Valentine’s is getting closer and Hopefully spring is on the way, no matter what the Groundhog says! ! Ithought I would bake up a sweet treat to give to your Valentine or a whole group of Valentines!  am not sure where this recipe came from, but I have had it for a long time and it is so good.  It makes a large amount of bars, so it is a good dessert to take to a potluck or family gathering. So here is the recipe!


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla, divided

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

2 cups (12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sliced almonds, divided (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside 2 tbsp. of the butter. Beat the remaining butter in a large bowl on medium speed on mixer for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, beat until combined. Beat in eggs and 2 tsp. of the vanilla.  Stir together flour and baking soda in another large bowl, stir in oats. Gradually stir flour mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.


Combine reserved 2 tbsp. butter, the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan.  Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.  Stir in 3/4 cup of the almonds and remaining 2 tsp. vanilla.


Pour two-thirds (about 3 1/3 cups) of the oats mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch jelly-roll pan.  Spread chocolate mixture over the oats mixture.


Using your finger, dot remaining oats mixture over the chocolate.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup almonds.


Bake about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2 x 1 inch bars. Makes about 75 bars.


Mmmm, mmmm, good! I hope you enjoy this fudgy goodness!


Sunshine and blessings, Pam

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Princess Wall Hanger

We all know that little princess who has too many dress up clothes.  And they have too many boxes of dress up clothes, causing some of them to get wrinkled and ruined.  This is an easy project that will help to organize the dress up clothes and not cause them to get wrinkled and ruined.

I started with a piece of plywood that I cut 10 inches by 8 inches.  This is big enough to place two hooks on the board to hang more clothes.  I then primed the board so it was easier to paint later.


The dimensions of the wall hanger

I decided that since this hanger was going to be for little girls, it should be painted pink.  I chose a berry pink spray paint to use as the main coat of the hanger.  It is a vibrant pink that I could cover in other colors to make it colorful and cute.


The color is Berry Pink!

The design I decided to make on the wall hanger was circles of different sizes.  I found these two plastic lids to use as my two circles.  So I traced my design on the pink plywood before I started to paint the circles.

I used these lids for my circle design

I used these lids for my circle design

Here are my circles before the paint

Here are my circles before the paint

I wanted to go girly, so I went with black and white.  I did a little bit of a random black and white circles so it didn’t look like a real pattern.  I also took a small paint brush and added black and white dots on the plywood, putting white dots next to black circles and black dots next to white circles.  I wanted it to keep this fun and cute for the little girls.


Almost done! Just the hooks to go!

I then added two white hooks to the bottom of the board.  I placed them about 2.5 inches up from the bottom and about 1.5 inches from the edge of the board.  With the help of my dad, we were able to screw these two hooks on the front of the board.  We also placed a hanger on the back of the board so we could hang it on the wall.


The placement of the hooks on the board

And here is the finished product!


It’s all finished and ready to have clothes hung on it!

This project was really easy and really fun to work on.  It is something simple to help organize the dress up clothes and not have so many boxes to have clothes in.

Love, Lauren


I have another Valentine post for you all today!  This idea I got from a couple of wonderful bloggers I follow. I just love their posts! They have the greatest ideas and wonderful homes. Please take time to check them out!

The first post is from Laura at FindingHomeonline.com. Here is the link to one of her ideas: http://findinghomeonline.com/christmas-table-ideas-mini-wood-slice-wreath-place-setting/

Here is another: http://findinghomeonline.com/wood-burlap-natural-fall-wreath/

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath

Here is my version. I also made the small ones for my table settings, but I already have those packed away :(.


Then Karianne from ThistlewoodFarms came up with this one for Christmas: http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/wood-slice-christmas-tree

Wood Slice Christmas Tree

So I made a similar one!

 I started out with some of the wood slices.  My husband cut mine from some tree branches he had pruned from some of our trees. You can also buy them already cut at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. He cut several different sizes.


While Karianne used an old chalkboard, I use a bulletin board I had taken out of Lauren’s room when she moved into her apartment. I stained the frame a little darker brown, using Minwax Wood Finish in Red Oak. Then I spray-painted the cork with black chalk paint. Since I was using a cork board, I glued a tack to the back of the wood slice and just stuck it into the cork. Here is my Christmas version. I added chalk for the trunk of the tree and the star.


So, since my wood pieces are movable, I decided to change it up for Valentines Day! I took the pieces off and then rearranged them into a heart. I wrote ‘Love’ in chalk across the top. Super easy!!

New Image


 This project was easy and something that is very versatile for any occasion.

Love, Pam