Friday, December 22, 2017

Marbled Cake Bars

Hello, dear readers. Happy holidays!

I think Christmas time is my favorite holiday. It's a time of giving and generosity. It's a time for family and traditions. We've put up a smaller tree this year, decorated the house with all of the collected nutcrackers, and started cooking up the old-time favorite recipes. We even sent a Secret Santa gift to an elderly gentleman at a nearby retirement home.

Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) I've been cooking a lot of unhealthy but delicious things.  These things are irresistible and should only be eaten in small quantities because they make you pack on that dreaded "winter weight." But that is what New Year's resolutions are for!

I've been making these marbled cake bars for years and they never had an official name.  I've snooped and found out that others call them Can't Leave Them Alone Bars. That name really has no staying power in my memory banks, so I'm just going to keep thinking of them as Marbled Cake Bars. Or maybe they're just those yummy pot-luck cake bars. This recipe is an absolute hit at pot-lucks.  People love these!  They're pretty easy to make, so that's a bonus. I hope you enjoy!

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter

1. Combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil.  Mix with a wooden spoon. It will be sticky and thick.

2. Spread slightly more than half of the cake mix dough into the bottom of a 9"x13" pan that has been sprayed with nonstick baking spray. You might want to nonstick spray a rubber spatula or use slightly damp fingers to flatten the dough out.  Reserve the rest of the dough for step 5.

3. Combine the chocolate, canned milk, and butter in a microwavable bowl.  Nuke it in the microwave about 30-45 seconds then stir.  Nuke another 30 seconds and stir. Repeat nuking and stirring until smooth.

4. Pour the hot melty chocolate mixture over the cake dough in the pan.

5. Drop spoonfuls of reserved dough across the top of the chocolate layer until used up.

6. Bake in a 350F preheated oven about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown.  Don't use a toothpick test because it won't be true.  Just trust that when the top has browned a bit that it is ready.

7. Let cool overnight, or as long as you can stand it, and cut into tidy squares. You should get 20 bars.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Apple Farro Salad

Hello, dear readers!  Welcome back.

It's been hot here in northern Nevada, not melting trash can hot, but we've already had a few days at 100F.  When it's warm out, we tend to cook and eat outdoors. Grilling, and now smoking with hubby's birthday present (a Camp Chef Woodwind) has been our recent favorite cooking method.

Since you have to balance out the hot with something cool, I made this refreshing and simple farro salad to go with dinner one night. We ate outdoors al fresco and the fresh air makes everything taste better!

2 cups farro
1 apple, peeled and diced
3 green onions, whites only chopped
1/4 cup parsley chopped
juice of one tangelo or orange, freshly squeezed
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil the farro in a large pot of water for about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a small pan.  Saute the onion until soft. Add the apple and cook about another 5 minutes or until softened.

3. Place farro in a large bowl.  Add cooked onion and apple mixture.  Add the other ingredients and toss everything together. Serve warm or cool.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my post. See you again soon!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Your Bijoux Box April 2017

Hello, dear readers. It's time to play catch up on posting.

Let's take a look at the April box from Your Bijoux Box. There were two Karen Kane products featured, and they varied. I'm digging what I received!

First, the large Karen Kane hoop earrings are really nice. I'm not fond of jumbo hoop earrings since they catch my hair, but these are not too enormous.

Second, the Karen Kane necklace I received was a delicate chain with little pave donut shapes in-line. I like this one a lot.  Also, after seeing the single pave disc, I really prefer this style!

Third, the chunky Goldenrod bracelet. It's very pretty, not something I'd wear every day. But for a special occasion, I can find a reason to wear this.

Finally, they included a bonus fourth item two April Showers hair pins.  I like that they are different from each other. Mix and match!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing this batch of goodies.  Bye-bye for now!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.