137.8…Sugar Bomb Bars

I didn’t get a chance to blog at all during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend because I was too busy eating. Seriously. My husband’s family stayed at my house most of the weekend and I seemed to always have a glass of wine in one hand and something to munch on in the other.

For instance, I made a couple of delicious treats for everyone. I kept finding myself reaching into the “cookie jar” and eating them. One in particular I especially enjoyed.

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These are normally known as Magic Cookie Bars but I lovingly renamed them Sugar Bomb Bars. One taste and you’ll know why.

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If your sweet tooth starts calling, answer with these bars.

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Sugar Bomb Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you like)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 9 x 13 inch pan pour in melted butter. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter. Next place the chopped nuts over the crumbs, and spread the chocolate and butterscotch chips over the nuts. Add the coconut over all, and pour the milk evenly over the top.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Cool at least 20 minutes then cut into desired sized bars.

Printable Recipe

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The only thing I photographed all weekend was some toast with peanut butter than my sister in law made in my Vitamix. Love homemade peanut butter!

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After my family left yesterday, our friends Alicia and Joe came over with their kids for a barbeque. Alicia brought over the most simple yet fabulous appetizer.

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Baguette slices with a garlic & artichoke spreadable cheese. She also brought tomatoes marinated in olive oil, garlic and basil. All 3 tasted fabulous together!

Since I had leftover Dinner Spanakopitas in the freezer, I decided to make Greek food again!

Greek Salad:

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Easy Tzatziki:

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Dinner Spanakopitas:

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Marinated Chicken Kebabs (I used chicken instead of the lamb in the recipe):

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A bit of everything:

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OMG this meal rocks. 

This morning’s breakfast was pineapple Chobani, Coconut-Sour Cherry Granola and strawberries and blackberries.

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I took the kids to school and went to Starbucks for a latte.

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Look what book I started.  I’ve heard so much about it…I can’t wait to get started!

I went over to Great News for a cooking class. Today’s class was taught by my favorite instructor, Phillis Carey, was entitled “Local San Diego Bounty-Seafood and Shellfish.” The class used all locally caught fish!

The first recipe was Steamed White Sea Bass with Pineapple-Orange Soy Sauce:

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The fish was so fresh and the sauce was very good. The fish was steamed by the marinade and then the marinade was boiled down and became the sauce.

The second recipe was San Diego Cioppino with Local Seafood in a Fresh Pepper and Tomato Chipotle Broth:

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I loved this!! This was my favorite dish of the class. I wanted a huge bowl of it!

The next recipe was Halibut in a Sicilian Sauce with Olives, Raisins, Pine Nuts and Capers.

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I didn’t think I was going to like the flavor combination but it was unexpectedly delicious! 

Next up was Mussels Marinara with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil and Ciabatta Toasts:

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The mussels were great but the sauce stole the show. Loved the parmesan cheese on the toasts. It was perfect to sop up the sauce with!

Dessert was Lemon Shortcakes with Fresh Berries and Cream:

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Add some strawberries to this and you’ve got the perfect Fourth of July dessert! Another winner!

After class, I picked up the kids from school and came home. I’m still pretty tired from the weekend. I’m looking forward to a quiet night at home tonight!

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Thoughts?

What was the best thing you ate all holiday weekend?


  1. Ugh I feel disgusting after eating all weekend! I just started 50 Shades too..all my girlfriends kept talking about it so I just downloaded to my nook. Hope it lives up to the hype! The sugar bomb bars look yummy.

  2. Tell me about it. I need a holiday from my holiday. :) Happy reading!

  3. Just downloaded a couple of hours ago. Hubby and daughter just went out for a swim, and so I'm already on chapter 4. Like you, I had to see what all the hype is about. :-)

  4. @Mo
    I'm only on Chapter 3..love that we are reading it "together"!

  5. your homemade pb reminded me of fresh ground pb I made at whole foods...I needed to hide it in the back of the cabinet because I am addicted.

  6. I need to make these bars, some of my favorites and they have coconut. Yum!

  7. I'm not a prude but I can't say that I like the book....I've been stuck in the middle for awhile.

  8. These cookie bars are a favorite from my childhood. Yum! I must make them again. I am halfway through the 2nd book and have already downloaded the 3rd. I like the 2nd book better and have heard the 3rd is the best. The writing is not the best, but its the storyline! LOL. I'm hooked :)

  9. Those mussels look amazing! My husband makes me a mussel dish that has chorizo in the broth - spicy deliciousness - so simple you could make this at home.

    It's from Melissa D'Arabian from Food Network - my mouth is watering just thinking about it!


  10. Great eats as always Melissa! I'm especially digging the simplicity of your breakfast. Berries are one of my favorite fiber-rich foods. Love 'em!

  11. I read Fifty Shades and personally thought it was hot:) I haven't read the next two books yet, they may get weirder but the story is good also you'll find yourself wanting to know more! That cooking class sounds so fun! Also the next time you make Greek food you can call grilled chicken skewers, Chicken Souvlaki!

  12. yum! all your food looks great. we are in the process of moving overseas and chaos has ensued here. All my house has been boxed up since last thursday, today they are loading. I have been eating out, or eating easy things like cheese/crackers/salami...with a bit (or a lot) of wine! I wont be back in a real kitchen till August, so need to try and hold it together food/exercise weight wise!!!

  13. @Andrea
    Good luck with the move! Where are you moving to?

  14. @Biz
    Thanks for the recipe! Looks delish!

  15. we are moving to Taipei, Taiwan for 2-3 years- after a summer sabbatical in Europe! I am going to the gym the next 4 days before we head out. I dont think it will save me? but can't hurt!! I am anxious to make some of these recipes once I get settled - the greek dishes look so good and so summery :)

  16. @Andrea
    Oh wow! That's quite an adventure!


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