Big baking day today, not my usual, but I had an awful lot of fun. Neither of the treats are for here – thank goodness! – but for sharing via John’s office bake sale tomorrow and our neighborhood women’s association gathering tonight. I bake something for John’s colleagues every year, for their annual United Way fundraiser. This year I made a two-layer coconut cake and pulled out an old favorite bar recipe of my mom’s – Cheesy Vanilla Fudge Bars. I in fact doubled the bars and am bringing a batch to the party tonight, easy enough. And I mean eeeeaaasy, I’d forgotten that they’re a little heavy on the prepared-mix ingredients, due to the fact that they’re a Pillsbury promo-creation from the – yes, cheesy! – 1970s. No Scharffen Berger bittersweet chocolate or imported butter here! But no matter, they RAWK. Big time, in fact – Stace and I used to go wild for these babies when we were kids. You store them in the fridge which makes them extra chewy, mmm. So tie on a ruffly, checked apron, pop a Swanson’s TV dinner in the (real!) oven, turn on the Mary Tyler Moore show, and bake up a batch of Cheesy Vanilla Fudge Bars while you sip Martini & Rossi, On the Rocks. Say YESSSSS! (Recipe posted in comments, below.)
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