I wanted some Pecan Pie Bars

So I had a few readers ask if I was going to do more recipes. Periodically there will be more recipes coming out. This particular one got posted because I was craving pecan pie. I went to the store and bought a frozen one (I know, horrible; I was in a rush.) When I had some free time I decided to make these bars again.

I probably shouldn’t eat this on regular basis considering how much sugar goes into these but they are so good and I was in my feelings.

Do you eat Pecan Pie? Is this something you only have during the holidays?

 Pecan Pie Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the sides and bottom of one 15×10 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, margarine or butter and salt until the mixture resemble coarse crumbs. Press firmly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl stir the eggs, corn syrup 1 1/2 cups white sugar, melted margarine and vanilla until blended. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  5. Spread the filling evenly over the hot crust. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until set. Let cool before slicing.

Kitchen Tip Thursdays: How can we help?

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Happy Thursday Rays of Sunshine! We hope you are enjoying your day so far. As many of you know we have featured tips to help you in the kitchen every Thursday. We wanted to check in with you all and see what would you like to know. Is there something that you would like help with? Something you want to learn? What would you like to see on Kitchen Tip Thursdays?

Comment below, send us an email, contact us on twitter and Facebook. We are here to help you make your time in kitchen a fun experience.  Some ideas we have received so far:

* Pantry staples

*De-boning poultry

*Proper way to defrost meat

*Difference between measuring cups and measuring spoons

Don’t be shy, we’re here to help!


Meatless Monday: Are you in?

Many times you see posts, articles and Pinterest boards featuring recipes without meat for ‘Meatless Monday’.

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Over the years I have seen a lot of blog posts about meatless Mondays. The thought of not eating meat used to bother me but as I get older I realized that I don’t have to eat meat everyday. There have been plenty of days when all I want to eat are vegetables and sometimes pasta.

Could you do it? Could you go without eating meat for just one day a week? Or maybe just for one meal on Mondays? Let us know what you think. Maybe we can do this together. Let me know if you have some meatless Monday favorites.


Be a Tastefully Simple Host in July

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Hello July and Goodbye Fear

This has been a really crazy six months. The past month has gone by so fast that I don’t know how I kept my head above water. Now that things have calmed down I’m back to working on my goals. There were a few things I wanted to start doing at the beginning of year but life happened and I was unable to make it happen. 


Well it’s the start of a new month, new beginnings and time for me to step outside of my comfort zone some more. I have a few goals that I want to accomplish this month. One way to hold myself accountable is to write them down. 

  1. Create videos. I have the equipment so it’s time to start using it. I’ll go live on my Facebook page to talk about my life in the kitchen with Cerebral Palsy and food allergies. 
  2. Bring back Kitchen Tip Thursdays. 
  3. Tastefully Simple unboxing. You asked about how I use the products I sell so I’ll share some cooking tips. 
  4. Local restaurant reviews. I live really close to the beach and all these great restaurants. Time to share some local finds. 

Here’s to a month of great expectations. What are your goals for the month? 


Green Smoothies: Have you tried them?

As you may have noticed a lot of people are talking about green smoothies and adding them to their daily regimen. How about you? Have you tried any green smoothie recipes lately?

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We’ve tried different recipes for green smoothies and we love them. This one here has a cup of frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mangoes, strawberries), one banana, one cup of apple juice and a handful of spinach.

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Over the next few weeks we will be sharing with you various green smoothie recipes and the benefits of drinking them. Are you ready to try a green smoothie? Do you have a combination you would like us to try? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Taste Test Tuesday: Nana’s Apple Cake

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. This weeks Taste Test Tuesday is from Tastefully Simple’s standard line. It’s Nana’s Apple Cake.

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Nana’s Apple Cake

 

 

 

Did you have guests pop over for a visit? Need a treat for your child’s classroom? Or maybe you just want a quick dessert to go with tonight’s dinner. Nana’s Apple Cake Mix is just the thing for you. Made with just chopped apples and eggs, this sweet cinnamon-spiced cake in ready in just under an hour.

If you don’t have any apples on hand, applesauce, pears, peaches, canned pumpkin, pineapples and mandarin oranges work too. You can add walnuts to give it a crunch. Nana’s Apple Cake is a great choice for brunch or even just a snack. It’s a kosher product and makes about 9 servings.

You can check out my website for more recipes.  Thanks for stopping by today and sure to grab a piece of Nana’s Apple Cake before you leave.


What do these colored tabs really mean?

Have you ever wondered what the color tabs on loaves of bread mean? Some are yellow, red or even blue. Years ago I remember asking my Home Economics teacher in Junior High School what those tabs really meant. That one question turned into a homework assignment for me. I didn’t mind because it was about food and research so I was all for it. Now fast forward about 15 plus years (Yeah I know I just dated myself…lol), I wondered if the same information that I found out years ago was still valid. So I began my research again to see what I could find out.

Those colored tabs really do mean something. Each colored tab represents a different day of the week; the day the bread was baked. The date that is stamped on the tab is the date the bread needs to be sold by. Sometimes they won’t always be tabs but the twists with the dates stamped on the bag itself, the colors still remain the same. The colors are listed below. So next time you are in the bread aisle or at your local bakery take a look at the colored tab or twist to see how fresh your bread is.

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – Green

Thursday – Red

Friday – White

Saturday – Yellow

Note: This is a universal adopted procedure, however some companies may change it up a bit. But for the most part all companies still with this standard procedure.


Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


10 Things to know about me

Hey, everyone! You all asked and I said I would deliver. I will be sharing more about myself and my life behind the blog. The following is just an introduction to who I am and what I love about life.

  1. I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and I walk with a limp. ( I need to give my cane a name)
  2. My food allergies have increased over the years. (How is a food blogger allergic to eggs and raw apples?)
  3. I come from a blended family. I have a bonus mom and a bonus dad.
  4. I fell in love with cooking as a child, while recovering from surgeries.
  5. I’m a book nerd. I love to read. Romance novels are my weakness.
  6. I blog about romance novels at Romance Novels In Color.
  7. I’m addicted to seafood and green smoothies.
  8. I spoil my nephew Pumpkin like crazy and he’s getting a sister soon!! (I’m excited about another baby being in the house.)
  9. I am very involved in my church.
  10. I’m 34 and single (yes, someone asked that after I sent out a survey a few weeks ago)

This is me, this is my life and I love it. I’ll be sure to share more very soon.