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How many bars can mom make?Posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 3:50 PM
How many pans of bars do you think a mom makes in her life time? It would be interesting to know how many pounds of sugar, how many gallons of corn syrup, how many bags of chocolate chips and how many eggs we will go through in our lifetime.
It seems I am asked frequently to prepare a pan of bars for some school event. I always like to help out.
Last week I upped my number by a great degree - seven pans!
I made a trip to Simpson college over the weekend to share some "quality" time with Jordan for family day.
Quantity also played a part. I volunteered to make some bars for him and his frat brothers to share so that I could be known as one of those moms they would be happy to see on my next trip down there.
He already had made the decision that some of those bars would go to the kitchen and some would stay in his room as his own stash - we laughed that he probably made it to the kitchen after we left to retrieve the bars we left in the kitchen. Four pans of scotch-a-roos and a pan of chocolate chip bars - whew he'd surely come home weighing in at 300 and diagnosed with diabetes if he did that!
I couldn't forget those at home so I made a couple additional pans for there. Marissa, at Wayne State, heard about it and asked if I could send some scotch-a-roos to her in the mail but decided she would come home this week so I better have some ready for her to take back with her!
At last Friday's game I was asked to make a pan of bars for a tailgate at this week's football game. So it's back in the kitchen for me. It's all for the kids, I keep saying to myself!
And how many of us moms make the same bar recipe everytime we are asked to help - you, know, the one that we have made so many times we could do it in our sleep?
I usually do but once in awhile look in the cookbook for a new recipe to try but sometimes those new recipes don't go over as well.
There's nothing worse than to see at the end of a supper event at school, that your bars are the only ones remaining. That is a good indication that it's back to that old standby recipe.
On the plus side, it is flattering when your bars are the first to be selected and people ask for the recipe.
With nearly three more years of having high school'ers, my quantities will continue to rise and there will be many occasions for spoiling the college kids.
I'd like to eventually make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for making the greatest amount of bars. Want to challenge me?
Lorri Glawe is a reporter for the Pilot Tribune in Storm Lake.