Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I love making cookies! My Dad used to call me the Cookie Monster because I rarely meet a cookie I don’t like! 🍪 🙂

If you don’t have time to bake several cookie sheets full of cookies, but still want that fresh, homemade taste, cookie bars are the answer! Mix up the dough, press it into the pan, and put it in the oven – 25 to 30 minutes later and your cookies are done. Takes less time out of your day and you still have a tasty treat.

I found this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars here on Pinterest. You may have everything you need to make these yummy bars in your kitchen right now! The recipe says you can use semi-sweet chips, milk chocolate chips or a mixture of both. I used all semi-sweet chips because that’s what I had in my pantry. I saw some comments on the blog post from Tastes Better From Scratch about substituting peanut butter chips for half of the chocolate chips – I may have to try that next time, sounds yummy!

Here they are fresh from the oven. My kitchen smells so good!! It’s going to be hard to wait until they cool so I can sample one…

Finally cool and ready to eat!! These bars are so delicious, gooey, and chocolatey! They would be great with a cup of hot coffee or a big glass of ice-cold milk…and they have oatmeal in them so that makes them healthy, right?!?! 😉

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars would make a great after school treat or a tasty dessert to take to your next potluck. Enjoy!!

Thank you for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Mini Crocheted Shopping Bag

This is the cutest little shopping bag!! The pattern, which you can find here at Little Monkey Crochet, is actually a mini beach bag. I started thinking about Christmas (it will be here before we know it 😳) and thought it would be so fun to make it into a shopping bag to hold a gift card or cash. 

So…here’s my take on this cute pattern!


I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby in red and white. I added a sweet little gingerbread charm – you can find all sorts of fun charms at your local craft store. 

A gift card or cash fits perfectly inside with room to add a mini chocolate bar or two. 🙂

Here’s a closeup of the little gingerbread charm I added. 


These work up so quickly and add a little something extra when giving gift cards or cash. Change the color combo and charm to make the shopping bag for any occasion!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Happy Birthday Flowers 

The name of this stamp is Happy Happy from Unity Stamp Company so of course I needed to make a birthday card with it. 🙂

I stamped the jar with flowers on white card stock with brown ink. I colored it with Copic markers and layered the image to kraft card stock. I stamped “happy birthday” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set from Stampin’ Up with brown ink on turquoise card stock and punched it with a word label punch. This punch is discontinued, but Stampin’ Up has a similar one here.

To put the card together, I embossed a panel of orange card stock with the Dotted Lattice embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. I attached a doily to the orange panel, overlapping the left edge and trimming the excess. I tied the panel with twine and attached it to a turquoise card. I attached the flower image with foam tape. The sentiment is attached to the card and I finished it off with two orange gems.

Change the sentiment and this would be a great thinking of you card. I’m sure whoever receives it will be Happy Happy! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet V-stitch Baby Blanket

This has been my go to pattern whenever I need to crochet a quick baby blanket. It works up very quickly using worsted weight yarn in a simple v-stitch. Any soft yarn works great. I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in Pastel Yellow to make this one. The pattern is in this booklet Crocheted Layettes for Baby from Leisure Arts. It’s a really old booklet and I was happy to see that it is still available from Amazon!! Click the link above if you’re interested in getting your very own copy. 🙂


I changed the border slightly from the pattern. The pattern has a ribbon woven through the border and although it looks pretty, it makes me a little nervous to have something that could easily be pulled out by a sweet baby. So I simply added another row of the 2nd border row listed in the pattern. Here’s a closer picture of what my border looks like.

This is such a fun pattern to work with. And it’s one of those “mindless” patterns, so once you get started you can watch your favorite show on Netflix and just crochet away!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Happy Birthday (new card)

Today I’m sharing a birthday card that comes together quickly. Change the scalloped circle to a plain circle and you have a great masculine card. 🙂


Emboss a panel of terra cotta card stock with your favorite embossing folder (this is an older one from Stampin’ Up) and attach it to a white card. Trim 3 different patterned papers to square, rectangle, and banner shapes. Layer onto embossed piece. Stamp “happy birthday” with terra cotta ink on white card stock and punch with circle punch. This stamp is discontinued from Inkadinkado – just use your favorite stamp in your stash. Attach it to a scalloped circle punched from patterned paper. Attach the circle to the card with foam tape.

A very quick and easy card to put together! You may not have the exact same supplies that I use when making cards, but I hope you will use my creations as inspiration to create your own cards using supplies you have in your craft room. 🙂

Happy Stamping!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Lemon Lemonies 🍋

Whew!! I’m back! 🙂 The month of July was a tough one!! I was hospitalized for over a week to be treated for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and have been recovering at home. I’m slowly getting back to normal and am so glad to be back to sharing fun posts with you!!! So…wear your bug spray that has DEET, be careful, see your doctor if you have any symptoms you can’t explain…and enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Lemons just shout Summer to me! Sweet and tart at the same time, bright and refreshing. I love just about anything with lemon in it so when I found this recipe for Lemon Lemonies  on Pinterest I knew I had to try it!

They have a more dense texture than lemon bars – sort of like a lemon brownie. And the glaze on top adds even more lemony goodness! 🍋

Here they are already for the oven. I used a 9 x 7 Pyrex pan lined with aluminum foil. 


Fresh from the oven with just a hint of browning around the edges. 


And after adding the scrumptious lemon glaze and allowing them to cool. I made my glaze a bit thinner than the pictures in the recipe – make it as thin or thick as you’d like. 🙂


Seriously one of the best lemon desserts I have ever tried! Try these the next time you are craving a Summery desert – you’ll be glad you did! 🍋

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Back Soon!

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Creatingme and why there haven’t been any posts for a while. 

I’m recovering at home after a week’s hospital stay due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I know – crazy thing to be dealing with!!

Anyway, I hope to be back really soon with more fun crafty posts and recipes! 🙂


Thanks for understanding,

Anita

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