Friday, March 6, 2015

Oatmeal Raison Bars & a little catching up ♥


Hello March! I am so happy you are finally here. Could this mean Spring is coming?  I hope so! Here in the Northeast we’ve had quite a winter! Nothing but snow, snow, and more snow.  In Boston we’ve hit over one hundred inches! Craziness! My son had a full week of snow days in a row.  I’ll admit at first we enjoyed it, but after the umpteenth blizzard, cabin fever began to set in.  Roads (and traffic!) were treacherous so venturing out into the world was a chore. 


My car is not ideal in the snow and I get very nervous driving in it.  I got stuck twice in one day and that was not fun. My yard is still completely covered with snow and the snowbanks are taller than I am. When will it all melt (and where will it go) are the million dollar questions. Hopefully my crocuses are surviving underneath it all.

Downton Abbey and Pinterest are the things that have gotten me through this long winter ♥

I don’t think anyone around here is sad to say goodbye to February 2015. I’m dreaming of a time when I can open the windows and hear the birds sing! This past weekend I put the remainder of my winter decor away and decorated for Spring. Little pops of color and bunnies are cheering up the house no matter what it looks like outside. I ironed spring linens and replaced the multicolored Christmas lights around my kitchen window with white twinkle lights. The window looked so sad when I took the lights down. I just couldn’t bare it! LOL

They say “In like a lion, out like a lamb”….well, we’ve had the lion – bring on the lamb! ♥

I also like to call this past February “eat month” because it seems like that’s all we did – chicken pot pie, meatloaf, roast pork & sweet potatoes! Oh my.  When the snow finally melts hopefully we will be able to squeeze ourselves out the door.  The more I’m home the more I cook.  It’s as simple as that ♥

On the flip side, we are thinking about joining a health club! Yes, I just said that!  My son loves swimming so our main motivator was to get him involved in a swimming program. We visited the Y last weekend to try out the pool and check out the facility.  He loved it! The pool is great fun and they also offer so many other things that we as a family can take advantage of. I’m thinking about getting back into yoga which I haven’t done in years ♥ 

Nervousness about the snow caused me a bit of anxiety and I found myself having trouble sleeping.  I went for a two week period where I was literally wide awake at all hours of the night. That has never happened to me before. (thank God for TV - I watched a lot of 1980’s sitcoms, let me tell you!)  I had heard that warm milk might help so I googled it and found a cure! I don’t know if there is any science to this or if it was all in my head but this concoction really worked for me.  PS – if it didn’t work I was fully prepared to go for broke and add a shot of whiskey!
Heat one cup of milk in the microwave for three minutes.  The milk will be very hot and frothy.  Stir in one teaspoon of honey, 2 drops of vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon.  Mix it all up and drink slowly : )
I’ll keep this recipe in my back pocket if that ever happens again.  Actually I think I’ll just make it when I want to relax because it’s really delicious!  Just because ♥
Speaking of Downton Abbey (and I’m not going to say too much here because I am preparing a special post about it) but if you watch it like I do you will understand how I have become completely obsessed with Rose’s wedding gown from two weeks ago……

It’s beyond gorgeous! Every time I watch that show I literally want to jump into my TV and slip into one of those beautiful dresses! I will admit that I did tear up at this one.  I am still speechless about it.  If only to do it all again I would want to wear this dress - headpiece and all. Someone please transport me to 1924.  I am ready! So sad that the season is over. I will get into it later…. : (

Before I go I want to share with you quick and easy recipe for Oatmeal Raison Bars.  I’ve had the biggest craving for oatmeal raison lately. This recipe is so simple and comes from one of my favorite blogs I had everything on hand and the best part is that you press the dough into a pan (no need to scoop out cookies) and then just cut them into bars.

Easy Peasy – Thank you Tracy for another awesome recipe!  
 Oatmeal Raison Bars

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all- purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups raisons

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.  Spray the parchment with non-stick spray. 
Whisk together the butter, sugars, egg, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. 

Add the flour, oats, and raisins until just combined. 

Press dough into the prepared pan. 

Bake 25 – 30 minutes.  The center will still be soft and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out with moist crumbs attached.  The edges will be golden brown. 

Let cool completely in the pan.  Use the parchment paper to remove onto work surface, and cut into bars.  Store in an airtight container : )

These bars are completely delicious. I’ve been sending one a day in John’s lunchbox all week. I think the next time I make them I will add either dried cranberries or chocolate chips (or both!).  The possibilities are endless


Well, that’s all for now.  Here’s hoping the sun is shining on you today and there is no snow in your forcast! That’s what I’m wishing for myself too! ♥  xo


  1. Enjoyed visiting with you today!
    Yes...we are putting away the winter décor here as well...
    even though we are surrounded by mounds of snow.
    Thank you for the recipe!
    Cant wait to give it a try. : )
    Have a cozy weekend, my friend!

  2. Hello Danielle! Thank you for sharing the recipe for your oatmeal raisin bars! They looks so yummy! What a wonderful idea to join a health club! John will have lots of fun swimming, I'm sure. I've never tried Yoga before, but it's definitely something I think I'd enjoy. I'm with you...bring on the lamb! It's still really cold here, and we've got mountains of snow yet to thaw. Crossing fingers that the temps rise this week so we can get rid of some of this snow! Happy March! xoxo

  3. I tend to want to bake when I'm cooped up inside too. The oatmeal raisin bars look so good!

    And yes, Rose's wedding gown was gorgeous!