The Toddler - "Mom mom my baby spilled sugar on the floor!!!!"
Me - "Actually he's my baby, but ok, what do you mean sugar?"
The Toddler - "It's on the floor mom mom he spilled it."
Me - "Ah yes, you mean cornmeal, he spilled cornmeal on the
floor. Awesome. An entire container of cornmeal."
Tidy Victory -
Me - "Hey vacuum obsessed boy - get the vacuum and clean that
The Toddler - "Yay thank you mom mom I love to vacuum!"
One of my FAVORITE treats that my mom, Nana Patti, used to make for us all the time when we were kids is Hello Dolly bars. I think they have also been called Magic Bars, but I prefer the former, probably because of my enthusiasm for Dolly Parton.
Anyways, a few weeks back I posted here in my Tidy Victory about the 4 pans of these delicious little sweeties I made for a reception at the Spring Gala concert I sit on the board for. There are a few different variations of this recipe floating around on the World Wide Web (when was the last time you heard the internet called that?), but I will share my go to recipe with you!
What you need:
microwave safe bowl
15 graham crackers (full size)
1 stick unsalted butter
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
Here's what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor or mini chopper (used my red mini!) chop up the graham crackers completely until they look like sand (sigh, makes me think of the beach).
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the stick of butter. Pour the graham cracker crumbs into the bowl with the butter and mix well.
Dump graham cracker/butter mixture into the 9x13 pan and press evenly with the back of a spatula.
Now this is where you really have to focus: lovingly sprinkle the cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips over the graham crackers, followed by the butterscotch chips, the shredded coconut, and finally the chopped walnuts.
With a flourish of artistic imagination, pour ribbons of the sweetened condensed milk over the entire pan with all of the goodies in it. Make sure to get the sweetened condensed milk in every crack and crevice possible.
Into the 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool, cut and enjoy with a tall glass of yummy milk (we go through about 4 gallons a week in our house, crazy!).
Again, this is a great baking recipe that toddlers can help with. Mine loved watching the graham crackers getting pulverized in my sweet little mini chopper.
Enjoy this recipe - it's great to have a pan of it around the house or to take to a picnic!
Did you notice all of the different filters I used on my pictures for this post? Went a little crazy I think, but it's so FUN!
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