With wind chills nearing -45, school was called yesterday and today. I was deeply saddened that I was forced to sleep in, lounge in my pj's until noon, and spend the day relaxing...ha! I loved every minute of it and will today too! I love spending time with my HOME. Hello kitchen..you have been neglected lately. Oh, hey there living room, it's been awhile since I rearranged you. Wow, refrigerator, you have seen better days! Yes, my home has missed me lately and I have missed it. It's the best place to be, after all.
Anything with oatmeal and chocolate chips is a good thing to me. Add some Smucker's caramel to the mix and I'm in heaven. Here's another recipe I've made in result of the pantry challenge. Looking through the pantry, I discovered three big tubs of oatmeal. I also had a lone jar of Smucker's caramel, and I always have bags and bags of chocolate chips on hand. Carmelitas seemed to be the perfect recipe to use up some of these ingredients and tantalize our taste buds:
2 c. Quick Oats
2 c. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
1-1/4 c. butter (softened)
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar bottled caramel topping mixed with 3 T. flour
Spray a 9x13 pan and set aside. Mix together the soft butter and vanilla. Add this to all of the other ingredients listed for the crust/topping and mix well (I use my hands):
Divide this in half and press one half into the bottom of the sprayed pan: Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until light golden brown:
Immediately after removing, pour the chocolate chips over the warm crust, spreading them so they are evenly distributed. Pour the caramel (make sure it's mixed with the flour) over the top of the chips and spread evenly:
Crumble the rest of the crust/topping mix over the caramel filling:
Bake again for about 20 minutes, or until the oatmeal topping is light golden brown. Remove and let cool completely before cutting.
My pantry challenge is going well. I like the idea of using up these ingredients that have been sitting, instead of heading to the store to buy over-priced, packaged junk! I've been on a kick with cleaning out everything this week. Clutter is the enemy. Clean, organized and fresh...aahhhhh. On another note, this is another thing I did yesterday:
Excuse the poor quality photo, but I finally got my laptop!! I'm pretty excited even though I don't really know the first thing about one. I will probably spend half of my day trying to figure out how everything works on it. What are you all up to this weekend? Any exciting plans? I'd love to hear them!
And don't forget to enter the giveaway for one of Diane's awesome signs (see post below to enter). The contest ends Saturday at 5:00 p.m!