Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?
Someone really needs to remind me of this because I have been in crack-the-whip mode around here and I think I may be about to drive my husband to the point where he announces that he can no longer live with “the lady and all her crazy.”
So, I had to force myself to chill out on Sunday. I did not turn on the computer, none of us watched TV, and I tried really hard not to think about my two-page list of tasks I would like to accomplish on this five acres before noon on such and such date. (Because the universe may explode if those particular tasks are not completed, you know.) I even prepared most of my Sunday meal on Saturday so I wouldn’t be in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove for too long.
And Sunday was nice. Really nice. Kind of like an old fashioned Sabbath except that I had to run to Dollar General to pick up some graduation cards, and spending money on the Sabbath probably wouldn’t have gone over too well in the bible days. But it was a start.
I think I’ll try really hard on every Sunday to just relax, chill, visit, talk, and rest. No TV. No Computer. No thinking about my lists. (This will be a challenge. My mind is notorious for wandering.) I think somewhere I read that it was perfectly okay to do this once a week. And I’m just gonna roll with that.
One of the things I made on Saturday were these bars, because isn’t it a sin or something not to have dessert after Sunday dinner? I’m thinking yeah. The bars themselves are chewy with chunks of strawberries baked in them. The balsamic vinegar is subtle, so no worries about an overwhelming vinegar taste in your blondies. It gives the bars a slight twang in a really good way. I love the way the fruit is slightly tart with the sweet frosting. A really nice change from a brownie or traditional blondie.
So to recap, Sundays I shall be found resting and enjoying life and the people around me.
And hopefully I can keep my ox out of the ditch.
Here are my notes:
-I think the sliced almonds made this. Be sure to toast them. It makes all the difference in the world.
-These were really delicious chilled in the fridge and easier to eat by hand. Out of the fridge, they are a great dessert bar to be eaten with a fork.
-I didn’t test with mascarpone cheese, I tested with cream cheese, which was delicious, but I really envision this with mascarpone cheese.
-I lined the pan with parchment paper sprayed well, and let the edges overhang to form handles so I could easily lift the bars out when they were cool. I also made a second batch where I didn’t line it with parchment paper, so it will work either way. The parchment paper just makes it a little easier.