Raspberry Crumb Bars

Raspberry Crumb Bars (easy dessert recipe) | Cooking Classy

Is it summer yet? Okay, well since we can’t force that one, at least we can constantly bake with the flavors of summer. This recipe is perfect because it doesn’t even require fresh berries, so when they aren’t in season, no problem. It actually just uses raspberry jam (and you can use any other kind you’d like instead). I prefer to use freezer jam, because it has a fresher flavor, but if you can’t find it the stuff from the shelf will work fine too.
You wouldn’t believe how easy these are to make! This one is staying in my recipe book for sure. They taste amazing, and I had the prep work done in about 10 minutes. Does it get much easier? These only take 7 ingredients people (and if you really wanted you could narrow that down to 6, just omit the salt and use salted butter).
These are perfect to make for entertaining. If you have a whole menu to prepare it’s always nice to have a simple, yet incredible dessert, that will impress guests without all the extra hassle and clean up. This was one bowl, one whisk and one baking dish that was lined with foil – so basically that came out clean. Dishes are my arch nemesis so that just makes one more reason I love this dessert. I’m pretty sure you are going to love these too! If you’d like, you could even add in a little ground cinnamon or fresh lemon zest, but really I think they are perfect just as they are. Enjoy!

Raspberry Crumb Bars (easy dessert recipe) | Cooking Classy
Raspberry Crumb Bars (easy dessert recipe) | Cooking Classy

Raspberry Crumb Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 9 - 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
  • Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 - 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes
Raspberry Crumb Bars (easy dessert recipe) | Cooking Classy
My sister handed me a stack of old Martha Stewart magazines and I discovered this little gem. The bell pepper adds gorgeous color and a very healthy veggie to your morning. Did I mention it’s really easy?  You’ll definitely impress your family and breakfast guests. Thank you Martha! Serve the eggs-in-a-hole with buttered toast. English muffins are nice too. You can cook the eggs to the doneness you prefer.
Ingredients:
1 red bell pepper (yellow would probably work just as well)
4-5 large eggs
Salt
Pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (other cheese would probably work too)
1 Tbsp Olive oil
How to Make Bell Pepper egg-in-a-hole for Breakfast:
1. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium/high heat.
2. Cut peppers into 1/2″ rings and remove the seeds and centers. Place sliced peppers into the pan and let them saute for a minute.

3. Crack one egg into the center of each bell pepper slice. Start pouring the egg in slowly; it prevents the egg from leaking and forms a nice seal, but some will leak no matter what; don’t fuss over it; it will still taste great!

4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each egg. Saute for 3 minutes, then flip it over carefully.

5. Top with a generous amount of parmesan.

6. If you want your yolks to be juicy (over easy), cook another minute.

P.S. As a (almost licensed) nurse, I feel compelled to say that eggs should be fully cooked for high risk populations including elderly, pregnant and young children.

1. Make biodegradable planters out of toilet paper rolls.

Make biodegradable planters out of toilet paper rolls.
Stacie / Flickr: 45605988@N03 / Via Creative Commons
So you can plan your garden to your heart’s content. Here is how.

2. Grow your own MOSS GRAFFITI.

Grow your own MOSS GRAFFITI.
It’s actually quite simple, as long as you’ve picked the right location with enough sunlight, and the mixture requires buttermilk, which seems very whimsical indeed.

3. Succulent cuttings begat even more succulents.

Succulent cuttings begat even more succulents.
Find out how to do it at Succulents and Sunshine.

4. Start a seedling in a lemon rind.

Start a seedling in a lemon rind.
Find out how at My Roman Apartment.

5. Or in an eggshell.

Or in an eggshell.
Mister Martha / mistermartha.com
Here is how it’s done.

6. Don’t have a watering can that pours how you like? Make one out of a gallon jug.

Don't have a watering can that pours how you like? Make one out of a gallon jug.
A Journey To A Dream / ajourneytoadream.blogspot.com
Find out how to do it here.

7. Or turn a jug into a shovel (or three).

Or turn a jug into a shovel (or three).
A Farm of Your Home / afarmofyourhome.com
Find out more here.

8. Make a ridiculously cheap herb garden (indoor or outdoor) using an Ikea doo-dad.

Make a ridiculously cheap herb garden (indoor or outdoor) using an Ikea doo-dad.
Get the directions here.

9. You can plant more basil from your leftover store-bought cuttings.

You can plant more basil from your leftover store-bought cuttings.
Here is how to plant them.

10. Same with celery.

Same with celery.
The Organic Lemon / theorganiclemon.com
That’s strangely lovely.

11. ALSO ONIONS.

ALSO ONIONS.
I could srsly look at pictures of repropagating plants all day long. Find out how here.

12. Use shower caddies to make a hanging garden.

 
These are from Ikea and lined with felt.

13. Make your own vertical herb garden out of a shoe rack.

Make your own vertical herb garden out of a shoe rack.
Get the directions here.

14. Keep your plants from dying when you’re away* with this paper towel trick.

Keep your plants from dying when you're away* with this paper towel trick.
Andy Shora / Via lifehacker.com
*Or just lazy.
Shove a tightly rolled paper towel into the soil and then drape the remaining end in a glass of water.

15. Use toilet paper to make seed tape.

Use toilet paper to make seed tape.
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Which will help you space small seeds evenly.

16. And use leftover coffee grounds to enrich your soil and repel critters.

And use leftover coffee grounds to enrich your soil and repel critters.
Maya Kovacheva Photography/Maya Kovacheva Photography
Find out more about it here. Plus, many coffee shops will offer free grounds to use for composting.

17. Keep soil from leaking out of your pots’ drainage holes with coffee filters.

Keep soil from leaking out of your pots' drainage holes with coffee filters.
They should still be able to drain.

18. Use car wax to lube uncooperative tools like gardening shears.

Use car wax to lube uncooperative tools like gardening shears.
Laura Moss / This Old House / thisoldhouse.com

19. Baking soda can make home-grown tomatoes taste less tart.

Baking soda can make home-grown tomatoes taste less tart.
Find out how to do it here.

20. Storing tools in builders sand will help keep them from rusting.

Ann Stratton / Real Simple / realsimple.com
 
Find out more here.

21. Make sure your old seeds are still worth planting by testing a few on paper.

Make sure your old seeds are still worth planting by testing a few on paper.

22. Use a diaper to retain moisture in a planter.

 

23. Alum will help your hydrangeas stay perky.

Alum will help your hydrangeas stay perky.
Find out more here.

24. Preserve herbs by freezing them into ice cubes.

Preserve herbs by freezing them into ice cubes.
Because it’s hard to use a fistful of basil every damn day.

25. Vodka can help cut flowers stay fresh longer.

Vodka can help cut flowers stay fresh longer.
Here is why.

26. And beer helps kill slugs.

And beer helps kill slugs.
SteveR / Flickr: git / Via Creative Commons
At least they’ll die happy.

27. Give broken pots a new lease on life by turning them into plant markers.

Give broken pots a new lease on life by turning them into plant markers.
IT’S THE CIRCLLLLLLLE OF LIIIIIIIIFE. Directions here.

28. Or just use your seed packets to remember what you planted.

Or just use your seed packets to remember what you planted.
Buy these plastic containers for them here or just make your own.

29. No need to buy a trellis; make one out of zip ties and bamboo poles.

No need to buy a trellis; make one out of zip ties and bamboo poles.
Here’s how it’s done.

30. Swap out plants seasonally by planting them still in their pots.

Swap out plants seasonally by planting them still in their pots.