Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Food. And stuff.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love feeding people?  Cause yeah.  I do.

I have to share one of my favorite bar cookie recipes of all time.  Super simple. 

But before I do, I have two things to say today. 

1) I miss doing my 365 posts, because that gave me an excuse to take random photos of anything I wanted that had nothing to do with anything and put them somewhere.  I have a few of those in this post.  Just in case you were thinking, "Huh?" as you looked at them.  Not that I've ever done that before.  Like ever.  Ha!

2) I've gotten a ton of emailed questions about some of my blog tweaks.  And I'm almost jumping up and down that y'all like them!  I still need to install a social media button put on the side, but then I'm done.  (I put all the places you can find me in a tab at the top for now.) I thought I'd just answer the main questions here since I've gotten so many duplicate questions. You have asked me the style of font in my texts- I'm using "Arimo" for the main text and "Oswald" for my post titles.  I've had a bunch of you ask about the sizes I'm using my photos at.  I re-size them in PicMonkey to "850" wide.  With my extended margins that is the perfect size for this particular blog width and I can click "Original size" when I'm uploading photos and plunking them into my blog.  (You would obviously want to re-size your photos for your own margins.)

 (Mother's Day bouquet)

Okay so these bars.  I've been making them for years.  I got the recipe from a favorite co-worker back in the day when I actually got up really early and got dressed in pantyhose and high heels.  Side note, I don't actually think I own a pair of pantyhose anymore.  And you should see me walking in high heels!  It's hysterical.  My feet have completely adjusted to wearing only gray converse or ballet flats nearly every waking moment.  I don't even know what to do with heels anymore.


Here is my version of these yummy bars.  And no. They're not good for you.

Jennifer's coconut bars
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (14 oz) bag sweetened coconut flakes
1 bag chocolate chips

Turn your oven on to 325 degrees.
Place 1/4c butter into a 9x13 pan, then place the pan into the warming oven and let the butter melt. 
While that's going on, crush enough graham crackers to make 1/1/4 cups.  (I used s'moreables because they are gluten free.  They taste kind of awful, but if you cover something in enough chocolate it's good. Just saying.)
Pull the pan with the melted butter out of the oven and dump in your crushed grahams.  Mix them well and press them all down into the pan to form a crust. 
Open a can of sweetened condensed milk.  Pour it over the top of the graham cracker crust.
Sprinkle a bag of sweetened coconut flakes over top. (But reserve just a handful)
Sprinkle a bag of chocolate chips over that, evenly.
Take the reserved coconut and sprinkle it over the chocolate chips so it can get all toasty and pretty looking.

(I don't think I've ever said the word "sprinkle" this much in my life.)

Now pop that pan into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. 

 It makes your kitchen smell all coconut-y.  And yummy.

And this is what my kitchen looks like right this minute.  I actually had to stop in the middle of getting this post up and snap a photo for you.  I'm making enchiladas and egg muffins (the healthy kind) at the same time.  I can't help my multi-tasking self.  

Now I have to scoot because the hoodlums are almost home from school.  What are you up to today?


  1. Your kitchen looks beautiful, even when you are cooking. Love all the aqua color pops!

  2. Love the new blog look...very welcoming and easy. I must tell you that my mom made these bars when we were little. We called them Magic idea why. Super yummy, though!

  3. haha - I was just going to comment, "Wow, somebody has been tidying up and cleaning, and making everything all spotless and pretty!!!" -- and then you added the last photo to keep it real. Love that about you. Nevertheless, the house looks FABulous. Love your digs!

    Those bars sound "to die for" -- but none of my crew likes coconut... so if I made them, well, can you say rolly-polly? Um, yeah. That.

    I should make SOMEthing to celebrate though, because tomorrow is my son's last day of school -- in his entire high school career!!! Pinch me. This is actually happening. Now, if the boy just didn't work so many hours, he'd be home to celebrate! What's a mama to do?

    Big hugs! xo

  4. Today I went to a meeting with my mother in law then took dinner to a friend who just had surgery. :)

    The bars sound wonderful. The combination of chocolate and coconut sounds too good to be true.

    I'm with you on pantyhose - no way!

  5. My SIL brought those bars when babe #2 was born. We just had babe #3 (she's a month old today - ARGH!) and I just got the stuff to make them with my oldest. This is a kick in the booty. More than that tangent though, I FREAKING-A LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen!!! Are those big lidded jars with sugar and flour from the dreaded Walmart?

    1. Hahaha! They are from TJ Maxx. Hope you can find some! :)

  6. love love love your new world over here girlie!!!!!

  7. i do not like feeding people. at all. which is tricky since i'm responsible for feeding 3 people 3 meals a day. Lord, help me. pass along some gusto, please? you make me want to be a better cook. : )

  8. You got such a pretty bunch of flowers for Mother's day....And your kitchen looks happy today!!!

    I love the changes, but I also have to admit, it gives a whole new feel to your blog! Funny how that works! Soon enough, I'll get over it and stop being distracted by the little things that are different than before.,

  9. I've decided I'm going to try Enjoy Life Vanilla Honey Graham crunchy cookies (crushed up)in place of graham crackers and see if that works better for my g.f. endeavors, as we can't have s'morables even still, due to food allergies issues on top of having to be g.f. I think the vanilla flavor might make an awesome addition. These remind me of 7 layer bars, which also had butterscotch chips, and nuts of which I was never a huge fan, and I think I like your version better!

    Love the photos.. thanks for sharing them. Your kitchen is such a bright and happy place.

    1. Oooh I bet that would be YUMMY!! If you remember let me know how they turned out!

  10. Your kitchen is right out of BH&G - lovely! Can I ask you where you got the long stripey kitchen rug?
    I need an extra long one like that cause the dog likes to stand there a drool while I'm fixing his dinner. Thanks!

    1. Yep. I got it from Target! (IT fades terribly in the wash.. fyi)

  11. a. hi...I feel like its been a while...
    b. I belong in that kitchen
    c. you changed your margins on your blog...I totally caught that.
    d. only post healthy recipes please...I've got like 30 pounds to lose, missy.

  12. Love the color of the island! We are looking to paint our kitchen a gray color when we own the house (its still in the process of going through the dang bank). What is the name of it? And, did you know that antlers are really good chew sticks for dogs? They are crazy expensive out here as they have been cleaned from all the germs and bugs but our dogs L.O.V.E them!

  13. LMM- would love the color of your island, know you posted ages ago but cannot find it???? thanks! GOD BLESS you today! Becky

  14. Your kitchen (and house for that matter) always looks lovely, and by the way, a messy kitchen is a loved kitchen...just saying.

  15. Your house is lovely! I am super curious where you got your straw dispenser....I am in love~

  16. I pinned those coconut bars and the caption with them was, "coconut bars, come to mama."

  17. Love what you wrote about your sweet husband! Wishing you much continued happiness in the months and years to come.