I will need to exercise great restraint and not let on to the students that I'm looking forward to the break more than they are.
Other than getting my tooth fixed and the winter ball, I'm looking forward to a quiet vacation. I'm already off the hook for the New Years gathering; I'm just waiting for my marching orders.
I also need to figure out a way to keep my darn kat from messing up the tree skirt. I have fixed that skirt almost daily since we put up the tree, but she doesn't fail to mess it up. I'm surprised she hasn't actually climbed INTO the tree yet.
Oh, and I almost forgot, I need to start/finish my Christmas shopping. Ummm yeah, the timeline kinda got away from me. I was busy taking orders on how to cut letters on the Cricut for a presentation board. Cripes. . .some people in this house have OCD. And I thought D1 was bad.
In the past week, we managed to survive Christmas Corners, science fair project (only barely), Christmas concert, traveling alone, psycho cats, and early wakings.
Actually, attending Christmas Corners did wonders to put me into the Christmas spirit. I must thank the Tongans. Their corner was amazing. They did an excellent job in creating a longhouse and extending their warm, Polynesian hospitality to all who visited. They were even kind enough to offer me food from their buffet.
Since I was feeling festive, I decided to do some additional holiday baking. I love these bars, and the candied fruit makes it a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season.
Years ago, my aunt brought these to my house. I couldn't resist the buttery crust paired with the just-sweet-enough filling. Unlike my friend LAMN, I don't mind the candied fruit mix sold in the tubs. LAMN used to take forever to eat a piece of fruitcake because she would pull out all of the fruits and eat only the cake part. Crazy, yeah!? And if my memory serves me right, I don't think LAMN ate nuts either, so those would be extracted prior to eating as well.
I find it easiest to cut these bars while they are still warm. When cutting with a sharp knife, be careful not to scratch the baking pan. If you prefer, you could actually just score the top half of the bar while still warm, then remove the bars from the pan (if you cover your pan with foil, this is easy to do when completely cool) before cutting all the way through the crust.
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Crust: 2 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 c butter
Filling: 1 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c candied fruits (fruit cake mix)
1 c nuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crust ingredients until fine crumbs form. Press into 9 x 13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat in eggs. Stir in candied fruit and nuts. Pour over hot crust. Bake 35 minutes. Cut into bars while warm. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.