Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There are a few classic recipes you should have in your arsenal and I think Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are one of them.  And I thought everyone had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe until I was asked for mine.  Twice.  I knew this recipe had to be shared.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessertI’m all for traditional chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes I want something just a little different.  I don’t want to seem so boring.  And sometimes going from round cookies to square cookies is just enough to be exciting!  And well, when you make cookies in bar form they tend to be a little thicker.  And chewier.  And seem chocolateyier.  And they make you make up new words like chocolateyier. 

I shared these with a room full of moms yesterday and they were a hit!  And then I shared the leftovers with a few guys and the loved them, too.  And then I brought the rest home and hubby had to have a few with a big glass of milk.  Who can resist? 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessert

So, if you need to bring a dessert and you don’t want to be boring with round cookies you should definitely try these out!  Bonus!  You probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry!  And if you’re keeping track, yes, I’ve shared a bar cookie recipe before, but that one calls for an ingredient you may not have on hand.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 cup butter
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 12 oz (2 cups) chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer combine sugars, butter, vanilla egg on medium speed. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. (dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press the dough in an ungreased rectangular pan (13" x 9" x 2").
  5. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. When cool cut into small squares. (makes about 30 bars)
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Friday Fitness: Streaking

So, one of my MRTT buddies challenged us to an August run streak challenge.  For some crazy reason I decided to accept the challenge.  We were on vacation on August 1, so I figured it would be easy to get a run in everyday, since I had the hubby around to watch the girls.  Challenge accepted!

August run streakI was already 4 days in when the challenge started, so at that point I was already at day 5.  The challenge was to run at least 1 mile.  Some of those days during vacation I really didn’t feel like running a mile.  At the lake house there’s no quick, easy mile to run.  It’s either a hill or a gravel road.  Or both.  After 9 days at the lake I was starting to think it was a bad idea.  And I was tired of wearing the same stinky running clothes every day.

We came back home and the change of scenery was nice.  It was back to the usual routine, going to Stroller Strength, trail run group.  I even hired a babysitter so I could run while hubby was out of town for work.

20150812_184727Those days that he was gone were really tricky because I don’t have a double BOB.  And Cupcake is too big to ride in the bike trailer/stroller.  One of the nights the girls and I walked to the park, I walked circles around the playground while they played, then we walked home.  It was over 2 miles and that had to be my streak for the day. 

Other days I just ran 1 fast mile to see just how fast I could go.  And I even dragged hubby along.

11891974_10207672505189938_544778802720845616_nStreaking was definitely made easier by school starting up.  I can get a run in during the week after Cupcake heads off on the bus. 

11887859_10207680503069880_7428238933733369515_nAnd I only dressed up like a cowgirl for one run.  So, of the month of August, I’ve run at least 1 mile everyday (well, except two days where my mile had to be a walk).  I’ve got a few days left to go.  The end is in sight.  And this run streaking is for the birds!!!!

Kindergarten!!!!

You guys, sorry.  I’ve not been around lately.  We have spent the last few weeks soaking up the last bit of summer, you know, now that we have actual summer weather!  We had to pack in the fun before my big girl started kindergarten! 

First Day of KindergartenYesterday was her first day of school and she was so excited!  She was counting down the days!  And then the minutes.  She woke up super early because she was just too excited to sleep any more!

First Day of Kindergarten dinosaur dressShe gobbled up her breakfast and begged to go upstairs to get dressed before anyone else had a chance to eat half their breakfast!  I think she was just super excited to put her new dinosaur dress on!

First Day of Kindergarten dinosaur dressI took a break from my usual sewing of knit fabric to make her the dinosaur dress of her dreams!  (not that she doesn’t already have a knit dinosaur dress………….or a cotton one……..)  She requested a new dinosaur dress for her first day of school and who am I to argue?  Especially when we found this super cute fabric and buttons at Hobby Lobby.  The pattern is Simplicity 1379 View C with sleeves.  Pockets.  Enough said.

First Day of KindergartenIt was a hazy morning and the bus comes early.  Almost 40 minutes earlier than we had to leave for preschool last year.  But we made the trek down the sidewalk with time to spare.  Technically the bus stop is our side yard so we didn’t have to go far.

First Day of KindergartenShe was getting so antsy waiting, but the big yellow bus finally showed up!  She hesitated at first and watched the older kids go ahead.  She said hello to the bus driver and climbed aboard.

First Day of KindergartenShe gave momma one last smile and wave and off she went.  And this momma barely held it together.  Thank goodness I had Pumpkin home with me to yell “Now let’s go pway!!!!!”  She was not nearly as emotional about Cupcake’s new adventure.

She was returned home to me a few hours later and she still had that big smile on her face.  She made two new friends and supposedly even has a boyfriend already!!!  Social butterfly.  Though she said the day was mostly boring because they had to do a bunch of first day stuff she is still excited to go back today. 

I hope she never loses that spunk.  Even when there are no new dinosaur dresses to wear, shiny shoes to skip in, a light backpack with no homework in it, or Chick-fil-A lunch dates when she gets home.  She has big dreams.  I hope it stays that way. 

Fall Fashion

Hey! Did you miss me?  We took a family vacation and I had planned to get some posts ready before we left, but decided to sew myself a new dress for our trip instead.  I’m just getting caught up and back into the regular routine, which is about to change again when school starts next week!  We’re heading into the end of summer so it’s time to start thinking about fall fashion.  Luckily for me some of the fabrics I received my July KnitFix bag were perfect for fall!

Fall Fashion #thirtyone #thirtyonegiftsI knew this gorgeous animal print would make a great tunic for fall!  I sewed it up in See Kate Sew’s City Girl Frock.  You may remember seeing this pattern sewn up before in a sweater knit.  I sized down this time since my fabric had a bit more stretch and I’m so glad I did.  The fit is great!

And then I paired it with my beautiful new Townsfair Reversible Tote from Thirty-One.  I’ve been carrying this bag for a few weeks now and I’m in love!  The color is great!  The size is perfect for my wallet and Mini Zipper Pouch for myself and a Zipper Pouch with diapers for Pumpkin.  I can also toss my camera in it, too! 

Fall Fashion #thirtyone #thirtyonegiftsIt has this great metallic trim and interior.  And the interior can become the exterior since it’s reversible!  Though I love the purple so I’ll probably carry it this way most of the time. 

The Townsfair Reversible Tote is available in the NEW fall catalog that went live August 1.  This might be my favorite catalog ever!  You should definitely check it out!

So, it seems a little silly to be talking fall when we just started feeling summer temperatures around here (hello, mild summer!).  But fall will be here before we know it and I’ll be prepared!

 

Are you gearing up for fall, too?  Or just trying to get through all the back to school chaos?

 
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Friday Fitness: Changing it Up

Now that I’m done with half marathon training (again) I don’t know that Friday Fitness will be a weekly thing.  It’s not that I’m giving up running now, but I’m not going to be logging lots of miles.  I’m going to be scaling it back and picking up the strength training.  The longest run I Have on my schedule the rest of the year is 10K.  Well, except the 10.9 miles I’ll be running at the Market to Market relay but that is over 3 legs. 

I’m focusing on strength, particularly leg strength.  My focus is no longer distance, so I’m looking for speed.  I’m hoping to get my 5K pace back under a consistent 9 min/mile.  And just work on strength in general.

Saturday – rest day (and by rest I mean spending the entire day walking around the zoo).

Sunday – 3.1 miles (9:15 min/mile) followed by plyo work

Monday – rest day (driving back from IN)

Tuesday – 3 stroller miles (9:39 min/mile) followed by plyo with my MRTT girlsHappy feet

 Wednesday – 21 Day Fix Upper Body Fix in the morning.  2.27 super muddy trail miles in the evening.

Muddy runThis was so fun!  A storm rolled through an hour before our run so the trail was completely soaked.  We splashed, we sank, we jumped the creek.  I loved it!

Thursday – stroller strength (upper body and 3.12 miles)

Friday – 21 Day Fix Lower Body Fix and 1.75 miles on the step machine.

So, yeah, more strength training, less miles.   That’s the plan.  And no more half marathons in the near future!  And a relaxing weekend.

 

What’s your plan?

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

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