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Oat Fudge Bars

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on September 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

i'm not even going to bother with the whole "long time no blog" speach, these bars are too delicious to waste time with idle chit chat.

There is this coffee shop here in our town that makes these AMAZING! oat fudge bars.  I love them.  They are goey and chocolatey and they have oats so they're healthy right? right.  Well I couldn't keep going and buying them for $2.75 a square, so I found them on pinterest and made them for myself!  OMG people.  These are life changing.  

You are welcome.


Cookie Layer

1 cup butter

2 eggs

2 cups brown sugar

1/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 cups oatmeal

Fudge Layer

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together


1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup butter

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips



Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.

Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan, pour chocolate mixture, then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely-but will leave cool designs). The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

Thank you Living Beyond Measure for the awesome recipe!

3 Month's (almost 4) Old!

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Well this is late.  Sorry (not sorry) sometimes I don't get things done on time.  Which if you know me is so NOT something I would ahve said before this baby!  However, that is just one of the many things that has changed since little David was born!  

I was never the "mommy" type.  Altough if you ask my roommates they may tell you otherwise.  I was always the one who was reminding people to get their coats or not bring their sweatshirt since it was Florida and 100 degrees and i would just end up carrying it for them (Sarah and Caitlin) or packing their bag (Kim) or reminding them to get their ID and House keys (Katy) and yes I even drove a mini van and was proud of it!  However, I was not good at babies.  I didn't really like to hold them, I didn't know what to do when I got them, and I really didn't know how to make them stop crying.

Well I still can't always make them stop crying, but I am much better!  I know how to diaper, feed, and generally keep my baby alive for long periods of time.  I even ventured into things I never thought I would like clothe diapering.  Super easy btw.  Most importantly I have learned to love this little dude so much it hurts, sometimes literally, and I can't imagine my life any other way!

Happy 3 (almost 4) months little man!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on April 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I may have found a new favorite cookie recipe!  This is the easiest, fastest, most delicious peanut butter cookie I have ever made!  Seriously there are 5 ingredients and they take a total of 18 minutes from pantry to mouth.  Definite winners in my book!  Sorry about the horrible instagram pic, but it's all I could get today.  Enjoy!


1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup chunky all-natural peanut butter

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

chocolate chips (optional (but not really optional))


Cream together peanut butter and sugar until well combined.  Add egg and baking soda and mix well.  spoon onto a cookie sheet and press with a fork in a criss cross pattern.  Top with chocolate chips and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Let cool on the cookie sheet for one minute then transfer to a wire cooling rack... if you can get them past your mouth on the way!!!

2 Months Old!

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on April 9, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

David turned 2 months old yesterday!  We celebrated by going and getting a free ice cream cone at Ben and Jerry's!  He is becoming quite the little man these days.  He has loved talking and "playing" with us more and more!  We are so thrilled and can't wait to see how he does at his 2 month appointment today!

He Loves Tigger this month!

Daddy Photo bombed us!

He loves to snuggle with both of his Grandma's!

His favorite spot to hang out is definitely his changing table... not sure why, but we're just going with it!

Banana Crumble Cake

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I always end up buying one more banana than I can eat.  It doesn't matter if I buy 6 bananas or 2 bananas I always have one left!  I don't mind though, all it means is that about once a month I have enough over ripe bananas in my freeer to make a tasty confection!  This cake is dense, moist, and delicious.  Enjoy!


for the cake:

2 cups sugar

1 cup coconut milk

2 cup flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 stick margarine

2 eggs

3 bananas, ripe

1 teaspoon vanilla

crumb topping:

1 stick (1/2 c) margarine

1 cup brown sugar (dark or light)

1 cup flour (self rising or plain, whatever you have on hand)



spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.

place peeled bananas in mixing bowl, add sugar. mix until bananas are liquefied. add margarine, mix until creamed together with banana mixture. add all other ingredients and blend well.

in medium bowl, place all topping ingredients. cut together with a long tined fork or pastry cutter until well blended.

pour 1/4 of batter into each pan, top with 1/4 crumb mixture. pour remaining batter over and top with remaining crumb mixture.

bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. (ours was exactly 49 minutes)

cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I love chocolate chip cookies.  Like seriously there aren't many things that I like better than a chewy chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven!  Sometimes it can just take too much time!  mix everything, make them into individual cookies, and then you have to bake it in batches!  These days I simly don't have that much time.  I have anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours while my baby naps and I honestly never know how much time i'm going to get.  It's like a crazy guessing game!  These cookies take 10 minutes to put together and about 20 minutes to bake so they're perfect!  



1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour sifted

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup chocolate chips



Melt butter in microwave safe bowl until melted. Let cool.

Add brown sugar, vanilla and egg - mix well.

Add dry ingredients gradually. Blend well, and pour into greased 9x9 pan.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.


Bacon Wrapped Venison Sausage Meatloaf

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

That is quite the title isn't it!  Doesn't it make your mouth water just reading it?  Well it couldn't be easier to make and it's another one you can make ahead of time then just throw in the oven at diner time!  My Favorite.



1 lb Venison Sausage (or if your father-in-law cant kill dear like mine, pork sausage will do)

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 egg

20 saltine crackers (crushed)

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp thyme leaves

salt and pepper to taste

8 - 10 strips of bacon


Mash everything up in a bowl.  Seriously.  Then shape into a loaf and wrap in the bacon strips.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 55-65 minutes or until it has an internal temperature of 155 degrees.  Then broil for another 5 - 10 minutes to crisp up the bacon.  Let it rest for 10 minutes and then slice and enjoy!

First trip to the Property

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well our boy went through another right of passage for males in the Summers family this weekend.  We took him to the property!  We walked him around the field, took a hike to serendipity and of course he tried on his Great Great Grandpa's cowboy hat!  Good times were had by all, enjoy the pictures!

Trip To Maryland

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 10, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We survived our first out of town trip with David!  He was a real trooper and slept or was happy the whole time on the drive there and back.  He was happy as a clam most of the time while we were meetg everyone and of course loved seeing all of his family!  It was a great trip and awesome to see everyone and spend some time with family!  Here are some snapshots from the trip :0)

David turned one month on the trip!  he's so big already!

He finally got to meet Aunt Shannon!

Snuggling with Grandma

David is so lucky to have such awesome Great Grandparents!

Quinoa Taco Casserole

Posted by Justin and Linda Summers on March 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the things I took away from my time as a diabetic was to love quinoa!  It is an awesome grain that is high in protein and easy to make and delicious, it's a great substitute for white rice in casseroles.  Hence this Taco Casserole was born!  It is an awesome cheap recipe that can be prepared in advance, and can be prepared with one hand!  great for people with no time and no money aka, new moms!

We couldn't help digging in.  Also when you have a little one you eat first and take pictures later!

Quinoa Taco Casserole


1 lb ground turkey

2 cups quinoa

1 can corn (drained)

1 can black beans (drained)

1 14 oz Tomatoes (undrained)

1 tsp each :corriander, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, powdered chipolte pepper, powdered red pepper

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup mexican blend cheese

1 cup crushed tortilla chips


Brown ground turkey with all of the seasonings then add the water to the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile cook the quinoa in 4 cups of water until all the water is absorbed.  Combine the turkey, quinoa, canned vegetables, and cheddar cheese in a 9X13 casserole dish.  if you want to freeze the dish here is where you would stop.  If you are cooking right away top with the crushed tortilla chips and mexican blend cheese then bake in a 375 degree oven until hot and bubbly!

Enjoy :0)