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Monday, July 27, 2015

Puppy Chow Bars

You know what's better than Puppy Chow? Puppy Chow Bars. It's like all the magic of that powdered sugar coated goodness in a sophisticated dessert bar. Yes, bar desserts are sophisticated.

This is the perfect treat to make on a hot summer day. No oven heating up the already warm house and you can enjoy the treat within a 1/2 hour. Perfection.

The recipe called for crispy rice cereal but I only had a couple cups so I opted to use chex cereal. You could totally use either.

Puppy Chow Bars

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups crispy rice cereal OR chex cereal
1 cup miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

Line a 9x9 pan with foil and lightly butter. Set aside. Place cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave for 30-45 bursts at 50% power, stirring between each burst until melted and smooth.

Pour melted chocolate/peanut butter over cereal and marshmallows and stir until evenly coated. Press into prepared pan. Sift powdered sugar over top of bars evenly.

Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Cut into squares and serve bars at room temperature.

Source: Cookies and Cups

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Hey, want to see where I put all my junk and sometimes get creative?

I opted to clean our house over the weekend instead of baking. I know, crazy. But that means that my office is clean and I can finally give you a tour!

This space has been a work in progress since we moved in 2011. I didn't want to spend a ton of money so I gradually added things and reorganized at least a dozen times until I got it just right.

Looking at the pictures I kinda have an itch to paint the room but I'll simmer on that a little while longer.

Lets have a look, shall we?

My yellow bar cart was in my kitchen but I think I can showcase it better here. It might also work well for photo setups!

When IKEA opened up in Merriam, KS I was ecstatic. These photo ledges helped me solve my large blank wall dilemma. Now it showcases a few of my favorite cookbooks, fun photos and a few empty frames that will hold some of my favorite foodie photos soon.

I'm obsessed with my desk. It's an antique library table that my dad actually bought from a library in Nebraska that was closing. I paired it with a modern chair from Crate & Barrel (similar, similar).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


June was an exciting and busy month! Here's a little recap...

Family Vacation
Our family vacation was to Table Rock Lake outside of Branson, MO. While it rained everyday we were there, it was a very nice relaxing week. We swam almost every day, slept in and laughed a lot.

Now, the count down to our next vacation in September is on. I highly recommend always having a vacation booked - having something to look forward to just makes going to work that much easier.

Container Store

I got to go to a special blogger preview at our new Container Store. I drive by the new store everyday and I've been watching the construction closely. I was so excited for a sneak peek and it was everything I'd hoped for and more!

They told us a little bit about the company and what makes them different. Then we got a tour of the store. And, I've been 3 times since they opened June 27....it's dangerous.

Chewy Goodies

Henry's dreams came true. Henry and I are now part of the Chewy blogger family. What does this mean? It means that from time to time Henry will get special treats from Chewy and I'll share his (and my) honest feedback. It might be on the blog or on my social media channels.

Last month Henry tried the Natural Balance Dental Dog chews. They are larger than his normal treats so they take a little longer to eat. But once he was done with one he begged for another.

Henry pretty much destroys any toy we give him so he gets a lot of Nylabones (they last forever) and Kong toys. This KONG Squeezz Ball with Handle held up really well. Here's his initial reaction. He did start to tear apart the rope pretty quickly so after a few days we cut off the handle. The result - his most favorite squeaky ball ever. He's been playing fetch with it everyday since. And, when we don't want to play I get this face.

Kangaroo Knife Fight/Kongos

Kansas City is the best. There is always so many things to do and I know I don't take full advantage like I should. But, we did go to a free concert at Kansas City Live in the Power and Light District. It wasn't just any band - it was Kangaroo Knife Fight and they opened for Kongos. My fiend Laura's boyfriend is the guitarist for KKF. They have been playing all over Kansas City. You guys have to listen to them on iTunes and/or Spotify. They are great. It was such a fun night.

Well that was June. July's off to a fun start too. What have you been up to? 

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