Driving Woes

By Geekmom

The eldest ninja helper monkey is driving!  Not quite a car yet, thank goodness.  Tomorrow, she drives a robot at competition.  I watched her practice last night.  Reluctantly I must admit she is really quite good.  (Don’t worry, she thinks my blog is lame and refuses to read it so she won’t get this compliment.)  I hope that this confidence spreads into her driving down the road in a car, because I hate driving.  Mind you, I do it.  I am fairly certain that the reason that I hate it isn’t my sweet little vampire Beetle Edward, but the fact that I get very angry at other drivers when I drive.




I might, just might, have a need for anger management when I drive.  Here is an example in point.  There is a section of road that has been closed off due to a hole in the road.  It is not one of those potholes that grow profusely in these parts, but a twelve inch bottomless void into the deep dark netherworld.  It would kill Edward if he hit it.  So thankfully, it has been blocked off… though I see no sign of them ever fixing it.  They have redirected that lane of traffic into the turn lane and they have clearly marked that we are not to use it as such.  Two days ago while driving that section I saw someone use the left turn lane.  I exploded with anger.  Fortunately my children are used to this.  I really should just ignore it, but I can’t.  Can you now see why I don’t want her to be a driver like I am?


On a nicer note, I am working on goodies for the eldest to take with her to the competition.  She is going with The Saint and Android Boy.  I made Raspberry Oat Bars for one of the past competitions and Android Boy ate every single one of them.  This time I am making two batches (one raspberry and one apple).  I am hopeful that this is too much even for his unnatural appetite.  The eldest ninja helper monkey has requested Oatmeal Scotchies.  I will make those this afternoon too.


Because I am making them, I am giving you the Fruit Oat Bar recipe today.  I will blog the scotchies another day.


Fruit Oat Bars

1 c. Butter softened
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 c. quick oats
1 c. flour
2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1 can pie filling of choice

*Beat butter with mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add brown sugar and beat well.

* Combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl and mix well. Add four mix to butter, beating at low until blended and crumbly.

*Spread 2/3 in ungreased 13 x 9 in pan and press down with plastic wrap to form a firm layer. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

*Pour pie filling over partially baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly.

*Return to oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and filling bubbles.

*Cool completely before cutting.


Below are the pictures of the process!  Enjoy.  Now I need to make the Raspberry ones.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Oat Bar Dry Ingredients

Butter and Sugar Creamed

Oat Bar Dough

Spreading the Dough

Baked Oat Bar Crust

Spread on the Filling

Crumble Topped

Finished Apple Oat Bars

Finished Red Raspberry Oat Bars


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