I feel like I've been running ninety to nothing for several months now, and the disturbing thing for me is that I don't feel like I have it all together like when I was younger.
Like last year when I was only forty.
Moving, projects, life, a brush with death, and, oh yeah, launching my photography business last month have really worn me down. (Live in the area and have a senior? I would love to do their portraits. Pick me! Pick me!)
So hubby and I decided to get away for a few days to the ginormous town of Excel, Alabama, and spend some much needed quiet time at Beulah Camp, where I was without the internet for four whole days.
It's okay. I'm fine. Really.
FYI: It actually does a soul good to be without the internet for a few days.
|Atticus Finch will always hold a special place in my heart.|
And since Excel is really close to Monroeville, we took a little excursion over there to check out that historic little town. Monroeville is home to Pulitzer prize winning author Harper Lee, and the town was used as a model for the fictional town, Maycomb, in her book To Kill A Mockingbird. Both Richard and I were under the impression that the entire movie was shot there, but our bubbles were busted when we were told that it was actually filmed in Hollywood. They did, however, use the Monroe County courthouse as a model for the courthouse set that they constructed in Hollywood for the movie.
We still had fun being all tourist-y, plus we had a really good lunch at the Courthouse grill.
|This is a picture of me for my dad. My dad just recently discovered my blog. Hi Dad!|
I did manage to find some time to experiment in the kitchen recently, though. These bars are a version of the the Brown Sugar-Biscoff bars I did a while back. They have a gooey middle and kind of a crackly top, like lemon bars. I had to restrain myself.
-My daughter said they should be sweeter. I disagree. I liked them the way they were. But if you'd like a sweeter bar, I suggest increasing the sugar in the filling by 1/4 to 1/2 cup.
-These were puffed and set at about 25 minutes in my oven, which is much less time than the Biscoff bars took in the oven in my old house. Start checking them at about 23 minutes.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients on low to medium speed just until mixture is evenly mixed and moist. (It will start clumping together.) Dump into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Press mixture onto bottom of pan in an even layer. (Use wet fingers if mixture sticks to skin.) Prick 6-8 times with a fork, then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown around edges.
Meanwhile, beat the ingredients for the filling on medium speed until smooth. When crust is done, pour mixture evenly over crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until middle is puffed and just set. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into bars.
*Increase sugar in filling by 1/4 to 1/2 cup for a sweeter bar.