Sweet caramel-pecan bars and bitter disappointment

Through a series of unfortunate events beyond our control, plans for amusement park visits this summer have been called off not once but three times. Mind you, these were successively planned visits that had to be cancelled for varying reasons; we would not actually have gone three times.

Kate had a trip scheduled with a friend to Seabreeze. That fell through. She scheduled another one. That dematerialized. She pinned her last hope for thrill rides and hours in a water-park on Darien Lake tomorrow. That one is not happening either.

Normally I could not care less. My neck does not like riding in the car for very long, let alone on roller coasters. Kate, however, had been looking forward to each of them in turn, and prospects of a successful re-scheduling before the school year begins are looking terribly slim given our schedule for August and early September. She has been deeply disappointed. No one’s fault, any of them. She does not blame anyone. But it still stings. Reality bites.

Truth is, stuff happens around us all the time that prevents us from following through with even our best-laid plans, and learning to roll with that and make do with what we are left is a hard lesson this summer for one 14½ year-old. It has not been much fun from my perspective either.

Caramel-pecan bars, however, do not bite. This recipe (Sharon Tyler Herbst, The Joy of Cookies), like so many others in this book, is not for the faint-of-heart. Literally. Rich is not a big enough adjective. Gooey and creamy and Rich! combined begin to provide just descriptors. Not unlike turtle candies, easy to make, lots of butter, brown sugar and 2½ cups of pecans. Yummm. They sweeten the bitter just a little, even as they narrow the arteries.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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4 Responses to Sweet caramel-pecan bars and bitter disappointment

  1. Erin says:

    If I thought eating my screen would taste as yummy as those look, I would.

  2. Abi says:

    Those look so good!

    I’m so sorry Kate’s plans to visit Seabreeze and Darien Lake were cancelled. I’ve been to both, they’re great! I love Seabreeze’s “Spectator Pass”, plus the fact that its close to Don’s Original. 🙂

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