It has been brought to my attention that I have been neglecting this space again. While that may be true, I've been neglecting my homework also if that makes you feel any better. I may have gotten a little carried away with all the craft preparations for the Valentine's party I had for the kids this weekend. When glitter and gem stones are involved I somehow lose all track of time.
I sometimes wonder who the bigger kid is at these affairs. I was setting everything up, getting all the packages open and before I knew it I was knee deep in decoupage and sequins. I bought some vases at the dollar store and with a few tissue paper squares; sequins, mod podge (glue), and a little ribbon had quite the cute project ready for my little guests to make for themselves.
I had all the supplies necessary for the kids to make their own crowns. I made a sample one for myself with no intention what so ever of sharing. Imagine the horror when I saw my nephew running around with it manhandling it, hence the glitter all over it. Let's just put it this way, he is lucky he is 1 and adorable or I may have to of had a little talk with him. Crowns of this caliber don't just grow on trees you know. Wait a second; these were made of paper, so scratch that last statement.
Did I have fun with the desserts; let's just say there was homemade marshmallow fluff involved. In my usual neglectful fashion though, photos were neglected to be taken. So as an apology I'm offering you some decadent Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars that would be perfect for your Valentines.
Chocolate Pecan Chess Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
56 pecan halves, (3 1/2 ounces) or more if you’d like
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine butter, sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is barely stating to come together. Press the crumbs into a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan and bake for 17 minutes. (If you don’t have a food processor, you could melt the butter and just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and press in the pan.) Let cool for 10 minutes or so.
Mix sugar, chocolate, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and milk together and pour over the baked crust. Place pecan halves evenly over the top of the chocolate batter.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.