Two Great Ways to Use a Cold and Sunny Autumn Day

Great way number one:

Go for  a walk/scooter ride.  One of our generous neighbors made a walking path around his cow pasture and wet lands area.  We walk there throughout the year and spot geese, ducks, cranes and blue herons.  Today we saw a kingfisher.

This is the kingfisher’s pond, even though he flew away from us.  Even at 36 degrees, it gets hot while we run, and that “gets some energy out”.


Second great way:  Come home and make Grandma’s Raisin Bars (substituting cinnamon chips for raisins since the chief cook, age 6, doesn’t like raisins.)

This is how we stir them up:


This is the way we lick the bowl afterward:

Sorry — no eating pictures:  We ate them too quickly!


Recipe:  Raisin Bars (or Cinnamon Chip Bars)


2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup melted butter

1 1/3 cups brown sugar

2 cups flour (I use half whole wheat and half all purpose)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups raisins or cinnamon chips

Stir together butter and brown sugar, add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined.  Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir vigorously until smooth.  Add raisins or cinnamon chips and stir to mix.  Bake in greased 9×13 pan for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Allow to cool before cutting and eating.

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  1. Jill

     /  November 14, 2011

    Hi! Where do you find cinnamon chips? I have been looking everywhere for them!

    • I usually find these at my local Winco or Macey’s grocery store. They are made by Hershey. I often buy more than one bag, because they are not always in stock. Hope you find them. These bars are really wonderful with the cinnamon chips — better than raisins, and I am a raisin lover.


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