Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oatmeal bars of the 70's~



Even in the rain..oh they glow~







The leaves have fallen a lot by the wayside  and have danced and twirled in the wind..
It is wet wet wet outside..perfect day to stay cozy inside..
Hope the weatther is far better for Halloween..


In 1974 I was newly married and 20  ....
Now I can't believe it..20 sounds so young..
We had both our daughters before I was 23..
The first one..I was 21..
I would give her her bath..and she would smell so wonderful..in a little baby bath thing..(ohmygosh have things come along)..

we would put her in her onesie(they were not called that though).. and footed pjs..or her very first little smocked Holt Renfrew nightgown..my favoritest ever..and we would put her on the table and admire her♥
Adore her is more like it.
I played house.. she had dark hair like my mom's(ok Jacques' too:) )her middle name was Jeannette (my mom's)..and she had a canopy bed..the doctor was sure it was a boy..having dreamt of a canopy bed all my life..and never having one..we bought a Lepine canopy crib..I told Jacques we could take the canopy off ..if..

and we had 2 girls:)

Anyway all this to say..when the girls were little I stayed home..to play..I did have 2 girlfriends and had them over w/ their littles and I would make oatmeal bars that Gail Bertram showed me how to make..

well that was the treat..always for the Littles..oatmeal bars or a cookie mix in a bag..oatmeal choco chip..

the boys sometimes come after school and I made some:) Max said they are really good those things nana..:)
Oli took a flake of oatmeal and shook his head no..lol..
I promise you these are great..
and I sent some home and got a message saying:" Thank you for the oatmeal bars"..she remembers♥

So easy..

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar  ..you can put less..
some vanilla
1 tsp baking powder..why..I have no idea..
pinch of salt
1 stick of butter..melted

I melt the butter in the micro..but you could melt it in the oven in an 8x8 pan..
add the rest of the ings and make sure everything is coated in butter..you can use margarine..but butter is best,,
press into the 8x8..pre-greased ..
and bake at 350F for 20 mins..

Let cool..but not completely..score..I do 4cuts x4 cuts so 16 squares....and leave in pan till cool..and firmed up..remove..
I find them so delicious.
You can make in a larger pan..but much thinner they will be..some coat in chocolate..just put chips on when they come out of the oven..let melt..spread..
and..you can use less sugar:)  I like them caramely instead of sugary.



The last of the swings..Jacques made 4..for the four Littles..at one time they were all up..I think we are leaving this one up for the memories♥





Hope you are having a nice weekend.
I wanted to show you one of my favorite colors..Daniel Smith Pyrrol Orange..and I am not even an orange person.

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  1. Exquisite color!
    I think you are leaving that swing up for the greats. No?
    Re butter vs. margarine: if you're going to eat junk, eat homemade. Rule #2: if you're going to eat junk, eat the REAL thing.
    Baby smell is the best thing in the world.

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  2. What wonderful memories of your little ones! The oatmeal bars sound so good for fall.

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    1. Adults like them too..perfect little tea nibbles celebrating..a new house?:)

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  3. I am definitely going to make those oatmeal bars. Good for you right? My perfect breakfast with coffee. I can't believe the gorgeous trees turning around you. Nothing much here so far as it has been warm and dry. Love your pumpkin card. Isn't it funny how kids don't like certain textures.

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    1. For sure..me too though..don't feed me a raw oyster or foie gras..even perfectly cooked in a pan..:(
      The trees have been stellar..apparently we are in for a frigid cold winter....payback for a beautiful fall..even in this rain..we still have so much gold on the trees that it is all out of this world..
      Use less sugar:)

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  4. I'm making a recipe from the 70s later this week too! My MIL's Hello Dolly bars for her Memorial Celebration next weekend :) She was not much of a cook but she loved to bake! Your 70s oatmeal bars sound wonderful. I love the sound of 'caramely' :) I've been in an oatmeal mood lately with the weather and am eating oatmeal for breakfast almost daily. The story of the canopy crib is adorable. Yes, that smell - nothing like it in the world. Bo's head still smells good :) I do love orange and that is a very pretty one! Is that gold dust scattered here and there? Very pretty!

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    1. Gold glitter glue lol..
      I still like my glitter.;)

      Bo's little precious head :) Must smell.Bo/beau:)

      I think I have a HD recipe somewhere but am waiting for YOUR recipe;)

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  5. I made oatmeal cookies, today. Your oatmeal bars sound really good. I may try them.

    Remembering our girls when they were babies.....I dressed them in Feltman smocked dresses. Have you heard of them. And yes, a favorite memory is the sweet smell of them after bath time and I had slathered them in the pink Johnson's Baby Lotion.

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    1. I have never heard of Felt anI will Google!
      Ours wore Polly Flinders smocked dresses.And yes the pink Johnson's baby lotion...❤️
      How fun was it playing house..we did it again with the boys like you are doing with Lydia and Sawyer..but it's going by faster!😞

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    2. I should have said, Feltman Brothers....if you try to Google. And yes, playing with the grands is so much fun and going by so quickly.

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  6. Oh Monique - I LOVE your painting. It is really gorgeous just like those photos of the leaves. So beautiful. The recipe sounds and looks great as do the cookies! What a wonderful time with your girls.

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    1. Tricia..you are so sweet and complimentary..when you excel at everything.you even camp🏕

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  7. The swing on that beautiful big tree! Divine xo

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    1. I still love it too..their names or on brass plaques..sniff..😞

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  8. Loved your memories of your girls...I loved this smocked nighties too!
    I don't think they have them anymore....and booties...loved them too.
    I do remember the smell....baby's own soap....and baby oil....heavenly!
    Your bars look and sound great...perhaps Vivian and I could make some tomorrow!
    She will be here by noon....son,daughter and the bride are going to a concert in Toronto...
    We get to play!
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Linda..I think she would love them..you too...slice them up carefully in pan while still warm..let them firm up and enjoy..
      Oh that nightgown..I tell you..Holt Renfrew..her godmother gave it to her..a little doll.
      I actually want another lol..way too late!
      The bride:)
      Your girls have very cute styles..👍So pretty..DIL too..and can't leave out your son:)

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  9. The trees look beautiful, mine are almost all bare. I may have to try those oatmeal bars for Frankie and Katherine. I made the chocolate cookies and would you believe I found the "take one bite" cupcake bake pans so tomorrow I'll make them too. I organized my bins by holidays and all my Halloween goodies were tucked away in a bin I did not see at first. It was a bit like Christmas when I opened the bin and found things I forgot I bought! That orange is perfect for this time of year. I have flashback calendula in bloom and they are shades of orange. I'll grow them again for this time of year next year too. Would you like some extra seed?

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    1. I miss calendula..I planted seeds but the hostas grew faster ..dwarfed the seedlings and nothing happened..we sound the same Terry my baking special things are in sep.boxes too..Christmas is the largest..Halloween and Valentine's together and then Easter and Everery day..not molds..but the special just for that..I sure would appreciate some extra seeds..:) Thank you..as I loved them..:)
      Have a great Halloween:)

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  10. Oatmeal bars are just as "at home" now as they were in the 70s- they look delicious. I love the chair swing, and I'm sure I couldn't bear taking it down! I'm not an orange person either, but I do love your watercolors. :)

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  11. What wonderful memories - they stay with us forever, don't they?

    The leaves are amazing, oh so pretty. Great pictures.

    Thanks so much for the recipe - they look good.

    Happy Halloween.

    Maryy

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    1. They are good Mary..must pop by and see what you have been up to..a lot I bet:)They do stay with us forever..♥

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  12. Oh, like you Monique, I love to think back to when my babies were babies. I wish now I had taken notes because I probably forget more than I can remember. Like you, I had my children very young. The first four before I was 24 and then a final one at 33. How the world had changed between having my first one and the last. Almost two different worlds. I could sit and think back to those days forever and wonder how I did it all, but somehow I managed. Your squares look lovely, almost like flapjacks! Mmmm . . . Loving the autumn colours, and the swing. What great Grandparents you are and how blessed that you are able to spend such times with your grandsons. I envy you that, but at the same time am so happy that you can. You bless me with your words. Those pumpkin lollies how adorable and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pumpkin painting. You amaze me girl! xoxo

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    1. I don't know how you did it eithe Marie..w/ all the moving..and your time spent alson..I have only admiration for you..and your memory is like an elephants(Apparently excellent) as you reember things of the 50's and 60's much more than I do:)
      You are a wonderful grandmother..making things for them..Facetiming..loving them the way you do.
      My saving grace is proximity..

      have you noticed that when friends move you see them less and less..mine are right here or the next little town over..15 minutes..

      so I don't think we are wonderful:) Just closer and luckier in this aspect.
      Thank you for your encouraging word..always!x

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  13. I married young too and had three kids under 3! I remember everything, who cried, who didn't, who was walking, who learned how to climb out of their crib (he ended up rock climbing when he was young) and the youngest seems to be forever in my mind in those walker things on wheels with dirty diapers hanging down. :) The youngest got the least attention, but then he was also the least demanding.
    I used to have orange walls in one house....we kindly called it bittersweet.
    Cloudy, very windy and some rain here this weekend. Don't mind it at all.

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    1. A change in weather is usually always nice..
      3 under 3..I thinks that's worse than triplets..I don't mean that the gifts of them are worse..just what you have to do..I had that round walker with the wheels too..Caroline fell down the stairs in it:(
      Omg those things..and the umbrella strollers..now babies have designer buggies and carseats and the moms have designer diaper bags..lol..I think I carried stuff around in a Steinberg's bag..

      I had orange walls(wallpaper!) and and orange CARPET in the KITCHEN..wall to wall..remember kitcehn carpeting?
      I hope you don't ..:)
      It was quite the orange kitchen.

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  14. Mon I had orange and yellow wallpaper way back then, also in my old age I am liking orange too! Not that I would wear that colour, because I would like a year round chunky pumpkin!🎃 Di

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    1. Di you crack me up:)NOT TRUE you would not and with your hair and skin color..I think it would look great..I know you favor black..like me:)

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  15. Forgot to say I like the painting!



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  16. Beautiful oatmeal bars. I remember making them myself. I even made homemade teething biscuits for my little one. He never had sugar until his first birthday and literally dived into that cake. I remember orange being the rage. I used it only in the bathroom with the most God awful orange and brown wallpaper that glowed in the dark.

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    1. Love your description of the wallpaper..I hate to admit I had gold veined mirrors in the entance..
      Home made teething biscuits:) Now that's Amore!

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  17. Our older recipes have so many memories attached to them...thank you for sharing yours. I have never made oatmeal bars. This will have to become a new memory for me!

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    1. They are really good for us too..I mean the taste..THis is the way I like my oatmeal..:)

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  18. Ooooh, the leaves are absolutely beautiful and how I loved hearing you reminisce about your girls.
    And many thanks for the recipe......I will put it on my "must bake" list.
    **hugs**
    diane @ thoughts&shots

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  19. Hi Diane..I love when you post..please do it more often..it's so good to read about how you are.

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  20. Just in time to add these ingredients to the shopping list. Making these for my house guests. '-)
    Love, love, love your pumpkin watercolor. Happy Halloween, dear friend!

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  21. Those oatmeal bars seem just perfect for a snack on the go!
    I'd add some dried fruits because I cannot resist them, but even plain they seem awesome and delicious.
    Have a delicious and wonderful Halloween in family ~

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    1. Now that's a great idea Camille!I can just taste the added dry fruit!
      Génial!

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing your Oatmeal Bar recipe with us, and the memories. I remember that we had bright orange and yellow floral wallpaper in the kitchen and all the kitchen cupboards were bright yellow formica. Happy Halloween! Hugs Rose x

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  23. Thank you! I actually found the picture of our kichen,in one of the many photo books I browsed through yesterday..of course I have no idea in which book it was...

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  24. Great memories of the little ones! I remember making oatmeal bars years ago. I'll make some this week! Thanks for the recipe ♥ Hugs, Jody

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  25. Lovely recipe, it reminds me of granola bars. I love eating them as a snack. I always enjoy changing them up with fruits, chocolate and more. Love your beautiful fall colors. The little sare always a blessing to see and hear about. I had my first child at 18. Where does the time go? I sounds like my Mother....LOL
    Happy Halloween.

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    1. No wonder you still look so young for all the Littles!

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  26. Beautiful post Monique, love the picture that Noah drew of you, that must be your big heart that is shining through, so sweet. Lovely pics, the bars look delicious!

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  27. Beautiful post
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  28. I adore your watercolor and I'm going to make your oat bars today. I have to take some cookies/snacks to our art sale reception and this sounds perfect!

    Hope your Halloween was filled with good goblins and good weather!

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    1. It was so cold..
      I hope they turna out well for you..you may hate me if they do;)
      Thank you Jeanie:)

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  29. Are those oatmeal bars super crunchy? Just wondering. Love your memories - I had my first when I was 32! I'm sure we were both a little nervous and madly in love with our babies:) Happy day after All Hallow's eve !

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    1. Not super crunchy..just right.For us..If you like crunch..or sticky like bought granola bars..this sin't the right bar..these are like soft oatmeal cookies..:)

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  30. Yum!!! Maybe I can even make these and use fruit instead of sugar!!! I used to make them...
    The painting: Monique...!!!...YOU have outdone yourself!!!! So flowing, so full of design and pumpkin!!!!

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    1. Bon..j'espère que tu sais que tu es une inspiration pour moi Rita...de fond en comble.
      Je suis reconnaissante de t'avoir trouvée!!

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  31. Oatmeal bars in any form are so good! Sometimes it is hard for me to remember back. It's not the remembering, it's the fact that time goes so fast and it makes me sad. But your beautiful water colors sure perked me up!

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    1. Me too:(
      In some instances..it makes me sad.

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  32. Excellent post. The oatmeal bars look delicious. 1970's at its best. The picture of the little swing in your backyard was so touching.

    Babies fresh from their bath. Nothing smells better.

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  33. Oh man, I can almost smell those! Gonna have to make some myself! Thanks for sharing. And I love your watercolors! Popping in from "aug's blog". Aloha!

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