Wednesday, August 15, 2012

a rocky road

Our youngest is finally big enough to go on more difficult biking trails with us.  Although she had her training wheels removed last summer, her bike was still too small to navigate some of the paths.

This summer, with her new bike in tow, a new bike rack for four, and a new trail map, we've ventured (slowly) into biking on the trails.

It's been quite a while since I've been on a bike on full that both kids are riding ahead of me, I now need to catch up to them.  As we were beginning our trek, I started to ask myself, about half an hour into our excursion..."Is it me or are these mountains high like roller coasters? ("They're just little hills, Mom!")

Although we had a map and knew that we were on a safe path, as we pushed upwards to the top of the hill, I couldn't help but feel a little butterfly in the stomach as I peered over to the other side, wondering...will the road to the other side be smooth...or rocky? 

Much like life, sometimes we have to trust the maps we are given that will lead us onto a safe path.  That we can still venture out of our comfort zone and still exercise caution.  Like my kids on this bike excursion...with the right guidance, they rode with determination and strength and discovered and enjoyed the ride on the other side.

Maybe that's the trick.  I just need to remove my prohibitions and just enjoy the moment through the eyes of a child.  So, with my helmet and a (very) firm grip, we went along these trails.  

They weren't bumpy after all.

Rocky Road Bars
(adapted from the recipe on the back of the 
Honey Maid graham cracker package)

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (or Oreo cookie crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/12 cups medium shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts (optional)
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 can (300ml) sweetened condesned milk
  • 3 squares of Baker's semi-sweet chocolate or 2 tbsp. of chocolate chips, melted.

  • Preheat oven to 350degrees.  Mix crumbs and butter, press firmly onto the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan
  • Layer coconut, nuts (optional), chocolate chips, and marshmallows evenly over crumbs.  Drizzle with condensed milk evenly over top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  
  • Remove from oven, drizzle with melted chocolate, cool.

Makes about 36 bars.

{Attending these beautiful  parties...Homemaker on a Dime}

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