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Easy Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

chocolate chip oat bars recipe

I tried a recipe on a whim the other day. I had a mad craving for chocolate chip cookies, but was feeling to lazy to make cookies. Thus, I found this recipe for Chocolate N’ Oat Bars from the Eagle Brand website, tweaked it a little and it’s vanished from our kitchen twice since! 

It’s made with ingredients that are pantry staples – I love a sweet that doesn’t require a grocery store run! 

You’ll love this easy recipe for last minute guests, church carry-ins, or weekend munchies! ;)

What’s your frequent baked good craving?

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Easy Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe

easy crockpot taco soup recipe

I LOVE SOUP SEASON!!!! Bring on the chowder, chili, and warm goodness!

I put together this simple taco soup in the crockpot the other night, and it was a definite crowd pleaser! It’s a soup that you can prep and walk away from for the day, and let the slow-cooker do the magic.

First you’ll want to brown a pound of hamburger with your favorite taco seasoning (I like this homemade recipe) and a 1/2 of a diced onion.  Transfer that to your crockpot and add 2 cans of diced tomatoes (use the ones with green chilies added for an extra kick), taco sauce, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of tomato sauce, and tomato juice.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I added a small bag of frozen corn in the last 45 minutes.

Serve it with all your favorite fixin’s – guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips!

Soup Bowl Bottoms Up!  =)


What’s Your Favorite Crockpot Soup?

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Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys {Day 30}: Make a Homemade Slingshot

  Day 30 Make a Homemade Slingshot DIY Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys

How to Make a Homemade Slingshot…


  • A Forked Stick
  • Heavy Rubber Bands
  • Electrical Tape
  • Hand Saw

Most every boy love to create ways to "shoot stuff". The sling shot is a classic and easy way to accomplish this. There are a million ways to make a sling shot, but I have found this one to be the least frustrating both to make and use.

First, search the woods for a stick with a main beam between 1 and 2 inches thick. It also needs to have a fork in it that splits wide enough to shoot through. Also, you will want to make sure that both sides of the fork are fairly thick and strong so they won’t break with the pressure of the rubber bands.

When you locate a good candidate, cut the handle about 8 inches long, and leave each fork about 5 inches long. Again, make sure the stick is good and sturdy. Often the best sticks are "green", or on live trees, but try not to ruin a perfectly healthy tree.

When you get home with your stick, take one of your rubber bands and attach it to the end of one fork with 4-6 wraps of electrical tape. Take a second rubber band and repeat this on the end of the other fork.

Now, before attaching the two rubber bands together, keep in mind that you have to now create a pad to shoot pebbles out of. To do this, attach the bands together with the electrical tape, but make sure you leave about an inch of gap between them. Run the electrical tape around the inside of the ends of both rubber bands several times so that none of the sticky part of the tape is exposed.

You can now pinch a small pebble in the electrical tape pad, pull it back, and let it fly! I recommend creating a target with a paper plate for target practice. Keep in mind that these can be VERY dangerous if you shoot them at other people. These simple sling shots can send rocks flying at a very high rate of speed, so please exercise extreme caution and alert your kids to the dangers. They are very fun if used safely.

diy slingshot with stick and rubberbands


  Helpful Tips/Resources:

 * Use caution when shooting the slingshot and picking out ammunition.  {Go small}

* Also use caution in picking a location to use the slingshot, stay away from property that could be damaged. ;)

* I recommend finding two suitable sticks in the woods so you don’t have to go back if one breaks!

*PLEASE, In the spirit of The Christmas Story, don’t shoot your eye out.

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Have you ever tried a homemade slingshot? 

You can find ALL of the Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys over HERE.

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