We had a snow day. Our first this school year. Funny how as the kids get older their reactions to snow days are different. The high schooler is disappointed with it. She wanted to go to school so that she could get her semester exams over with and not wait another day.
The middle schooler could care less. He was on the Wii playing Call of Duty most of the day. If he had school, he would have been fine with it. A day off, fine with it.
Then there is the 2nd grader. She loves it! She spent the day watching her TV, doing some crafts and playing with a neighbor. Ahh, to be 7 years old again and have a snow/play day.
But there is one thing that can put a smile on all 3 of my kids faces at once and that is a little bit of play time in the snow. It doesn’t have to be long but that fresh air and fresh snow – well, they just can’t help but smile and when they smile, their mom smiles too.
Another thing that puts a smile on their faces – Candy Pizza. My sister-in-law makes this every year at Christmas and we look forward to helping make it disappear. It’s an easy recipe that feeds A LOT of people at one time or can easily be cut up and frozen to pull out for some special moments. Perhaps, a moment when all 3 of my kids are smiling!
Yield: 30 - 36 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour to 1 ½ hours
My sister-in-law Shanda makes this recipe every year at Christmas with the green and red M&Ms. It’s one of my kids’ favorites!
• 1 cup butter
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 1/2 cup flour
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 2 cups oatmeal
For caramel layer
• 1 (9 – 11 ounce) bag craft caramels
• 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
• 1 (12 ounce) bag of M&Ms – you can use seasonal M&Ms to match your holiday, team sports, etc.
• 1 cup milk chocolate chips
• 1 cup peanut butter chips
• Optional – 2 tablespoons of melted white chocolate- you can use white chocolate chips, almond bark, candy wafers, etc.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix in oatmeal.
3. Pretreat your jelly roll pan. Pan Goop works really well.
4. Spread mixture into the jelly roll pan.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
6. Melt caramels and cream in microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. If mixture is not smooth, add an additional 30 seconds.
7. Spread melted caramel mixture onto slightly cooled crust.
8. Sprinkle M&Ms, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips over the caramel.
9. Drizzle with melted white chocolate if desired.
10. Let set for an hour. If you want to speed up this process, you can put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
11. Cut into bars and enjoy.
Store in an air tight container. Can be frozen as well. Cut up into desired size of bars before freezeing and then pull out what you need. Thaw at room temperature for 1/2 hour.
Adapted from a recipe my sister-in-law Shanda gave me.