Camping Treats

We recently got back from a fun camping trip to the Colorado River! We had a great time playing in the river and eating. I love to stock us up on yummy treats before we go, and this trip was no exception.

Because it was 110 degrees in the shade, we didn’t have a campfire- so I decided to make S’mores themed treats.

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S’mores Mini Pies – aren’t these adorable? It was quite a few steps, but it came together quickly. I found the recipe on Iowa Girl Eats. They were good- but not great! Definitely not as good as real s’mores and not as good as this delicious S’mores pie we posted several months ago.

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S’mores Rice Krispy Treats – sorry about the terrible picture. I sort of forgot to take pictures and at the last second, just before digging in, I snapped a couple pictures. These were quite good – I would make them again. They were super easy and were yummy. I think I originally found this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction and then I just modified it slightly.

Ingredients
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 bag mini marshmallows, 10 ounce
4 T butter
1 1/2 cup Golden Graham cereal (I crushed them slightly)
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Spray an 11 x 17″ baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
In a large saucepan melt the butter. Pour in the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted and incorporated in with the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the two types of cereal and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently.
Immediately press into prepared pan, I use a piece of waxed paper that has a bit of nonstick spray on it to press the bars evenly in the pan.
I sprinkled approximately 1/4 cup more of the mini chocolate chips on the top, and pressed them down slightly.
Let cool completely and cut into squares.

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Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies – we’ve made these many times and they are awesome. They were the favorite treat of the trip.

Cindy

Fashion Friday- I Dyed It!

I’d been thinking about dying my hair for the last few weeks, and last Saturday I got up the nerve to actually do it! I’m now a red-head! My hair is a dark reddish purple- I love it. In the sun, the color looks much brighter- I feel a bit like the Little Mermaid- haha. Keep an eye out for a picture 🙂

Even though dying my hair at home was a little freaky until I saw the finished product, I’m so happy that I did it- it ended up being not nearly as expensive as going to a salon to have it done. All in all, the supplies ended up costing me about $30, and I have enough left-over dye to touch up the roots at least two times in the future.

Now for some of my favorite fashion-related finds this week! (How was that for the worst segue ever? ha!)

Sadie Hooded Tie-Waist Cardigan

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I love this so much. The color is beautiful and I love the hood and the longer length.

Georgina River Lace-Up Boots

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So cool- the color is really interesting.

Pearson Blouse

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Of course, I love this color. And the longer back is cool.

Romantic Floral Lace Dress

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This is so unusual and pretty.

Isobel Earrings

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Absolutely gorgeous.

Puppy Graphic Sweater

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I know I just highlighted a similar sweater last week, but this was just too adorable to pass up.

Montage Bib Necklace

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Such a beautiful color.

Black Criss Cross Denim Dress

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I’ve decided that I want to buy a jumper- I’m hoping that it will be my next dress purchase. The Clothes Horse is my favorite fashion blog and Rebecca, the writer, (above) is the one who got me thinking about dying my hair. Even though I decided not to go teal like her, I still absolutely love her hair.

Faux Stone Cuff

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Hope you have a great weekend!

Jordan

Treat of the Month- Lemon Squares

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I really love lemon squares- luckily for me Danae does too! These lemon squares are delicious, so they became The Treat of the Month for September.

As you can see in the pictures, the shortbread crust is actually thicker than the filling, which is a total plus 🙂 If for some odd reason, you’re not a fan of super thick crust, you could put the lemon squares into a larger pan and just shorten the baking time a bit.

To make crust, mix 4 ingredients together and press into a greased 8 x 8″ pan.

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Bake for 25 minutes at 350* or until golden brown. If you like your crust thinner, you can use a larger pan but adjust the cook time.

To make the lemon filling, mix the 5 ingredients together…

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and pour over the hot crust. Bake for about 30 minutes more. If you notice the top getting too brown, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking until set. Cool and cut into squares. I like to sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar just before serving.

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Lemon Squares
Ingredients for crust:
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 t salt

Ingredients for filling:
2 cups sugar
4 T flour
4 T fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon
4 eggs, beaten

To make crust, mix 4 ingredients together and press into a greased 8 x 8″ pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 350* or until golden brown. If you like your crust thinner, you can use a larger pan but adjust the cook time.

To make the lemon filling, mix the 5 ingredients together and pour over the hot crust. Bake for about 30 minutes more. If you notice the top getting too brown, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking until set. Cool and cut into squares. I like to sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar just before serving.

Jordan

Meatless Monday – Salad Bar

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I know, it is a bit sad to do a post on a salad bar, but I love salad bar night! I try to not do it very often because I get complaints from certain members of the family but Jordan and I love it. It has been quite hot here lately and cooking is the last thing I want to do, so a big salad bar is the perfect summer dinner.

We sort of cheated – it’s not actually meatless, since I had chicken available for the complainers! But you can build your salad bar any way you’d like.

I chop up a ton of different veggies and keep them in separate bowls. Also lettuce (obviously), different types of beans, cheese, onions, olives, cilantro, etc. I also have some sort of yummy bread available. And of course, different salad dressing choices and croutons! Yay! The leftovers get stashed away for lunch the next day.

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A quick note on the salad dressing. I am a bottled salad dressing person. I know people who make their own dressing and that is great, I just don’t do that. However, I do “make” this dressing. It is my favorite! All I do is follow the recipe on the packet of Good Seasons salad dressing mix and use all of their measurements for vinegar, water and oil. The only difference is that I use Balsamic vinegar. It just gives it a rich flavor. I have tried using garlic olive oil and that is quite yummy too. Enjoy!
Cindy

Fashion Friday- Dreamin’ of Sweater Weather

I love summer. And even though I’m totally bummed that school has started, I am ready for it to get cooler. Because of that, here’s a post full of adorable cozy sweaters.

Perfect Solitude Marled Sweater

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This sweater is such a pretty color and the cut seems unusual.

Art Nouveau Printed Dress

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This is so cute- I love the print.

Apt. 9 Animal Sweater

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Oh my gosh- so adorable.

Tahiti Jeweled Fan Studs

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Aren’t these unusual and pretty?

Femme Embroidered Blouse

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I love this so much. The color, the fabric, the length of the sleeves, the detailing on the front…I love it all.

Sydney Sunset Buttoned Down Dress

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Autumn in Helsinki Long Cardigan

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This whole outfit is amazing, but I especially love the long knit cardigan.

Good Sport Lace Pullover

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This looks so comfy.

Darling Leaves Ring

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I really like this- it’s so pretty and delicate.

Razzle Dazzle Elbow Patch Cardigan

222846115My mom has a cardigan very similar to this that she actually found in the men’s section at Target on the clearance rack. I’m so excited to borrow it and get a “new” sweater 🙂

Jordan