On the weekend my mom and I did our annual shopping trip across the boarder. Normally we go with Ris and the kids and spend 2 days but this year money is tight so we just went down for the day. We had a plan, our route was mapped out and we were off.
We were up a 6 am and on the road by 6:30. No wait at the border we were at Target by Alderwood Mall by 9 am. We had to make a couple coffee stops along the way obviously.
At Target I got Cinnamon M&M’s and Andes Mints in peppermint crunch, which we don’t have in Canada. Score!!!
Then we headed to the mall. Checked out a couple stores but I just could not wait to get to Trader Joe’s. We rushed through Toys r Us and finally the time had come to go to Trader Joe’s.
It was AMAZING!!! I was in shock of all the incredibly cool stuff like Cookie Butter (which is so so so good, I could eat the entire jar with a spoon), the salted caramels, cookies, the chocolate!!!! Some of the prices blew my mind. For a 2 L of organic milk it was $2.99, in Vancouver $5.49. Butter $2.99 up here almost twice that. Apples were $.59 a lb instead of $1.29. What a difference.
I will be returning to Trader Joe’s probably before Christmas. So worth it.
Then we did a little more shopping at a different Target. lol
Then we waited at the border for an hour but I brought along my trusty portable dvd player so it wasn’t bad at all. Finally walked back in the door at 10 pm.
It was a long, long day but so much fun. It’s always nice to spend a day with my momma and shop til we drop.
Here are some fabulously fall Apple Cider Bars. You make of course make them any time of year but there is something about apple cider that just screams fall.
These bars and moist and the apple cider mix makes the top super soft and then you get the bite of apple. They were easy to throw together and great warm or at room temp. The cider mix really makes these special. I put the apple just on top but you can totally mix it in. They stored well so great for lunches.
Recipe – 8×8 pan
1/2 c butter
1 c lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs – room temp
1 c all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 med apple chopped
1 individual package of hot apple cider mix
Preheat oven to 350 F and put the oven rack to the middle position. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside. (You can always just spray with non-stick spray if you don’t have parchment)
In a large bowl set over simmer water add butter. Stir until melted. Add in brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until blended. Let sit until warmish closer to room temp as opposed to hot. Stir again and then add the eggs whisking just until blended.
Add in flour and salt. Stir until combined and no lumps remain. Try not to over mix. Pour into prepared pan.
Top with apple and then sprinkle hot apple cider mix over top.
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out slightly crumby.
NOTE: If you want to double an 8×8 recipe you can always make it in a 9×13 dish. A lot of times I half 9×13 recipes and make them in 8×8 pans.