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Puppy Chow

Clark asked me to make Puppy Chow over the weekend.

“Peeeeeaazzzz, Momma?!  It my favowit!!”

How can I resist this face?

And since my foot was feeling up to it…I was able to not only go to the store, but also make this yummy treat for my family.

Puppy Chow

  • 9 c chex cereal (rice or corn)
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c powdered sugar

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.  Heat mixture in microwave for 30 seconds, and then mix well.  Repeat this process until chocolate chips are completely melted (usually takes me 2-3 times).  Once this is completed, add cereal and stir until all cereal is coated well with the chocolate.  Lastly, add powdered sugar and stir well until everything is coated well with the powdered sugar.

We had Chalupa for dinner tonight….what a great crockpot/freezer meal!!  If you haven’t tried this yet…make it soon!  For a quick dinner tonight,  I pulled a bag out of the freezer and popped it in the microwave.  You can use it for soft tacos, burritos, but this is my favorite way to eat it:  Nacho Style (esp with with Kris’ fresh grown tomatoes 😀 )

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Ooooh, these are yummy!  Full of peanut butter and oats and chocolate!  And kids love them because they have M&M’s in them 😀  They just look fun!!

Monster Cookies

  • 1/2 c butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 c quick oats
  • any amount of your favorite additions (M&M’s, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, pecans, etc.
  • (I used 1 c of chocolate chips and 1 c of M&M’s – plain)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In your mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add peanut butter and mix well again.  Add baking soda and quick oats.  Mix well.  Stir in your favorite additions.  Drop by large tablespoonfuls on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

And yep, you read the ingredients right…there’s no flour in these babies!

I think that may be a little pool of gooey chocolate there on the top…mmmm

When they’re right out of the oven, they’re super soft and a whole lot messy 😀

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I’m beginning to really enjoy Wednesdays…

It tells me that my week is half over.

I get to watch Lucy.

Clark and Joel get to have playdates.

I get to watch the toddlers at church.

(who is that crazy kid in the red shirt?!  Someone needs to control him….)

And lately, it’s been my fun baking day!  I don’t have to cook a meal for dinner since we eat at the church on Wednesday nights, so I’m freed up to bake to my own desire….which is what I really love to do.  I don’t mind cooking….but my heart really falls for baking.  And there is a difference.  A BIG difference in my opinion.  One  I do to fill my family’s bellies (cooking).  The other I do because it fills up my heart (baking).

And on this line of thinking…and as an early plug, I want to let you know that I (and some others…ok, maybe, just one other <<wink, wink>> Kris) will be doing some baking and selling our goodies.  at the church.  for the Youth.  April 25th.  Mark it on your calendar and bring your cash (or your checkbooks!) 😀  What would you be willing to buy for a quick simple breakfast?  Got any ideas or suggestions?  Let me know!!

Here’s what I got to make today:

Fudgey Brownies

  • 1 1/3 c butter
  • 2 2/3 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c baking cocoa
  • 2 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt.  Add cocoa, slowly, so that it doesn’t come back up on you!  Now add flour, 1/2 cup at a time.  Blend well and spread into 9×13 greased pan.  Dough will be very thick.  Now you can pop them into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or you can top with your favorite toppings.  Today I added chocolate chips over the whole pan and then on half I add a few peanut butter chips and pecans (my favorite) and then on the other half I drizzled on some caramel sauce.  It’s pretty much up to you on what you can put on top!  Or you can leave it with no toppings.  Or after you bake them you can dust them with powdered sugar.  Or you can top them with a thick chocolate frosting….oh the possibilities are endless!!

with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and pecans

with chocolate chips and caramel sauce

me not waiting for the kids to get home 😀

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I can’t make these yummy Scotcheroos without thinking of my sister, Katrina.  She’s a girl who’s not afraid to thoroughly enjoy her food, especially chocolate.

Yeah, she started young.

She still likes to “play” in chocolate.  She actually went to school to get her degree in culinary arts 😀

These were her cakes she did for my grandparents’ 50th Anniversary a few years ago:
She’s even sharing the chocolate love with her sweet family:
(Hubby Austin, Ella & Savanna)
And I can’t imagine lil’ Natalie Karen not enjoying chocolate…once she get’s here…in July 😀
Katrina and I were not always on the same page growing up.  She’s five years younger than me and I often felt way out of my league with her.  She’s amazingly beautiful (even did some modeling in Jr. High)….very athletic…super creative….great with people.  I just always new I couldn’t compare to her.  And so I distanced myself.  However, I was the one who lost out on all those years….b/c she’s beautiful on the inside too…and super creative….and great with people!  Now, I certainly wish we were closer in miles, but our hubby’s jobs don’t allow that…for now 😀
So, Katrina, I know I didn’t say it as often as I should have, but I do love you, deeply.  You’re a wonderful sister.
And I wish I had been a better big sister.
Back to the Scotcheroos….

You just can’t eat these without getting a little messy.  Even today as the kids and I were snacking on them, Reagan kept saying, “These are messy but sooo yummy!”


  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 6 c rice krispie cereal
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c butterscotch chips

In a large sauce pan, heat sugar and corn syrup over medium high heat just until it starts to boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.  Mix well.  Add rice krispie cereal and stir until all cereal is well coated.  Pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Heat chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in microwave, at 15-20 second intervals, until all melted.  Do not overheat!!  Mix well and spread over the top of the bars.

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Oh Henry Bars

As I said yesterday….I love Tuesdays 😀  Mike and I usually tag team:  I get them ready for school and he takes them to school.  But we also like to take turns giving each other a day of the week to “sleep-in”.  This just means that only one of us has to get up and get the kids ready for school and take them to school.  I like my sleep-in days to be Tuesday.  Today Clarky and I slept till 9am.  Then we had some tickle time.  Then while still in bed, he watched some cartoons and I checked all my emails and blogs.  We moved on to some breakfast (he loves eggs in a basket…egg in the middle of bread) and then he got busy at playing hard and making a big mess of toys in the living room and I got busy getting some laundry done and making a big mess of folded laundry in the living room (while watching my fav show: McLeod’s Daughters).

Cader had soccer practice this evening, so tonight was a perfect night for Sloppy Joes.  I was also able to throw some Oh Henry Bars together before practice.  I still have never figured out why they are called Oh Henry Bars, but who cares?!  They are quick to make and yummy.  It just doesn’t get much better than oats and chocolate and peanut butter….mmmm. (and a cup of butter and lots of sugar isn’t bad either)

Oh Henry Bars

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 c quick oats
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter, brown sugars, sugar, and oats.  Spread in 10×15 jelly roll baking sheet.  Bake for exactly 12 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave.  Remove bars from oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Spread melted chocolate mixture on top of warm bars.


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