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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Bars

I almost didn't blog about these because they aren't that attractive and it was really hard to get a good photo! I took about twenty and this was the ONLY one even close to being good. However, they are very yummy and I really wanted to share the recipe with you all.

I got this recipe from a friend years ago when our kids were in preschool together. It was the only treat she would bake for her kids because she felt it was somewhat healthy. I guess she thought the veggies, fruit, oats and nuts made up for the cup of butter and almost 2 cups of sugar. I agree! LOL!

Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Bars

1 cup  butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
2-2/3 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded carrots, loosely packed
½ - 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients; mix well.  Stir in the remaining ingredients then spread dough in an ungreased 13x9” pan.  Bake ~22 minutes until golden brown. Don't over-bake or they will be dry! Cool completely then cut into squares.

Happy Baking!


  1. Oh these sound fabulous! Carrot cake is my favorite cake...and I sure am wild about oatmeal too. I've just started baking a carrot bread...these are a must.try! SO glad you shared. I think the photo is great.


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