Friday, September 23, 2011

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Chews

Happy Fall Ya'll!

I know it's been forever, but it's time to sing again. I hope you've had a beautiful summer. Mine has been crazy from start to finish and it sure doesn't seem like the first day of Fall. It's been in the 90's here, with lots of sunshine, lofty clouds and blue skies.

Speaking of blue, we are excited to have the big, blue, Boise Broncos at home for their first home game against Tulsa Saturday night. We have friends joining us for the weekend and I've been busy fixing Football Food!

 Girl's Week, Colorado 2011

My sister, Kim, shared her favorite go to cookie bar during our Girl's Week in June. They go together quickly and are so delicious, loved by everyone!

I know you've been waiting several weeks for me to share some love, but first I want to tell you about what I've done during my time away.

Singing With Birds was started to showcase all the good things I was finding on line. Each week I featured my Top Hits from many blogs and websites. When I saw my niece, Tagan the end of June, she told me about a new way she was keeping track of all of her interests online. She sent me an invitation so I could save everything fabulous in one place. So here goes!

Have you heard about the wild-spreading website called Pinterest?

It's pretty much the best thing ever invented.
It's perfect for a addict-bookmarker like me.

You see before Pinterest came into my life, I had hundreds of bookmarks. I'm constantly finding inspiration and photos of things I love or ideas for my house and my bookmarks were getting out of control.  I also would copy recipes and had folders full!
The problem with browser bookmarks, however, is that you only get text. I would hardly ever go back to look at them and it was impossible to try and find a specific one. It's often hard to tell what a bookmark is without actually clicking on it and following the link (where you inevitably go "oh yeah!")

Another problem with bookmarks? If you bookmark a link from an online store, for example a pillow you wanted to try and make yourself...if the link expires or the item becomes no longer available, you lose that bookmark or that idea. Pinterest will still maintain the picture, even if the link no longer works in the future, so your idea is not lost.
Gotta love Pinterest.

Instead of folders for bookmarks, you create boards.
Each board can be whatever you want--food, home inspiration, books, great websites, ideas for kids...the list goes on and on and on.

Next you "pin" your bookmarks.
Find a great craft? Just Pin it.
You click the "Pin It"button that they give you to put on your browser toolbar, and then it lets you select a picture that will be posted onto your board. The actual pin will link to the website that you pinned it from.

Then later, when you are browsing your Craft Board on Pinterest, you will see the picture instead of just a link or text. The boards are so fun to look at and are instant Inspiration Boards boosting your creativity.

I've found that this is especially awesome for collecting recipes. Honesty, don't we just care if it looks good anyway? You can browse through your pins and find something that looks good just by looking at all your pinned pictures on your "Recipes" boards.  I have several of thing ever.

If you are already on Pinterest, you can check out my boards here ( You have to be invited, or just wait a few days/week (i don't remember) after you "apply" and they will let you on.  I'd love to pay it forward and send you a Pinterest invitation.  Just email me and leave me your email and I'll try to stay on top of it!

The first thing you will want to pin, is these yummy bars:

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Chews
  • 2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup butterscotch caramel ice cream topping (I use Mrs. Richardson brand)
  • 1/2  cup pecans (chopped or whole)
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or a mix of white or dark chips)
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13" pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine oats, 1-1/2 cups of flour, brown sugar and baking soda in a bowl.  Add butter; mix until crumbly.  Reserve 1 cup of crumb mixture.  Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of pan.  Bake 15 minutes.
2.  Combine ice cream topping and remaining 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl; whisk until smooth.  Drizzle over bottom crust; carefully spread to the edges.
3.  Combine pecans and reserved crumb mixture in small bowl.  Sprinkle crumb mixture and chocolate morsels evenly over caramel mixture.  Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  Remove to cooling rack.  Cool Completely.  Cut into bars.

Have a fabulous first Fall weekend all!


  1. So far I've resisted Pinning - blogging is addictive enough and I don't know where I'd find another 10 minutes. I know myself and it's all or nothing!
    What I WON'T resist is this recipe. I have everything but the caramel topping and I'll get it in the morning. If it wasn't 11 at night I'd be heading for the store this minute!

  2. My daughter says the same thing. She joined just so she can follow other's boards. You don't actually have to pin...although it sure is fun!

  3. Happy Fall Gnee, nice to see you! Sounds like you had a fun summer! The cookies look great:@)

  4. I do like pinterest :) and this recipe looks delicious! So nice to stop by and hear you singing again!

  5. HI! I've missed you! So fun to see your blog highlighted on my sidebar this morning. Great picture of you! I haven't gotten on the pinterest bandwagon yet, still bookmarking. I need to give it a try!

  6. Yep been pinning already. It is so fun. I am really glad to see you back! I have missed you. The recipe looks yummy.

  7. Holding up a huge "Welcome Back" banner. Do you see it? Look east and squint.

    Actually, you mentioned "pinning" in a comment on my blog during the summer. I didn't know what you meant and asked my daughter. She said something along the lines of, "...another internet addiction opportunity for you, mom."

    Smarty pants.

    But I did look at it and I know that I would love it. In fact, that's the reason I haven't pursued it yet. She's right about my addictive personality. That's also the reason that I don't have a facebook.

    ... and all of cyberland gasps in horror.

    At any rate, I'm glad to hear birds singing.

    And the bars? Yummy.

  8. I'm using Pinterest for the same thing... all those recipes I used to copy and paste are a thing of the past!!

    Of course I pin more recipes than I'll ever make, but at least it's simple, fast, and easy.


  9. I have missed you! I do love Pinterest but my problem is that it sucks too much of my time (I know, my fault!) But I spent enough time as it is on the computer..maybe I need a class on time management! LOL

  10. Gnee the bars look so good! I knew you were gone from blogging but not gone from the Internet as I follow you on Pinterest and I have repinned (a ton) of your pins -- such good taste. A sisters weekend sounds good -- my sisters, Jeannie and Jaqueline, have talked about it but haven't done it. Joni

  11. Welcome back, Gnee! your sister's recipe looks delicious. Glad you had a nice weekend with your friends and family.

  12. I'm happy to see you blogging again and have enjoyed staying connected through Pinterest. Gosh, it's addictive! All I needed was one more thing to spend time on, but I just can't stay away from it. I've found the funniest and most creative ideas there and love that I can organize them so easily.

  13. My FAVORITE PINTEREST PAL!!!! Welcome back!! I have enjoyed your pinning so much. Joni and I say we don't have to do anything but repin yours (and my friend Laura Folkman's so if you want a ton more of good ideas, go to Laura's Pinterest - she is as busy as you but she isn't a blogger so that is all she is doing.)

    These definitely are pin worthy. I feel like pinning moves so fast that I have to check every day or I miss out. It is a great way to keep track and also I have made a lot of the recipes and they are great. Keep pinning!

  14. Stoppin by from the blog hop and now following you via GFC. Please follow me back at
    Thanks have a great week!

  15. Renee you won the soup station! I tried emailing you to get your address. I will try again. Congrats.

  16. I am a Pinterest addict! I just love how easy it is to collect and store my favourite images. I love it so much I have started a weekly linky party devoted to Pinterest! It's called Pinning and Singing on the Weekend and I would be so honoured if you could pop by and check it out! Maybe you could even link up this post?

    I have also created a Pinning Bloggers Master List at my blog that you might be interested in joining.

    Lovely to see you!

    Best wishes and happy pinning!
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me


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