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Vermont Cookie Bars

It was maybe only a few days after the purchase of this box of Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookie mix that I had to break into it and bake something up. I was hoping I could stash the mix for a good couple weeks, at least, and use in a *real* emergency. (You know, like when you're trying to stream the season finale of Scandal but the campground's wifi won't cooperate.) But, the craving hit, and when the craving hits, you've gotta do something about it.

Instead of making cookies, a rather tedious process when one is in a tiny kitchen, I decided to bake this mix up as bars. It worked out perfectly as we could portion away according to our tastebuds' desire. A teeny wedge for a snack or a large slice for one of those "Can it just be tomorrow already?" kind of days.

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Vermont Part IV

And we're back.  We managed to catch a nasty viral respiratory infection that had knocked us out for a good part of the last 3 weeks.  We are on the mend, back on the road, and ready to share more adventures. So, back to Vermont...

I am not quite sure how this initially slipped my own food-obsessed, ex-baker radar, but after a few days in Vermont I knew how I was going to spend "my day"*. A Vanderbilt friend (hi Miriam!) who loves to bake as much as me reminded me that King Arthur Flour's "Bakery, CaféStore and School" is in Norwich, VT. Knowing this was just about 90 minutes from our campground, I decided I would make a day of it.

Given that I was very likely going to stuff my face at the King Arthur Flour bakery, I decided a pre-gorge hike might be smart to offset the delicious sugar in my future.

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ZOMG Apple Crisp

Yep, it's a ridiculous title for a recipe post. But there was something about the ratio of sweet-tart apples to crunchy, nutty crisp that made me want to devour the entire pan of apple crisp.

I was inspired to bake a crisp for several reasons. One, hello fall and hello apple season! Two, I had a bag of apples local to where we stayed in Maine languishing in our fruit basket. We weren't eating them because they turned out to be mealy which was disappointing. (Don't you hate that? You commit to buying a whole bag of apples and they all end up mushy. Ugh.) Three, we recently were able to meet some virtual friends in real life at the tail end of our stay in Maine.

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