“I have no experience and no skill and have never played in my life” is the exact phrase I used when I talked to them over the phone. “Perfect,” she said, “you’ll fit right in then.” But somehow I knew that open ‘we welcome all levels of skill and experience’ attitude was too good to be true. Or at least it wouldn’t last; not after they actually saw me in action.
My mind is blank. Another sports wind-up. This is the second one in a week and it’s another potluck. This time I am charged with bringing a dessert and I have no inspiration whatsoever. I need something quick, no bake, tasty and something kids will like. Then I get a flash of brilliance!
Hello Dessert Skewers!
You can’t go wrong with dessert skewers, especially for a potluck. I mean, it’s dessert on a stick! And fruit is healthy, right? So I don’t have to be completely guilt-ridden for plying all those innocent youngins’ with even more refined sugar. Also, what kid doesn’t love marshmallows? And well, 2 bite brownies … ’nuff said!
It was decided.
I don’t remember having sports wind ups as a kid, but then again, I have never been much of a sports gal. I played a couple of years of baseball and that was about it. I was traumatized by sports and physical education quite early on. I won’t pain you with the details, but only say that my scarring involved a combination of hyper competitive sociopathic mean girls and those heinous Participaction awards. I nearly didn’t graduate because I needed to get at least one phys ed credit. Then I avoided anything the least bit athletic for years.
Yet, when I finally quit smoking, started running and got healthy in my late 20’s, I felt something was missing. I never really got to be part of a “team” and I wanted to experience that feeling. So, I tried soccer and fell in love….
That phone call to the Calgary Women’s Soccer Association was my foray into sports. I really didn’t expect that they would have a team for someone like me, with no experience or skill, but I guess my timing was right. That first year I played soccer I even won “most improved”. It was a lot of fun for a few years!
Then, just as I predicted, I began to hear rumblings of ‘try-outs’ and extra training and the “we welcome all skill and experience” attitude started to dissipate along with the fun component. And when the competitive sociopathic mean girl flashbacks began, I knew it was time to make my exit.
Fast forward several years and here we are at sports wind up season, summer BBQ and potluck time. I brought this dessert skewer to my son’s baseball wind up. So if you are looking for a quick, easy and no bake dessert skewer idea for kids then give these dessert kabobs a try!
I’m really grateful that my kids not only LUV sports but they are actually good at them. Something I never was. And I was actually feeling quite content to simply live vicariously through them. That is, until I started to practice baseball with them. Now I’ve gone and fallen back in love with that game!
I am hoping to find the time to join a baseball team next season. Fortunately this time I have some skill and some experience. I just hope that I am not cursed with sport sociopaths this time ’round. However, it really no longer matters. One of the glorious gifts of aging is perspective. So bring on the mean girls! My scars have healed and I am emancipated from the shackles of giving a crap.
Rocky Road Melon Dessert Skewers
Make these no bake, easy and quick Rocky Road Melon Dessert Skewers with 2 bite brownies, cantaloupe, pecans, butterscotch chips and marshmallows!
- 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped * can substitute any chopped nut
- 16 whole marshmallows large
- whole cantaloupe or any melon
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips melted
- 2 tsp shortening * I use crisco
- 16 two-bite brownies
In a small bowl, melt butterscotch chips on 1/2 power in the microwave (I use 5 on my microwave). As soon as you remove it, quickly stir in shortening.
Immediately dip one side of each marshmallow into the melted butterscotch chips and place undipped side down on a piece of parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with nuts. Set aside.
Chop cantaloupe into cubes (or scoop into balls).
Thread a piece of cantaloupe through large wooden skewer, then a 2 bite brownie, then another piece of cantaloupe. Lastly, thread the marshmallow through, ensuring that the undipped side is down (touching the cataloupe) and the butterscotch nut side is up. Lay on a platter
Serve as soon as possible (as you do not want the cataloupe to sit very long - it will eventually make the brownies soggy.)
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