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How Fun! Vol. 37


“How fun!” I find myself exclaiming this many times throughout the week. Here are just a few things that touched me or made me smile:

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Beauty in my week:

  • Hibiscus by my mother-in-law’s pool.
  • Lots of family time.
  • A birthday girl.
  • Answered prayers!


Blooming in my garden:

Purple hosta
Pink sweet pea
Black-eyed Susan
Lipstick daylily
Purple star phlox paniculata
Midnight Salvia


What we are eating next week:

      • Saturday Dinner out
      • Sunday Ravioli, meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, green beans
      • Monday Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots
      • Tuesday Salmon, asparagus, cauliflower, rice
      • Wednesday Chicken taco soup, tortilla chips
      • Thursday Kielbosa, sauerkraut, potatoes, apple sauce
      • Friday Burritos

Baking this weekend:  Ed’s favorite-apple pie

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Have a great weekend! Remember Philippians 4:8. “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars Recipe

Cranbery Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe

Dried cranberries and white chocolate.  Recipe for Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars at Beauty Observed

Dough for Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Make sure to push the dough into the corners

Unfrosted Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Even the frosting wants to be made into a Valentine's Day treat.

Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.

I call these Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars because they make my youngest daughter super happy when she sees me mixing up a batch.  For some reason, she thinks I bake them just for her.  She doesn’t like to share.  It actually works out okay because my son doesn’t like cream cheese.  I usually hack off an end for him before I frost them.

There’s also a little hint I’d like to give you.  I always grease  the 9×13 pan with butter and then line it with a piece of parchment paper that is big enough to hang out the sides. This makes it very easy to lift the cooled bars out of the pan.  It is much simpler to frost and cut the bars into triangles or squares when they are flat on the counter.

I hope these make you as blissfully happy as they do my 13 year old daughter!  (They make me pretty happy, too!)

Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.


Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Cookie Bar Recipe

3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate baking chips (6 oz.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9×13 baking dish with butter.  Line baking dish with parchment.  Make sure that there is enough parchment to overhang the sides of the dish.  You will be using this to lift out the bars after they have cooled.

Melt butter.  Mix in brown sugar.  Let cool.  using a mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, sift or whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.  Dough will be very stiff.  Stir in cranberries and white chocolate baking chips.

Spread cookie dough into the prepared pan.  (I use my fingers to press the mixture into the corners.)  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.  Cool completely on wire rack.

Using parchment paper, lift cookie bars out of pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz. package of full-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cups white chocolate baking chips (6 oz.)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.  Frost cookie bars that have been removed from pan.  Sprinkle with chopped cranberries.  Melt white chocolate baking chips in microwave.  Drizzle melted white chocolate over frosted cookie bars.

Cut into triangles or squares.

Refrigerate leftover bars.


Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.  PMR Bavaria China

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