Strawberry Walnut Crunch

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I have a small family… Just the three of us. So it isn’t cost effective for us to have a Costco membership… All the food ends up going to waste. Often recipes are too large for the three of us, which is why I look forward to having family over to eat with us. I get to make large quantities lots of food and it doesn’t go to waste. Or there are some dishes that are my favorite but the work that is required for three people outweighs the “Yummy in my tummy” feeling I would get once I was able to sit down to eat.

Aside from spending time in the kitchen, I love spending time in the living room watching Food Network. While watching the Pioneer Woman she made these delicious appearing Strawberry Oat Bars. But the quantities would be far too much for the three of us, so the recipe below is halved… Also I added walnuts because I wanted to make sure it had a crunchy texture.

Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman

1 stick butter plus 6 tbsp., cut into pieces
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cups oats
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 oz. strawberry preserves (My daughter went a little crazy with the preserves and it still turned out great!)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your baking dish with non stick spray.

2. In a large bowl add the the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. I gave my daughter the 1/4 measuring cup and put those math skills to the test.

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3. Then have your little chef use a pastry cutter, mix all the ingredients so that it now resembles a crumble. Mixed in the chopped walnuts with a spoon or fork.

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4. Put half of the mixture into the bottom of your baking dish and press with the backside of the spoon. Now spoon and spread the preserves across the bottom layer. Put the remaining crumble mix on the top and gently press down.

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5. Put it in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

6. Enjoy! This is intended for breakfast but my husband and daughter could not wait until the morning and dug in after dinner.

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Mine may look different then what you make because I used Earth Balance which is a dairy free butter.

A Very Merry Un- Birthday

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I mentioned that Wednesday was my daughter’s birthday, but today was her birthday party! Beyonce talks about becoming Sasha Fierce when she steps onto stage, when it comes to party planning I become a different person entirely… The past few days have been a blur of making decorations, setting up, cleaning, cooking, and baking. Thank goodness for that alter ego of mine because she took over the wheel!

I mentioned that in my family nerdiness is valued. Along with that comes the need to pay attention to detail. When my daughter said she wanted an Alice and Wonderland party I knew I needed to do it justice it deserved, as it is a story near and dear to my heart.

I made Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting a la the Red Queen. To save time I used the box cake mix and made the frosting myself. I will share this recipe later this week.
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I also made Strawberry Chesire Cat Cupcakes! I also made these from the box, but added 3 tbsp. strawberry puree. The guest thought they were homemade, and who am I to tell them any different? 😉 I doubled this recipe to make the frosting
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Since it was a birthday party and we were celebrating everyone’s un birthday as well we went a bit crazy on birthday cake desserts.

We did birthday funfetti dip,
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Click here for the recipe

Birthday cake rice crispy treats,
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And chocolate chip cookie dip. It pains me how delicious this is, and I am unable to gobble it down!
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Click here for the recipe

Also we had sweet potato/potato salad. It was fantastic I made this recipe up after having something similar on our family vacation! I will share later this week! It was so good my husband said to save it for ourselves. My inner party planner butted in and told him, “Nopers!”
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Because my alter ego, who is a perfectionist, took over this weekend there was little help required of my daughter in the kitchen. She helped with some of the decorations: the mushrooms, the flowers with eyes, painting the cards and characters, the mome raths, and the cylindrical paper lanterns. But as a do it all mom I wanted to share these with you!20121202-190454.jpg

All in all it was a great day! And I am giving my alter ego time off till Christmas at which point she will return with vengeance.

Thanks for reading this blog from Tweedle Dee and Alice!

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