" " " " Singing With Birds: September 2011

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 them...best thing ever.

If you are already on Pinterest, you can check out my boards here (http://pinterest.com//) 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!


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