Thursday, November 12, 2015

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

It has been a while since I have blogged but I wanted to share my very favorite sweet treat and I thought it would be an awesome Thanksgiving dinner addition.

Our Ingredients:

3 Cups Pecan halves
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups Confectioners sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cups cold butter cubed
1 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Arrange pecan halves in a single layer on a cookie sheet

bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir half way throught

Line bottom and sides of a 9"x13"  pan with aluminum foil leaving over hang on two sides.
Grease foil (  I use pan coating spray)

Whisk together flour, confectioners sugar and cocoa powder and then add the cold butter and combine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Press mixture into bottom and about 3/4" up side of prepared pan

Bake this crust for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over crust.  Allow to cool on wire rack at least 30 minutes

Place egg in a large mixing bowl and beat lightly add the brown sugar, corn syrup and melted butter.  Whisk together until smooth.  Stir in coconut and pecans and pour evenly over baked crust.

Bake 28 to 34 minutes or until edges are golden and filling has set.  Cool completely on a wire rack. 

Using foil overhang lift bars from pan and remove foil.  Place on a cutting board using a sharp knife cut into bars.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Garden Check List for March

The weather has been absolutely beautiful and it has been such a pleasure to be able to get out and clean up the mess leftover by winter. My brother has put up the little green house and the garden will be tilled this Saturday.  The chickens are happily laying again and basking in the warmth of the sun.

Here is my check list for the things to accomplish this month:

  • First and foremost, take a moment every day to take in all of the beautiful forms of new life around you.  The buds on the lilac and the babies in the nests. All of these beautiful things of spring are reminders of the precious gift our Savior has provided.  Spring is my favorite!

  • Till garden and prepare for cool season planting as soon as the soil is dry enough to work.
  • Plant new asparagus and rhubarb beds.
  • Fertilize asparagus and rhubarb beds with a layer of mature compost.
  • Sprout potatoes in a warm window, and then plant on St. Patrick's Day.  
  • Plant peas and onions in the garden.
  • At the end of the month broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower can be moved to a cold frame.
  • Sweet peas, poppies and wild flowers can be sown at the end of the month.
  • Finish pruning apples and grapes.  
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes.
  • Scatter seeds from last years annuals. They will germinate as soon as the temperatures are right.

  • Take note of your early bulbs and perennials coming up.  Uncover them before they get too large, and by the end of the month at the latest.  These early season plants can tolerate a little cold weather as long as they aren't blooming.

  • Get the green house up an going.  I am starting cabbage, head lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, among other things.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sale! Sale! Sale!

You would think that I am excited about a Sale !   Well I am when it comes to Butter!
Hy-Vee has Hy-Vee Butter on Sale this week 3/4 - 3/10.  $1.96 for 16 oz.  Limit 4.
I bet Hy-Vee will be seeing me at least once a day for the next 7 days and my husband too.
Butter is a very important staple around our house.  No Margarine here that stuff isn't even natural.  When the price is this good the freezer gets stocked up.  My pie crust are made with butter only.  With the Farmers Market starting up just around the corner.  The less I spend on product the more profit I make.  Oh and don't forget you can Price Match this at Walmart .

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Garden Checklist

I have to admit, February is a hard month for me.  It has been entirely too long since I have last dug my hands into my garden dirt.  In February everything is hard and frozen.  Nearly everything green is deep in a sleep and it is hard to see any life at all.   But, every now and then a beautiful day comes along just to tease me and make me antsy for spring.   The garden centers tease me by stocking their beautiful displays of seeds, bulbs and roots.  By the time February gets here I still have to wait another 6 or 8 weeks before I can plant anything in my garden.  Oh, the torture of waiting through February!

Oh wait! There is something I can plant in February...
Here is my checklist of things to do for the garden in February (zone 5):

  • Plant poppies and larkspurs outside, between snows.  Some seeds need the cold temperatures before they will germinate.
  • Plant a garden inside! I keep oregano, basil, chives, sage and rosemary growing in a window. Loose leaf lettuce varieties can be planted inside now as well.
  • Start the following indoors to be planted in the garden later: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, pansies and daisies.
  • Check your perennials for heaving.  This means that the roots are moving up out of the soil.  If they are you should cover them again with a good layer of dirt.
  • Prune your fruit trees.  I have an apple, pear and peach that all need pruned!
  • Draw out a plan for your gardens.  Decide where you want everything planted.
  • Order your seeds and start picking them up at the garden centers. Remember to grab extra for a fall planting.  Sometimes stores won't restock late in the summer.
  • Continue adding scraps to your compost pile.  Your garbage will be turning into black gold before you know it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Something New I learned from Hy-vee

You can load coupons to your Fuel Saver card using Hy-vee app or
At Checkout just swipe your fuel saver card to redeem.

Great Deal at Hy-vee Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th

In the Kansas City Ad this week there is a 2 day deal on Gas.  On these days 26th and 27th you will get double on every fuel saver discount.  Now I am not from KC but If I take this ad into my local Hy-vee they will honor it and put it on my card.  I sure wished this ad was going on last week for I made $ .89 off a gal of gas.