I looked back at my post from Monday and I couldn't believe how down-in-the-dumps it was! My thoughts made it sound like I was on the brink of insanity. Clearly I was just having a bumpy start to my week. That happens to the best of us sometimes, right?
I think that for me, one of the hardest parts of being an "adult" (which is technically what I am even though I still feel like a kid most of the time) is realizing that a lot of the whims of my childhood and teenage years are no longer options. I can't just sleep in every day because I feel like it, spend the whole summer sitting on the beach, or just go about my life however I please. There are responsibilities now including rent money, groceries, being good at your job, staying in touch with family and friends, all of which can sometimes be very overwhelming, particularly at times when I wish I was hiding in my bed not speaking with anyone. I'm at a weird stage in my life where I've been out of college long enough that it's finally sinking in that I need to make money and support myself for the rest of my life. No more hanging around! That can be pretty daunting.
Luckily, some relaxing non-city time is coming up for me this month - first this weekend at the beach in Rhode Island, and then a family trip to Iceland! I am beyond excited for Iceland and have been dying to go for years. My dad said he expects me to kiss the Icelandic soil upon arrival because I've been talking about planning a trip there for such a long time. Next week I'm going to start packing and I can't wait to finally get there!
Since I've been doing a lot of reminiscing on my childhood lately, I recreated one of my all time favorite childhood desserts - seven layer magic bars. Did anyone else have an obsession with these growing up? I remember making them with my mom before soccer games and everyone digging in after the game was over. They are a bit salty and sweet, and perfectly chewy.
Seven Layer Magic Bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x9 square baking pan with coconut oil. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, coconut oil, salt, and cinnamon until mixed. Pour mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan and press down evenly.
Pour sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker layer and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Layer on chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and coconut flakes. Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the coconut flakes are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into squares and serve.
- 1 pack graham crackers, crushed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 14. oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut