Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!

(If you haven't signed up for my book giveaway on the "Faith" page, head on over there. I've extended the deadline to Monday!!)
Future Wildcats on the K-State campus last fall.
I'm typing this at 5:45 a.m., and have already done a quiet little rock star jump (can't wake a house full of snoring boys!). Why??? Because it's FRIDAY!!.....and, because we are just one day away from
Can you tell I'm excited?? I'm so excited that I rose early to organize the lesson plans for our school day (We LOVE "science fridays." This semester our text is Blood and Guts.  We're studying the human body! (TMI too early? So sorry!!) Not only did I prep the lesson, I also prepped a little yum-yum, sumpin' sumpin' for Satadaaaayyyy!!!
The boys of fall with their granny after the Fight Breast Cancer football game last fall.
You have to make these caramel bars right now.  Because they are amazing, that is why!!  My hubby's mamma used to make them for her family and I passed out the first time I tried them.  Steve won some major brownie points in my heart because of those irresistible num-nums.  I busted out a batch for my crew for tomorrow...AND... because I LOVE you all I'm sharing the recipe with ya!!! (Go ahead, do the dance.)

Following the Caramel Bars, I've linked up a few other recipes that we'll be trying out this football season. P.S. - These are uber yummy.  Don't try to substitute random things like applesauce or tree bark to make them healthy or low-fat so that you can eat the whole pan.  Just eat a small peace and burn it off doing cheerleader jumps during the game.  Or, you can make-out with your hubby on commercials  (if you're alone of course!), I heard that burns a lot of calories too. Okie-doky?
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1 cup butter, melted 
2 cups quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 14oz. package caramels
1/2 cup evaporated milk
6 oz. chocolate chips (Or, just dump a bunch on.  It's just the right thing to do, really.)
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine melted butter, flour oats, brown sugar, soda and salt.  Press 1/2 mixture into 9 x 13" pan and bake for 10 minutes.  Melt caramels in evaporated milk over low heat.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Remove oat mixture from oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans.  Spread caramel mixture over nut mixture.  Top with remaining oat mixture.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely before inhaling. :) Enjoy!!!

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And now here's a few of the recipes that I have lined up for the rest of the season...
Really?? Who is gonna say no to these?? Make a double batch!!
I'm thinkin' about making some caramelized onions for those who have an aversion to fungi.
What can I say?? This hot wings and beer lovin' mamma is pretty stoked to make it!
An oldie but a goodie....especially when the weather gets cold!
Okay, this is the recipe I always use to make P.P. and it's super-yummy (except I use a BBQ pork rub to season the meat instead of the listed ingredients, because I'm lazy and it's simpler!)
I think I'll add some pineapple, green apples, grapes and nanners to the platter!
I had these at a tail-gate last fall and need a re-peat this season!
For the lady football fans in our family. Mmmmm-Hmmmmm!!



  1. You made awoke the football fan in me Susan!! Luca just started flag football, for the past 3 weeks it has been a struggle, he hasn't been a fan. I kept telling him football is so much fun. But on Monday we hit paydirt, he LOVES football. He said this morning I wish I had football practice today. Your timing is perfect for me to start new traditions for our family! I always loved to play football with my 4 brothers growing up, then I loved cheering for football. Last year Baylor football got be hooked. (No football at Creighton) So thanks for your great ideas. It's a new day at the Bell house.

  2. I don't know about football but I do love food. Your caramel bars look delicious and pretty easy peasy to make - so I'll give them a go and looking forward to the Potato Skins recipe.

    New blog hop follower here.
    Hope you can stop by for a visit sometime.

  3. I will be trying those carmel bars for my book club meeting next week. While not one of my boys plays football, they are avid spectators. They are very excited for the season to start.

  4. I love the carmel bars! We call them Carmelitas and they are one of my favorites! Actually, all of that food is making me hungry! We are big college football lovers too and I'm so excited that it is football season again! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back from What's Cooking in the Burbs. Have a great weekend! :)

  5. On the countdown with ya, friend and lovin' the recipes on your football season menu. I'm going to have to add some of those to our Saturday menu too!


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