Sometimes good news comes in bunches...and this month we were thrilled to have our Bethany crowned as the new National Hereford Queen! It has been a really fast month trying to purchase white suits when white is not the in color this season. With much googling we found what we needed and dad's credit card is a little heavier! National Hereford Queen means that Bethany will serve a calendar year promoting Hereford cattle, their beef - Certified Hereford Beef, and their associations (AHA - American Hereford Association, NHW National Hereford Women, and NJHA National Jr. Hereford Associations). It will be a busy, fun, well traveled year with lots of pictures I am sure to come!
That same week we learned that she had also been accepted to Texas A&M University! We were to extremely happy for and excited for her as it was the ONLY school she would even consider applying for! We now have two Aggies! And our little one says she 'thinks' she will go there as well....we'll have to apply a little pressure and brainwashing - but that's not hard to do in Aggieland!
We were also tickled maroon that A&M completed their football season with a three way tie for the conference title and won a bid to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas! Tickets are sky high, but I think we just have to go....so hint, hint dad...get 'em while they are hot!
Bethany attended her first show as Queen in Louisville, Kentucky with her dad in tow assisting nervously with hair pins....as soon as he found out he had to help with hair...he said..have you seen her hair...I can't do that! Too funny...you'll see a picture above of a back shot and the hair do. I nervously stayed at home teaching and doing my duty here....but wanted to be there so badly!
Today I am including a Magic Cookie Bar recipe I think I got off the back of a package of Graham Crackers once...these are what some people call Dolly Madison's after one of our First Ladies from over a century or so ago! Queen Bethany makes these often to give as gifts. They are scrumptious and pitifully easy to make...just throw some flour on your face and act like you worked hard in the kitchen! Promise, you will make these time and time again!
Magic Cookie Bars
3 cups graham crackers, crushed finely
1 stick margarine or butter, melted
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 16 ounce package of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 large can of sweetened condensed milk
1 - 2 cups shredded coconut
Melt margarine/butter in microwave for less than one minute. Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with oil. Add melted margarine/butter to the pan. Add graham cracker mixture that has had sugar mixed in it. Blend graham crackers with margarine until blended well and press to the glass dish to form a crust. Pour in long flowing strands the sweetened condensed milk on top of the graham cracker crust. Sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of this. Sprinkle coconut on top of chocolate. Cook in oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until coconut begins to toast slightly.
Allow these to cool and then cut with a knife in diamond shapes or traditional squares.
You may also add nuts and peanut butter morsel chips for a variation. My girls just aren't that wild about nuts!
Here are some pics of Bethany and her dad! Notice the hair! Dad's can be great helpers!!
Enjoy! Do make these....easy, easy, easy..and so darn delicious!