Domestic skills

I was in the mood to cook tonight when I got off work, so I went to the grocery store and picked up ingredients for a classic hippie recipe: No-bakes, otherwise known as “ganja goo balls.”

Except, y’know, these will just be goo balls — sans ganja — since I don’t do the better-living-through-chemistry thing.

Recipe goes like this:

Half a medium-sized box of quick-cook oats (about 3 cups)
Bag of coconut
Bag of chocolate chips
Two sticks of butter, melted
About a cup of peanut butter
Honey as appropriate (start with about half a cup and go from there)
Chopped nuts if you want

Mix the dry ingredients first. Add the peanut butter and honey and mix everything together. Pour in the melted butter. If you let it come to a boil and pour it in while it’s still foaming, it will melt the chocolate chips so you get chocolate all through the mixture.

Stir it up and stick it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to help it set up a little bit. Take it out, roll into small balls, and store in Tupperware in the fridge. You can roll these in powdered sugar, nuts, or sprinkles or dip them in chocolate if you want, but I never bother. They’re good enough on their own.

Makes enough to feed an army. They’re awfully rich; I can’t eat more than two or three at a time before I’ve had all the sugar I can take.

On an unrelated note, I saw something interesting today at work: A walking stick was hanging out on the side of our building. It was a great big thing — probably four inches long — and it did, indeed, look like a twig.

Two of the guys in my office are pretty recent college graduates who had to take some entomology class at OSU. They know all sorts of things about bugs, so they told me all about what order the walking stick belongs to, and what other bugs it’s related to. If I’d had my camera with me, I would have gotten a picture of it.