Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars

Lately, I've been so incredibly sick with my pregnancy that the only thing that I'm really able to keep down is chocolate. Yes chocolate. I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure the baby needs food, so I've convinced myself that if I mix things that are sort of healthy (like oatmeal) with chocolate, then I'm at least getting something nutritional in my diet. This mentality means that every grocery store run leads me to the baking aisle where I pick up a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips just in case I can't keep the other 'healthy food' in my cart down (If you're a nutritionist or health expert reading this, then I'm sure you're cringing right now). Next I turn to Pinterest to find a recipe involving semi-sweet chocolate chips - thankfully there are a ton.

Lifestyle Hunting Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars

Last night I was browsing Pinterest (bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in hand) when I came across this recipe for Oatmeal Fudge Bars. I immediately had to make them, did you see the Instagram picture? They really are to-die-for! 

I've listed the full recipe for your baking pleasure below, just remember to pick up a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips the next time you're in the baking aisle (and maybe some of the other ingredients too!) :) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together:

  • 1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.
  • Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan, pour chocolate mixture, then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely-but will leave cool designs). The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

Enjoy! 

 

 

 

20 Summer Staples From The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

To let you in on a little secret, I love a good sale for two reasons:

1. The obvious - you get something you need at a fraction of the price

2. The not so obvious - you have a little extra money left over to buy something you want

In my case, it's usually something 'splurgy' like Chanel makeup. When I worked for a beauty magazine a little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to try hundreds of different types of beauty products at any time, but I still truly believe that Chanel makes the best bronzer and blush on the market. Because of this reasoning (however skewed it may be), I couldn't resist adding in two of my favorite (full-priced) Chanel makeup products for summer to my selection of summer wardrobe staples. 

Scroll through the slideshow above to see a selection of summer staples available at 40% off through Nordstrom's 'half-yearly' Memorial Day sale going on now through May 31st.