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! 

 

 

 

For Love & Lemons

As an unexpectedly expectant mom, I've been blessed to get a lot of advice from other mothers. The most memorable are the 'labor' stories, where I hear that the icky front-only covering hospital gowns and terrible post-labor fog combination can take a semi-sane person and make her look like she's just escaped the psych ward. Note: this state of both mental and physical insanity doesn't just 'appear' on labor day, it comes from months of training- just read Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy  and you'll understand what I'm saying. Now that I'm in my final trimester, I'm doing everything I can to start prepping for the day where I too could channel the post-electric shock treatment look. My latest solution is to find a really really cute post-delivery outfit. Thankfully I've discovered that in For Love & Lemons.

Quite the opposite of 'maternity-wear,' For Love & Lemons is best known for its custom made lace and placement embroidery that is designed in Los Angeles. Started by Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall of Jackson, WY, the self-described BFF's are known for their desire to create pieces that stand apart from the crowd. Visit their website or follow For Love & Lemons on Instagram (@forloveandlemons) to find the pretty lace robe you never knew you needed, a summer dress that functions as a beach tunic, or a silk nightgown that will put all previous nightgowns to shame.

If i'm not feeling too crazy (or possibly if I am), I might even post my post-delivery look on @Lifestyle_Hunting, so stay tuned!