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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy News and Sweet Saturday!

Happy Saturday, dear friends! :o)

Firstly, I'm so honored to share that the incredible ladies at Cooking With Cricut loved my Sowing Seeds of Love card and named me a Top Chef! I am ecstatic and over the moon with joy. It always feels extra amazing upon discovering a card was so well received. Thank you so much! :o)

Secondly, a brief update! I feel awful that my blog has not been terribly active the past couple of weeks. I've been so drained and exhausted from busy-beeness, stress, and injury issues that I've been unable to get much done. I miss being able to visit everyone on a daily basis, and of course miss sharing my own creations. It appears as though I'm nearly over the hump, so I hope to be back in the crafty zone super soon! I'll be heading away for a mini weekend getaway in a couple short hours, so I'm sure that'll help ease some pains. Plus, tonight is the Josh Groban concert and I'm fairly certain that it will fix everything. ;) Hehe! Love and hugs to all who have sent me encouraging messages during this down time. I *heart* you!

Thankfully I have a quick little recipe to share with you, so not all is lost this week! This is one of those desserts you can make speedy-like and enjoy a mere 30 minutes later. It's ideal for those busy days when you still want to make a homemade treat for everyone (or just yourself... I won't tell!). Perfectly in tune with the past couple of weeks, this picture was taken in such a rush that it's from my phone as opposed to my lovely camera. My "food styling" consisted of shoving aside anything too distracting and hoping for the best. ;) That's just how life can be, right?

I give you.... Peanut Butter Cup Bars! (Essentially a giant Reese's PB cup!)

These are SO delicious... and with how quickly it comes together, I was originally amazed at how authentic they taste. To be honest, once I started making these I sort of stopped eating the actual Reese's PB Cups. I kid you not! These are just that tasty... and easy.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Yield: 16 bars

½ cup unsalted butter
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup unsalted butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

Line an 8x8-inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides. Butter the foil and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the ½ cup of unsalted butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs until completely combined and smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

In the now-empty saucepan, melt the ¼ cup of unsalted butter. Add the chocolate and stir until almost completely melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth into an even layer.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Using the foil overhangs, remove from the pan and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Thank you so much for swinging by today! I hope to be back super dooper soon with a heartfelt creation that sparkles all over the place. :o) Have a gorgeous weekend, my sweet friends!



  1. Congratulations on being named a Top Chef this week! You did such a great job on that card! Your Peanut Butter Cup Bars look delicious! They look even tastier than a Reese's PB cup. Have a great time at the concert! :)


  2. After spending an exhausting day yesterday scrubbing grime from our new house, I came home discouraged and cranky, knowing I would have to do it all over again the next day, just in different rooms. And then I remembered, it's SWEET SATURDAY!!! Thank you for giving me something to look forward to every week, my sweet-loving friend. :)

    And you did not disappoint. Your PB cup bars look scrumptious! Unfortunately, my little Luke has a peanut allergy, so I can't make them "as is". BUT I am already working out how to make them with a PB substitute. I MUST try them!

    I am so happy to hear you're nearing the end of your craziness. Know that you have been missed. Your creations (crafty and sweets) never fail to bring a smile to my day. Thanks for taking the time to leave me such uplifting comments. :) Enjoy your concert tonight - I am so excited for you!!! :) :) :)

    Hugs, Nita

  3. Yum!! I love peanut butter cups. I could probably eat that whole pan! 30 minutes to make, 30 minutes to eat, 10 minutes to clear the dishes and any other evidence- no one has to know! LOL! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Yummy...I love peanut butter cups! I should say thanks for sharing but if I make these I will eat them ALL~ so really?!?! You had to share such a yummy recipe?!! LOL Just kidding!
    Thanks so much for sharing..I am always looking for fast, easy recipes for those last minute get togethers :)

  5. *sees PB amazingness*
    *starts to feel a mega craving come on*
    *tries desperately to resist the urge*
    *gives in and races to the kitchen in search of anything and everything peanut buttery to keep me going until I get to actually make my sis's recipe*

    ARRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! You are torturing me!!!!!!!!! TEE HEE HEE! I NEED THOSE!!! They are picture perfect!!!

    May God bless my sweetest Sunshine on her extra special concert night and shower her in endless magical moments!!! I love you soooooo much sis and tonight I'll be right there with you in my heart hugglering you silly as the lights go down and he walks out on that stage for the first time. AHHHHHHHHHH!!! An ultimate blessing and dream come true!

    P.S. Behave yourself Sunshine. *wink, wink* Don't totally squisher Josh, ok? We need him in one piece and breathing so we can still have more albums in the future. TEE HEE HEE!

    *endless concertness night hugglers* I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. We make these too and they are really good!! Have a wonderful time at your concert:)) I know you will! I am glad you are felling better. I just said a prayer for you sweet lady. Hugs, Pam at

  7. Hi Karen, those look so amazingly delish my friend. You rock!! ~Shen

  8. Karen, just so you know..... I broke down and made the Peanut Butter Cup Bars last night! My family and I LOVED them. They were delicious! Thanks again for sharing the recipe. :D


  9. Yummy Karen, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us! I am glad to hear you are feeling better and that wonderful news on making Top Chef surely helps. That is a lovely card, one of my favorites!
    Take good care my friend. It's been crazy busy for me too!
    Sabrina :)

  10. Congratulations again on being a Top Chef, Karen! Soo deserved :) I'm glad you are feeling better and things are getting back to normal, my sparkly friend. I hope you had a GREAT time on your mini weekend getaway and at the concert!! And thanks for this amazing looking recipe! Actually, I hate peanut butter, even the smell, but I LOVE Reeces Cups (yes, I know - strange!) So I am definitely going to give these a try :)



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