Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars AKA: Carmelitas

During the holidays when everyone is baking their holiday cookies and exchanging cookies with friends and families, I am usually the one who is stammering away . . . um . . . I don't bake . . . apologies, but . . .  um . . . thanks for the cookies! I can bake . . . but I don't enjoy baking.

Unless, it is something I love . . . something that doesn't resemble a holiday cookie . . . which I don't like to eat, because I have yet to find a holiday cookie that tastes good to me. I know, scandalous.

I'm the type of gal who loves chocolate, but it has to be good chocolate . . . I'm a gal who loves brownie, but it has to be the best, over-the-top brownie, no ordinary brownie will do for me. I love a good oatmeal bar as well . . . but it has to be the gooiest oatmeal bar on the planet Earth. And I just happen to have the best, the gooiest, the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat in your life . . . and I am not kidding.

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas

Introducing Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars AKA Carmelitas . . .

Ingredients

  • 32 caramel squares, unwrapped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate morsels
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line your baking dish with parchment paper for easier removal. The caramel can get sticky.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Add flour, oats, and baking soda. Mix until combined.
  3. Divide the cookie mixture in half and pat half of the mix into the bottom of your lined baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes and remove.
  4. While baking, combine the caramels and heavy cream and stir until completely smooth. Can also be melted in the microwave, just stir after every 30 seconds being careful not to let it burn.
  5. Sprinkle the two different chocolate chips over the parting baked crust. Pour caramel mixture over the chocolate chips and crumble remaining oatmeal dough on top.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. This is important as you do not want a smoochy bar, but one that you can take a big bite out of. You can flash freeze if you like. *The caramel does take a bit of time to cool.
Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas

Now, here is the ooey gooey goodness again . . . and did I not tell you it would be the best, the gooiest, the most delicious cookie bar you will ever eat in your life? They are . . . I ate like five of them once they were cool . . . and then I was in a caramel coma, but oh, so satisfied!

Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars aka Carmelitas

This is the type of cookie I would happily bake and exchange with anyone! now, go out, buy all these ingredients, and bake these up yourselves and let me know what you think.

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What Are Your Streaming Plans Tonight? #StreamTeam

Got any plans tonight?

Now you do!

Netflix #StreamTeam

Watch your favorite television shows on Netflix! Every morning my girls get up and they look at me with big sleepy face eyes and ask ?  "Can we Netflix?" Without fail. They love to scan through and catch up on all their favorite animal shows. In fact, right now, they are watching The House of Magic. The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

Netflix House of Magic #StreamTeam
House of Magic Netflix #StreamTeam

Like most movies and television shows with animals, there is an underlying theme in place. Thunder in the House of Magic is an animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and will appeal to the entire families, but especially your children. Aside from the cute factor, all these lovely animal movies and shows make loyal companions to your children and can deliver important lessons on courage, protection and love.

Netflix Puss in Boots #StreamTeam

Netflix has a plethora of animal-inspired titles to stream. This includes the world's greatest feline fighter, whose swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on Jan. 16 (THIS FRIDAY).

Netflix Annie #StreamTeam

I took my daughters to see Annie at the movies last week and they both replied, "I didn't like it as much as I thought I would". So I said, 'oh you must watch the original on Netflix'. So we streamed Annie and her loveable dog, Sandy . . . and they've been singing songs every since!

Here are some of our other favorite animal series and movies that we stream in our home.

Netflix Jumanji #StreamTeam
Netflix Red Dog #StreamTeam
Netflix Hachi #StreamTeam
Netflix The Adventures of Milo & Otis #StreamTeam

You really can't go wrong with any movie or television show that features an animal. They are always so engaging and delightful. But mainly, there is always an encouraging message that prompted discussion afterwards. My girls are always asking me after a favorite animal flick . . . can we have a pet like such and such. 

If I said yes to every request . . . I'd be living in a zoo now!

How about you? What are some of your favorite animal shows or movies to stream with your children?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids

Game Day Snickers Sweets & Treats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

Kicking off your game day party with sweets and treats is the way to go this year. I will have you scoring a touchdown with these amazing sweets and treats for your perfect big game day party. These sweets will give your guests the sugar high they need to cheer on their teams to victory or numb the pain of defeat.

Game Day Snickers Sweets & Treats #BigGameDayTreats
My husband is a huge game day fan. He can be caught shouting at the television, jumping for joy at a particular move and eating all the food I put in front of him. I may not be a huge fan of the big games, but I can provide tasty treats and sweets all days long for my husband, our friends, our family and my children. Snacks for the adults, SNICKERS® treats for everyone and sweets for the kiddos, especially Skittles® and Starburst® in all our favorite team colors.
Game Day Snickers Skittles Starburst Sweets & Trreats #BigGameTreats

Everyone gets so excited about all the great food served during game day, but they always forget to highlight the best foods to serve. I put equal weight into the foods and snacks as I do the yummy desserts for my guests! Here is a great recipe of an all time American favorite.

Game Day Snickers Sweets & Treats #BigGameDayTreats

SNICKERS® Cheesecake

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameTreats
Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameTreats

Cheesecakes are among the most decadent of desserts, best savored slowly in between game day plays. They are easy to make as they consist of eggs, sugar and cheese. The difficulty lies in the baking of the cake made of cheese. One can not simply poke a toothpick into a cheesecake to see if it is done baking. Instead, you must simply eyeball it and pull it from the oven thinking that it is clearly, visibly, not done--but it is!

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameDayTreats
Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #GameDayTreats

SNICKERS® Cheesecake Recipe

For the Crust:

  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies (whole)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:

  • 32 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 30 mini SNICKERS® bars, quartered (you will need an entire bag of 19.50 oz of Mini SNICKERS®)
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce

For the Topping:
Whipped Cream
Chopped 
SNICKERS® bars
Hot fudge sauce
Hot Caramel sauce

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameDayTreats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

The Crust: Place the chocolate wafer cookies in a food processor until ground into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture is evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture evenly and firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan(BE SURE to line with parchment paper first)and bake for 10 minutes in your preheated oven. Remove from oven and line pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Reduce over to 300 degrees.

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameDayTreats

The Cheesecake: Blend the cream cheese and sugar on low to medium speed (do not use  high speed as this will cause your cheesecake to crack whilst baking) until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg whites one at a time, beating well until well blended. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and beat until well combined, still using low speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped SNICKERS bars. Pour ½ of the cheesecake filling on top of the crust. Pour the chocolate and the caramel sauce on the filling and swirl sauces to combine into the filling. Pour the remaining cheesecake filling on top. Tap the spring-form pan on the counter to release any bubbles that may have formed.

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameTreats

Place your aluminum wrapped spring-form pan in another pan and fill ½ way with warm water. (the water should not go above the aluminum foil) Bake for 1½ hour, or until the edges are set, but the middle still jiggles a little. Turn the oven off and leave the door ajar. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for approximately another 20-30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from the water and set on a wire rack to cool completely. Once completely cool, place in refrigerate until firm (best if overnight).

Game Day Snickers Cheesecake Recipe #BigGameTreats

The Topping: Remove the spring-form pan side and top the cheesecake with whipped cream, chopped SNICKERS bars and drizzles of hot fudge and hot caramel sauces.


SNICKERS® CHOCOLATE PAVLOVA

Game Day Snickers Pavlova Recipe #BigGameDayTreats
Game Day Snickers Pavlova #BigGameDayTreats

You can not beat a pavlova at a party. The crisp and chewy meringue base, rich in cocoa and beaded nuggets of Snickers : it is a killer combination. If you have never had a pavlova, now is the perfect time to bake one up in your kitchen. Pavlova's are super simple to make and usually only made in the summer time. However, I adore pavlova for their simplicity and their celebratory look. It looks like a meringue, but has this delicious chewy center that will have you diving for another slice. Since a Pavlova is so heavenly, you can bet there will not be any leftovers. Which is good, because a Pavlova loaded up with whip cream will lost its crispness by the next day.

Game Day Snickers Sweets & Treats #BigGameTreats

SNICKERS® Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Game Day Snickers Pavlova Recipe #BigGameDayTreats

For the base:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

For the Topping:

  • cups heavy cream
  • 5-10 SNICKERS® - chopped coarsely
Game Day Snickers Pavlova Recipe #BigGameDayTreats

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Beat the egg whites until satiny peaks form, and then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny. Sprinkle over the cocoa and vinegar and then gently fold everything until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in. Mound on to a baking sheet in three 6 inch circles, smoothing the sides and top. Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 300ºF and cook for about one to one and a quarter hours. When it's ready it should look crisp around the edges and on the sides and be dry on top. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly, and let the chocolate meringues cool completely.

Game Day Snickers Pavlova Recipe #BigGameTreats

Once cooled, place one meringue on a plate or serving platter. Whisk the cream until thick and place a few tablespoons on top of the meringue. Continue on with each meringue layer until you have used all three. Coarsely chop the SNICKERS® and sprinkle haphazardly over the top.


SNICKERS Overload Milkshake

Game Day Snickers Overload Milkshake Recipe #BigGameDayTreats

Everyone needs something to wash down all the big Game day snacks and what could be better than a chocolate milkshake. A sweet, cold beverage to satiate anyone's thirst. When I was a kid, we could order milkshakes at the local counters of dime stores. But my kids are missing out this adventure, so I make them amazing SNICKERS Overload Milkshakes at home and serve them in fun glasses.

Game Day Snickers Overload Milkshake Recipe  #BigGameDayTreats

SNICKERS® Overload Milkshake Recipe

  • ½ quart vanilla bean ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • whip cream
  • SNICKERS® -chopped coarsely
Game Day Snickers Overload Milkshake Recipe #BigGameDayTreats
Game Day Snickers Milkshake Recipe #BigGameTreats

Spoon the ice cream and put it in a blender. Pour in chocolate sauce and milk and blend until you get the desired consistency. Pour into cool small bottles or shot glasses and garnish with whip cream and the chopped SNICKERS.

Game Day Snickers Milkshake Recipe #BigGameTreats

ENJOY!

SNICKERS, Skittles and Starburst #BigGameTreats

Game Day Snickers Sweets & Treats #BigGameDayTreats

One thing I DO love about big game days is the food! Fun game day food and entertaining friends and family is one of my favorite things. I probably won't be able to tell you much about what a 1st and 10 is, but I can tell you there are some fabulous Game Day Sweets & Treats recipes to make your Big Game Day extra special, especially using SNICKERS, Skittles®, or Starburst®.  Be sure to head to your local Walmart, like I did, to pick up all your Big Game Day ingredients to make your Snacks, Treats and Sweets!

BIG GAME SWEEPSTAKES

While you are thinking about Walmart, you should enter their sweepstakes as well. From January 21-31, enter to win by purchasing 1 qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to biggame AT drvsusa DOT com. 14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, visit drvsusa
Game Day Snickers, Skittles, Starburst Sweets & Treats #BigGameDayTreats

Are you about the football or the food? Or both? What is your favorite game day snack?

Resolutions Are Meant To Be Broken

Happy New Year! 2015! Can you believe it? Where did 2014 go? I am excited to make 2015 a great year for myself and my family! However, one thing I will not be doing is making any resolutions.

Do you resolute? I do not, have not, will not can not and simply won't!

Resolutions are meant to be broken. At least by me! I do however, make yearly goals. I set out last year to be a better mom, better wife, better teacher, better blogger and I accomplished all those things. This year, my goals are exactly the same.

What are some of your goals this year? Need some help? Here are some things worth remembering as we kick start 2015!

Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering
Tiaras & Tantrums Words Worth Remembering


2014 in Review {with Images}

JANUARY I finally dove into Photoshop after digging in my heals for years . . . this was my first full edit in PS.

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FEBRUARY I took the girls to our church to channel their inner Lindsey Stirling with their violins.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

MARCH It was a bitter cold month of winter in Chicago and we did not venture out or go far.

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APRIL I was finally getting comfortable in PS! And we popped out for some spring weather.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

MAY Tried my hand at free lensing! Still adore this image. Spring was late this year and we were finally able to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air everyday. We hatched some chicks and wrapped up school.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

JUNE I was enjoying the summer after a long, rough year of home educating three children. I made the decision to move ahead and only homeschool the girls; a sad, but good one. The girls and I spent a week in very hot Kentucky at a sleep away camp with our troop, not something I want to do again (but guess who is? and hosting her very own camp as the director, pray for me!).

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

JULY We attended local fairs and carnivals and thoroughly enjoyed a lovely hot July. I took a large number of images this month and looking back, sadly, edited very few.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography
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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

AUGUST We finished up our summer with more fun and sun and back to school. The girls were back to the academy mid month and my son went to private school at the end of the moth for the first time in three years. I was sad, but oddly, the days run much smoother with him out of our new homeschool classroom.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

I also said yes to a client and took some images of a newly engaged couple. I loved how they turned out! I usually tell everyone no as I am just too busy. I need to stop doing that because I had a great time!

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SEPTEMBER I was neck deep in home educating my girls, helping out at the academy, volunteering at my son's school and working! And we hatched some quails! They are so cute! But brutal little beasts when fully grown!

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography
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OCTOBER We were feeling the fall weather arrive and I was loving the colors. We spent some time at our favorite apple orchard again. We headed out for a beach vacation and all had a wonderful time.

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Tiaras & Tantrums Photography
Tiaras & Tantrums Photography
Tiaras & Tantrums Photography

NOVEMBER Came in with a storm of cold air that surprised us all. We nearly froze over Thanksgiving whilst visiting family. But celebrated with joy and thankfulness for a wonderful year.

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DECEMBER Came quickly and went just as quickly. I was ill prepared and really not in the mood to be bothered with Christmas this year. (How sad is that?) The girls finished up their semester at the academy with perfect report cards and we are all taking a much needed break from home educating. They had several orchestra recitals and played at the midnight service on Christmas Eve at our church. This photo below here, one of five that I took on Christmas morning . . . that is it! I'm thinking I was sort of a scrooge this year.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can't believe it is 2015 already!

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About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

NYE Party Inspiration

Who's ready to pop the bubbly? (I would if I drank, right?) We are gearing up for an end-of-the-year celebration here filled with confetti, sparkle, sips and dips and loads of fun! I am no longer scrambling with the Silly Season; but am happily and peacefully dreaming counting down the last few moments of 2014.

NYE Party Inspiration
NYE Party Inspiration
NYE Party Inspiration
NYE Party Inspiration

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What are you planning for the New Year - 2015?!

DIY Holiday Mason Jar Gift

Simple Christmas Gift: Homemade Holiday Inspiration

Christmas gifts for teachers are not always easy to locate, especially when you have loads of teachers to purchase for. I have three children and they all have many teachers. My girls have six teachers each at their academy and my son has eight teachers at his school. My oldest two have catechism teachers and they all have music teachers. Loads of teacher gifts to purchase over here.

Christmas Mason Jar Gift

So, I love to think of something useful for the teachers instead of something they will toss in a corner, or worse, in the trash bin. This year, I decided to give a Christmas Mason Jar Gift. Mason Jars can be filled will virtually anything, jams, treats, homemade cookies, homemade ingredients . . . whatever you like.

Using mason jars as drinking glasses is something we have done in my house for years (remember I did grow up on a farm); but it is quite catching on right now.  A mason gift jar is a fun gift AND it is super easy to put together, and very reasonable in cost.  Mason jars can be themed for any season or holiday, and they're perfect for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and any other celebration! 

Cupcake liners can be used as the lid and fun themed picks can be added in as well. Cupcake liners are inexpensive, and are available in so many different themes and colors. They are an easy way to incorporate the colors you want for any party, celebration, or gathering. If you are  like me and have loads of teachers to purchase for, one jar is a perfect gift, with the cupcake liner on it, and filled with yummy Christmas treats...

Christmas Mason Jar Gift

so . .  here are the Christmas Mason Jar gifts I(my kids) gave to all the children's teachers . . .

Want to make your own Christmas Mason Jar gift? It’s so easy and doesn’t have to be expensive at all! You may already have a lot of the supplies you need for this easy DIY gift on hand.

Christmas Mason Jar Gift

Materials:

  • one medium mason jar 
  • ribbon and/or baker’s twine
  • cupcake liners
  • matching themes picks
  • gift card
  • small coffee sample
  • small sweetened beverage refresher
Christmas Mason Jar Gift
Christmas Mason Jar Gift
Christmas Mason Jar Gift
Christmas Mason Jar Gift
Christmas Mason Jar Gift
Christmas Mason Jar Gift

Now you have a unique, handmade gift that's perfect for a teacher gift, hostess gift or a gift for a friend or family member. The unique, handmade gift in a mason jar is ready to give to anyone!

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Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins

first posted on Dec 26, 2012

Did you Journal Your Christmas this year? I hope you did. You will have such lovely memories to look back upon in later years.

I wanted to post the remainders of my finished pages before I 'journaled' them.

Here are the first 10 pages.

Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins
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Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins
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Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins
Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins
Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins
Journal Your Christmas Part II Using Teresa Collins

The products that I used were from Teresa Collins product line Christmas Cottage. I also used various embellishments that I had on hand from previous years journaling.

Journal Your Christmas with Teresa Collins

I am thrilled to begin my December Daily album. I began journaling my way through the Christmas holidays when my son was born so I would remember every moment.  A few years ago I decided to make a scrapbook for the entire month and discovered that others had the same idea. What a treat to see what other scrapbookers come up with for their December Daily Scrapbook.

I couldn’t be more excited to begin this December and this year my girls have decided, they would like to create a December Daily journal as well. I really look forward to this craft project all year long.
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