You know what I really enjoy? NOT watching the presidential debate. It’s one of the best things to not watch. Well, that and college football.
I also love not shopping for tires, and not paying late fees at the library, and not getting my teeth drilled, and not getting my drivers license renewed in person. These are a few of my favorite things.
I’m just the sort of ornery person that bristles at being told what to do. I remember when our oldest son was just 2 years old, he made up a song, which he sang frequently as he walked around our little apartment. “I… do… anything I want, I just do anything I want.”
Yep. The kicker was how much I recognized that sentiment. It was as if my mother’s curse, that I would someday have children just like me, had real power.
My neighbor recently tried to convince me to vote for her favorite local candidate, by asking me whether I valued my freedom. I had planned to vote for the same person anyway, but the act of her saying that to me made me want to change my mind.
I KNOW it’s ornery. (or it’s “ignerrnt,” as the old, deeply entrenched Utahans say.)
Oh, to live in a simpler time. A time before I cared about politics. A time before I started coloring my hair. A time before I had to figure out how to raise the world’s most stubborn child. A time before I had to force myself not to make these turtle bars anymore for fear of world-record-setting weight gain or death by diabetic coma.
I actually discovered this recipe way back when I was in college. My college boyfriend and I used to make them after his mom clipped the recipe from the newspaper. My nine roommates and I always devoured them really quickly.
Here’s what you’re going to need to make these: an entire cup of butter; a bag of caramels; some semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips; and if you’ve got any little kids around, grab them too. Get them unwrapping the entire bag of caramels for you.
And let me just warn you in advance. I did quit making these for a while, because I have the self control to not make them, but I don’t have the self control to not eat them. If you are planning to make a pan of these and give half the pan to the neighbors, you might want to keep that plan to yourself. Because if you’re watching the presidential debate, you’re going to need this entire pan to get you through it.
Like turtles? You’ll love this “Turtles Desserts” Pinterest board!
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1½ cups quick oats
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 5-6 oz. chocolate chips
- about 50 packaged carmels
- ½ cup milk
- In a bowl, combine butter, oats, sugar, flour, and soda. Mix until well combined and crumbly.
- Press about half the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, unwrap caramels. Place caramels and milk in a pot, and melt over medium heat, stirring.
- When crust is removed from the oven, immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips, spreading evenly. Pour melted caramel over chocolate chips. Top with remaining crust.
- Bake an additional 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars from Pinch of Yum
Caramel Pecan Bars from Chasing Delicious
Peanut Butter No Bake Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
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