I’m sure I’d benefit from some sort of program or therapy, but between the movie-popcorn-binging, the bouts of irrational rage, the obsession with True Beauty, and the Mountain Dew habit I have kicked one time less than I have relapsed, it’s hard to know where to start.
Two Saturdays ago, late in the afternoon, Dick asked me to remind him to call his mother the next day to say Happy Birthday. I felt the dismay that every daughter-in-law feels when she realizes that no gift, card, or Western Union telegram has been sent to her generous mother-in-law in time for her birthday. (This is similar to the male-visitor-seeing-Susan’s-panties-on-the-floor-of-the-bathroom dismay.)
So maybe I should start with a 12-step program for bad gift-giving. Because this missed birthday comes after the time I sent Lindt truffles (to Florida) that melted all over the rest of the package, and the time I sent a See’s Candy gift certificate (to Florida) to a woman who lives five states over from the nearest See’s Candy store.
Unfortunately, gift-giving is not my favorite thing, mostly because I suck at it. I feel like I know what people are interested in, but somehow that doesn’t easily translate into something I can find, afford, and ship across country without feeling like a dork. Like the time I bought dry ice to ship my homemade oreo cookies to Idaho. I almost wanted to drive to Idaho instead, with a paper plate of cookies on my lap.
But there is hope, in the form of the perfect neighbor/cookie exchange/birthday favor treat ever. I don’t know why you people didn’t tell me about these Rolo/pretzel/pecan thingies before, but since you’re the same people who held out on me about Smitten Kitchen, I’m not really surprised that you wanted to keep something so easy, so perfect, and so yummy to yourselves.
You probably all have the recipe (if you can call it that) memorized, but I mixed it up a bit, and gave it a new name. And then I mailed ziploc bags of the ingredients to my mother-in-law, and forgot to ever tell her how to assemble them. I did double bag the Rolos, though, and they didn’t melt all over the photos I also sent, so that’s something. Step #5 in my gift-giving course, I think.
(And if you’re wondering why I didn’t just send the finished treats to her, then you’re forgetting that they had to withstand Florida’s severe February heat — and the other beauty of these treats is that if you’re too busy watching reality television (or studying, Karin, sheesh) to assemble them, the ingredients aren’t bad straight from the bag –of course I’d never send a gift that’s useless without assembly. What am I — Ikea?).
Jane’s Round Pegs on Squares
pecans, or more pretzels or something else crunchy
white chocolate for drizzling, if you want to get fancy
Preheat oven to 250. Unwrap Rolos. Slap little (and big) hands away from them (gently). Place on the pretzels. Soften in oven for 5 minutes. Squish a pecan or second pretzel down on the top. Eat seventeen and realize you really do need to go on some sort of portion controlly plan.
Look, I even have pictures:
These aren’t going to replace brownies any time soon, but they’re quick and delicious, and go well on those treat plates.
If you’re holding out on me on any other treats that are as easy and yummy as these, you better fess up now; I’ve got Mother’s Day anxiety looming (not to mention Valentine’s, St. Patricks, President’s Day . . . ).
Come on, what works for you?