Comfort Food

The snow underfoot crunched.  Trees along the way cracked and popped.  A telltale sign the temperature was cold enough to freeze exposed skin in two shakes of a lambs tail ( – 21 F (below zero) without factoring in the wind chill).

What can a person to do on such a cold, frigid day in the north woods?  Why return home and bake to overload the sensory with comfort food.  In anticipation, I was warmed from the inside out as I walked home;  Reunion Crumb Bars (see recipe below).

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Reunion Crumb Bars

1 cup butter – softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour

Mix butter until creamy.  Add flour, salt, sugar.  Mix until crumbly.  Pat 3 cups of above crumb mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to brown.

1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Melt the mixture over a low heat until smooth.  Pour chocolate mixture over baked crust.


Blend remaining crumb mixture with 1 cup nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the chocolate mixture.

Return bars to oven.  Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees (F) OR until the center is set.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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