Creamy Lemon Oat Bars

I stumbled on this recipe for Creamy Lemon Oat Bars on Simple Daily Recipes.  I'm normally a "must have chocolate or I don't care about it" dessert girl, but I was feeling a little adventurous yesterday and made these bars instead.  I thought they were really delicious and a perfect summer treat, even without any chocolate.  I made one small change to the original recipe so I'll post the recipe here.



Creamy Lemon Oat Bars


  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 375ºF degrees. Spray 8x8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the milk, lemon zest and lemon juice in medium bowl until thickened; set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl until crumbly.

Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan; bake about 10 minutes or until set.

Spread lemon milk mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over the lemon milk mixture, press down gently. Bake about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set but soft. Cool and serve.


Picnic Party

May is here and all I can think about is being outside every day. If I were back home with my friends, I would for sure be throwing a very casual picnic party. We pretty much do this on the regular back home, but I would love to fancy it up a bit.

I fell in love with this Lu Summers Quilt. It's so bright and beautiful. Hover over the image to see where it's from or click the image to take you to the link.


Old Navy Ruche Go Jane Shop Sweet Lulu Lu Summers Giant Dwarf Flourishing Foodiie Joylicious Pip & Ebby
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Grandma Uhrich’s White Mountain Coconut Cake

This is my favorite cake to make for the spring time. It's a white coconut cake, with a white frosting and topped with coconut! I made this yesterday for Easter dinner. Rilo was pretty sure it was a birthday cake for her and I didn't ever really deny it.


For the frosting, I just use a standard frosting: 1 stick of butter, powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and milk until it's spreadable. Then I top the frosting with tons of coconut! To make the cake even more moist, I'll often add vanilla pudding or another 1/4-1/2 C milk. You can also substitute coconut extract for the vanilla extract for even more coconut punch!


Easter Entertaining

Is it just me or did Easter sneak up way too fast?!  I need to get our Easter baskets together, shop for dinner and figure out what we are going to wear.  In my dream world, this is what Easter would look like!

Note: Images are now all clickable back to their original source.  Just click the image and it will take you directly to where it came from!


Ruche Dress Target Cardigan Ruche Heels Forever21 Handbag Anthropologie Plates Wind and Willow Bowls Almoco Flatware GiltTaste Ham Rachel Ray Asparagus Cooking Channel Au Gratin Potatoes Taste of Home Coconut Cake




What We Ate

Please please please make these Mounds Brownies and then tell me you ate half the pan in one sitting like I did.  I want to feel better about myself...

This is by far my favorite Pinterest recipe yet.  Super easy and absolutely delicious!  This is my unstyled quick Instagram photo that does no justice to the yumminess of these brownies, but check out In Katrina's Kitchen for prettier pictures and the recipe!



Excited to share a last minute Valentine's craft/printable with you later!


What We Ate

Two nights ago I made a list of everything I would love to accomplish in the next 2 weeks before baby boy comes along. And there were over 50 items on our To-Do list!  Yikes! Of course, not all of them are big priorities, but I would still love to have them done before I have a toddler and a newborn. So far we've crossed off 5 things. I'm hoping this weekend we can cross off at least 10 more!  I'm looking forward to sharing all the little changes around here with all of you.


Now on to what we ate this week! I'm going to be rethinking this series a little bit. Hopefully next week I'll have something figured out. I like the idea of it because I pin a million recipes on Pinterest but who knows if they're any good?! If I post them here, know that they got our stamp of approval!


I used a nice spicy sausage and it really made this super easy soup a winner!  It had some great heat to it!


{White Bean and Sausage Soup}



This is a creamy and delicious casserole!  This had a few more steps that made it take a little longer to prep, but we devoured it when it was done so I'd say it was worth it!

{Mexican Chicken Casserole}


I've already posted about the above recipe, but we loved it so much we made it again.  And I doubled the glaze as I had mentioned last time and we loved it even more.  It's a crock pot recipe so it's really pretty simple!

{Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork}


Today is the last day to take my survey and enter into the giveaway for 2 rolls of my chevron wrapping paper.  Take a quick minute if you haven't already!  Have a great weekend!

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What We Ate

This week was slightly crazy with parties and activities!  We ate two Pinterest meals, a few with friends and then some boring old meals at home.  The Pepperoncini Beef subs were good, not great.  I think if I would've cooked the beef in the crockpot on low for 8 hours instead of on high for 4, they would've been even better.  And then lemon pasta with chicken was really good.  I've made another lemon pasta recipe, also from The Pioneer Woman and I've always loved it!  Adam loved this one even more than her other recipe!



{Pepperoncini Beef Subs}


{Grilled Chicken with Lemon Pasta}


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What We Ate

We only tried two new things this week but we loved them both.  The first was a tortellini salad that was so light, refreshing and delicious.  I think this would be great to bring to a party too.  I've also been baking up some of these Snowball cookies for the party tomorrow!


{Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad}


{Snowball Cookies}


I've eaten an embarrassing amount of the snowball cookies.  Here's to hoping I can make 6 dozen and keep them around until tomorrow!  Have a good weekend!