Summer road trips are an annual event for my family. We travel miles and miles in the car every summer on adventures to the beach, to visit grandparents and to all sorts of wonderfully warm destinations.
I must admit that I'm not a big fan of riding in the car and I find myself having to constantly remind myself to enjoy the journey instead of focusing on the destination. I do however, LOVE the fact that we have uninterrupted family time while we're in the car. I think we've had some of our best family discussions while traveling in the car.
I never thought I would say this but over the years, I've actually learned to appreciate a long car ride. I attribute my change in attitude about car rides to the fact that my "kids" are teenagers now and able to not only entertain themselves but also participate in some of the driving. (Hang in there mom of littles - it does get easier to travel.) I treasure all days that I have with them - even if it means that we're just riding in the car together.
I still have to find things to makes car rides interesting and for me that answer is -- Snacks!!! For Ben - no car ride is complete without a package of twizzlers. For me - my snack of choice is chocolate chip cookies.
For our latest road trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina - I made a double batch of Chocolate Chip Biscuits. This recipe was introduced to me by my friend from New Zealand. I don't quite know how to describe them so I will simply say that they are "awesome." These little chocolate studded biscuits are perfect for dunking in morning coffee, nibbling on while riding in the car and snacking on for dessert.
Chocolate Chip Biscuits
2 cups butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
10 ounces dark chocolate chunks
Use a cookie scoop to portion dough into rounds. Flatten slightly with hands.
Bake cookies 24 minutes at 350. Cool on wire racks.
I would eat these biscuits in the car and I would eat them in a bar. I would eat them with a cup of tea - I would eat them in a tree. I would eat them here - I would eat there - I would eat these ANYWHERE!
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