Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Toothesome Tuesday

You know that saying, "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips", I have a new version. "Sign one little PTA line, they'll call you every time."

I have made it a habit to never sign up for the PTA (parent teacher association), it's not that I don't appreciate all the carnivals and book fairs...OK I really don't but, that's beside the point. It's just that I don't like ending up on lists that get me called over and over again to sit behind rickety tables handing out live goldfish to children who,"Just need 11 more for my little brother and my cousin who might be spending the night this weekend and my friend who's at the blow- up slide and his little sister who couldn't come because she has the Chicken pox and have you had the Chicken Pox because I might be contagious because my mom can't remember if I had them or got the shot, and do you know what these gold fish eat and how much do the snow cones...oh hey, hey, sorry my friend is ...can you just hold my fish till I get back from..hey, wait for me!"

So for years I've walked past the sign-up table at back to school night with my eyes down, muttering under my breath, "Sorry too many pre-schoolers." Alas I'm running out of pre-schoolers so, this year, short of giving birth to keep my excuse going, I signed up for one little PTA sponsored event.

Yep, one little name and phone number on one little sign up sheet, to make one little batch of cookies for the PTA sponsored, parent/teacher conference dinner. I reasoned, semi cute new principal, always good to collect a few "brownie" points (cookies... brownie points...ha! it's a little pun) with the principal. Then there was the whole homeschooling conversation with said principal when I pulled #5 out, and suddenly he's not so cute anymore. But, of course, I'm getting called for everything, could I help with the safety fair, could I bring Scotcheroos, could I bring more Scotcheroos!

Dang Scotcheroos, I knew they were the "crack" cocaine of the Rice Krispie treat universe, which is why I had never made them nor collected the recipe. Now I'm stuck, I have the recipe, I have to make them and try them just to make sure they taste good, I have to make enough for my boys, don't want them feeling left out. "Thanks for the addiction!" I snarked at the PTA lady today as I handed off the plateful of Scotcheroos for yet another PTA sponsored, parent/teachers conference dinner.

"Sign one little PTA line, they'll call you every time"

Here is the recipe for,


In a medium sauce pan combine:

1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup sugar

Bring to a boil, boil for a minute or so until sugar is melted, be sure to scrape down sides of pan.


1 cup peanut butter

Mix well.

Pour over 6 cups Rice Krispies

spread in greased 9" X 11" pan

Melt 8 ounces of chocolate chips, and 8 ounces of butterscotch chips in microwave, spread over Rice Krispie bars. Cool, cut, eat and eat and eat, resolve to go on sugar fast tomorrow.

Just remember, "A Moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips!"


Heffalump said...

Ours is called PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students). I just say NO!
Having a couple of special needs kids helps people to steer clear of asking me to do anything which might involve me bringing the boys to school in the evening.

Tiffany said...

oh Susan, I feel your pain! I signed up for the PTA this year b/c I didn't know better. This is my first public school system experience you know. Then I signed up to help with the Spring Carnival because I think someone slipped some crack into a drink of mine. Now I'm stuck. They know me. I love helping out in Logan's classroom once a week for an hour b/c only Mrs. Outlaw knows I'm there. I should have been content with that. Oh, what was I thinking joining this committee!?!?!? I can't bow out now b/c those women are vicious. I'll never be able to live it down. So now I'm stuck trying to collect 30,000 (no joke) prizes for the carnival. All of which they expect to be "donated". Um, ya. Enough said.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

OK, yet another thing we have in common. Scotch-A-Roos!! I am known for them around these here parts. They ARE the crack-cocaince of the rice krispies universe! So well put!

I haven't done the PTA, but I will keep all of this in mind for the future.

"Thanks for the addiction," made me laugh out loud.

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Suz said...

I joined the PTA at home. PUT THAT AWAY! So far not many memebers have joined. Want to join? I'll warn ya though, we have a lot of FAIRS, I mean, " THATS NOT FAIRS!"
Keep helping, I miss out on that stuff, you'll be glad you did it when they are all grown. I am going to eat lunch at school on Monday with my first grader, pretty excited.

Mummy McTavish said...

I wish people would stop posting sweet recipes. I can forget about the savouries as I go through my day but the sweet ones keep nagging me till I make them. This is the second one I've read today, it's going to be a sweet weekend.

So I need to know now, what is Karo Syrup? can I use honey, or golden syrup? I want the real scotcharoo experience!

Mummy McTavish said...

Thanks for that. We don't have corn syrup here either but I do remember coming across a website with what to substitute for/how to make a whole bunch of non-aussie ingredients and corn syrup was there!

Suey said...

What? You don't appreciate the book fair? I'm shocked, I tell you! Shocked!!! :)

Lynn said...

The PTA is not what it once was...you actually were heard and action was taken for the benefit of the children ( not the adminstration and teacher's union)...now it's just about fundraising and back biting...2 things I can do without !

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

I don't know what I signed up for... but I musta done it right because they don't call me. I go in and help once a week in my kindergartners class, and twice a week in my 2nd graders class... Is that PTA? probably not. When I sign up I tell them I want to be in my kids classrooms, I want to see my kids and be directly helping them - or their classmates. So it must be different, so Scotcharoos sound a lot like rice crispies, Are they really that much better? If so I am torn between trying them and Staying away....

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