Life is hectic.
Being a working mother with two children there always seems to be something that should have been done yesterday. It doesn't leave that much time for making special treats like I used to do with my Grandmother Iva.
I loved spending time in her kitchen.
During the week I'd stop by and make an after-school batch of tuna salad, spend the night Friday evening making homemade caramel corn on the stovetop, make cookies Saturday afternoon and pizza later that night and I really enjoyed helping cook Sunday dinner.
Maybe it was a different, slower time to be alive in, because now there doesn't seem to be any time for special moments to spend time cooking with your children.
But a few years ago, a friend gave me a great recipe for an incredible treat. It's simple to do, doesn't take much time and tastes great.
They are also so cute that I recommend you make a couple of batches of "Gold Drops" to share with friends.
On the way home from work, buy a box of Ritz Crackers, a small jar of smooth peanut butter and a bag of butterscotch chips at the grocery store.
Let your kids spread peanut butter on the crackers to make 24-30 sandwiches while you melt the chips on the stovetop in a double boiler (if you have time) or melt them in the microwave (if you're in a hurry).
Dip the cookie sandwiches face down in the chip mixture, flip and dip again. Place on waxed paper to harden. (Use a fork to swirl the butterscotch before it sets so the treats look pretty.)
To dress them up, pipe chocolate in stripes on the cookies or sprinkle with small candies.
You can also change out the peanut butter with hazelnut cream or the butterscotch chips with any other type of chips available at the market.
This is a quick recipe that you can make simple for a treat at home, or use candy sprinkles and other candy treats to make it special.