Friday, October 24, 2008

Mac and Collin's Comedy Hour

We rarely have a night without dessert. It just doesn't happen. We like to eat too much. But Wednesday evening, that's exactly what happened. We're sitting around the dining room table enjoying homemade chicken noodle soup, and fresh Italian bread with lots of creamy butter; the chatter peaked and lulled between bites. Jon called and said he was going to be late, and we had started eating without him.

The air was filled with tales from the day, and what was to be for the morrow. Mac was explaining to us all how they were going to be making Chocolate Oat-mole Cookies in Chemistry because they were learning about moles and celebrating National Mole Day. Not the blind furry creatures that live underground, but the unit of measure. (Mac is very animated, and has the most contagious laugh.)

I heard Jon's truck, and said, "I think Jon just pulled in," then placed a spoonful of soup into my mouth.

"Or..., an airplane just landed in the driveway," Mac suggested.

I nearly choked with laughter, and had to excuse myself from the table lest I cough up a lung right there.

Upon my return, Jon was seated and eating, and the boys began discussing dessert. When I told them I hadn't made anything, Mac suggested that they make No-bake cookies.

Now, Verne was out of town, and he loves No-bake cookies. I said he'd be awfully disappointed if they made them while he wasn't here. His two loving sons simply replied, "Don't tell him! They'll be gone after tomorrow anyway. He'll never know!"

With that, I protested, but told them they could make more for his return on Friday afternoon. Just to make them feel guilty though, I called Verne and placed him on speakerphone.

"Guess what the boys are doing right now?"

"Ummm..., I don't know. What?"

"Making No-Bake Cookies!"


"I told you guys he'd be upset!"

And so we ended the conversation with Verne with the boys promising that they'd make some for his return.

I went back to the dining room, leaving the boys in the kitchen with a tried and true recipe.

Except that it called for oleo.

As I carried a few dishes back to the sink I spotted the can of Crisco sitting on the counter. Mac was dipping the measuring cup into the Crisco and making a huge mess when I asked, "What are you doing?"

"The recipe called for O-LAY-O."


"Then what is O-LAY-O?"

I told him to get out the margarine.

The boys were laughing hysterically, and having a grand time when I entered the kitchen again.

It appeared that Collin had things under control, as he actually loves to cook and is pretty good at it.

Mac was sort of supervising. Wanting to take partial credit, and waiting to eat cookies.

I asked if they needed any help, and got the look.

You know the look, don't you fellow moms? "We're doing fine and don't need help from the likes of you!" Mac proceeded to tell me that I was the grim baker to which I took major offense. He swiftly apologized while I was doubled over with laughter.

"We know what we're doing, Mom. Trust us. You'll never know we were in your kitchen."

Yea, right.
And then they started placing the boiled concoction onto wax paper- lined cookie sheets.

And then they started dripping the boiled concoction over the top of my stove.

And between the cracks of the stove and the counter tops.

But they did clean up every last crumb and greasy measuring cup. And the cookies were good. And they are gone. And they need to make more before their dad returns this afternoon.


Jennifer said...

that was too funny :o) No kids yet, but I definitely get "that look" from my husband when he decides to take his turn in the kitchen.

I love reading about dinners at your family table. It reminds me of when I was growing up ~ that was always the time when we reconnected as a family.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Lori said...

I love this post. It made me smile and laugh.
Looks like they had a great time making their cookies.

Danielle said...

Families are so wonderful aren't they! One of the best gifts for our kids has been their siblings! They are so different from each other yet compliment at the same time. Love seeing the boys in the kitchen:-) Gotta go make some no bake cookies...and make my own memories!

Momma Roar said...

This is great! I love it when our family is laughing throughout supper!!!

The other night, T was saying lines from their favorite movies and they were giggling so hard. Colin just joined in because it was so contagious!!!

Julieann said...

What a fun post this was to read--I had a smile on my face the whole time. When you have time, can you share the recipe--I would love to see it:)

Have a wonderful day.


marilenearndt said...

Sending a new recipe for the kids to try. Must be in your mailbox by now.

Nina in Portugal said...

What a great post!

Looks like lots of fun. Sometimes, making a mess is worth it, huh?!

Karen said...

How great that they clean up after themselves. My girls still need prodding to do that.

The cookies look great. Guys who cook are wonderful!

I've started putting my waxed paper on top of newspaper when I make no-bakes. Throw it away when I'm done, rather than scrubbing that waxy residue off my cookie sheets or counter.

Amanda said...

Sounds like you all had a fantastic time!

It is interesting hearing of product names that we don't have here in Australia :o)

Abounding Treasures said...

What a fabulous time everyone had :o)


Tracy @ our Journey said...

That's great that they are cooking! I have 2 teenage boys...14 & 15. They also make a mess when they cook anything...or eat anything, well, pretty much every time they go in the kitchen. ;o}
I found your blog from Nina's and just wanted to pop in and say HI!

Short Stop said...

No Bake Cookies are MY FAVES! I burn my tongue every time I make them because I can't wait to let them cool and just have to eat the batter right from the pot.

I loved this post, too. Just seeing your family laugh and giggle and enjoying one another - it revealed your fun-loving, silly side. I LOVE it.

Kelli said...

That look is too funny, Tracy! We love those cookies too and they are Phillip's favorite. :)

Mrs. Rabe said...

That sounds like a fun evening. Family fun out of normal things is the best!

Kristy said...

Thanks for the smiles and neat story! Sounds like a lot of fun, and keeps me reminiscing about growing up also! I think I'll make some of those for dessert this week!

Jenn said...

oh wow, my daughter is in 11th grade this year and they are learning the mole thing, too. She just had to make a "stuffed" mole for that will make them "get it" was beyond me but it was a fun little project just the same. hehe It had golden curls and a pink tutu...gotta love Joann's!

lady jane said...

Off topic from your zany and wonderful sons . . .

Are you still using homemade laundry soap? I haven't tried it yet and am hoping to read a review from someone I know and trust. :o)

50s Housewife said...

What a wonderful family evening! Laughter is so good for the soul. :)