Friday, August 2, 2013

bird seed: chocolate and peanut butter 7-layer bar craziness

summer is always so crazy busy. every weekend we have something going on and, many times, it is out of town. (in fact, we are on an airplane headed to jim's grandma's as you are reading this. that airplane that just flew over your house? that was probably me! okay, probably not. but maybe!) during the week, the kids and i are outside trying to soak up every single bit of the gloriously warm weather before mother nature decides it should be winter again around here. needless to say, i haven't had a ton of time for DIYs this summer. luckily, we had a bit of a drizzly and dreary day on tuesday so mimi and i decided to bake some bars. i thought i would share that recipe with you today because they were damn good. if you like something a little lot sweet and a little salty and then a little lot more sweet, you will love these bars! when mimi and i looked in the cupboards to decide what kind of bars to make, everything looked so good that we just decided to use it all! here's what you'll need:

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup reese’s pieces
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

"no, mama! i wasn't trying to steal any candy!"

she wore an old apron that used to be her daddy's as a kid! adorable.

mimi was in charge of crushing the pretzels. she enjoyed her job immensely.

once the pretzels have been sufficiently crushed, preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. then, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter. stir in the crushed pretzels. spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 8 minutes.
that little tongue kills me. so cute!

 this is what it will look like when it's baked:
i would eat that as is...but let's try to make it even better!

this is the fun part. layer the chocolate and peanut butter chips, reese's pieces, and peanuts atop the bars. drizzle the bars with the milk and then return all of that deliciousness to the oven for another 15 minutes or so. the bars will be golden and bubbly when done.
trying not to make a giant mess.

let the bars cool completely before cutting. then serve and enjoy!

there's that tongue again. ha!
i warned jim that, even if he made a ridiculous face, it would go on the blog. i think he thought i was kidding. i was not.

have a great weekend!

xoxo, nora bird


  1. These look so great! And what a great little helper you have!

  2. Mmm this looks has all my favorite things in one dessert :) Mimi is too cute in Jim's old apron! Have a wonderful weekend :)

    The Tiny Heart

  3. She is adorable! And I love peanut butter and chocolate! Yum! sandie

  4. I'm making these this weekend I swear. Everything a pregnant chick could want is in this recipe!!

    Mimi is the cutest little sous chef ever!

  5. Oh good, all things thrifted are your fav! That is awesome because 90% of my wardrobe is all thrifted.

    This looks yummy and it is so cute how your daughter is making it. That part is the most awesome and Jim's hilarious expression, too!

  6. Wow, that looks absolutely delish! Your daughter is precious, by the way =D I'll have to try out that recipe for sure!

    If you have time later, I'd like to invite you to a giveaway of mine. It'd be wonderful if you could enter. It's to win a Bitchy Gypsy statement necklace.

  7. that looks amazing!! I want one right now!

  8. Way too much goodness! those sound delicious! Where do you find these things?

  9. It looks delicious! HAHAHA He made the best face!

  10. OMG, all my favorites
    I would probably just do a face plant right into the baking dish!

  11. haha don't mess with nora, she's not kidding! your little helper is too cute, she looks like she's having a blast helping you bake!

  12. nora your photos are complete and total cuteness! i wish i could eat that dessert.