Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving Day at home.  Before enjoying our very Non-Traditional meal, we went for a drive and were just in time for a picture perfect sunset down in the river valley.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall Baking has begun!


My mom turned me on to the wonderful world of Penzeys Spices.  For some time, I hadn't been impressed with the quality of spices I was buying in the store, and I knew how she always looked forward to her Penzeys Spice shipment.  So, earlier this year I asked her to order a couple of spices for me the next time she ordered.  I have been hooked ever since.  

Penzey's Spices is a great Wisconsin based company that offers a huge assortment of quality spices.  I have so many new spices that I look forward to trying.  I have also found another bonus of being a Penzey's shopper is their catalog.  Yes, you can order online as you can with most companies today, but they also send a hard copy catalog, periodically, that is full of idea's, pictures, and....  Recipes!!! I hadn't paid much attention to the recipes until the Fall 2011 issue.  I was really craving sweets the day I was reviewing the catalog, as I hadn't baked in some time.  I stumbled across a recipe for Oatmeal Chip Bars.  The next weekend, I made them for my first time.  I wasn't sure if they really were that "out of this world", or if we were that over due for a baked yummy treat.  We decided that they really were that good!  

Today, I made the second batch of these bars.  I did make a couple of changes.  When I had first told my mom about how good these were, she didn't want to make them because of the amount of butter, but wondered about substituting in some peanut butter.   I made that change, as well as omitted adding butterscotch chips, since I never seem to have those on hand.  I hope this pan doesn't disappear as quickly as the first pan did!!

Oatmeal Chip Bars

1/2 c. Butter
1/2 c. Peanut Butter
1 1/4 c. Brown Sugar ( I used 1/2 dark, and 1/2 light)
3/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. oats (quick cooking or regular)
2 c. miniature chocolate chips

Preheat over to 375.  In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Fold in the oats and chocolate chips.  Spread in a greased 10 x 15 rimmed metal pan, using a spatula or your hands to press into place.  Bake for 20 minutes at 375.  Cool, but cut the bars while still warm, as a knife will go through them more easily.

Enjoy! ! !

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Beginning...

I have become quite a fan of following blogs, I enjoy reading others stories and of course recipes!  I hope to be able to share some cooking success's as well as maybe a failure or to.  I am sure to have lots of cute animal stories to share, the occasional ride along in the Peterbilt.  Of course, once morel mushroom season is here, I look forward to sharing the excitement of the hunts!  Now, just to be sure I understand how to publish the blogs and add pictures, all the fun stuff!