Weekend Baking

Saturday at work we held an alumni vs student cross-country match.  Our current team members raced against alums on our standard course.  The parents of the current team members provided a picnic lunch for everyone involved with the event.  It was a great day.  I was a little worried because we had just had 5″ of rain the day before, we weren’t sure if it would still be raining on Saturday and if it wasn’t what shape the course would be in.

The course was a muddy mess, filled with puddles.  Our runners were covered in mud!  Good thing they had a nice hot meal to sit down to when they were done.

Two of the parents manned the grill, several mothers provided side dishes and/or dessert.  I myself added to dessert table.  I made blondies and pound cake. We had a fairly good turn out and everyone had a great time.  Thanks again to my cross-country parents for their outstanding BBQ skills!

Sunday dawned clear and sunny, albeit windy.  We held a double-header men’s baseball game at the Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly.  We had 40 alumni who played against our current team.  What a fantastic day.  Tons of people came out to cheer the teams on, we had rally towels and the weather was just perfect.

If I thought the cross-country parents had amazing BBQ skills, I was totally blown away by the parents of our baseball team.  Just look at the decorations for the tables….

Men's Baseball Game 133

There were tablecloths, pumpkins, mums…..you name it.  These parents have a cookout every single home game.  They have an email group, they plan the menu, everyone signs up to bring food, equipment, etc. etc.  I was in awe!  They fed 125 people TWICE in the course of an afternoon.

Our first “lunch” was hot dogs, hoagies, german potato salad, american potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, beverages and desserts.  Round two was hamburgers, cheeseburgers, meatball sandwiches, more salads, and more desserts.

I figured we could always use more desserts so I made dark chocolate raspberry bars and my mother’s Caramelita recipe.  The raspberry bars were very well received but holy COW did they like the Caramelita’s!  I was asked for my recipe….a lot.  Good thing I still had it in the car, I used it to go grocery shopping on Saturday night after the cross-country match.

They are an oooey, gooey dessert with enough calories to make you gain weight just looking at them but boy are they good.  I am not sure where my mother got the recipe but trust me…. you need to make these and soon!

Carmalitas

Caramelita’s – this recipe makes a 9×9 pan – I doubled it in the picture above

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Uncooked Quick Oats

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Salt

3/4 Cup Melted and Cooled Butter

1 (12oz) Jar Caramel Topping

3 T Flour

6 oz Package Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts

Combine 1 cup flour and next five ingredients.  Beat at low-speed until mixed.  Pat into an ungreased 9×9 pan.  Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  While that is baking, combine the caramel topping and 3T flour, set aside.

When pan comes out of the oven, top with chocolate chips, then nuts.  Drizzle with caramel sauce.  Bake 20 minutes until browned and set.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.  The recipe says this makes 36 squares…..they are totally decadent and you only need a small bite. Ok, maybe several small bites.

Enjoy!

 

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