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7 Layer Bars

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Today hit a high of 50 degrees.  You’d think it was spring, based on all the people I saw wearing shorts and sweatshirts around downtown Portland.  It almost will be, since we dealt with freezing temperatures for about a month now.  20 degrees warmer and we’re pulling out the lighter gear and sunglasses! (Haha.  Seriously though, who are these people?)

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The warmer weather must be messing with my brain, because I have had sudden urges to clean out my linen closet, pantry, and deep clean the laundry room.  That is where I remembered, as I was reorganizing and de-cluttering my pantry, that I had all the ingredients to make 7-layer bars.  It seemed fitting, and rewarding, after all the hard work to make these simply irresistible, and super addicting, bars. Continue reading

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Coffee Toffee Bars

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Well, it’s officially autumn.  The leaves are falling in droves, the air is crisp and cool, and the gourds are out in full swing.  The weather today has been cool and cloudy, and all I want to do is curl up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a good book.  I wasn’t able to get in a lot of reading time today (a.k.a I-have-young-kids-and-they-don’t-sit-for-very-long), but I did make these a-m-a-z-i-n-g bars.  My aunts have made them for decades and I finally asked for the recipe.  Not sure what took me so long.  They have the right amount of coffee flavor to chocolate chip flavor.  Just perfect, if you ask me.

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When I gave some to my son, he said, “Mommy, I love coffee!” Ah, yeah, let’s wait on the coffee part a little bit longer.  I’ve heard it stunts your growth.  Or maybe that’s an old wives’ tale, so that kids wouldn’t drink all the adults’ coffee.  Not sure. Continue reading

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