Super Bowl Round-Up

If some of you are like me and just now digging out from the snow, you may be heading to the grocery store to stock up on supplies for the game¬†tomorrow. I may not know who’s playing, but I have my Super Bowl menu pretty much figured out – priorities.

(Pictured, left to right)
and if you like any of those, you may also like:
Chicken BBQ in the Crockpot
-OR-
“Cheater” Chili (super quick and easy, 3 ingredients!)
and just a suggestion, but the best chips ever (IMO)
Let’s not forget the dessert!
Chicago Mix (for the sweet and salty lover – just sub out the candy corn for your favorite candy!)
Looking for something simple and low fat? The 2-Ingredient Angel Food Cake is the ticket.
Or, need something low carb?
These Cinnamon Crunchies will satisfy the low-carber’s sweet tooth!
You can also turn almost anything you have on hand into a delicious flatbread or pizza…just stock up on some Stonefire Flatbreads. They are delicious!
{Disclosure} I was sent samples to try, and there will definitely be more of these in my future. Expect some recipe posts soon!
You can also keep things neat and tidy by having Stonefire Pita Bread ready for filling at your Super Bowl gathering. That way, when people jump up and down, the contents won’t go flying everywhere ūüôā Yep, always thinking over here. ha!
Have a great weekend!

Creamy Sausage Dip {with skinny option}

Sausage is like crack. It rivals the beloved bacon. They each have their own special place in my meat-loving, nitrate infused world. In other words, I love sausage. I don’t eat it often, because let’s face it, it’s not a health food…BUT, let’s make an exception for this dip. It’s a great appie¬†and should make any sausage loving person very happy. Oh, and it has cream cheese in it. And we know cream cheese makes errything¬†a little mo’betta.

This dip goes by many names: sausage dip, cream cheese sausage dip, Rotel Sausage Dip, etc. Since I was out of Rotel when I made this, I’m just calling it Creamy Sausage Dip! I used salsa in the place of the Rotel, and it wasn’t as spicy as I like, but still delicious. I’ve been making this for years, and originally got the recipe from my cousin. There are variations all over the net, but this is my verison.

Creamy Sausage Dip

1 lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled (and drained if needed) *hot or mild
1 can Rotel Tomatoes or 1 1/2 cups salsa, drained
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese (1 also works, will just be thicker, as pictured)
Mix cooked sausage and cream cheese in a pot over medium heat. Stir often until cream cheese has mostly melted. Add Rotel or salsa. Stir to combine and continue to heat until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is warm throughout. Dip can be placed (or prepared) in a crock pot to keep warm while being served.
Serve with chips, crackers, pita crisps, etc.
Want your Creamy Sausage Dip to be a little more waistline friendly?

Skinny Creamy Sausage Dip

1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked and crumbled (buy it or make it)
1 can Rotel Tomatoes or 1 1/2 cups salsa, drained
1 or 2 (8 oz) package(s) fat free cream cheese
Prepare as above.
Serve with homemade tortilla chips, or store bought baked tortilla chips. It’s still not a health food, but a little more figure friendly! ‘Cuz everyone wants to eat party food…dieting or not!
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Are you ready for some football?! Yeah, whatever. Any excuse to make party food is reason enough for me to get excited! I like the Super Bowl for the commercials, half time performances, and as I said…the food. Buffalo Chicken Dip is probably going to make an appearance on many a table on game day. Because it’s AWESOME. It’s creamy, spicy, cheesy and I could (and sometimes do) make a meal of it!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Okay, so it’s not the prettiest thing in the world. Especially with my non-photography skillzzzz. But it’s super yummy all the same. Here, take a bite.
Buffalo Dip and Chip

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Recipe source: Just Us Four
If you are a buffalo chicken fan, you might also want to check out:
What will you be eating on Super Bowl Sunday? 

I may be linking up at any of the following –¬†(Monday)¬†The Tumbleweed Contessa,¬†The Dedicated House,¬†Skip to my Lou,¬†Making the World Cuter,¬†I Should Be Mopping the Floor,¬†This Gal Cooks,¬†Watch Out, Martha!,¬†Huckleberry Love,¬†The Newlyweds Pilgrimage,¬†Sowdering About in Seattle,¬†Craft and Repeat¬†(Tuesday)¬†Naptime Creations,¬†Mandy’s Recipe Box,¬†Love in the Kitchen,¬†Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew Life,¬†Sarah Lynn’s Sweets,¬†BeBetsy¬†and¬†VMG206,¬†Twinkling Trees¬†,¬†Anyonita Nibbles¬†(Wednesday)¬†Fluster Buster,¬†Mostly Homemade Mom,¬†Adorned from Above,¬†Lady Behind the Curtain,¬†Ginger Snap Crafts,¬†Naptime is My Time,¬†The Real Thing with The Coake Family,¬†Tessa the Domestic Diva¬†¬†(Thursday)¬†Project Inspire¬†,Joyful Homemaking,¬†Designed Decor,¬†Miz Helen’s Country Cottage,¬†The Mandatory Mooch, ¬†¬†Lamberts Lately¬†(Friday)¬†Not Your Ordinary Recipes, ¬†Simple Living and Eating,¬†Just Us Four,¬†Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo,¬†Diana Rambles,¬†The Better Baker,Craftionary,¬†One Artsy Mama,¬†The Best Blog Recipes,¬†One Creative Mommy,¬†Michelle’s Tasty Creations,¬†Close to Home,¬†30 Handmade Days,¬†A Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution¬†,¬†Walking on Sunshine,¬†Vintage Chic¬†(Saturday)¬†¬†Or So She Says…,¬†Six Sisters’ Stuff,¬†It’s Overflowing,¬†Made from Pinterest

Baked-not-Fried Pickles {and a few other snack ideas}

Don’t cha just love fried food? Don’t cha just hate that it’s so bad for you?! I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to my favorite “bad” foods. That’s why when I saw this recipe for baked “fried” pickles in Prevention RD’s cookbook, I knew I had to give them a try.

The bad news is that I ate almost all of them by myself. The good news is they were not too bad for me, so it’s okay ūüôā I think I shared a few with my girls. My 5 y/o wasn’t interested in a breaded, hot pickle…he thought I was nuts! He didn’t appreciate me messing with his beloved dill pickles.

Oven-Fried Pickles from Prevention RD

20 oz jar Claussen Kosher dill burger slice pickles (about 16 slices) *I used the regular dill pickles slices by Mt. Olive
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp garlic powder *I reduced this to about 1/2 tsp
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and flour together.¬†
  • Add¬†Worcestershire, hot sauce, garlic powder,¬†Cajun¬†seasoning, and pepper to egg mixture. Blend well.
  • In a shallow dish or plate, add panko crumbs.¬†
  • Dip each pickle slice into the egg mixture, than coat with the panko bread crumbs until both sides are well coated.
  • Place coated pickles on a sprayed baking sheet. Bake for a few minutes on each side (2-3) or until lightly browned on each side.¬†
Serve warm with choice of dressing for dipping. We used ranch! These would make a great addition to your New Year’s Eve party tray, along with these….
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? {Insert song burst here *what are you doingggg, New Year’s. ¬†New Year’s Eveeeee*} I’ll be fixing a few appies and try to stay awake to watch the ball drop. My kids might invite a couple of friends over and that’s about as exciting as I am planning on things getting around here. I’m getting so old.

Easy Gifts in Jars {No Baking Required!}

OHMIGAHHH y’allllll…..it’s Christmas time! I mean, like, it’s HERE. As I say every year, I’m not ready/It’s come too fast/I still have so much to do/I want to do more baking…yada yada yada. Well, I can freak out but it’s not going to change anything. Things have been really crazy these last couple of months (or ‘totes cray‘ if you will…) I haven’t talked about it on the blog because…well, I don’t know why. I just haven’t. I go through phases of wanting the blog to be more anonymous to wanting to share everything. It’s kinda weird putting all your business on the internet, but on the other hand, I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration and encouragement from other people’s business on the internet!

**Skip the following paragraph if you don’t want to hear my life story**
The short version is that my oldest child was diagnosed with spondylolysis, and has been in a back brace for the last month. Being that she is only 12, I was freaked out, as any mother would be. Plus seeing your children in severe pain is horrible. Thankfully the pain was short term (so far). I advise anyone with very active children to look this injury up and be aware of the symptoms b/c I was not at all aware that she was at risk. I’ve had my own share of health issues as well, and finally took my procrastinating self to the doctor. I am a nurse, and I knew something wasn’t right, but I guess it’s human nature to put bad news off as long as possible! Thankfully, it wasn’t that bad and there is an easy fix. My thyroid is out of whack, hypothyroidism, and it is amazing how many body systems your thyroid affects. So, all my life drama in a paragraph. Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed beyond measure because I KNOW how much worse things could be and I feel so very fortunate. However, these little hiccups in life will derail your “normal” routine. Hence, very slack in the blogging department!
**pick up here for Easy Gifts in Jars**  

As much as I love to bake, especially during the holidays, sometimes (most of the time) TIME is an issue. That is probably one of the reasons I like mixes so much! Plus the fact I love the sweet and crunchy combo.
This one is super easy, and loaded with chocolate. My favorite combo of all! Just mix everything you see in a large bowl (add anything you like!)
Once it’s mixed, you can either sit it out for a party or for everyone to grab a handful as they walk by (which my kids did frequently!) or you can package it up in some little jars to give away.
Some of you may recognize those jars…yep, recycled Biscoff jars!! My local stores have only just recently started carrying Biscoff in plastic jars, so I have many glass jars that I’ve saved and use for storage. Or gift giving! Just slap a label on top and you are good to go.

Chocolate Lover’s Chex Mix

2 Bags Chex Mix (Dark or desired flavor)
1 cup Vanilla Chex Cereal
1 cup Chocolate Chex Cereal
1 small bag of Kit Kat miniatures (chopped in half)
1 cup semi sweet M and M’s
1 cup Gingerbread M and M’s
Mix everything in a bowl. Done!
I think a nice touch would be to spread the mix out on cookie sheets and drizzle with white chocolate. Once it cools, then add to jars. I plan on doing that with the 2 jars I have left. 
 
The great thing about this is that it is easily tailored to whatever you have on hand, or what you or the person getting the gift likes. I am thinking a good variation would be to add pretzel M&M’s and pretzels to the mix for some sweet and salty action. Or mini peanut butter cups and peanuts would be delish. The options are pretty much endless.
Last year, I made these-
Little jars from the dollar store, and I painted the tops with chalkboard paint. I added some ‘Christmas Crunch’ aka White Trash Mix to the jars. (Another easy, no bake mix!)
This year, for my son’s teacher gifts, I found these cute jars at Wal-Mart. They have a snowman and a snowflake on them. I filled them with peppermint sticks, marshmallows and homemade hot chocolate mix, along with some Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses. I can’t believe this is the only picture I took! I’ll try to get the hot chocolate mix posted soon b/c it was very good.
Just a few last minute, quick and easy gift ideas!

Halloween Chicago Mix

My kids and I loooove a mix. I’ve made several over the years, and they almost always have a sweet and salty combo. When I recently had the opportunity to try G.H. Cretors Popcorn, the Chicago Mix was love at first bite! (A little Halloween humor) I was skeptical of a cheese and caramel corn popcorn mix, but I had already heard how good it was, and what can I say. It’s the bomb. Once we polished off a bag at warp speed, I couldn’t stop thinking about the cheesy/salty and sweet combo, and this Halloween Chicago Mix was born. I thought that it would be fun to have to munch on during the week of Halloween. Yeah, right. I made a huge bowl that lasted all of ONE day. Oh well, guess I need to make more!

Halloween Chicago Mix

4 cups Chicago Mix popcorn (or 2 cups cheese popcorn and 2 cups caramel corn)
2 cups cereal (I used Life and Corn Chex)
1 cup pretzels
1 cup cheese crackers
1 cup candy corn (or any candy)
1 cup M and M candies
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and snack away! It’s cheesy, salty, crunchy, sweet and chewy. It’s fabulous!
Make it your own by using your favorite cereal, candy and crackers. I’m not a fan of candy corn, but I threw that in there for my kids. This mix is great for any occasion, just change up the candy you use. I’m sure there will be a Christmas Chicago Mix at our house too ūüôā
Has anyone had G.H. Cretors popcorn before? It really is delish – just check out how big and fluffy the popcorn is!
I am definitely a fan. I’ve not seen it for sale around here, but it can be ordered online (they have varieties other than the Chicago Mix too). You can find them on Facebook too if interested.
Disclosure: G.H. Cretors sent me a sample box of popcorn to try. All opinions expressed are my own.
 
If you are a fan of mixes, I also have this Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
Are you a sweet and salty fan?
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Super Skinny Chocolate Muffins {copycat Vitatops}

If ya don’t like chocolate, you’re at the wrong place today (and uhhh, how are we friends? Just kidding.) I know there are some people who just don’t care for chocolate. Some of these people even share my same genetic pool. I truly don’t understand it. Anyway…these are for the chocolate fans out there. Especially the chocolate fans who loooove chocolate, but don’t necessarily care to wear their fat pants on a daily basis. These be some skinny muffins. Pinky swear.
and yes, I ate both of these as soon as I took the picture.
Super Skinny Chocolate Muffins {copycat Vita Tops}
Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (I used Hershey’s Dark)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used cinnamon, b/c it’s all we had!)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water (I think coffee could be used here too)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I used half Splenda and half xylitol) Update: I prefer to use half stevia or xylitol and half real sugar.¬†
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or use cupcake liners).
  • Using a food processor (or a blender), blend all of the ingredients together except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. (Note: grinding oats first, before adding other ingredients may make it easier to get a smooth consistency. I still had a few pieces of oats, but I was fine with that.)
  • Pour mixture into prepared muffin pans. These aren’t going to rise a lot, so you can fill them pretty full for larger muffins, or about half to 2/3rds for the traditional VitaTop look. Add a few chocolate chips to each muffin cup (about half of them) to ensure each muffin has chips in it. (If you add them to the batter bowl, they all just sink to the bottom.) The other half of the chips will be added to the tops in the next step. If you don’t want any on top, add them all now.
  • Place muffin tins in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove from oven and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin. This just makes them look all pretty and like VitaTops.
  • Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes (mine took 5-7), or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Source: Lady’s Little Loves

¬†We got 12 decent sized muffins for 3 points plus each. I think next time I will make them smaller. I haven’t had Vita Top muffins in a while, but from what I remember, these are pretty darn close. I thought they were good, and my kids thought they were okay, but not great…but they don’t have to worry about fat pants and 41 year old metabolisms. ugh. This recipe also does not contain flour, so I’m assuming could easily be made gluten free.



Thanks to DIY Vintage Chic for featuring this recipe!

DIY Vintage Chic


I may be linking up at any of the following –¬†(Monday)¬†The Tumbleweed Contessa,¬†The Dedicated House,¬†Homemaker on a Dime,¬†Skip to my Lou,¬†Making the World Cuter,¬†I Should Be Mopping the Floor,¬†This Gal Cooks,¬†Watch Out, Martha!,¬†Huckleberry Love,¬†The Newlyweds Pilgrimage,¬†Sowdering About in Seattle,¬†Craft and Repeat¬†(Tuesday)¬†Naptime Creations,¬†Mandy’s Recipe Box,¬†Love in the Kitchen,¬†Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew Life,¬†Sarah Lynn’s Sweets,¬†BeBetsy¬†and¬†VMG206,¬†Twinkling Trees¬†,¬†Anyonita Nibbles¬†(Wednesday)¬†Fluster Buster,¬†Mostly Homemade Mom,¬†Adorned from Above,¬†Lady Behind the Curtain,¬†Ginger Snap Crafts,¬†Naptime is My Time,¬†The Real Thing with The Coake Family,¬†Tessa the Domestic Diva¬†¬†(Thursday)¬†Project Inspire¬†,Joyful Homemaking,¬†Designed Decor,¬†Miz Helen’s Country Cottage,¬†The Mandatory Mooch, ¬†¬†Lamberts Lately,¬†The Girl Creative¬†(Friday)¬†Not Your Ordinary Recipes, ¬†Simple Living and Eating,¬†Just Us Four,¬†Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo,¬†Diana Rambles,¬†The Better Baker,Craftionary,¬†One Artsy Mama,¬†The Best Blog Recipes,¬†One Creative Mommy,¬†Michelle’s Tasty Creations,¬†Close to Home,¬†30 Handmade Days,¬†A Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution¬†,¬†Walking on Sunshine, Vintage Chic¬†(Saturday)¬†¬†Or So She Says…,¬†Six Sisters’ Stuff,¬†It’s Overflowing,¬†Made from Pinterest¬†(Sunday)¬†Mommy’s Sweet Confessions,¬†Who Needs a Cape?,¬†Sweet 2 Eat Baking;

Brownie Graduation Hats

For Mr. Three’s pre-school graduation party last week, I made little graduation hats. (I can’t believe my baby is going to Kindergarten in the Fall!)
 (You may have seen this pic on Instagram already.)  I got the idea from Pinterest (of course), but most used a Reese Cup as the base.  Mine needed to be peanut free, since my son and another classmate are allergic.  So, I decided on brownies, baked in a mini muffin pan. (You could buy pre-made brownie bites making these a quick, no-bake treat!)
¬†I thought they turned out pretty cute for my first attempt, and the kids & parents alike enjoyed them. {Yes, I was *that* mom who brought in something cutesy off Pinterest. But hey, sometimes I’m that “crap! I forgot to buy something for the party, let me grab some Little Debbie snacks” mom too. It’s called balance. Can’t be on top of my game all the time. lol}
Since these were for preschoolers, the mini brownies made the perfect size snack!
Brownie Graduation Hats
 
1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients on box
1 package chocolate covered graham cookies
candy for ‘tassels’*
mini M and M candies
melted chocolate for ‘gluing’ everything together
  • Mix brownies according to directions on package (or try this egg free, lower fat version!).
  • Bake brownies in a mini muffin pan until done (they will not take as long to bake as directed on package since they are minis. Do I really need to point that out? probably not)
  • Once cool, carefully cut rounded tops off brownies so they will sit flat (if needed)
  • Flip brownies over, so the widest side is down.
  • Use some melted chocolate to attach a graham cookie to the now upside down brownie.
  • Use more melted chocolate to attach candy tassels to top of cookie, and the mini M candy on top of tassel.
*The candy that I used for the tassels was some rope candy I had never seen before (and don’t remember the name of). It is similar to the pull-apart Twizzlers in shape. The problem I had with this candy is that it was kind of hard and round, and it was a little difficult to get the round rope pieces to sit on top of the cookie, and they were a little too big. I ended up cutting each rope piece in half (vertically), and then cut them to the desired length. ¬†My recommendation, and what I will do in the future, is use something that is flat…like a fruit roll up, or maybe a flattened Tootsie roll? And cut it into strips. I think that would be much easier to work with.
Other tips: You could use cookie icing to “glue” your pieces together, b/c it hardens pretty quickly and comes in a handy little squeezable pouch. The only color I had on hand was red…so I ended up using melted chocolate. You don’t need that much…I might have used 1/4 cup?
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Baked Meyer Lemon Donuts

Meyer Lemons are awesome. Donuts are awesome. Therefore, Meyer Lemon Donuts¬†are awesomer. ¬†True story. ¬†They also make for pretty pictures ūüôā ¬†So many of my posts include camera phone shots taken on the fly as I am trying to get dinner on the table, and unfortunately, I don’t really see that changing anytime soon. I mean, let’s be real. I have 3 young kids. Enough said. ¬†ANYway, I have been working on my “food styling” techniques when I have time. (if I could just learn how to properly use my camera, that would be great.) ¬†But, there is just something ‘happy’ about Meyer Lemons that makes me want to take their picture!

Baked donuts are a favorite around here (b/c I am a mean mama and deprive my children of the store-bought trans-fat laden versions). When they get there first bite of a freshly baked, warm Krispy Kreme, I will ¬†most likely lose the “my mom is so awesome she makes us great donuts” status.

Meyer Lemon Baked Donuts adapted from Sweet Mornings Baked Lemon Donuts

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup sugar substitute (I used NuNaturals Tagatose)
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¬ĺ cup low fat plain yogurt
6 Tbsp meyer lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and sugar substitute (if using).
In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine.
Fill the donut pan 2/3 full of batter. (I just use a spoon, but some people prefer to pipe it in.)
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
Top donuts as desired.
A glaze of lemon juice and confectioners sugar is delicious, or you can dip them in powdered sugar. (or you can do both like we did!).
¬†NOTES – You can use 3/4 cup granulated sugar and skip the sugar substitute if desired, or you could probably use all sugar substitute (for baking), but I haven’t tried that. ¬†You could also use regular lemons instead of Meyer lemons, or use orange juice, for orange donuts! Also, these are a dense, cake-like donut, not a light and fluffy one. (Cake donuts are my fave!)

Well, enjoy these bright, sunny donuts during this COLD, dreary day! Yes, I bragged too soon about our awesome weather….I actually saw a few snow flakes yesterday, with more in the forecast today!

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 Meyer Lemon Baked Donuts

Not Your Mama’s Magic Bars

First, I’m gonna need for you to use your imagination a bit. ¬†What you are about to see is NOT red and green Christmas candy…we are going to visualize them as red, white and pink for Valentine’s! ¬†Okay, everybody with me? ¬†You ready?

BAM! Valentine’s Magic Bars with a Twist. ¬†These bad boys are AWE-SOME. ¬†As in awesomely delicious. ¬†A little creativity based on the ever popular and traditional Magic Bars. (Or some people know them as 7 layer bars). ¬†I had every intention of making Magic Bars for Christmas. ¬†They just seem like a Christmas treat to me. ¬†I guess because that is the only time of year I remember my mom making them. ¬†However, Christmas came and went…with no Magic Bars. ¬†Since I still had all of the ingredients, it didn’t seem right to let these pretty M&M’s go to waste just because they were red and green. ¬†So, I set about gathering my ingredients for my much anticipated Magic Bars. I knew I had bought all of the ingredients. ¬†ALL of the ingredients. ¬†So imagine my irritation¬†surprise when there are no graham crackers to be found. I was not happy. ¬†So, I looked around the pantry, and see Club Crackers (leftover from the DIY Twix Bars…also delicious btw). ¬†Yep, this Mama was gonna have her some Magic Bars. ¬†A few extra things found there way into these bars as well.
Oh yeahhhh….bring it.
Baked up in all of their ooey, gooey, chewy, sweet and salty perfection.

Not Your Mama’s Magic Bars¬†

1 1/2 cups crushed Club crackers
1/3 cup butter*, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk*
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup M&M; candies (any colors!)
small bag of mini Rolos, halved
chopped pecans (optional)
*I used light butter and fat free sweetened condensed milk b/c I wanted to make this diet friendly. Just kidding, that is just what I had on hand, and the bars turned out great. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan (I did this in the oven while it was preheating). 
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over butter and pat down to make the “crust”. ¬†(I crushed the crackers with a food processor, but you could also place them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Or wine bottle. Whatever’s handy.)
Pour condensed milk evenly over cracker/butter crust.
Sprinkle coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, M&M;’s, Rolos and nuts (if using) over top.¬†
Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown around edges. 
Cool completely before cutting into bars. 
All I can say is…make these. ¬†The next holiday is Valentine’s, and nobody needs to diet on Valentine’s. ¬†Go enjoy some mo’betta magic. hahaha, that sounded so cheese-y. ¬†Seriously, these bars have a little something for everyone, and you can adapt the toppings to whatever you like or have on hand. ¬†I love the club crackers as opposed to the graham crackers, b/c you get a little hint of saltiness mixed in with all that sweet. ¬†Yep. There gooood.