The Husbands Cooks Wednesdays

by Cate on December 1, 2005

… except on nights that he comes in the door at 8 pm. Tonight, my parents started a new tradition with Nicholas. They took him to the “yellow star store,” as he calls it (more commonly known as Toys ‘R Us), to let him pick out some of his Christmas presents. He definitely had fun, and came home with a pre-Christmas gift, a Boohbah. I know I’m going to be hearing the “Boooooooohbaaaaaaaah” in my sleep tonight.

Ended up getting take-out tonight from Papa Johns for dinner. I’ve been itching to try a slice of Hawaiian pizza; you know, the kind with BBQ chicken and pineapple. Unfortunately, I’ve never met anyone adventurous enough to try it with me, but tonight I finally got my chance. Their very-small pizzas are only 5 bucks, so I figured this was my big opportunity, and, you know, it wasn’t half-bad. For the less-adventurous, I got our standard black olive pizza, and added bacon to it. Nicholas devoured two whole slices and a breadstick … guess shopping for Christmas presents worked up an appetite. And then he topped it off with two pieces of their cinnamon pizza, finishing the evening with fruit snacks, pretzels and apple juice as his in-bed snack. Maybe we can finally fill out that little belly of his. ;)

Those Sour Cream Berry Bars were a big hit at both my office and The Neighbors’ office today. Our tray was completely obliterated. I snuck two myself. Delicious, and a definite repeater. They are fully of berry goodness, and cut really neatly, and I’m a stickler for that.

OK folks, all for tonight. I’m making it an early one. Today started with a flat tire and a flooded basement and was beyond nuts at work. The perfect kinda day to end with a Pina Colada, which is exactly what I’m doing.

Tune in tomorrow to see the latest nomination for New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursday and the round-up of McDonalds Worldwide. I’ve gotten a bunch of pictures and commentary in already, and it’s been quite an education seeing what’s on the menu boards at McDonalds around the country. Don’t miss it!

Sour Cream Berry Bars
Base and Topping
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda

Filling
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
24 oz. dried mixed berries

Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine brown sugar and butter; blend well. Add 1-1/2 cups flour, oats and baking soda; mix until crumbs form. Press half of crumb mixture in bottom of lightly greased 15x10x1 baking pan (I used 10×13); reserve remaining mixture for topping. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine all filling ingredients except berries; mix well. Stir in berries. Remove pan from oven. Pour filling mixture over partially baked crust. Crumble and sprinkle remaining half of crumb mixture over filling. Return to oven. Bake an additional 25-35 minutes or until center is set. Cool 1-1/2 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

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Ana December 1, 2005 at 3:09 am

Hi!!
I am going to Brazil next week and am was planning on taking a picture of the McDonalds there (in Sao Paulo) to send you. Is the Mc Donalds thing only for this week or I can still send you a picture some time next week?!
Thanks for the Sour Cream Bar Recipe, reading you say it was so good made me want to try it! Looks like it is easy to make, so I may try it in the future! (and the “to try” pile of recipes never comes to an end…. hehehe!)
Ana

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amateur December 1, 2005 at 6:04 pm

I’m VERY curious to see the McDonald’s post. As did Ana, I also thought of when I was in Brazil and the differences in menus there.
I like the pina colada idea too ;)

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Cate December 2, 2005 at 3:14 am

Ana – the round-up was all during November, but, by all means, send in your Brazil snaps and info when you get back and I’ll post it. I know what you mean about the neverending “to try” pile … it’s like it doubles while I’m sleeping!

Amateur — Next up … Strawberry Coladas… mmmmm.

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