My parents even came to visit from the east coast, and an extravaganza of cooking ensued... (And some drinking too, apparently...)
The culinary highlight, without a doubt, surpassing even the remarkable dark chocolate birthday cake my mom made for Zach, or the decadent sufganeot ice cream sundaes my dad composed for the final night of Chanukah, was my mother's inventive, healthful version of the classic no-bake cookie: these chewy, creamy, not too sweet carob peanut oatmeal gems.
No-Bake Carob Peanut Oatmeal Gems
Mix all the ingredients together, and use an ice cream scoop to place dollops on wax paper. Chill until set, and serve cool or at room temp!
Even the kitties got a new perch for their Chanukah present... :-)