Happy Mother’s Day! It is one million degrees here (over 90 for the last 3 days, please tell me what is happening), and we have had all sorts of celebrations this weekend. A toddler birthday party with all of our besties, tons of baby steps on the construction on our house, a big family dinner last night for Mother’s Day with my family, and today, the actual day, is more left to getting ready for the new week and begging Beck to not whine any more than usual for this one day. …
Because here’s the thing. A quick Google of the holiday indicates that either super fancy desserts or super fancy (read: expensive) brunches are how we prove to our mamas that we love them. Is that how it is in your family? I’m sorry if so, or jealous that you’re a better baker and/or more wealthy than me?
In my family, however, my sweet mother is all “don’t spend your moneyyyyy! I don’t need anythinnnnggg!!” Not really shrill but just kind of … guys. I know you love me. Money doesn’t change that. Thank goodness, because I have precious little money. I’m also relatively terrible at baking complicated things because I have zero patience, but WHO among us doesn’t love a good sweet especially for a holiday celebrating the very one that gave us life? Or raised us? Or did motherly things for us? People with all sorts of definitions of mothering deserve these bars, is my point.
Here’s your answer. If you’re celebrating anything or anyone this weekend and want to make a nice gesture without breaking the bank or spending half the day on something that might fail, MAKE THESE. They’re simple, taste like an effing Reese’s, and have peanut butter (antioxidants), graham (probably definitely a whole grain), and peanut butter (protein, duh). So, basically a health food.
My mother has this thing she does where sometimes she’ll tell a really unimportant lie for fun to mess with people.
Does your mother do that? Probably not. She’s probably not as funny as mine.
For our Monday, I’m making you a really bland and colorless side dish.
Just kidding. Colorless, yes, but this is very easy and packed with flavor so….maybe perfect for a Monday?
I made this yesterday for my mama for Mother’s day. What’d you do for your mom? My sister Emily got her a waffle iron and my other two sisters got her some sweet pottery so….my “gift” of dinner was lame, but still kind of delicious.
We hope she had a good time with all of her peeps.
This side dish, though. It’s good. Really good. I’m writing the printable just as I did it, but you could substitute any grains or rice-like things you like: quinoa, orzo, regular rice….anything! Just cook whatever you use separately since the cooking times will be all different, then mix ’em together at the end.