Sunday, December 10, 2017

O'Henry Bars

I'm not sure about you but I save certain recipes to make only during the holidays.  Many years ago during the Christmas season we were at my sisters home and she had made these bars called O'Henry Bars.  I LOVED them and so I began making them every Christmas season too.  They are very easy to make and they are a no bake recipe.  They are always a hit here every year and it's something we look forward to every December as a yummy Christmas treat.  

O'Henry Bars

1 cup Dark Karo Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 1/3 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
6 cups Special K Cereal
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips
parchment or wax paper

In a large bowl put the Special K Cereal and set aside..  Then in a saucepan put the peanut butter, sugar and Dark Karo Syrup.  Cook over medium heat until all are nicely blended together.  Then bring to a boil and then immediately remove from heat.  Pour mixture into the large bowl with the cereal and mix together.  . . I use a rubber spatula and mix until cereal is covered.  Get a 9 x 13 baking dish and put the mixture into it.  I use a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to push the mixture into the pan and to spread around evening.  Set the pan aside.  
Then take another sauce pan and put in the the chocolate and butterscotch chips.  Melt VERY SLOWLY over low heat.  You need to watch the pan at all times so it doesn't over cook which will make everything grainy.  Keep stirring until the chips melt.  Then spoon melted chips on to the mixture in the 9 x 13.  I use a plastic spatula to spread it around evenly.  I then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to harden up.  Take out of fridge and then you can keep it out at room temperature.  IT does NOT need to be refrigerated. I like to use a small metal spatula to serve and just an FYI - these are rich so small square pieces are best.  Please let me know if you try it and how you like it.  

Enjoy,  Emily

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Chicken Tortilla Soup

There is a huge cold front that is crossing our country this week and I know we here in the south are cheering and saying HOORAY!  Even here in Florida we are going to see highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's . . .and that my friend is COLD for us.  When the temps drop I crave warm home cooked meals such as soups, stews and chili.  If you are looking for a very easy recipe that is SO YUMMY I have just the one that I think you will love.  Many years ago I use to blog and I mean I blogged every day faithfully.  My former blog was about having and raising our five children, home schooling, my love of Bare Minerals,  and being in full time ministry.  I also shared my love of cooking and baking.  I shared this recipe years ago and this is the honest truth I still have people contacting me saying they still serve this soup to this day.  I know you are going to LOVE it.  Let me know if you every try it and what you think.

Chick Tortilla Soup

32 ounces of chicken broth
2 cans refried beans
2 cans black beans
2 cups of chicken cubed (I purchase a rotisserie from the grocery)
2 cups of corn
2 cups of salsa (I used medium but feel free to use MILD or HOT)
1 cups of water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla Chips

Put everything in to a soup pot or dutch oven EXCEPT the cheese and tortilla chips.  Cook on low-medium for about 10 minutes or until hot.  Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheese.  When you serve add tortilla chips and even a dollop of sour cream if you want.

Enjoy it!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Favorites

It’s Friday so that means it’s time for my Friday Favorites!! If you are looking for a great gift for someone who travels a lot or who loves music or loves to watch movies on their computer or other device then I have the perfect holiday gift for you. ❤️🎁 Last year for Christmas I purchased these exact headphones for my husband and ended up purchasing a pair for myself too because I was seeing just how much he enjoyed using them and the quality just can’t be beat. They are a little pricey but they are by far the best headphones you will find and they make an AWESOME gift.   I linked the exact pair that we purchased and a few other models that are by the same company but priced lower. ❤️🎁