I’ll be honest, I usually do my baking when Jenna is napping, but this time I let her “help”:) It is fun to watch her eagerness to turn the mixer off and on.may 2014 003_edited-1may 2014 002_edited-1may 2014 006_edited-1 may 2014 007_edited-1This is a quick, easy recipe we enjoy.

Chocolate Oat Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup oatmeal ( I use baby oatmeal )

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

Directions :  Cream together butter & sugar. Stir in egg & vanilla. Add oatmeal, flour, soda, & salt. Press 2/3 of mixture into a greased 9×13″ pan.

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 14 oz. can sweetened, condensed milk

1 Tbsp. butter

Melt together chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened, condensed milk, stirring constantly over low heat. Pour over mixture in pan. Crumble remaining oat mixture over top. Bake @ 350 degrees for 18 – 20 min.

Tip – Be careful not to overbake 🙂may 2014 005_edited-1And then you may lick the spatula if you’d like 🙂


My family loves these brownies! And so do I 🙂

Extreme Cookie Dough Brownies*

1 brownie mix { 9 x 13 }

3Tbsp. water

1/3 cup oil

1 egg


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup soft butter

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Tbsp. milk

1 cup flour


1 cup chocolate chips

2 tsp. shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brownie mix with water, oil, and egg, and bake brownies as directed on package. Cool. Combine brown sugar, sugar, and butter. Beat till light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla; blend well. Add flour and mix well. Spread on cooled brownies. Combine chips and shortening. Heat and stir till smooth. Spread to cover. Refrigerate 30 min. and cut. Store in fridge.

* Recipe from ” Heartwarming Recipes from our Family’s Table”spring 2014 047Enjoy!

Word of warning – they may disappear quickly 🙂

Tip ~ They are great with coffee!