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Recipe Review Thursday

(Hopefully) new feature alert! One of my ongoing goals is to try new recipes and in doing so, I’d like to share them with you all.

Nothing is worse than trying a recipe that looks or sounds great, easy, etc. only to find that it, well, isn’t.

This weeks recipe? S’mores Bars!


Oh boy were these good.

I pinned this recipe ages ago and figured I’d probably never actually make it. But it sure looked nice among my other pins – cupcakes, cookies, etc.

Then it was time for a July 3rd BBQ (one of Matt’s coworkers throws the party every year). And it was hot out. Like, 100+ degrees hot, which meant that whatever I made had to withstand being outside for hours.

This recipe was originally pinned from the blog Wit & Whistle. Visit her site for the full recipe.


Time: from start to finish, probably about an hour. Most of that, though, is baking time. And then I had to be patient while my kitchen filled with the smell of these bars.

Ingredients: you’ll probably have the basics in the kitchen, but may need to get the s’mores parts – graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallow fluff (in place of marshmallows)

Difficulty: pretty easy. the hardest part was spreading the super-sticky fluff and the graham cracker crust over it.

Changes: I doubled this recipe, since I was going to a large BBQ. If I made it for home I wouldn’t, only because I’d want to eat them all!

If I did it again I’d: use more fluff. I had 2 jars, but could’ve used 3 for a thicker marshmallow layer. I think I’d also put this in a large pan instead of 2 8×8 dishes. It was kind of hard to divide up the crust evenly.

Taste: Awesome! All I brought home from the party was the empty container. That’s always a good sign to me!

This is definitely a keeper in the recipe box!


Pinned this Week

Here’s a few goodies that I pinned this week:

My sister & I used to make these all the time when we were younger. I think it’s time to bring it back.



Oh my, does this look delicious. Maybe I’ll use this crust for our next pizza night.



I love this – especially the handwriting. You don’t see that too often anymore.


“We’ll just put in a happy little tree.” – (Lego) Bob Ross


TNMK – Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty. I only wish this were real and not just photoshopped. Michelangelo was my favorite turtle, too.



September?!? Are we really entering the last third of 2011? It feels like we were just celebrating New Years and making all sorts of crazy resolutions we’ll never live up to.


It’s been a long time since I last did monthly goals, and I think I’m finally back in a mental state to do it again. As a teacher, the new school year always felt like more of a new beginning than January 1 ever did. I’ll be the first to admit that I have done a terrible job keeping up with my new years resolutions. But with a new school year there’s room for a fresh start.

Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve in September:

1) eat more vegetables. Seriously. I eat tons of fruit, mainly because it’s delicious and portable. Easy to bring with me for a long day at school and the gym. I need to find a way for veggies to be just as easy.

2) plan my meals, esp. dinner, better. I’ve realized that meals with little or no prep are the best for weeknight meals. Need to find more of these.

3) finish out my marathon training strong and healthy. Way back in February when I signed up for this crazy thing, I was super gung ho. Then training started in July and I was just as excited. Then it got hot and I wasn’t as excited. Now there are just 37 days (what?!?) until the Chicago Marathon and it’s do or die time.

4) cross train at least once per week. This goes along with #3 of getting across the finish line in Chicago.

5) manage my time better. between school, running, cooking, me time, blogging, and a million other things it is all to easy to lose track of time or forget something important. Time management is one thing that I have always struggled with. I would love to turn all my “to-do” lists in September into “to-done” lists.

I also have a few other goals, but I won’t be blogging about them unless they actually happen. I don’t want to jinx a good thing Smile


I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t taken any pictures with my camera for over a week. Why? The battery is dead and I’ve been to lazy busy to charge it. Here’s a few pictures from vacation that I haven’t shared yet.


Hiking up Hoosier Pass at the Continental Divide. Yes, Matt is throwing a snowball at me. I threw one back.



This was taken at Royal Gorge park. Clearly, I am too cool to take off my sunglasses.



Cactus! This one didn’t bite me, but I did get a spine in my finger when climbing off this rock. Also, Matt couldn’t understand why I wanted my picture next to a cactus. Duh.

Tell me: what is your favorite make ahead or quick prep dinner?

Summer Slaw

Boy, have I got a delicious recipe for you today!

A few years ago I went to Matt’s sisters house for some family get-together or another, and had the most delicious side dish – broccoli slaw.


Ever since then, I have wanted to recreate it, or get the recipe from her. but I just kept forgetting, or didn’t have an occasion to make it for. Until last weekend.

Sunday July 3 we went to a BBQ hosted by one of matts coworkers and were asked to bring side dishes to share. Aha! The perfect opportunity to make broccoli slaw. Matt promptly called up his mom and copied down the recipe for me.


Here’s what you’ll need:

1 – 2 packages broccoli slaw (depending on the size of each bag)

2 packages chicken ramen

3 chopped green onions

3/4 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup sugar

3 tbsp. vinegar

1/2 cup olive or canola oil

What to do:

Mix the broccoli slaw, ramen noodles (you’ll need the seasoning packet later), onions, almonds, and sunflower seeds together in a big bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, vinegar, oil, and seasoning packet from the ramen. Pour the dressing over the slaw mix and toss together well.

Let everything refrigerate for an hour or two before eating.



Loafin’ Around


I love bread. Like, really love it. I don’t really know where or when it happened, but I can remember being the one at every family party who ate 3 dinner rolls and more pieces of Irish soda bread than I count.  (This also happened pre-weight loss, but that’s neither here nor there.)


Bagels? I’ll eat one. English muffins? Sure, love those nooks and crannies. Fresh baked bread? You better watch out and leave me some butter, because I’m gonna eat that bread up.

So, of course, with losing many pounds comes a change in what you eat. No longer can I indulge and enjoy big doughy bagels every day for breakfast. No more soft pretzels accompanying trips to the mall. No endless dinner rolls at dinners out or holidays. Sad smile

Instead, I eat Bagel Thins, or Arnold sandwich thins, super low-cal bread that isn’t quite the same as the calorie-laden regular breads.

But! Baking bread is surprisingly easy (and fun). I honestly don’t know why I don’t do it more often, especially since I love chewy, doughy, fresh bread. A bajillion times better than a sad loaf in a plastic bag from the grocery store. It’s usually cheaper, too.

So, last night I started looking around for a good wheat bread recipe and found one here. I followed the recipe exactly, so head over to Tammy’s Recipes for this and tons of other delicious looking recipes.

First step: gather the ingredients


Not easy to do when you have about 2 square feet of counter space.


Computer on the other side of the sink.

Hmm. I should probably cut up that pineapple.


Follow recipe as directed. Let bread rise twice. Begin to turn on oven, then lose power for the evening after a car accident knocks over a transformer. Oh wait, just me?

I baked my bread for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven as directed. My oven is electric, though, so that may make a difference in time. Everything seems to cook (and burn) faster in there. Also, I covered the loaf pan with foil for the first 15 minutes to avoid burning the top. Worked like a charm.


Oh man, was this good.


A bit chewy and nutty from the whole wheat flour, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot delicious.

Trust me, I’ll definitely be baking more of my own bread (and other carb-y treats) in the future.

Have you tried any new recipes lately?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to cook but haven’t tried yet?