Chocolate Friday – Oatmeal and Fudge

I felt like baking this week so I looked through my Pinterest board for an idea.  I had everything on hand for this recipe so it got chosen.  Well, and the picture made it look really yummy.

It was easy to put together.  Ms. A made the fudge  part while Ms. S and I mixed up the oatmeal cookie part.  I might have forgotten to preheat the oven while we were doing this though.  Oh well.

You have to let this cool at least almost completely or the fudge part will not be set up and run out.  Everyone thought it was delicious.  Another Chocolate Friday success!

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

      • 1 cup butter
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 cups brown sugar
      • 1/3 cup milk
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla
      • 2 1/2 cups flour
      • 1 tsp. baking soda
      • 1 tsp. salt
      • 3 cups oatmeal

Fudge Layer:

    • 1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
    • 1/3 cup butter
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.
  • In saucepan, mix and melt together the condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips for the fudge layer.
  • Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan.
  • Pour chocolate mixture then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely).
  • Note: The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

A Present to Treasure

Before Ms. A’s birthday my Mom told her “it would be the best birthday ever.”  Now my Mom is the amazing at picking out the best gifts.  Each of my children look forward to seeing what treasure she has found for them as they know it will be unique.  We all took guesses what it could be.

On her birthday we headed to her house for birthday donuts and gift opening. Not one of us guessed correctly.

Here is what Ms. A found in the gift bag.

You can see she was quite surprised and in love.

It was a quilt… which my Mom, although an amazing seamstress, has never made.  The fabric is s’mores, marshmallows, and then a swirly looking chocolate one.  Ms. A loves s’mores and for camp last year made a pillow case with that same fabric to take and have her camp mates sign.

On one side the pattern is squares.

The other side is a row of the squares in the midst of the s’more fabric.

The quilt is hand stitched together over many months.  She said she would work on it until her finger could no longer take the pricks although after a while she formed a callus which helped a bit.  They are the perfect stitches.  I don’t think I’d have the patience for that!

Months of prayers for my girl were poured into this blanket as she stitched it.  The border is an amazing cloud like design that she used a quilt template for to draw the pattern on and then follow it with stitches.

The finishing touch was a message of love by the person who made it.

Truly this will be a treasure for years.  Ms. A loves it and the other three children have put in their orders for one for each of them!

Almost WW: Piano Recital

Mr. C had his piano recital on Sunday.  He played Chariots of Fire and did a fabulous job.  He wanted to wear a bow tie for the event so I purchased one for him.  I’ll have to grab a picture of him in it so you can see it better.  He looked so handsome.