As you can see, another hiatus has occurred, unfortunately it happens from time to time. But I am returning on one of my favorite days…PI DAY!
March 14, or 3.14 is today and so it is necessary to consume pie :]
Happy Pi Day!
In celebration of Pi Day, I will be making a Blueberry Pie this evening. My plan is to use Ina Garten’s pie crust recipe, filled with a 16oz bag of frozen blueberries, 3/4 cup sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of cornstarch for thickening, and topped with some butter slices. 3 more hours til I’m off work and can dash home to make this! Can’t wait!
Another favorite day of mine is coming up – St. Patrick’s Day. Corned Beef and Cabbage is absolutely one of my favorite meals. And I love all the green themed desserts (hint: be on the lookout for a post regarding green themed desserts in the near future!).
I also love an excuse to dress up for holidays, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.
Above is my St. Patrick’s Day outfit which is almost entirely from H&M. Yay dressing up for holidays!
Must return to work but I will leave you with this…a new recipe! I was really wanting something with peanut butter and chocolate last week, and this recipe was the result.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Bars (that taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (I never buy creamy – also, I recommend Skippy!)
1 cup dark brown sugar (or any, I just like dark)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats (uncooked, I recommend Quaker)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (to 1 1/2…I kind of just grabbed a bunch of handfuls since I love chocolate lol) chocolate chips (+ 1 cup chocolate chips for topping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish. Mix together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, until a dough is formed. Then add the oats and chocolate chips. Spread your peanut butter -chocolate-oat batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Leave the oven on, but remove your pan. Spread about a cup, possibly more, of chocolate chips all over the top of the peanut butter goodness. Place back in the oven for another 3 – 5 minutes, or until the chocolate chips are melting. Then remove from the oven, and using either an offset spatula or a butter knife, spread the melted chocolate until the entire top is covered. This will create a nice hard chocolate candy topping. Let cool until the chocolate is hardened.
Slice and enjoy!
Happy Pi Day! And happy half-way mark of the week!