Road tripping ain’t what it used to be, friends.
Gone are our lazy days of puttering down the coast, of long lunches with spectacular views, of starting and stopping and pitching camp where and when we like.
We’re all business now. It’s I-5 all the way from Seattle to Northern California, aggressive packing of PB&J fixings so we don’t need long lunches, and hardly noticing the view because of the song and dance I’m doing in the back seat to entertain the girls.
That’s right, we packed the whole family into the minivan (which I like to call the “Man Van” now, both to distance myself from it and to convey to J how sexy it is for him to take the kids to swimming lessons). And we drove all afternoon and night, and much of the next day, and lived to tell the tale.
Here are some of the things that we did in the car to entertain three children aged 1, 3, and 5: made a list of things to do, read books, sang songs, colored, napped, watched a video, ate snacks, played peek-a-boo, and let the baby pull out an entire package of floss.
Here is something we did not do in the car: eat these chocolately granola treats. We meant to, we really did. Hannah said they were road food and I’m inclined to agree, but once I made them we had to taste one and then, wow, another, and they were so crispy and chocolately and then it was the next day and J was asking me to please take a photo of the things already so he could keep eating them and just like that…gone, as fast as the miles roll by when you’re having a good time out there on the road.
Crispy Chocolate-Granola Haystacks: You will need 2 c. of that sweet olive oil granola or another granola you love. (If it’s not super crunchy, put it in the oven at 300 for 10 minutes to crisp up.) Melt a 3.5 oz. bar of dark chocolate (in a double boiler or in the microwave) and add the 2 c. granola, stirring well to coat. Scoop spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and cool until set (I put mine in the freezer). Eat with clean hands because you will want to lick your fingers.