Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars

Oh, what a week!!! Such a good freakin’ week!

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Aside from the flat one of our cars has, things are rockin’!! Autumn is better from last week’s horribly, sucky, killer double ear infection. Price had a great time back in NY over the weekend doing Bachelor Party things for one of his friend’s. Autumn and I did some great shopping over the weekend. It’s a short work week with a holiday this upcoming weekend.

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We are heading up to Maine for the holiday, and I can’t wait for it! I am so excited for this yearly summertime visit. We’ve never been for a visit at the Fourth of July so it’s going to be fun to experience it on the island. I already bought some snacks and goodies for us to bring up there for our visit. And I have recipes planned too. I might be bringing my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with me…

Yep, I have no shame. It’s coming with me! I have donuts planned. yes!!!!!

And I wouldn’t mind if I got to make these Sugar Cookie Bars again.

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That’s how your celebrate the country’s birthday… stuffing your face with sugar cookie bars.

I’ve blogged them about before, but I had to repost them as I love them so dang much. Making them again was a win for me, and sharing them again (I figure) is a win for you. Totally.

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They are a soft, buttery, sugar bomb. Imagine sugar cookies, but softer. They stay soft and chewy, which is the best way for a cookie to be. I seriously don’t understand crisp cookies, which is why I l-o-v-e these so much.

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Now I decorated them with red frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles to jazz them up for the 4th, but you can make them all sorts of pretties for any holiday by what sprinkles you use. Duh! (Side note: I need these!!)

What are your 4th of July plans? You better say you are making these!!!!

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Sugar Cookie Bars

Makes 24/32 bars

Ingredients:

For the cookie bars:

  • 5 Cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Cup room unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring gel
  • Sprinkles

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large metal pan (9″x13″) with aluminum foil or parchment paper and grease.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time. Mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
  4. Using your hands or a greased flat bottomed glass, press the cookie mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until light golden brown and when a knife tip is inserted in the center it is clean upon removal. Gently lift out the cookie bars from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the frosting: Cream together the butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and salt to the mixture. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar until the frosting is smooth. Add the gel food coloring until the desired color is reached. Add the milk in 1 tablespoon at a time to create a smooth texture.
  6. Evenly spread the frosting over the cool sugar cookie bars and add sprinkles. Cut into even sized bars.

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6.26-28: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

leave work early  | home | take Kemper out | pick up Autumn | Ortho appointment at Boston Children’s Hospital = no more brace!!!!!!! | home | take Kemper for a walk | bottle, books, bed | salad for dinner | clean up kitchen & purge out fridge | trash | pack up cookbooks | birthday cake prep | start laundry | bed

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{Saturday}

up at 5.30 | bottle | walk with Kemper | banana nutella swirl muffin for breakfast | play time | Autumn naps | make ‘watermelon’ cake | lunch | drop off cake at SkyZone | Autumn naps 3-4.30 | make Homemade Sandwich Bread & Chocolate Chip Banana Cornbread Mini Loaves | pick up Natalie at hotel | hang out & catch up | Autumn eats peanut butter for dinner | drop off Natalie | Autumn goes to bed @ 7pm | dinner – leftover pizza | bake bread | lounge around and watch TV | bed by 10

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{Sunday}

up at 5.30am | Sesame Street and news | french toast for breakfast (using sandwich bread!) | laundry | Autumn has long morning nap | play with bunny | go to Bath & Body Works, Babies R Us, Target, Costco | lunch at Texas Road House | Autumn has long afternoon nap | shopping at TJ Max, Home Goods | dinner – leftovers for me, yogurt for Autumn | bath and then Autumn goes to bed | put away loads of clothes | Price gets home | weekend catch up | unpack car | watch TV | call mom | go to bed

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Dear Autumn @ 19 Months

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June 2015

Dear Autumn,

Every month is such an adventure. This last month is no different.

Not only have we hit some big milestones with your development, we had a big family milestone… Mommy and Daddy got married!!!!

Oh my goodness, you were the cutest little bug at the wedding last weekend. You looked darling in your little yellow dress and pink shoes. You panicked right before Mommy was going to walk down the aisle with Poppy so instead of you walking down on your own, you walked down with us. It was so cute to do it together, even with you yelling ‘ball!!!’ over and over again when you saw the paper lanterns hanging from the arbor. Oh goodness, too funny.

You have such a strong personality, that you express well. You know what you want, and when you want it, which usually is right that very second. ha! You like to be outside, read books, and eat.

It amazes us how much you like to eat, and how much too. You try to climb up the highchair when you are hungry. Such a little monkey! You now say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when prompted, especially when you want whipped cream. You go nuts for it. There was a night when you were not accepting the fact that we ran out. Oh the crying!! At least you enjoyed all the Chinese food at the rehearsal dinner. You ate so much soup, everyone was impressed.

You’re currently getting a tooth and it has made you such a grump! Poor baby, I feel so bad that you are in pain from it. I’m hoping there will be a bit of a break from it after this so you can get comfortable again. At least you were a champ at the dentist earlier this month. The iron supplement you take was staining your teeth so we went to the dentist for your first visit and she was sooooo impressed with how well you did. You sat on my lap quietly while you had your teeth counted and cleaned. You liked the air and the suction too. It was so nice that it wasn’t a scary experience for you, in fact, that you enjoyed it.

I can’t wait for this next month with you. The summer is going to be great!!

Love,

Mommy

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Whole Wheat Apple Sauce Waffles

Whole Wheat Apple Sauce Waffles

You know, being sick really, really sucks.

That’s an obvious statement right there. Duh.

But it’s even worse when your kid is sick. Double duh.

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Our house is one big germ bubble. From Autumn’s double ear infection to my viral something that had me practically sleep away the day yesterday. I wish I was still in bed now in fact. And I’m sure I’ll feel the same way tomorrow too. Oh well.

I did manage to make these awesome waffles yesterday afternoon. It made me feel like a human. You know, it gave me something to do other than roll over in bed, look at the time on my phone, and roll back over again to fall back asleep. Plus, ya gotta eat.

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At least Autumn ate some waffles for dinner. Actually, let’s not kid ourselves, she ate whipped cream off the waffles. My kid is addicted to whipped cream. She yells when she sees the can in the door. I have have start to hiding it. Now I wouldn’t normally let her just pick whipped cream off homemade waffles and eat it for dinner, but I needed her to eat something and she blew off the mac and cheese, grapes, yogurt, and waffles. So, whipped cream for dinner, sure. #parentsoftheyear

Okay, back to the waffles…

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They are a perfect flavorful, low fat, healthy waffle for when you’re craving a hearty waffle while trying to reduce the fat. I ditched the oil for apple sauce in my favorite Classic Waffle recipe which sounds boring but it makes them really moist. And I added some fun spices to enhance the whole wheat and apple flavors. Jazz hands!

I topped them off with more apple sauce, some softened butter, and a good swirl of maple syrup. And you should too.

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Whole Wheat Apple Sauce Waffles

Makes 12-14 4″ Square Waffles (Qty will vary per waffle iron)

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Process

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Vigorously whisk the eggs in large bowl until fluffy.
  3. Mix in flour, milk, apple sauce, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla extract until just smooth.
  4. Spray the preheated waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Ladle 1/4-1/3 cup of the batter the onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot with butter & syrup.
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6.19- 21: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

pick up Autumn from daycare | go on walk | play with bubbles |  eat dinner, bath, go to bed | make us burgers for dinner | OITNB | bed

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{Saturday}

up early | Price made us breakfast | Autumn not feeling well | go on a walk, Salvation Army for Pyrex, call DR | 10.15 appointment = double ear infection | prescription pick up | home & lots of cuddles | Price dropped up PA system in Weymouth, ran errands | go on a long walk  with Autumn | Price surprised me for dinner at KO Southie | go to work at 6pm-11.30pm | home | bed

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{Sunday}

Father’s Day

Up early | breakfast | morning nap | Red Sox Father’s Day Walk the Park event | lunch at Rattlesnake Bar and Grill | Price dropped me off at work  1-4pm | Price and Autumn picked me up | dinner | Autumn has a bath & goes to bed | grocery shopping | bed

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