I have many passions in life. One being my family and friends (love you guys to bits and pieces!!!). Another being around or in beautiful surroundings (like my Mom's garden or a beautiful table cloth or driving through the South of France in my Aunt's little happy car with fun dancey music playing). And of course one of my BIGGEST passions in life is baking and cooking (which you all know very well). Yet another passion in my life is paper crafting. Yes, I adore making cards, scrapbook pages (thanks to my dear friend Kylah for encouraging me and showing me the way) and 3D items too. I have been able to really feed my passion of paper-crafting by becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator as of 8 years ago.
Part of my passion of being a SU! Demo allows me to have a group of girls come over to my house once a month and have an evening of creativity and fun. Every month I carefully choose at least 2 (sometimes 3 if I am feeling really inspired) projects for everyone to make. Above you will see one of the projects we made last month. A great project to make for not only are owls part of the focal point of the mini cards (I also have a special little passion for owls) but also we made a little match-book to hold the hand-made cards. A nice gift or way to present a card to someone special.
Along with the materials and guidance of the projects I like to bake a little something special to share with everyone. Any excuse for me to bake I jump upon! Last month I made these lovely little Oatmeal Toffee Bars (which I sprinkled with chocolate chips because chocolate usually makes everyone happy). Super YUM and a very happy success of a recipe. Full of flavor, easy to make and a smile is sure to come across your face one you bite into one of these bars. What more could you ask for!
Oatmeal Toffee Bars Sprinkled with Chocolate Chips
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal, quick cooking or regular rolled oats
1 cup Health Bar Bits
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 baking pan.
2. Beat butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until well blended and nice and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla extract.
3. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt....
....Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix well all together.
4. Stir in toffee bits and oatmeal - batter will be stiff....
5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips....
6. Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned or until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean....
Cool in pan and then cut into squares. Serve with happiness!
Happy Oatmeal Toffee Bars Sprinkled with Chocolate Chips Baking!