Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yesterday courage, today cookies.

That's right, after all that courage and bravery yesterday I think we all deserve a cookie! Ok, I think we all deserve a cookie most of the time. I can't help it. Baking = love in my family. A tradition I am happy to keep alive.

So I know I sound like a broken record but I pinned this awesome looking recipe that came originally from Cookies and Cups and it looked so easy and yummy, I couldn't resist. Truth be told, I didn't try very hard. I mean Rolo Cake Mix Bars? You had me at Rolo.

The original recipe does NOT call for nuts but I thought they would add a nice crunch and I love that sweet salty thing, so rough chopped some fancy mixed nuts leftover from the holidays and put in with the rolo layer. Genius move. The recipe on the original blog has wonderful step-by-step photos too!

Rolo Cake Mix Bars

1 cake mix - vanilla, white, yellow, golden, butter, whatever you like BUT this is important, make sure you get an 18.25 ounce mix like Duncan Hines (some mixes are only 15.25 ounces and it makes a big difference)
1/4 C melted butter
1 - 5 ounce can evaporated milk

about 40 rolos chopped in half
chopped nuts - any kind, optional

Mix 1st three ingredients together. Spread HALF of dough in a greased (or foil lined and greased) 9x13 pan and bake 8 - 10 minutes - until just set.

Remove from oven and layer on rolos, nuts and remaining dough dropped from teaspoons (or from your fingers if you roll like I do). Bake an additional 23 - 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Mine got a little more brown and crunchy than I probably would have liked but nap time called and it waits for no one (no, sadly, not MY nap time). But even a little extra crunchy I immediately scarfed down two of them, the munchkin ate one and then we packed (almost) all the rest for Nanny to take to work. Oh and before you get all crazy jealous, nanny is what H calls her Gramma. Nanny - I WISH! So make and enjoy and if you were brave yesterday (about anything) give yourself a big old hug, you earned it.

And on that note a HUGE thanks to everyone who left a kind word here or on the facebook group, they are all wonderful and appreciated more than you know. Also, I was really struck by these words on Momastery today (if you haven't read her blog yet I would HIGHLY recommend it - a post of hers was used/reposted on the Huffington Post and it has brought her crazy amounts of traffic in a very short time - this is about her blog and it's growth and success):

The best part is that we let all of this magic happen organically. We always let it be what it was. New Monkees, you should know that we’ve never promoted this blog anywhere. We’ve done no marketing, no advertising, and I’ve never made a penny, still haven’t – except to help other mothers. We knew we had a beautiful thing going and we did our thing until the world took notice. We were not ambitious, except in caring for each other and in becoming more whole ourselves. During the past month, hundreds of women have written, asking me how to start a blog, how to grow an audience. I don’t have any magic for you, other than have a goal and start writing. My goal was to build bridges between people by showing up every day and telling the truth. So my advice is this: don’t worry about marketing or gimmicks or self promotion, just write. Everyday, write. Show up for yourself. That’s where the magic is. Your people will find you.

It seemed so relevant to all the things I've been thinking about lately, I especially love the part about showing up for YOURSELF because that's where the magic is. Love love love that to pieces.


  1. Yummy sounding recipe and thanks for the link - will check it out. Good part that you quoted!

  2. Greate post today Darcy! You really have to write for yourself, I know my main reason for blogging is its like a journal where I can go back see what I was up to a year ago and if my quilting and gardening is progressing. The only difference is I dont hide my journal under my pillow, anyone can read it.
    PS are these Rolo bars low carb? ; )


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