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I love Fridays.  I’m retired from the work force and I still love Fridays.  It signals the weekend is here.  Friday night to watch movies by the fire.  A Saturday to work on the farm or travel about.  We’re scheduled to work in the toddler nursery at church this Sunday and that should be fun.

I’ve been informed that I’ve truly seen very little of Oregon and there will be some short weekend trips coming up to introduce me to more of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  In all honesty, we’ve traveled to the South, Southwest and Midwest a great deal over the almost past three years and there really hasn’t been much time left to tour the Northwest.  I’m all for it though.  I want to visit Crater Lake and Diamond Lake when my son and his family are here for a nice, week long visit in May.  Both places are only about one and a half hours away.  There are several other places we’ll visit as well while they’re here, all within a short drive.

So, for tonight, the macho logger tree farmer is bringing home a pizza for Friday night movies tonight.  I’ll make a salad to go with it and I’ve just taken warm raisin bars out of the oven.  They are so, so good and very easy…

Scrumptious Raisin Bars

In a medium saucepan, combine

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups of raisins

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup water. 

Cook over medium heat until thick.  Cool. 

Mix the following ingredients for the dough:

1/2 cup butter

1 & 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 tablespoon water

1 & 1/2 cups oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar.  Sift flour, salt and soda.  Add to creamed mixture.  Add oats and water.  Pat 1/2 dough into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Spread with the above cooled raisin filling.  Mix remaining dough with 1 tablespoon water and sprinkle over filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes.  Combine and drizzle the icing ingredients (see below) while still warm.  Cut into bars.  Enjoy!


For the icing combine the following and drizzle over warm raisin bars:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon OR 1 teaspoon cinnamon maple sprinkle (soooo good)

1 & 1/2 tablespoons+  milk


7 Responses to TGIF and scrumptious raisin bars…

  • Jennie says:

    Those raisin bars look good. we can’t get cinnamon maple sprinkle here of course, but hey-ho, I at least have cinnamon . . . I hope you had an enjoyable Friday. Our Saturday is into evening now and I am going to sit down and do some more x-stitch.

  • Dianne says:

    I’m so glad you came for a visit, Jennie! I loved the picture of your cross stitch…makes me want to get mine back out. You know, I was thinking you could probably use a few teaspoons or so of maple syrup in with the raisin filling and then use the cinnamon in the icing. I might try that next time as well! Also, I was thinking that you could probably use dates instead of raisins for the filling too.

  • Janet says:

    Dianne, where do you get the Tone’s cinnamon maple sprinkle? It sounds delicious, and I would like to try it. I have only found one place online, but the shipping cost is so high. So far, I haven’t found it in a local store. Any suggestions?

  • Dianne says:

    Hi, Janet! I haven’t found it locally here either. I bought two small little containers when I was in Iowa. The Tone’s factory is in the DesMoines area. Durkee’s also makes a cinnamon maple sprinkle. Maybe they carry that brand locally. I hope you find it! I was trying to think of a way I could actually make it when I run out of this!

  • Janet says:

    Dianne, I’ll keep looking. If the Durkee kind is the same, I’ll look for that, too. Thanks!

  • Hi Dianne, thank you for the recipe … I tried this morning … “succulent” is what my 2 grand-son said, I used a little grated maple sugar with cinnamon, I did not maple Sprinkle but it worked well anyway …. I have put in their lunch box to school tomorrow … I know they will think Grandma to enjoying these tender bar

  • Dianne says:

    Oooh, Marjolaine, grated maple sugar sounds like it would be much better! Wonder if I could find that here – I’ll look. Great way to improvise!




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