Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Treat Boxes for the kids at School

It is that time of year. This year Grandma and Grandpa get to have the fun with the kids. Mommy (Jessica) has to work so we get to have the Emma and Aiden for the week end. Dad has been out of town since Oct 17 my son (Kurt) is in the Army Reverses and every so often he has to be out of town for several weeks, this time he will be back Nov 8.

I used the Marvy Extra Large green circle punch, Marvy Large lavender circle punch, Marvy Medium pink circle punch. You could put leaves on the front if you want. I wanted to put an Owl, make the Owl with Stampin’ up Owl punch but all three of us though it was to much so we decided not to do it.
So Lee and myself made bows and we thought that was perfect. I also used Martha Stewart punch and I can not think of the name of it but I would punch a 12 by 12 sheet of scrapbook paper all the way across and then fold it in half and that was the size of the handle. I put ribbon on top of the scrapbook paper to make it stronger.
Emma has a total of 17 kids in her class and 3 teachers, she is in pre school. Aiden has 26 kids in his class and he has 2 teacher and he is in 3rd grade.
By the time we where done we made a total of 68 treat boxes. So that is a little more than I need so I’m going to give one to Lee for her great niece and I’m sure Chris maybe has someone she would like to give some to also. If I have any left over I will take the candy out and save them for next year and maybe do this again. Thanks for stopping. Have a wonderful week end.
ICSketches- Boxes, ends 9th
Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥

Carmel Apple-Nut Bars for National Dessert Day


I couldn’t let a special day like National Dessert Day go by without sharing a yummy dessert with you!

Perfect for apple picking season, these Caramel Apple-Nut Bars are delicious and super easy too!

Picking apples is one of those family activities that we all enjoy! There are some things, like going to the Pumpkin Patch or picking Apples, that is an ageless activity, even my teenagers enjoy the time we spend there.


Caramel Apple-Nut Bars Recipe {adapted from Betty Crocker}

  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose is fine
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping (store bought or homemade)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup nuts, coarsely chopped

I’ve changed the step-by-step a bit this time, just trying something new with the pictures.

Combine 2 cups flour, brown sugar, oats, baking soda and salt.

Add Butter, and combine well.

Press about 3 cups of the mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Combine caramel topping and flour

Peel and chop apples and nuts, sprinkle over partially baked crust. Drizzle caramel topping mixture and top with remaining crust.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars.

Now of course, eating them plain, they were delish! But, we just had to add a little more…

Ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce!  Oh my!! I could have eaten the whole pan!

I found this place that has so many fantastic recipes it is called Hoosiers Homemade. If you would like to check it out here is where you can find then. Thanks for stopping. I hope you enjoy, they are very good.

Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥