Fudgey Oatmeal Bars

I found this recipe via Pinterest.  We tried it a few weeks ago for the first time and loved it!  This time it didn’t work out as well, but I think I solved the problem.  The first time I was a bit distracted and cooked the fudge part longer.  This time I did exactly what the recipe said and it was undercooked and gooey.  I know, usually a good thing, but the beauty of this recipe (when it is done the right way) is that it’s a nice bar with a smooth, fudgy center.  (Spell check doesn’t like fudgey or fudgy, so I’m rebelling and using it both ways!)  When done the “wrong” way, it comes out as a mushy too gooey pudding you have to eat with a spoon.

So, here is the recipe with my changes (including a name change because it’s easier for me to remember and putting the ingredients in order because I like that sort of thing.  Either way, TRY it!  You will not regret this decision like you did Aqua Net on mile-high bangs.  I promise.

Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Bars


2 sticks butter or margarine
2 eggs
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine (5 1/3 Tbsp.)
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 13×9 pan.

Mix butter, eggs and brown sugar.  Add vanilla and milk.  Slowly incorporate flour, soda, salt and oats.

In a saucepan (nonstick is preferable), melt together sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate chips.  Cook on low for 2 minutes.

Spread 3/4 of cookie mixture on the bottom of the pan.  Pour chocolate mixture on top.  Dot top with remaining cookie mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Cover with foil for the last 10 minutes.  Let cool before cutting.


First Day of Kindergarten

Today’s the big day!  We started Kindergarten today.  Yes, in March.  Here’s the sitch (does it make me cool or lame that I just said that?  Nevermind.  Don’t answer.)  We had been doing preschool since September.  It was going well . . . until about November.  After that, if we were honest with ourselves, we were getting kind of bored of it.  By January, we ended each day in tears (mostly No. 1, but also Mommy at times).  Since she already knew all the letters and their sounds, it was just a lot of repetition, and my girl started to HATE school.  I put on the brakes when that happened.  I don’t want her to hate school . . . at least not until about 6th grade – that’s when I started counting down the years!  And then I became a teacher and spent even more time in school.  (It’s more fun on my side of the desk!)

So, we haven’t “done school” for almost two months.  Shame.  I wanted time to regroup and decide what we were going to do.  I researched and thought and researched and thought.  We decided on our curriculum a few weeks later, then we (okay, it was 100% me) spent many hours planning and preparing and making spreadsheets because that’s how I accomplish things.  I like spreadsheets *almost* as much as I like the smell of pencils (and all things office product)!!

We are using Sonlight for Reading, History and Bible; Horizons for Math; Explode the Code for Phonics; A Reason for Handwriting for . . . wait for it . . . Handwriting; and Mama’s Brain for Science and Journaling.

I will post updates pictures later of our room since I changed a few things (including a workbox system)  Yippee!

 For now, this is our schedule:

Morning Board (weather, time, date, etc.)
Snack (a complete joke since the entire “day” took just over an hour!  But she was happy!)
Phonics M/W, Handwriting T/Th
Journaling M/W, Science T/Th

It went really well.  I think No. 1 will take some time to get used to all the “being read to without many pictures thing,” but so far we loved it!

Our plan is to work from March until the end of May, then take a summer vacation with everyone else (with some stuff in there so we don’t forget everything!)  Then we’ll start back up in September and finish next May with everyone else.  To spread it out, I have 3 months that are dedicated to author studies.  I think that will make it a lot of fun for both of us!Image