My apologies for the crappy picture. I can’t get out of my apartment at the moment and this is taken through the high-tech plastic my building will use to help better insulate the apartment.
Classy, I know.
Have you heard the stories? 18-foot waves on Lake Michigan? Part of Wrigley Field’s roof blew off? 1800 flights cancelled at O’Hare? Thunder snow? Windows being blown out of apartment buildings?
So far, a good majority of those stories have been confirmed by the news.
Don’t worry. I was at home during all this. Listening to the wind whip around the corner of my building. Cuddled under blankets.
Work actually let us leave a few hours early when the crazy snow started to fall. Even traveling in hour one of the storm was a little crazy. People must have forgotten how to drive in all the panic.
My boss called to make sure I got home ok and to say unless something drastic happens, the office would be closed.
Once I got home, Mon and I congregated at the gym (naturally) and worked out a game plan.
Our game plan includes:
- A snowman when the snow actually stops coming down.
- Nachos made by Mon. She never cooks, so you KNOW this is a big deal.
- Movies. Plural because, seriously, where are we going?
- These: Andrea @ Can You Stay For Dinner? once posted these and they’ve been in the back of my mind ever since. Congo Bars. She wrote about how these were one of her favorites. Ever. And because I’ve made a few other things she’s posted recipes of, I’ve learned to trust such bold statements.
And I can see why. They’re super sweet. But addictive. I may have had one along with my breakfast. Not to mention the amount I ate last night after they were done…
Of course, my recipe varied a little from hers. I didn’t have walnuts that were coarsely chopped.I only had finely chopped. And being as how there was a blizzard outside, I made due with this. And they worked just fine. The texture is just a little different in the end result. Or I assume it so.Because they wouldn’t need much time in the oven for toasting, I just put them all together.
When toasting things, watch CLOSELY. It never fails- some will always get a little burnt when I’m in charge.
I’m not one of those people…I also ended up baking them about 5 minutes or so longer than the 22-25 minutes suggested. But that could also be me being a little overly cautious. Not sure. They still turned out super chewy and perfect.
The decision to bake might have not been a good one. Snowed in with a whole pan of these. Oh dear.
Well, I’m off to watch more news. I have some time to waste before the apartment maintenence digs me out of my apartment (drifts are keeping me from even being able to get out of the building). Then, it’s a matter battling my way across the street. Since I have the time, I figured I may as well pull out my long-run mid-week because I’m supposed to be busy this weekend (weather-pending it seems). After that, it’s all about enjoying the snow day with the neighbor gals.
Stay safe, kids!