October 27, 2011

Tae Kwon Halloween!

Meredith recently started Tae Kwon Do at the YMCA and she loves it. They do push-ups, crunches, and stretches to warm up, then practice the moves in their small groups. The great thing about the Master of the program is that he allows the kids to have a little bit of fun apart from tae kwon do every now and again. Last night the kids were to come in costume and parents were to bring appetizers/desserts for the Halloween celebration. It was so cute seeing the kids dress up, and each child strutted his/her stuff like models down the catwalk. After each child showed off their costume, everybody voted on the best of the best and the winner received a prize for best costume. Unfortunately Mer didn't win (I voted for her!), but she still enjoyed herself with her friends. Here are some of the highlights:




We had such a good time with the kids and the parents. As for desserts...this is what I made:



These delicious things were gone within a few minutes. Everybody loved 'em and Andrew asked why I started making these as he's just starting his diet. =( for the dieters, but =D for the non dieters! 
I know you're gonna want to make these so here's the recipe:

Blondie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter (yes, another)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbs vanilla extract
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts if desired (I didn't use walnuts)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and salt together. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat until light and fluffy.
  2. In medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the second 1/2 cup butter in the microwave until melted (about 35 seconds). Stir in brown sugar until it's like thick syrup. Stir in vanilla. Add mixture to the creamed sugar mixture, stir.
  3. Pour flour into measuring cup (if you scoop it out of the bag, then it'll be too packed and you'll have too much flour). Mix in baking soda.
  4. Sift into sugar mixture, a third at a time, mixing until combined. Add chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
  5. Line an 8.5 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment or aluminum foil. Grease the foil. Spread batter in pan, distributing evenly.
  6. Bake for 24-28 mins until top is golden brown. Remove and cool. Grasp ends of foil and lift to flat surface. Cut into desired shapes and sizes. 
  7. Enjoy!
*As much as I'd like to take credit for this recipe, I'm just not that good. This recipe is from preparedpantry.com



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