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We’re all curled up in front of the fireplace this snowy afternoon. Belle’s under the weather, so a lot of Modern Family going on.

My great-grandmother who came over from Serbia knitted the stockings above, and the Steve felt stocking was made by my dad’s grandmother for him. We feel very lucky to have these.

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Today holiday baking really begins! Lil Buddy and I tromped through the snow to cut out gingerbread cookies with Grammy. And the ones above, adapted from the Tassajara Lunches, Picnics and Appetizers cookbook,, racketed to the top of our new favorites. It’s super quick and easy to make (and Lil Buddy doesn’t even know they’re gluten-free).

Peanut-Chocolate Bars

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

Chocolate Topping

3/4 cups mixed semi-sweet chips and unsweetened baking chocolate

3 T butter

1/8 cup white sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix all Bar ingredients. Spread evenly in baking pan.

Bake for approx 13-15 minutes until golden brown on edges. Allow to cool.

Topping

In microwave-safe measuring cup, combine all Topping ingredients and zap at 30-second intervals, stirring between, until all are melted. Spread evenly on top of Bars.

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Belle’s Barley Hat--finished! She has made her old mom extremely happy by wearing it nonstop since the bind-off. It’s in Knitcircus Yarns’ Harlequin DK in Tiny Princess.

Tonight; fudge, sugar cookies, GF chocolate-vanilla pinwheels and caroling with our neighbors. I love that. My voice is perfect for caroling, since I’m good at knowing the words and singing enthusiastically and it’s best if nobody can really hear the non-tune-carrying.

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The plow still hasn’t gotten to our street, so Buppa and Lil Buddy just got to try some cross-country skiing right out the front door. We’re so happy to be cozy inside; I hope that everyone on the road today is able to get there safely.

Take care,

Jaala


December 22, 2013 by Knitcircus

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