Still Snowing {Plus Another Recipe}

Yesterday was like having a sick day without being sick.  I sat on the couch, stayed in my PJs, watched not one, but two movies, took a 3 hour nap, and baked up some sweets.  The BOY and I never ventured outside of our house and into the winter wonderland, and the snow just kept on coming.




I’ve worked a total of 6 hours in the past 6 days.  It’s no wonder I feel like I’m on vacation : )  After some much needed and appreciated R&R, it was time to dive back into the real world this morning.  I really wanted to go to the gym for a run, but the car was covered in snow and the streets not so plowed.  I chose not to hit the gym because I knew by the time I got the car cleaned off, I’d have about 5 minutes to run.  And I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get to my new job this morning.


In the course of my laziness yesterday, I wandered around Pinterest.  Interestingly, I found a few different versions of these Congo Bars.  I chose the one that looked the gooiest!




I laid out butter earlier in the day in anticipation of post nap baking.  Sadly, it didn’t take too long before Cooper spotted, attacked, and ran off with one stick of butter.  This is now the third time that this has happened, so I am starting to get more creative with my butter hiding spots.




While the fantastic looking bars cooled, we watched some football.  I wish I could say that I had the first bite, but that went to Cooper, who I found nose deep in cookie bars just before the 4th quarter of the Rose Bowl.




Ahh! I sent him to his room to let the bars fully cool (throwing away his bite) and of course snagging one little bite for myself.  Mmmm!  They are soft, fudgy and will just make you happy!




I know there will be plenty more mornings to run in 2014, but man on days like this, I am missing the early sunrise and peaceful mornings on the forest preserve path.  Aren’t you???



Congo bars

From I Heart Nap Time



2 cups brown sugar

2/3 cup salted butter (softened)

3 eggs (whisked)

2 1/2 cup flour

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in eggs and stir until combined. Mix the baking powder and salt with 1 cup of flour. Pour into the butter mixture and stir in the rest of the flour. Fold in chocolate chips.

Grease a 12×14 pan (13×9 will work too) and lightly dust with flour. Press dough into pan with flour (or cooking spray) on your hands. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Test with a tooth pick. The dough should be soft in the center.

Allow bars to cool and hide them from your pets!

12 thoughts on “Still Snowing {Plus Another Recipe}

  1. Ha- Cooper is such a character! Your day yesterday sounds perfect!
    I’ve been itching to run outside, too, but it’s been too icy. I never thought I’d say, I hope it stays cold. When it warms up like today (and rains!) it is brutal to walk/run/drive.

    • We are about to get sub 0 temps not including wind chill so I would take a heat wave : ) It will be a while before i am running outside. I did invest in some Yak Trax though and I love them!

  2. You will have to find some really creative hiding/cooling places for your food. Dogma likes to check out the meatloaf (or whatever is on the stove) just to make sure that it is “good enough”. The problem with a large dog (who is nimble enough to jump up on the counters or tables) or a cat who is made to do it is that it is hard to control them around food. For cooling baked items (still in the pan) a cooling rack could go on top.Good luck-did the butter make him sick?

    • He has an iron stomach and is yet to get sick! We have no idea how that is possible!!! We have also been hiding things in the microwave. They are such hilarious creatures these pets of ours : ) Stay warm this weekend!

  3. Hilarious that Cooper runs away with butter! Does he eat it, too? My break from running has been nice, especially given the sub-zero weather we’ve had for the past month! Sounds like you’ve had a great week… being lazy inside on a snow day is the best! Have a super weekend 🙂

    • Yup, he likes to dig right in!
      We’ve got sub zero temps coming this way and that doesn’t include the wind chill. Brr! Have a great weekend too! We are laying low as the BOY is sick. What a lazy and happy way to start the new year!

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