Monday, October 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Fingers

This last Saturday evening, my husband and I attended a fun activity put on by a group in our local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward (for my non-LDS friends, a ward is a congregation).

Peanut Butter Fingers

The activity was held at a home along part of the Kings River in Fresno County. Here's a view from their house. (By the way, I took this photo of the river using the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. It actually did a fairly decent job.)

Kings River

We had a scrumptious dinner and enjoyed delightfully funny entertainment. The delicious main dishes were provided for us, while side dishes and desserts were brought by those in attendance.

I decided to bring Peanut Butter Fingers, which is a family favorite.

Peanut Butter Fingers

The Peanut Butter Fingers recipe was printed in an LDS Relief Society recipe book called "The Best of Everything." It was published many years ago. This recipe book belonged to my mom. On one of the front pages she wrote October 9, 1965.

Dorrine Head originally shared this recipe in the book. My mom doubled the original recipe so it would fit into a large (approx. 17½" x 11½") cookie sheet.

Peanut Butter Fingers

Here's the recipe. I hope you enjoy these delicious bar cookies!

Peanut Butter Fingers 


1 cup margarine or butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups quick rolled oats
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
Scant pinch salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Topping

12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Peanut Butter Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup peanut butter
3-4 Tbsp. evaporated milk

Blend dough ingredients together using a counter-top or hand mixer. Mix well. Spread on large (approx. 17½" x 11½") cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with one 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips and let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate chips evenly and drizzle with peanut butter glaze. If desired, swirl knife through chocolate and peanut butter. Cool. Cut in bars and store in airtight container.

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© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our Visit to Avila Beach, California ~ Part 4

In my previous post about our family's visit to Avila Beach, I shared photos of the area around the Avila Beach Promenade. Today I'm sharing photos I took while my husband and I walked along the Avila Beach Pier.

Views From The Pier

Looking north -

See that large structure in the distance? My husband and I didn't know what that was at the time of our visit. I looked on Googlemaps and found out that it's the
San Luis Bay Inn.


Here's a zoomed in view of the Inn.

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Looking south -


Lots of seaweed under the pier.


I thought this looked interesting. See how the seaweed attached itself to the buoy?


More buoys…more seaweed.


Our virtual visit to Avila Beach isn't over yet. I'll be sharing more photos from our visit in future posts.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Primroses and Poppies

Primroses & Poppies

I took this photo years ago with our Canon AE-1 film camera. I thought it was interesting to capture this poppy as it was about to break free from its fuzzy green sepals and unfurl it's delicate petals. Don't those crinkly petals remind you of crepe paper?

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gibson Beach ~ Point Lobos, California

My husband and I recently visited beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. We were only there for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. We were in the area and had never been there before. It's an absolutely gorgeous place, and a photographer's paradise.

Point Lobos is located along Highway 1 on the California Coast. It's just south of Carmel.

Here's a map of Point Lobos (thank you Googlemaps).

Googlemap for Point Lobos

There are lots of walking trails to enjoy. Because we were only there for a few hours, we weren't able to see all of Point Lobos. We'll definitely need to go back some day.

I took lots and lots of pictures while we were there. I thought I'd share one of them with you today.

This is Gibson Beach. I absolutely love the color of the water near the shore. I took this photo while we were walking along the Bird Island Trail.

IMGP6839 - Gibson Beach, Point Lobos, CA

I will be sharing more photos from our visit to Point Lobos in future posts.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Single Daisy

During our visit to the Central Utah Gardens in July of 2013, I saw this single daisy all alone growing in some kind of ground cover.

Of course I had to take a picture of it. I'm not sure how this daisy happened to end up all by itself inside this ground cover, but there it was.


There were other daisies growing in these gardens, as you can see from the photo below.

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I wish I had taken a photo of this single daisy from further away, so you could see how all alone it really was. Unfortunately, the photo below is the only photo that I have showing it from any distance at all. Even in this photo though, you can see that the daisy really was completely surrounded by this ground cover.


I think it's great that the gardeners left the daisy growing there in this sea of green ground cover sprinkled with small pink flowers. It seemed to be doing very well and held its own among those not of its kind. In fact, it appeared to be thriving.

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