No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

This is the first recipe I learned to make from the Rookie Cookie recipe insert in the news paper when I was a 12 yr old 38 years ago, WOW 38!  It is a simple healthy no bake cookie treat.  Especially nice for an after school snacks for the kids or a special surprise in a lunch box.

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
Makes 16 to 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup chunky peanut butter

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Directions
Line a 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over low-heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Add the oats, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Heat on high in the microwave, in increments of 40 seconds, stirring in between each increment, until melted and fully combined.
Pour ⅘ of the chocolate mixture into the pan over the pressed oats, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling. Top with the remaining oats and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.

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Wedding season is fast approaching…

Do you hear wedding bells?  Are you a bridesmaid or a guest attending a Wedding?

Unique Gifts for any occasion in your life, Even if its just for you!!!  We have several wedding or romantic saying – rustic farmhouse style signs for gift options for the couple.

All of our Signs are made from RECLAIMED wood. We choose to upcycle and use the beauty that may go unseen by some.

 

Since all of our signs are hand-painted on wood, you will see chips, cracks, paint splashes, paint bleeds, knots, and holes. We believe this adds to the character of our items, and makes each one completely unique.
All of our sign are distressed to give it a rustic, antiqued, Farmhouse look.

Our signs will never be “perfect” and you may see some flaws, this is what we believe makes them unique.

A True Love Story

This rustic wedding sign will give your wedding that romantic farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. This Bedroom Wall Decor will reminde you of how much you love each other. This makes a beautiful anniversary gift, Valentines gift or just to tell that special someone how much they are loved by you. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same – wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR White / Black ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7″ High x 20″ Long *********************

$34.95

 

I Love Us

This rustic wedding sign will give your bedroom space that romantic farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. Everytime you see this sign, it will remind you of how much you love each other. Nothing like waking up and seeing I love us to start your day. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR White/Dark Brown ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7" High x 20" Long

$39.95

God Gave Me You

This rustic Wedding sign will give your home that farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barn wood of days past. This also makes a beautiful Anniversary gift, Valentines gift or just to tell that special someone how much they are loved by you. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR White / Black ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7" High x 20" Long

$34.95

I Fall in Love

This rustic romantic bedroom sign will give your bedroom space that romantic farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. This Bedroom Wall Decor will reminde you of how much you love each other. This makes a beautiful anniversary gift, Valentines gift or just to tell that special someone how much they are loved by you. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR Gray / White ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7" High x 24" Long

$39.95

Forever Amen

This rustic wedding sign will give yourbedroom space that romantic farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. Everytime you see this sign, it will reminde you vows you made to each other. Also makes a great anniversary gift and nursery wall décor. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR Gray / White ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 14" High x 12" Long

$29.95

Rustic Farmhouse Her Buck His Doe

This rustic wedding sign will give your beautiful wedding that country charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. This cute His Doe and Her Buck sign is a cute way to display the love you have for each other. Also this sign makes a great Anniversary Gift, Valentines Day Gift, or just to say I Love You. Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same – wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR Dark Brown / White ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 12″ High x 14″ Long *********************

$29.95

 

 

 

Whom My Soul Loves

This rustic Wedding sign will give your living space that farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barn wood of days past. Song of Solomon is one of the most romantic scripture in the bible. This wedding sign will remind you of your love you share each and every day. Each Rustic Wedding sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR Dark Brown / White ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7" High x 32" Long

$44.95

Wedding Proposal

This rustic Wedding Proposal Sign will give the one you love that romantic keepsake to remind you both of that special moment. This wedding proposal sign has that farmhouse charm with the rustic and distressed look of old barnwood of days past. The unique gift will look wonderful hanging in your bedroom. Wake everyday to those four very special words...Will you marry me? Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and character of the sign. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. No two pieces are ever the same - wood, notches and distressing vary from each sign. Every sign comes with sawtooth hangers on the back for easy hanging. Our signs make wonderful and affordable gifts for any occasion. COLOR White/Dark Brown ********************* FRAME None ********************* DIMENSIONS 7" High x 20" Long

$39.95

Instant Pot – Pork Carnitas Mexican Pulled Pork

I just love using my Insta Pot.  This has made my life so much easier being a busy mom.  You can take a frozen roast or  whole chicken to completely cooked in 90 minutes.

One of my go to recipes is Pork Carnitas. This recipe will make several meals and is freezer friendly.  You will have shredded pork in the freezer ready to thaw for tacos or burritos at a moments noticed.  Great for moms on the go..makes really quick meals your family will love…and who doesn’t love tacos?  Right?

Enjoy!

Mexican Pork Carnitas –  Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burritos, taco salads etc. 

Total Time: 60 minutes * This is freezer-friendly


2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions:
Season pork with salt and pepper.
Press sauté on the instant pot, spray with oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over.
Season pork with cumin, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth, add chipotle peppers and stir, and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure for 80 minutes.
When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom.
Adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

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Rustic Farmhouse Beauty from Reclaimed Wood…..

We just started on a new venture and opened up our second Etsy store.  I have always love Farmhouse décor.  It reminds me of times past.   Farmhouse décor is making a come back.  It’s all about clean simple ways to decorate.

Welcome to our new shop The Chocolate Chicken2® Rustic Farmhouse Signs.

Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and unique character of the signs.

Since all of our signs are hand-painted on wood, you will see chips, cracks, paint splashes, paint bleeds, knots, and holes. We believe this adds to the character of our items, and makes each one completely unique. No two pieces are ever the same.

All of our signs make great affordable gifts for all occasions.

Come by and Check us out.  http://www.Thechocolatechicken2.etsy.com.

 

Natural Alternative for the Cold and Flu Season…

Well the cold and flu season upon us.  Some of you may want to try a natural alternative.  When I’m not feeling well I like to enjoy a hot bath with blend of dried flowers, nourishing herbs and therapeutic essential oils.  breathing and soaking in all that steam.  Besides that it has Epsom salts to ease you aching body.

You might want to try these bath teas.  What is a bath tea.  It is just like a tea bag, but for your bath.  It is filled with herb, flowers, salts and essential oils.

Our Herbal Bath Tea – Cold and Flu Blend with European Dead Sea Salts, combine the benefits of the direct application of herbal nutrients to the skin with aromatherapy and the soothing properties of the bath.

This blend of dried flowers, nourishing herbs and therapeutic essential oils helps to support the immune system at the onset of a cold or flu.

Enjoy a relaxing herbal bath by soaking this European Spa & Bath Tea bag in a bathtub filled with warm water. Breath in the herbal steam for aromatherapy.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Therapeutic blend of flowers, herbs, vitamins and essential oils selected for their immune-strengthening, antiviral and antibacterial properties
Helps to support immune system at onset of cold or flu
Fresh, minty scent soothes the sinuses and helps to relieve congestion

Directions:
Place tea bag in a warm bath. Soak the herbal tea bag for about 20 minutes until its aroma is released in the water.

Tea is not for drinking, bathing only.

Ingredients:
Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Seed, Rubus Fructicosus (Blackberry) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis, Sambucus Nigra Flower, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Linum Usitatissmum (Linseed) Seed, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt.

Contents: 2 Tea Bags. Dimensions: 4″ x 6″ bag approximately 8 oz.

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