Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Diva moments and Oatmeal Raisin Bars

I totally just walked out on an Ultimate Frisbee game.  Yes, I am that girl.  I was trying my hardest to play and be in the game...but as usual the boys outnumbered the girls and the girls were not included in most (any) of the plays.  After playing for 20 minutes and calling for the Frisbee, blocking people, and trying to get in the game - and still never being passed too...yeah, I just had it and did the obvious Diva thing and left.  Yeah, I am that awesome.

I had to laugh at myself on the way home as I remembered doing the exact thing numerous times in High school   Some things never change do they?  Boys are still uber competitive.  Girls are still drama queens.  Boys don't remember the important little things.  Girls remember every little detail.  Oh how our pea sized brains work!  

I also decided it was a good time to have a cry as I drove with the windows down and my music blaring.  Really folks, nothing beats having a good cry with the wind in your face...really.  Well... now that I think about it - it really is quite dangerous...so next time you want to call me "boring" or "unadventurous" just remember I cry with the windows down. : )  I highly recommend having a crying session at least every few months.  I thing it is good for the eyes, and I am pretty sure on some level it is detoxing your mind of all those little things that cause you stress and build up in the back of your head.  Pretty sure a scientist somewhere has a proof for this theory.  I think he has an  "a" in his name somewhere...so that should narrow it down.

So after I cried I went home and made myself a salad...so not the normal reaction to a diva moment, but we were out of chocolate...so salad was my next obvious choice.  It was an insane salad with cranberries, feta, paprika chicken, and a homemade balsamic dressing.  Yum.  Don't worry though, I finished my meal off with a nice oatmeal raisin bar.  It was perfect.  So perfect I that I want to share the recipe with you.  Go have a cry and then make these bars, it really is comforting to the soul.  : )  In case you forgot how to cry here are some good tips that taught me a lot about good crying.

1.  Listen to this song.  It is the ultimate crying song...because let's be honest - everyone's biggest fear is being alone and unloved.  Listen to this.

P.S. Pretty sure every girl that ever existed has sung this song at the top of their lungs at some point in their lives : )  Come on, admit it.

2.  Listen to this song...more importantly watch this ridiculously cheesy music video.

3. If you forgot how to cry or maybe you never learned watch this lady - she is a professional.  It starts around the 2:30 mark.

4. Then listen to this song and make these oatmeal bars...you will feel better, I promise. : )  

Remember, have faith - there is always hope, there is always love, be still and know that you are indeed loved.

P.S.  These bars are wicked easy to make.  No mixer required...plus they keep well for a few days, and ship rather nicely.

Oatmeal Raisin Bars
adapted slightly from her Majesty, Martha Stewart

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.  Line with Parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugars, egg, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Add flour, oats, and raisins; fold in just until combined.

Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan.  Cut into bars.


  1. HUGS!

    I had to laugh while reading your post because A). I could totally see you doing all of those things. B). Crying is SO detoxing and I've totally been there and you nailed every scenario. C). Those songs! LOL.

    Sending you lots of lovin'....hope today is a better day! xoxo
    ~ Mona

    1. Monica! You are the best! If there was a D) option it would include having you come over for a singing at the top of our lungs session which of course would result in tears : ) Today is better! : ) I was just being a drama queen : ) You know how it is : )

  2. Good for you!! Let it all out!! and as far the oatmeal raisin bars are concerned - YUM!
    Mary x