Christmas {The Highlight Reel}

Since I wasn’t blogging during Christmas time I thought I would show a highlight reel!

Graham Cracker Toffee:
IMG_2781 IMG_2804Pecan Pie Bars:

(I used this recipe and it is amazing!  The only thing I did differently is that I used wax paper instead of foil…MUCH easier!)IMG_2761 IMG_2777 IMG_2821DIY Photo Coasters (Gave as Xmas gifts):
IMG_2686 IMG_2817 IMG_2834Cinnamon Rolls:IMG_3118IMG_3124 IMG_3125IMG_2162Butter Cookies:

(I got lazy and just cut them instead of using cute cookie cutters)
IMG_3151IMG_3157 IMG_3158 IMG_3177Molasses Cookies:IMG_3154 IMG_3169A few personal photos:
IMG_2127E’s First snow
IMG_2155 She passed out in Dad’s office following Christmas Eve ServiceIMG_2173Christmas Day E got this little buggy and loved it!IMG_2184 I got the Target Bar Cart from my hubby!  I LOVE IT!

Hope you all had an amazing and blessed Christmas!

Magic Bars : {7 Layer Bars}


Growing up my mom always made the same few sweets for Christmas: Cinnamon Rolls, 7 layer bars, and butter cookies.  When I became an adult I took over the tradition.  But when I did I realized the so called “7 Layer Bars” don’t have 7 layers.  Thus the name needed to be changed.  A friend of mine saw the ingredients laying out one day and said “oh yum, magic bars.” … lets go with that name haha.  These are great bars to make as gifts…I usually do for christmas!

Ingredients: (Makes Bars..feel free to cut it in half!)

-12×18 Sheet cake pan

-2 Boxes of graham cracker crumbs

-3 Sticks of salted butter

-1 Bag of 24oz chocolate chips (you can add more if desired or other flavor chips)

-6 cups of walnuts (chopped/pieces)

-2 14oz bags of sweetened shredded coconut

-7 Cans of sweetened condensed milk


IMG_3099Melt butter & combine with graham cracker crumbs.
IMG_3103Pour graham into pan and spread and press into an even level with a rubber spatula.

IMG_3107IMG_3109Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crumbs.IMG_3110Add chocolate chips, then pour 1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk over the chips.IMG_3111Pour coconut next (I used a little less than the 2 bags).  IMG_3113Cover coconut with 1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk.IMG_3115Then add the last layers: walnut pieces and then cover with 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk.  (You really want the walnuts to be completely coated).

IMG_3198Then bake for approx. 45 min. at 350.  Honestly sometimes I bake them for longer at 325 but just watch them.  You want the walnuts to look cooked and golden brown like above…once that happens the bars are done.

IMG_3204Let cool completely before cutting into bars. (I usually prepare mine in the evening and let them cool covered overnight).