Saturday, July 14, 2012

Recipe: Outrageous Cookie Bars

If you like chocolate, coconut and will LOVE these cookie bars!  

I discovered a recipe on the back of my Nestle chocolate chip bag for Outrageous Cookie Bars.  (We buy our chocolate chips at Costco in the jumbo bag... a ridiculously huge package of chocolate chip morsels!) The recipe claimed they were quick and easy, plus I had all the ingredients so I decided to give them a try.  These bars need a better name...they are so scrumptious that I found myself tonight scraping the empty pan hoping to gather up a few crumbs with my spoon.  (Yes, we devoured the entire batch of cookies in less than 24 hours!)

They only require a few ingredients, and are simple enough that the kids can help you create them.  Want to sample them?  Here's the recipe:

Outrageous Cookie Bars

½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter in 9 x 13 inch baking pan in oven; remove from oven.  Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter.  Stir well; press onto bottom of pan.  Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.  Press down firmly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely in pan.  Cut into bars.  Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars.

Absolutely delicious!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child

A quick post today...check out this great link for some fresh inspiration and ideas on how to show your kids that you love them:

I tried #79 today and just sat and watched while my kids did silly little dances to their favorite song.  (It was hilarious to see them try to boogie!)  I found it refreshing to slow down and just observe them, and it also rekindled the wonder and awe of being blessed with these two little miracles.

My #100, be more patient and let them know it's ok to make mistakes.

My little miracles...having a blast with their water table.
We added some dish soap to the water for a fun new way to play outdoors.