P.S. I asked my brother what his wife wanted for her birthday.. he said earring backs (really? c'mon). So I prodded a little more and asked her where she buys clothes from and he said she doesn't like to buy clothes (Lie #2). We were stuck with a gift card.
The day turned out to be just great with beautiful weather and a cool mountain breeze. It was the temperature where you didn't know if you should take off your sweatshirt or leave it on. We at some delicious grilled food, played volleyball, canoed, tossed a football, and a few lucky guests kung fu'd a pinata.
It was highly amusing.
Oh, and someone brought a unicycle.
If you want to add instant humor to any party add a unicycle. I'm not lying.
Anyways, pictures are below. And below the pictures is a recipe for Monster Cookie Bars. They were monstrous and delicious. I will definitely make these again. You really can't go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate, and more chocolate.... AND because they're bars, you don't have to sit around making multiple pans of cookies, ultimately resulting in burning the last batch because you were tired of watching them.
Monster Cookie Bars (Makes a 9 X 13 pan)
I found the original recipe at the Domesticated Duchess found here. My additions to the recipe are found in bold. I also typed out the instructions but if you go to the link above its step-by-step picture style.
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1-½ cup of Creamy Peanut Butter (this is an entire small jar of peanut butter)
- 3 Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 4-½ cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal (I used 6 cups of oatmeal but remember I'm cooking at a high altitude. If you're at sea level stick to the 4 and 1/2 cups)
- 1 package (12 Oz. Size) Chocolate Chips
- 1 package (12 Oz. Size) of milk chocolate M&M's
Start by mixing the butter and the sugar. Make sure it's well mixed then add the eggs one at a time beating in-between. After the eggs are incorporated add the peanut butter. After this I evenly sprinkled the baking soda on top while the mixer was on low. After that was mixed well- I added the oatmeal. I then turned the mixer off and attempted to stir the chocolate chips and M & M's in. I'm think I did this poorly (that dough is heavy!). I spread the mixture in a well greased 9 X 13 inch pan. As I was doing this the chocolate chips and M & M's kept coming out of the dough and falling on the bottom of the pan). I just tried to grab them off the bottom of the pan and push them into the top of the dough. Eventually I gave up and they still came out fine. The original recipe says to cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and to not over-coook. I ended up baking for 23 minutes and they turned out perfectly. Since I was taking them somewhere I wanted to make sure that weren't under-cooked. The only bad part of this recipe is that it's really hard to tell when they're done because you can't look for any browning (since the dough is already that color from the peanut butter). They probably would have been fine after 20 minutes.