02 Jul Christy: Easy cookie bars
When it comes to desserts, Rhonada makes some pretty delicious treats. I, on the other hand, am not a great baker. Rhonada thankfully shared with me some of her easy recipes that even a beginner can’t get wrong.
One of those is a really easy, tasty cookie bar. It is not exactly made from scratch, but it can be made in different ways and usually you have all the ingredients in your pantry.
1 box white cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil
3-4 tablespoons water
1 cup chocolate chips
Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Mix all but the chocolate chips in a bowl. Add the chocolate chips. Your mixture will be super sticky.
Grease a 9×13 cake pan. Pour mixture in. The dough, if you can call it that, is very sticky so I spray my hand with a little cooking spray to spread it evenly in the pan. The pictures shown will be of the recipe doubled to make enough bars for our crew.
The bars will bake for about 15 to 25 minutes depending on your oven. You want them to be a little brown on the edges and firm in the middle.
After cooling, they cut really well and bag easily to hand out in the field.
When I mentioned that you could make these bars in different ways, I have done chocolate cake mix with white morsels, and strawberry cake mix with chocolate chips. I think you could do just about any combination and they turn out well. It’s an easy way to make a fresh treat, and goes well with any meal.
I smoked some pork on the grill to make some sandwiches. I added a container of corn mac and cheese to go with, and I think the guys had a good lunch in the field today.
Zoey is not a fan of either pork sammies or corn mac and cheese, so she enjoyed a hot dog. Or two. This kid is pickier than any guy we’ve ever had on our crew. She’s starting to be willing to try some different foods, but she is by far our biggest work in progress.
We are in the process of finally finishing in Texas, and will start moving things around tomorrow. The crew with Gary and Rhonada are still working hard around Hobart and Frederick, Oklahoma. I think it’ll be a few more days before they can wrap that part up.
At this point, I know Kansas is ready. The rain has held us up, but if we can finish out tonight, we can be on our way to take care of our customers farther north. The wet weather has really made a dent in our schedule.
Starting tomorrow, I think we’ll start having a few crews split in different directions. It’s not ideal, trying to care for everyone in each location, but necessary for the jobs we care for. I think we’re finally headed in to the crazy busy part of harvest, and it’s by far about time.
Christy Paplow can be reached at email@example.com.
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