Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peanut Butter Bars (Kristin's)

A brand new favorite this year. Thank you Kristin E, MOPS Director extraordinaire. 

The kids are swarming and asking, "Can we have the less-than-perfect ones?"  The fact that I've had the powdered sugar since we made Jesus' birthday cake LAST Christmas tells you that baking with "real" refined ingredients is rare around here....but still.....Only FIVE ingredients, no-bake....honestly....the mark of a great recipe. 

1 1/2 C Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 lb Confectioners' sugar (3 - 3 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 C Peanut Butter
1 C Butter, melted
1 (12 oz) bag Milk Chocolate Chips (I used semi-sweet - no artificial stuff)

Combine cracker crumbs, sugar and peanut butter. Mix well. 

Blend in melted butter until completely combined. 

Press mixture evenly into a 9 x 13 inch pan. 

Melt Chocolate chips in microwave or in double boiler. 

Spread over peanut butter mixture. 

Chill until just set and cut into bars (these are VERY hard to cut if the chocolate gets "rock hard". 

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Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

MOPS Mother Child Peppermint Tea

The girls and I were happy to attend a MOPS Peppermint Tea yesterday. What a blast. The discussion was lively, there were crafts for children, individual ornaments to be had, story telling, Christmas music and wonderful Christmas food. It was a joy to see Moms and CHILDREN interacting with OTHER Moms and children. So fun to see children playing and mom's visiting. Great job ladies. 

Arielle suggested we dress in our most festive, jingly, jangly outfits for this occasion....we'd match for the group photo (which I'll have to scan later). 

I did get other photos but they all involve children or moms who have not told me they are o.k. with an occasional guest appearance on our blog. ::snort:: 

We had a short steering committee meeting after the tea. I enjoyed a Skype with a regional board member. I went to the onsen with a dear friend, came home, cooked dinner and slept well. It was a great day! 

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

White Chocolate Tic Tac Toe

Remedying an oversight. This is a recipe from year's past.  Thanks for requesting it and spurring me on, Cindy. Getting it in the recipe index, photo will be added after I make some.  LOL 

1 lb. M&Ms
1 1/2 lbs. White Chocolate
9 cups Crispix cereal (or Chex)
2 cups pretzel sticks
3 cups cheerios
2 cups peanuts (or nuts of choice)

In a double boiler melt white chocolate over low heat.

Mix all dry ingredients in a LARGE bowl or tub.

Pour melted white chocolate into bowl and toss to coat all dry ingredients.  Be careful not to smoosh M&Ms.

Pour single layer onto kitchen table covered with wax paper.

Let dry approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Break into smaller pieces and store in airtight container.

Will store for up to 10 days. (If it lasts that long!)

*Note I've used white chocolate chips and vanilla almond bark. Either works. I also use the microwave. Shoot be really decadent and cover it in dark chocolate. LOL 

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...