Almond & Oat Granola Bars

“RESPECT YOUR BODY.  EAT WELL.  DANCE FOREVER.”  Eliza Gaynor Minden

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

Let’s talk granola bars.

Crunchy or chewy?

I love all kinds, but for me, I prefer chewy. Granola bars are such a perfect, quick, compact, portable snack .  And I eat them pretty regularly.  There may be some decent store bought brands out there, but there is nothing like home made.  These are hands down, THE BEST, soft, chewy granola bars I have ever tasted!

So good, they were featured as a Delicious Link on theKitchn!

In fact, they are so easy to make, I’m inspired to develop other flavor combinations and make them on a weekly basis!

The problem is, once I’ve created something I love, it’s hard for me to change it up!  These are made with a flavorful combination of oats, almond meal, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and wild berry honey.  But there is one more very special ingredient. [Read more...]

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars

“IN THE SWEETNESS OF FRIENDSHIP LET THERE BE LAUGHTER, AND SHARING OF PLEASURES.”  Kahlil Gibran

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars | From My Sweet Heart

I was once told that online friendships are not real.  Yet if that is so, why do I feel like I would give my last crumb of bread to so many amazing people that I’ve (never) met over the past year?  There are so many people from across the country (and out of the country!) that I can only hope I will have the pleasure of meeting in person one day.  Anna is one of those people.  She is incredibly kind, caring and sweet.  She makes the most amazing baked goods, takes the most beautiful photos and has one of the best blogs out there.  She makes blogging fun with her Chocolate Chip Cookie Mondays and her Blue Ribbon Challenges.  I especially love her 2 ingredient Chocolate Mousse, Buttermilk Blueberry Buckle, and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Brown Butter Icing!  And she is genuine, sincere and REAL!  And guess what?  I’m going over to her place today, and bringing these Cosmopolitan Cocktail Bars that I made for her!

So come with me to visit Anna at Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet.  You will see instantly why I adore her!  And you can find  the recipe for these luscious bars that are flavored with . . . . . [Read more...]

Cherry Almond Pastry Bars

After sitting out last month I am so happy to be back participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Cherry Almond Pastry Bars | From My Sweet Heart

This fun group of cooks, chefs, bakers, bloggers is hosted by Kristen from The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  And every month, Kristen gives us 2 ingredients to incorporate into a recipe of our choice.  Can you guess from the picture what we worked with this month? . . . . . [Read more...]

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing

“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.”  William Cullen Bryant

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

With fall baking comes pies!  Lots of pies!  I love pie and I love making them.  And the finished product is always so impressive.  But when you just want an itty bitty bite…. it’s hard to cut yourself just a little sliver.  You know what I mean!  That piece of pie, which is so tall and full and stands so proud on your plate…..well as delicious as it may be ….it’s reduced to a fruity crumbly mess when you try to cut just a thin slice.  So here is all of the goodness of a pie, in this case pear, in a flatter form.  I’ve cut these into little pie wedges; but you can cut them into bars or squares.  So cut yourself a small piece ….because you’ll still have the bottom crust, the top crust and all that great fruit in between!  And the interesting ingredient in this recipe (at least to me) was…….. [Read more...]