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22 Dec, 2018

Weekend reading: the Christmas edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

Someone mentioned confetti squares being their favourite childhood treat so of course I had to look it up immediately.

Much like this Christmas crack we make every year, it’s the kind of thing that you don’t bake, it’s more of an assemblage, but hey, that’s a good thing, especially for people like me who don’t have the time or patience for intricately decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread houses.

Sooo… confetti squares, also referred to as confetti bars, are as easy as it gets. A word of warning: these are sweet, like, really sweet.

Confetti bars and squares

If you can melt butter in a pot and dump in some sugar, a bag of butterscotch chips, and a bag of mini-marshmallows, you can make these. This is a low effort, no-bake creation!

For the record, I used this recipe.

It made a LOT – a large 9 x 13 tray – which is welcome during a time when it tends to get busy. I brought half to my office holiday party and we ate the other half here at Casa Fishbowl, and even brought a few to share with family when we went for a visit. There were happy faces all around, which is kind of the point when making treats at Christmas (regardless whether you slave away in the kitchen or just make something quick like this). Do you have a favourite Christmas treat, square, bar, or cookie? Leave a link to a recipe in the comments below. I’d love to see what you’re baking and making!


16 Dec, 2018

Weekend reading: December 16 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

14 Dec, 2018

Things I am loving: GLERUPS

By andrea tomkins in Oh! Things!

My new Glerups!

I have a new post up at the terra20 website and I wanted to share it here too because I LOVE MY NEW SLIPPERS SO MUCH. (Thanks mom.)

Mark has hinted that they give my feet a slight Hobbit-like appearance, but I don’t care what he thinks because nothing beats warm feet.

09 Dec, 2018

Weekend reading: December 8 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading


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