Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blondie Bars

I have being a good girl, well kind of, and keep eating stupid stuff like salad, veggies, and you know everything else that falls into that boring catagory, but when you see yummy, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth things, I just can't help myself.  Blondie Bars, doesn't it just sound like something I should have in my possesion?  Yes, Yes it does, and you have to admit,
It's looks pretty "Cool."

Blondie Bars
2 1/8 cups (10 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar
1/2 (3 1/2 ounces) cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (use your preference of semisweet, bittersweet, milk, white, peanut butter…the options are endless!)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the brownies from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.

Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Eat, and feel really good about yourself, because come on, there's only so much time to LIVE. You can feel bad about it tomorrow, or not!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

"PIE" oneers

I loved this so much, I had to post this so I would actually do it! Enjoy


Buy 2 Refrigerated Pie Dough or Make Your Own

One Can Pie Filling (Cherry, of course)

2 T Butter, Melted

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
Preheat oven according to pie crust recipe.
Roll out your pie crust so it's just think enough to hold together and cover the muffin hole. Using a cookie cutter, or a cup with about a 3 1/2 inch diameter, cut out circles of dough.
Place each dough circle center in one of the mini-muffin tin wells. The edge should overhand a little. Gently roll the edge down with your fingers and them crimp it so it looks pretty.

Fill each mini pie a little over half full with filling. Don't go crazy and fill them to the top. Catastrophic things happen!
Next, you'll need your cute little stars. My star cutter is about 2'' across and it was the perfect size. If you can't find a cookie cutter you could always print out a stencil and cut the stars with a knife. You'd have to want these pretty bad though to go through that effort.

Dip your stars (both sides) in butter and then dredge in the sugar. Make sure to lick your fingers after the sugar starts piling up and making buttery sugar globs on your hands.

Place a star on top of each little pie. It's okay if it sink down, it will puff up when it bakes.

You can serve them warm or at room temp. And they can definitely be made hours ahead of time.

2 pie crusts should be plenty to do 24 mini-pies. Depending on the recipe or brand of crust you use, you may be able to get closer to 30.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Growing up I spent so much of my time up "North" that I couldn't resist putting a few pics up just for good old times sake...

The only thing here missing are the "fish" so I figured the birds were entertaining too!

Boat Regatta on Island Park Reservoir

Yellowstone Canyon

Thursday, July 8, 2010

This blog is crazy

So, I've been really challenged getting things on this blog.  Pics won't download, kids clicking Nick Jr., when I'm posting, yep, tons of fun.  Here's another go of a couple of pics... I'll look behind my back so they don't sneak up on me...

Hi Big Blue Eyes
Two Little Princesses Who are Great Friends
Smile Girlies!

Handsome Boy at Field Day
Shoshone Falls Hanging Out

Talking about how this platform was constructed, supported, framed and maintained
Smile even if it's Sunny Outside
Two Little Dancers sweet and nice, two little dancers each dance twice,
 mommy gets her camera, and asks for a smile, they are fun and happy all the while.

There is a tiny part of a few happenings around here...more to come soon!