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}

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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.” …..so 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

Directions:

IMG_3099Melt butter & combine with graham cracker crumbs.
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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).