Thursday, March 25, 2010

What a wonderful day:) and peanut butter bar recipe

Last Saturday my cousin in law and a few girls from my ward threw me the most amazing baby shower ever. I can not thank them enough for all of their hard work. They made it such a fun and memorable day for me. Thanks to all of you who came and made it such a fun day for me:)

Tanya, my cousin in law went all out with the cutest decorations! And talk about the most amazing spread of food! My mom helped out also with the food, thanks mom!! Here are some pictures from the fun day, but I don't even think the pictures due justice as to how cute it was! Over the next few days I will give you all the recipes of the yummy food that we had there. Today I will give you the recipe for my yummy peanut butter bars that I made for the shower:) I might be one of the only people who would want to make food for her own shower, but it's so fun for me:) I have been making these peanut butter bars for a few years now, I got the recipe from a girl in my old ward, they are absolutely delicious! If you are a fan of peanut butter, you will love these.
Tanya getting the delicious punch ready, isn't she gorgeous!

I also made cupcake pops:) No baby shower is complete
without cupcake pops
Ina's delicious lime curd, this is one of my favorite things.
And for the peanut butter bars, these are always a crowd pleaser

Peanut Butter Bars

Cream together:
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. crunchy peanut butter (I always use smooth)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

After creaming add:
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp soda
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oatmeal

Stir and put into a 10x15 cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Sometimes a bubble will rise in the middle-don't worry it will go down

Spread 1 c. whipped peanut butter on top of slightly cooled bar. Cool about ten minutes, then spread on frosting

1/2 stick butter
3-4 c. powdered sugar
1 T. cocoa (I add a bit more, like 3-4 T)
1 tsp vanilla
milk to consistency

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fudge Filled Brownies

These delicious yummy bars are a favorite of the hubs. He always begs me to make them, and when I do he can't stay out of them. Which I like, because he has such great will power that it's actually quite annoying. When I make cookies, I can easily pound 6-7, AFTER I have already had my fair share of cookie dough, my little sweet heart can stop at one cookie and be off. I don't get it, but I guess I should just stop wanting him to stoop to my level so I don't feel so bad:) Even though the name of these bars are "fudge filled brownies", they are more like a fudge filled oatmeal cookie bar. I have been thinking that I want to try making these bars again but somehow incorporating nutella in the filling. I have been on a nutella craze lately, I put it on everything, and sometimes I don't even put it on anything, just a nice big spoon does the trick and I dive right into the jar. It's bad...

On a more personal note, I am 32 weeks pregnant! I can't believe I have 8 more weeks to go, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am so excited to have my baby girl I can hardly stand it. I almost feel like it's impossible for me to have my own little one, it's so crazy and such a miracle that I will actually be experiencing it. My husband and I have been taking a hypnobabies class. We love it...yes...we! I thought he would hate it but he thinks it's fun. I think it's fun for him to be part of the process:) These classes have been teaching me such great skills to relax during my pregnancy and to prepare for the natural childbirth I want. When I used to think about birth I would get anxiety, now I am excited! I occasionally get scared thinking about the blessed event because I don't know what to expect, but most my feelings about it now are excitement. Excitement to see my baby! I can hardly wait:)
Fudge Filled brownies
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips (I think using semi sweet is important, using milk chocolate is a little too sweet when combined with the sweetened condensed milk)
1 tsp vanilla

Put the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl and microwave on hte deforst setting 1-5 minutes or until just melted. Stir in vanilla. Set aside.

1 c. soft butter
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 c. quick cooking oatmeal

In a large mixer bowl cream butter and sugar; add eggs and vanilla. In a small bow sift baking soda, salt, and flour together. Add to creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Spread half of the dough into a greased 9x13 pan. Spread with chocolate mixture. Drop remaining dough by spoonfuls. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool for several hours, then cut into bars.