Saturday, July 23

Easy Blueberry Bonanza Bars with Streusel and Oats — Recipe and Rave Reviews

Celebrate a blueberry bonanza with this super popular triple layer, anytime sweet treat (recipe here).

Got blueberries? These scrumptious Blueberry Bonanza Breakfast Bars are my favorite way to celebrate blueberry season. They can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries, and they don't have to be eaten for breakfast. I originally wrote about them back in 2006, and they've been one of my most popular recipes ever since.

Don't let the three separate layers scare you away; they come together quickly and you only need to dirty up two mixing bowls. They also freeze beautifully. With the oatmeal crust and streusel topping, these bars remind me of an eat-with-your-hands cross between blueberry pie and blueberry crisp.

If you only have a small blueberry haul (maybe because you ate half of them in the car on the way home), you could try the Just Peachy version or the Apple Blueberry version, which call for just two cups of blueberries each. Or use your imagination and what you have on hand; Farmgirl Fare readers have reported delicious success making these bars with blackberries, black cherries, frozen cranberries, stewed apricots, and raspberries.

Still not sure? Maybe the sampling below of rave reviews will get you on the blueberry bonanza breakfast bar bandwagon.

Thanks so much to all of you who take the time to come back and report on my recipes. And thanks for pinning them on Pinterest too!

Read rave reviews for Blueberry Bonanza Breakfast Bars below. . .

Friday, July 1

Recipe: Nigella's Big Chocolate Chip Cookies

These scrumptious cookies offer 'tender chewiness with an edge of crisp bite' (recipe here).

Nigella Lawson may be British, but her oversized version of the all-American chocolate chip cookie is one of the best I've ever tasted.

I'll be bringing my expected batch to a 4th of July fireworks bash at the river Sunday night, and if last spring's potluck with the same group of friends is any indication, the plate will be empty in minutes. Any time, any occasion, you can't go wrong with giant chocolate chip cookies.

Wishing you peace, joy, and freedom this American holiday weekend, no matter where you live.

P.S. Easy Orange Yogurt Loaf Cake (wonderful with strawberries or blueberries!) and Big, Soft, and Chewy Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies (plus how to hug a sheep).