Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Easter!

Okay, I'm a day or two late but, whose counting? Ah, it was a delicious, relaxing and fun holiday! We basically stayed at home during conference. In between sessions I hid London's basket and told her the Easter Bunny had come. She was so excited. We got a video of me telling her and she was clearly flustered. What a funny child. We later went to my parents where everyone brings a basket filled with something for everyone. The baskets are then hidden and we get our goodies out of each one! We had a socks basket, candybar basket, gardening gloves, you name it! It was awesome! My mom, of course, had a delicious dinner of glazed ham, homemade rolls, twice baked potatoes, baked carrots, and onion green bean casserole. I'm not going to lie, I ate a tiny bit of dinner and gorged on desserts. I know, what was I thinking? I'll tell you what I was thinking, I made caramel blondies the day before and I knew I wanted some of those. Here's the recipe:

1 can evaporated milk

14 oz. pkg. caramels

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1/2 c. chocolate chips

1/2 c. white chocolate chips

1/2 c. butterscotch chips.

Note: I added more evaporated milk instead of butter because, it really doesn't need the extra butter. If you feel like it needs a little butter, add 1/4 c. to batter. Believe me, mine was so delicious! Combine butter, cake mix, and 1/2 can evaporated milk. Combine chips with batter. Save some for middle layer (I just added more.) Spread half of the batter in the bottom of a 9 by 13 cake pan. Bake for 6-8 mins. Take out and let cool. On the stove combine caramel squares and 1/2 can evaporated milk until melted. Put chocolate chips over cake. Pour caramel over partly cooked blondies and chips. Dollop the rest of batter over the blondies. Cook another 18-20 mins. I had also made a bunny cake made out of a yogurt cake recipe with strawberries as a topping. So dang good! It's so easy, you just use two round cakes and cut out a half moon on each side. The cut outs are ears and the remaining piece is the bow tie! This is what it should look like unfrosted. I remembered that from Activity Days when I was 12! NO JOKE! I'm glad that we actually charged our camera battery before we left. I got a beautiful picture of my men.... no not Dean and Tyler.....Yes, this one. He's looking so big! Then I got one of my sleeping angel after all of the festivities. What a doll.


Mark and Mel said...

Hi Guys! I love the pics! Just wanted to let you know our blog is now private so if you'd like to view it send me an email address to view it with! Hope to see you soon! melissa.e.gardner@gmail.com

Jim and Jess said...

So many things I love about this post.... that cake is ADORABLE! I love how you make healthier treats. That's my kind of friend. :D ...and the blondies... oh my! At least you left out the butter! :) Those look to die for.

Can't believe how big Madden is! And London for that matter! And can't believe how much he looks like his sister.

Miss you guys. Can't wait for it to get warmer so we can actually hang out again! :)

Tyson & Amanda said...

What a great easter family tradition, I might need steal that idea! I am trying to optimize the term 'Unique Baby Gifts' for our little product that we have coming out very soon called the TrayZ. Its a portable high chair tray that makes taking children to restaurants so much easier. I am asking some of my cute blog friends to link Unique Baby Gifts to our website trayz.net. I have it linked on my blog in the section Websites We Love. Every person I get to link us puts us that much closer to the top in the google search! I would sure appreciate your support:)