I know, I know… I’m the worst blogger ever! I’ve been so bad at sitting down and writing. But really good at taking half the month of October off to drink, eat and be merry all over God’s creation! From London to Palm Beach to Chicago. I’m having a marvelous time! After 5 nights and 6 days in Palm Beach, and losing my driver’s license and laptop while there, but then finding both…and enjoying one of the most fabulous weddings I’ve ever been to, I finally arrived home in Chicago late Monday night. And I think I just stopped sweating from the Palm Beach humidity about an hour ago…ha! But seriously…It was dewy out there. Gorgeous, but dewy. I actually had to leave the dance floor at one point to run up to my hotel room to blow dry my hair. I was real pretty… Haha! By the way, if ever in Palm Beach a visit to The Breakers Hotel is a MUST! The wedding was at The Colony, which is a lovely boutique hotel, but we had a drink and lunch at The Breakers the afternoon before the wedding, and it’s absolutely stunning! Over looking the ocean and an historic landmark… just fabulous. Bring your wallet and make sure you have enough in your bank account to cover it.
At any rate, before I left last week for the wedding, I managed to get all of my real-job work & events in, pack for Florida, and bake for the Bears Thursday Treat Day before I took off. I knew that I wanted to send something chocolate, something easy but from scratch, and something that yielded many servings so that I didn’t have to double the recipe just in case I ran short on time… and the perfect solution to that is TEXAS SHEET CAKE! It’s been around for a long time, and I remember making it for the team only once in the past 8 seasons…and whatever recipe I used that year, I show in my notebook that it was a “hit” and had put a star next to it. The only thing I didn’t note was the actual recipe that I used. (I’ve never been a strong note-taker). What the heck. So, I started from ground zero in search of a good recipe, with 5-stars and many reviews that had actually said they made the cake. I came upon this one, and I liked it because it called for sour cream vs. buttermilk which so many other recipes called for. I am sure the Buttermilk recipes are good, but I didn’t have buttermilk on hand so my decision was made based on the reviews and sour cream. And it did not disappoint! My brother texted me and said “Great job on the Treats!” and my sister Barb, who helped with the delivery of the treats for me last week got the overflow of my chocolate chip cookies and Texas Sheet Cake said it was so good and she wanted the recipe. So here you have it, and I didn’t change a thing. As always, I used salted butter & Daisy Sour Cream:The Best Texas Sheet Cake
And then today was Thursday Treat Day Week 8 at Halas Hall, and my brother and I talked on Tuesday and he specifically requested Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars for this week. I personally love this recipe. I remember the first time sending it to Halas Hall and being so worried that it was too salty… it was the year that “salted caramel” everything was all over the internet in recipes. He texted me and said that people and players were asking where these bars came from. I have made them several times over the years for friends and families. I’ve even had requests from friends of friends. They are that good. Today, my buddy Jack in the Video Department commented that he “just scarfed down 2 of em”. I brought just 5 or 6 extras that didn’t fit in my Bears bins to the office and my colleague Amelia said, and I quote, “Dude those chocolate caramel bars were lit!” Yes, she is half my age and one of my best critics at the office…she has told me in the past when my Peanut Butter Chocolate Shortbread bars were just “okay, and don’t make them for the Bears”. So I was super excited to hear that my bars today were “lit”! Love it!!! The Brown Eyed Baker is the gal to thank for the recipe. She is one of my favorites…everything I’ve tried from her site has been incredible! Including her Jalepeno Popper Dip! I don’t change a thing to her Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bar recipe, except I use Salted Butter. And I always use Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips & Kraft Caramels. So here is the recipe: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars
I hope you enjoy the recipes if you do decide to make them. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.
Thank you so much for reading my blog… And GO BEARS!!!