Valentine’s Treats

Hello!  How did everyone’s week go?  Is everyone happy that it’s Friday?

This week we are getting some inspiration for Valentine’s Day sweets.  Now, I love baking and I’m getting prepared to bake a bunch of stuff for my coworkers.  So I was using this as some inspiration.  And now I’m hungry.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Valentine’s Kiss Cookies from The Kitchen is My Playground

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Caramel Drizzle Brownie Hearts from Betty Crocker

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Cute Heart Valentine’s Treats from The Resourceful Mama

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Heart Shaped Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats from Honey and Lime

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Cupid Crunch Popcorn Mix from This Mama Loves

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Valentine’s Cake Batter Fudge from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

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Marbled Valentine’s Sugar Cookies from Baked by Rachel

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Easy Valentine Trifle from Making Life Blissful

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars from Two Sisters Crafting

Pink Peppermint Patties

Pink Peppermint Patties from Butter with a Side of Bread

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Fun Summer Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Good morning! Are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you keeping busy, or more importantly, keeping your kids busy? I don’t usually write too much about ideas or activities with kids, but I used this when my kids were young and it was fun and kept them busy.

I started out with some ideas I found from magazines. This was before Pinterest, so you will have a much easier time finding ideas now! I found all different types of kid-friendly ideas, from baking to crafting to playing! I printed out the ideas on individual note cards.

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Some ideas were really simple, like this one and others took a little more time or material. This one would be a great science lesson. The kids can compare the bugs by size, color or shape. If they are older, they can even look up information about the bug.

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I included directions or pictures with the card when there were some. This baking idea actually starts with a pre-baked cake, but you could easily use the baking as part of the idea. I tried to use ideas that had most items I already had in my home. I didn’t want to have to go run out and purchases things just to make it work.

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This is always a fun activity. Any shoe box will do. Kids can take pages from magazines, or photographs, or even stickers to decorate a box. Then they can store all the special memorabilia or crafts they made over the summer.

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All kids love to play in the sprinkler! I included some fun games they could play while getting wet!

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You can see I had a whole stack of cards. Some days we didn’t need them, but they sure were nice on the days where “I’m bored” was heard. I’m not sure we ever made it through all the ideas, but it was a great way to make some new memories together.

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I would love to hear from you if you use this idea or try something similar. How do you keep your kids entertained during the summer? Hope you have a great week!

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FUDGY CHOCOLATE-OATMEAL BARS

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!

FUDGY CHOCOLATE-OATMEAL BARS

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Sunshine and blessings, Pam

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