Summer in a bar! :)

So, I had a great day off yesterday, my husband and I got lots ticked off the 'To Do List' and after yoga, resume writing, letter writing, laundry, post office visits and attempting to try and get my sister, Kelly's, laptop fixed, we were able to have a nice lunch together. I love getting the opportunity to go out and have lunch on a beautiful day, it's just one of those things that makes me smile! In the evening, I even got a head start on scrapbooking, while Chris cooked a delicious dinner of turkey, tomato, basil and whole wheat lasagna, I devoured 2 huge plates full! :) .

Today was to be my more relaxing day off and so it began with finishing up the rest of my scrapbooking, which concluded Chris's first trip to England, a VA trip and Easter. Thanks to Doodlebug Designs, it's bursting with colour and I love it! I'm excited to begin getting the pages and stickers prepped for Summer, I may also need a new scrapbook or have to add a few more pages to this one too! :) I then proceeded to do my DDP Yoga, which over the past few weeks I have thoroughly been enjoying and getting really stuck into. I moved on to 'Below the belt' this morning which was the longest session I have done yet, at 28 minutes. It was pretty challenging but really fun to do. I can feel myself becoming more flexible and toned as the days go by and I just can't say enough great things about it! DDP you are awesome! :) I do have to give points to Chris for helping me with my inconsistency problem too, he's been steering me in the right direction and we are beating inconsistency's ass together! :p

One of the pages I did today! What an amazing night! :)

5 scrapbooks and counting! :)

One of my goals, as I mentioned yesterday, was working on baking more, especially some of the lovely and often scrumptious looking things I pin on Pinterest. So after a slight hiccup in the middle of dancing the mash potato to The Overtones and pre heating the oven, when the power went off due to work men outside, I managed to whip up these delicious delights! :) The recipe was for Strawberry Oatmeal bars but cherries are my favourite and I happened to have cherry jam in the house and therefore decided to change it up a bit! :) Cherries always make me think of summer and all things fresh. My Nanna and Grandad have two cherry trees in their garden and I have so many dear and fond memories of climbing the trees to pick the cherries and then eating them with a big bowl of Bianco ice cream! :)

Cherry Oatmeal Bars

What you will need:

1 3/4 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups of flour (I used Red Mill, Gluten and Dairy free flour)
1 1/2 cups of oats
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 jar of cherry jam

1 tsp vanilla

What to do:

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease or line a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Mix together butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. (The recipe didn't say vanilla but I thought it would be nice) Now I did this the old fashioned way, like how I make crumble, with my hands, breaking up the butter with my fingertips and mixing it all together. It worked fine but I'm sure you could still use a mixer. :)

Press half of the oat mix into the pan and press firmly. Spread jam on top. Then sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture on top of the jam and gently press down. Again fingertips worked best for me.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until light brown.

Immediately after taking it out of the oven, I lightly sprinkled cinnamon over the top (this is optional and wasn't in the original recipe) and then let it cool completely before cutting it in to bars! :)

On a side note, I lined a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, however, the mixture took up a little over half the pan. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't have enough mixture! Please let me know if you have the same problem or if it was just me! :p Also I used the Gluten and Dairy free flour as Chris is currently experimenting with taking these out of his diet and I thought it would be a tiny bit healthier! :) And one last thing, mine turned out a tiny bit on the gooey side and are therefore a tad tricky to pick up, next time I think I may leave them in for just a few minutes longer or add a bit less butter. But other than that, I have to say that they smell divine and, as they are, I think they would pair perfectly with a bowl of ice cream (apparently you can get dairy free of that too now! :p)

Hope you like them! :)

Getting prepared! The Overtones cd well and truly blasting at this point! :p
Before the oven! :)
Out of the oven! All baked and smelling delicious! :)
Have a wonderful evening! Back to work tomorrow but at least I will have something yummy to share with Kelly for snack! :)
Love Lulu. xx

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