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Have you ever made a mess of a recipe? C’mon, man (or woman)! You probably have at least once. What about two recipes? No? Just me? Well that’s okay. I was able to salvage two recipes into one surprisingly delicious recipe that works like it was always supposed to be this way and it’s pretty alkaline thanks to the almond butter, almonds, and whole wheat flour. I’m calling it my, “Oops I did it again!” cookie pie because it is a result of two recipes going awry.

Before I can even tell you how to do it, let me link to both of the recipes that I botched to get my one, delicious recipe. The first recipe was found here, and it is for candied pecan almond butter cookies. If you don’t like candied pecans, I’m not sure you are someone I can have a close friendship with. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. This was the second recipe that I botched.

The first recipe that I botched was a simple caramel recipe. Now I’ve made caramels before with my husband’s help. It’s great to do it as a two person thing when you aren’t too familiar with making it. For some reason I thought I could handle it on my own so I just did it by myself. Well, while you’re stirring the caramel, it’s a good idea to have the recipe beside you so you know the temperature to cook them to. I thought you were supposed to cook them to soft ball phase but you actually are supposed to make them to hard ball phase. Oops! So I called them soft ball caramels and they were really, really delicious. They are caramel, just really soft. Here’s where I got the original recipe.

These types of caramels are good for spreading on top of something (chocolate, bread, vegetables, whatever). I put some of the caramel on top of a layer of chocolate and then put home roasted, freshly picked peanuts on top of that with a sprinkle of salt and then coated it all with chocolate. They were the best candy I’ve ever eaten. Seriously. But that’s a recipe for another day.

Today, I am giving you a recipe that is botched to perfection. Trust me on this one.

“Oops I did it again” cookie pie

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 soft ball caramels (using this recipe taken to just the soft ball phase) OR 8 0r 9 store bought caramels
  • Candied almonds

    • 1/3 cup of raw cane sugar
    • 1 cup almonds

    Cookies

    • 1 cup salted butter, browned
    • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 2/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup almond butter
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
    • 1/2 bag of miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp butter (set aside- not to be mixed into the cookie pie)

     

    Prep time: 5
    Bake time:15 min
    Serves: 8-10

    Instructions

    1. Melt the cane sugar on medium heat until it starts to bubble. Add your almonds and mix well. Then, pour them out onto a plate to cool.
    2. Mix your dry ingredients: both flours, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
    3. Heat your butter on medium to medium high until it melts. Keep stirring and heating it until the butter starts to brown. The solids in the butter are what brown but watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. Once it is nicely browned, pour it into a container to cool slightly.
    4. Combine slightly cooled butter and both granulated and brown sugar. Mix until they are fully incorporated.
    5. Add the almond butter to the sugars and butter mixture.
    6. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
    7. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time until they are all mixed in. Don’t over mix! Just mix until they come together.
    8. Chop your almonds into smaller pieces, and add them and chocolate to the bowl. Again, just mix until all is incorporated.
    9.  Place mixture in wax paper and form into a loaf. Pour the tablespoon of oil over the top and rub it in. Then, fold the wax paper closed and put the whole thing into the refrigerator for 3 – 4 hours.
    10. Grease an 8 or 9 inch cake pan. Press the dough into the pan as evenly as possible. The dough will be kind of crumbly, but that’s okay.
    11. Spread 1 tbsp of butter over the top of your pie. Then, take the caramels and stretch them out or chunk them up into bits and place on top of the pie. They will melt in the oven so it’s not necessary to cover every inch of the pie.
    12. Place in an oven preheated to 375 degrees and bake for 15 minutes until caramel is melted. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!

    Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

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    Okay, so I had the chance to try a great new product that is for Kids 3 and older to help them learn social skills. You can get it on Amazon and it’s called Q’s Race to the Top Educational Board Game with Book: social skills, manners, and better behavior! So on the box to the game, it says that it’s for kids 3+. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I thought I’d give it a try with my kids at school who are 9-10 years old.

    The product includes a game board with directions, cards, four game pieces, and a die. The directions are easy to follow and understand. It took my students two minutes to read before they were playing and having fun. One of my students, when he saw the front of the box where it says 3+ for the age, “It’s not going to have two year old drool on it is it?” I told him that they were the first to play the game and I wanted them to let me know if it was any fun or not.

    Well, fun it is! They had a blast laughing and playing together. My favorite thing was the questions that asked them to think about their experiences and how they would handle potentially stressful situations for a child. One card I remember heard them reading was something like, “How do you handle a situation when you need to talk to an adult and they are talking to someone else?” I heard them talking about it being silly but my game leader talked about the right way to handle the situation.

    This game is a great way to help kids really think about their behavior and actions. Traditional ways of teaching behavior are not usually something that kids want to do. However, in THIS format, a game, kids are learning without even realizing it. All kids love board games!

    This is a product that teachers should DEFINITELY have in their classroom. We all have kids who struggle with appropriate social skills. This product will help! I plan on using this regularly in my classroom for my students who need that help with behaving appropriately.

    Parents, you will benefit from getting this game for your kids as well. It’s a great chance to play with them and talk with them about behavioral expectations to reinforce what you teach them. It’s a fun learning opportunity for kids to really get what they need to know about appropriate behaviors.

    Get it here on Amazon for under $30 right now. The skills it teaches are priceless.

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    Do you shop at any of the places in the picture above? Well, if you shop there or any of hundreds of other stores online, you might be missing out on savings. See, usually when people shop online they type in the address to the site where they want to shop. Like you might decide that you want to get a new laptop and Best Buy is the place you want to shop. Most people would probably go directly to BestBuy.com. Nothing wrong with that except they might be missing out on savings. Most of us could use all the savings we can get!

    What you should do is shop through Groupon Coupons any time you shop online. Groupon Coupons is a fast and easy way to save money when you are shopping online. I always search for coupons when I shop online just so I can save an extra few bucks.

    Groupon Coupons has tons of stores that you can save money on. Like makeup? You could be saving money at Sephora by shopping through Groupon Coupons. Need flowers delivered? Try FTD. You can even save on travel with priceline.com. That feels like a double win to me. You save money with priceline already, but when you start with Groupon Coupons and then shop on priceline it’s like a double rainbow of awesomeness!

    That’s just my opinion :). Have you used Groupon Coupons before? If you have, what was your experience? Leave me a comment!

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    Have you ever purchased a Groupon? No? Well, you are about to learn just how you can save money on your Health, Beauty, and Wellness needs with Groupon. With Groupon you can get discounts on so many different things it’s mind boggling. From food to health and beauty to travel- you can find a Groupon for just about anything. Groupon is a site where you can go to find steep discounts on a variety of products, experiences, and services. When I say steep, I mean quite often half price or more. And it’s not like they jack up the prices and then give you a discount on that (yeah, some sites are like that, but not Groupon).

    With Groupon, I love that you can try things that you’ve never tried before at a price break so if you end up not liking something, well, it’s not the end of the world because you haven’t paid that much for it. Know what I mean? So if there’s a gym you want to try but don’t want to pay full price, you should search on Groupon to see if you can try it at a discount. It’s worth a two minute search on Groupon to see if you can find a discount for something new you’d like to try!

    Personally, I have purchased Groupons for restaurants and beauty treats. I have used Groupon to get a manicure/pedicure for a great price. There are many different options when it comes to Health, Beauty, & Wellness Groupons. When I got my mani/pedi Groupon, I saved almost 50% getting a Groupon for a salon that I had never been to before. It turned out to be totally worth my time to try the place because they did a fantastic job.

    I’ve got my eye on another one of those Groupons right now. I might just have to check it out with the almost 50% discount that they have available!

    Have you ever used Groupon for Health, Beauty, and Wellness Groupons? How did it work out for you? Let me know in the comments!

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