Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

I found this recipe on Pinterest while looking for an easy bar recipe to take to a holiday gathering. They were super simple to make, and are probably the best bars I have tried.


They satisfy the desire for something sweet, while adding that sharp tang from the cranberry which cuts through the sweetness.

That, combines with the ease of making them, what could be better? Not very much in my opinion!



Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars


  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 16 oz jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 Tbls cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray (I used the spray for baking, with the flour in it)
  2. Mix cake mix and oatmeal together in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add melted butter and mix until a crumb forms.
  4. Press two-thirds of the cake mix mixture into the bottom of a prepared pan, reserving the remaining to become the upper crust. Set the pan aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, whip the room temperature cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix to combine. Pour over the top of the prepared crust.
  6. Combine the cranberry sauce and corn starch, then spread over the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the reserved cake mixture over the top of the cranberry sauce, and press down lightly.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  9. Cool completely, let firm up in refrigerator until set, and cut into 24 pieces.

There you have it. A very yummy, tart, and sweet bar to satisfy your sweet tooth!



Anticipating Christmas

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. From the hustle and bustle of the stores, while finding the perfect gift for my loved ones, church Christmas pageants, driving around town looking at Christmas lights (drinking hot chocolate and snacking on popcorn), the candle light service at our church, baking cookies for Santa, putting out food for the Holy Family, and decorating the tree.


Christmas Tree 2013

Christmas is such a special time.

Magical really.

A time to rejoice because God’s plan for salvation will see it’s birth with the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.

A time of tradition. Religious tradition, and family tradition.

We have a number of Christmas traditions in our family, but they month seemed to get away from me, and some of them slipped by.

One family tradition, however, was not able to be passed on. Opening new Christmas pajamas when we get home from the candle light service. to be quite honest, I had not actually planned to get the pajamas this year. I was just too busy, and then it was 2 days before Christmas!

But Rick asked, and then Rebekah asked.

So, out I schlepped to the store to get new jammies. I had a hard time finding ones that were Christmas themed… being as close to Christmas as it was. But I did find ones that, while they may not be true Christmas themed, everyone loved.

Merry Christmas Eve, form our pajama clad family to yours!




The weekend that i was baptized stands out in my memory fresh and bright. It was just yesterday, right. Really it was almost twelve years ago, but the memory is so vivid, tinged with emotion, that it remains bright in my mind.

I thought that nothing could be better.

Until I saw my daughter baptized.

I can’t even begin to tell you the feelings that were inside me.

Nothing can beat that.


Ready to be Baptized
Ready to be Baptized

Declaring her Faith.



Blessed. Welcome to God’s family.


Winter Dance Recital – Nutcracker


Every year, Rebekah’s dance studio has a winter recital, the Nutcracker Ballet. The first part of the show is a shortened version of The Nutcracker, and then the classes get to preform various tap, ballet, or jazz numbers in the latter half of the show.

When we picked up Rebekah after the show, she was glowing. I think she loved it 😉

However… before the pictures of my dancing princess, here are some others from the recital.

The show opened with a small skit by the youngest class. Aren’t the little 3 and 4 year olds adorable.


Rebekah was that young yesterday… right?

Then the ballet started. As I mentioned, it was an abbreviated version of the actual ballet, and took about an hour to complete. While it was abbreviated, the main parts of the ballet remained true.

The Winter Fairy


Dancing with the prince


The Sugar Plum Faries


And FINALLY, here is my dancing princess as a peppermint!


I was amazed to see just how well Rebekah did, and how much she improved from the fall recital. Not only did she improve, she was just glowing when I picked her up! She loved it, and asked when she could do it again!

After The Nutcracker the individual classes were able to showcase their disciplines. There was some hip hop, ballet, tap, and jazz. Rebekah’s class does a combination of ballet, tap and jazz, so or the recital they focused on tap, dancing to Santa on the Roof Top.

I am not sure what she liked better, the tap or the ballet!



My dancing ballerina.


When did she get so very mature.

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