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Recipe: Last Minute Chocochip Bars


Do you guys have friends who suddenly invite you to events the day they happen? I was lucky this year that I didn’t receive such an invitation, since finding something to bring to an impromptu potluck can be difficult. This is especially true for where I live — everyone’s vegetarian/health nut/anti-Walmart-bakery, so trying to figure out what won’t insult the host(ess) has been a problem for me.

I’ve found that desserts kind of slide, especially if they look simple — and what could look simpler than bar cookies? I can whip up a batch of these bar cookies in the same amount of time it takes my sister to get ready (approximately an hour), so it’s our go-to recipe when a party suddenly pops up. The original recipe was from my family’s landlady when I was growing up, but we’ve edited it through the years.

Chocolate Chip Bars
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, edit volume as per your taste)
1/2 cup dark/milk/white chocolate chips/chocolate pieces/raisins/dates/other dried fruits (edit volume as per your taste)
1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional, sweetened or unsweetened)

Heat oven to 375*F. Grease and lightly flour 13″x9″x2″ baking pan.
Mix granulated and brown sugars, butter and vanilla in mixing bowl. Beat in egg.
Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt (can be sifted together beforehand).
When dough is formed, mix in nuts/chocolatechips/raisins/cocount/other add-ins.
Spread mixed dough throughout pan evenly and bake 12-14 minutes or until light brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into roughly 2″x2″ squares.
Makes about 3 dozen, store in sealable container.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can edit the mix-ins to whatever suits your tastes, since the dough has a good balance of salty and sweet. I’ve found dark chocolate, pecans, and unsweetened coconut shavings really taste good together.

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Organization: Shoelace pin hanger


Over the course of my life, I’ve collected a whole lot of pins. I just have always loved them, even though I never wear them.

My sister showed me this trick to easily organize my smaller pins as well as use some of the cute shoelaces she’s given me that I’ve never used.

What you need:

A massive number of adorable pins

flat/wide shoelaces, preferably adorable ones


I also have Hello Kitty laces. …I’m a nerd, I admit it.

Fold one shoelace in half. It’s not necessary, but your line will be more stable.


Start pinning your pins through both layers of shoelace. I like to pin the heaviest one on the bottom so that it stabilizes the line.


When you place your next pin, try to make it so that it doesn’t overlap with your first pin — that helps the line stay straight when hung.


Keep adding pins until you are about one inch from the top fold.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI usually leave that one inch at the top so that I can add a thread or thumbtack to hang the pins up. I have a corkboard to hold my larger pins, but it gets difficult to try to work the smaller ones around them. This way, I can easily see my pins… and hopefully that will help me find ways to wear them…


In case you’re interested in any of the pins I have shown, here’s a list of where I got them:

Music = life, biohazard, Ninja pin: Hot Topic (Music = Life pin was from the Hot Topic Foundation. I wasn’t able to find HTF on the HT website, so I’m not sure if they’re still doing the program).
I know my Onions and swan pin:  PotatoPotato on Etsy
Mermaid pin: Loungefly
Pick a Chick pin: Heifer International
Photosynthesis pin: Beanforest on Etsy
All others: thrift stores in the area.

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