips.
- Combine first 3 ingredients in medium bowl.
- Add condensed milk. Stir well.
- Spread evenly in well-greased 8x8 inch pa.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes until golden.
- Let stand in pan until cool.
Makes 25 squares.