Monday, October 27, 2014

Salt River Bars



If you are from Arizona or have ever eaten at Liberty Market in Gilbert you may have tried their Salt River Bars. I am thinking they are named after the Salt River that is near by. And very appropriate beause these bars are a perfect mixture of salty and sweet! My favorite :) After trying the bar the first time I asked the waiter what ingredients they used. I could tell it was a salty cracker with a combo of peanut butter, caramel & a hint of butterscotch. He told me they used club crackers, peanut butter & butterscotch. So I went home and did a little looking around. I found some recipes online and they were very tasty but not exactly like the original bars. So after trying a few recipes, I found one I thought was the closest to theirs.  I adjusted this recipe a little bit to be a 6 layer bar instead of 3 because more is always better right?! haha. And because that is how they are at the restaurant. The bars are a little messy and crumbly but you won't care because they are seriously amazing! And make sure you serve them chilled. They taste better and won't start to melt on ya. You gotta make these for your next get together. I made these for a "Girls Favorite Things" party last week and they were a huge hit.  Enjoy!




Salt River Bars
Ingredients:
  • For the bars:
  • 72-80 club crackers (depending on your pan size)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
Directions:
  1. For the bars: Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil*. Next place one layer of the crackers in the pan so they are touching and cover as much of the pan as possible. You can cut to fit it needed.
  2. In a medium sized pan, bring the butter, graham crackers, brown sugar and milk to a boil. Boil for 7 minutes stirring consistently. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour half of the caramel mixture over the crackers. Add another layer of crackers like before, then pour the other half of the caramel mixture over that. Finally add one more layer of crackers then set aside.
  4. For the frosting: Melt the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & peanut butter over medium-low heat, stirring consistently. When smooth poor over the top of the bars. 
  5. For a quick set up time, put in the freezer until firm. Cut into desired size once firm. Store in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
  6. *You can use a 10x15 inch jelly roll pan if you have one (I don't). The 9x13 pan makes them thicker and "ooze" some of the caramel around the edges.
  7. Recipe Source: adapted from Cooking on the Front Burner

Monday, October 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

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A slow cooker meal with only 3 ingredients, perfect for those busy weekdays!


Well, I have another crock-pot recipe to add to your list! This is a great, easy recipe. Keep the ingredients on hand for those days when you just simply don't have much time to spend making dinner. I think I love slow cooker recipes because you start them early in the day so you feel ahead of the game. Like, maybe I have mounds of laundry to get done and a million places to run but I've got dinner started :)

 We enjoyed this dinner over brown rice and a side of broccoli. Speaking of broccoli. I love the frozen organic broccoli from Costco. You just put it in the microwave and in 6 minutes you've got a healthy side dish. Plus, strangely enough, my super picky 3 year old will eat it! (Only the top part but it's something!) Just thought I would pass that tip along. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Glazed Blueberry Donut Muffins

Lemon, blueberries and a lemon glaze make these muffins almost too good to eat!


My family and I spent a couple weeks in Utah this summer. My in-laws live there and we love when we get a chance to go visit. It was so nice to escape the Arizona heat too! They live on the side of a mountain, and my kids love walking down to the creek. They could spend hours there throwing rocks into the water. One of the mornings we were there, I made these muffins. They are pretty much the best of both worlds. A donut/muffin?! Yes, Please :)


I love donuts but after I eat one I usually don't feel great. A muffin probably has as much sugar but it's baked so it doesn't make me feel as guilty. The texture of these muffins is very unique. They are more dense than a typical fluffy muffin. And the tart, lemon glaze is just perfect.



I hope you give these a try!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet the Mormons

Sharing something a little more personal than a recipe today :)
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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!


We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops


I am so grateful for the peace that comes from my faith in Jesus Christ. Even when things aren't going just perfect, I know I can rely on my Savior and turn to him. He is always there and he hears our prayers. I know our Heavenly Father loves us and cares for each one of us. - Adell

I am so excited to go see this movie tonight! I hope you will join me!

To read more about why I am a Mormon and other peoples stories you can visit: Mormon.org
For a free copy of the Book of Mormon click here!

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