Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Weight loss goal      for my 25th anniversary:

15 by the 15th


This week: 2 lbs.!!
Total Lost: 12.5 lbs.!!

I only have about 3 weeks left to reach my goal.  With all the holiday eating I will do between now and then, I am afraid it's going to be very, very close! Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

If you're like me, there be lots of last minute needs for a little happy or dish to carry or send to a holiday function. Here's a recipe that is great for a quick little something sweet!
These are tasty little bars, especially for the time and effort expended.  Experiment with different flavors of cake mix and baking chips to find the combination your family likes best!
This is the time of year to stock your pantry with cake mixes, baking chips, powdered sugar, brown sugar, etc., as most grocery stores have really great sales on these items for the holidays. Be sure to check the expiration dates and purchase the ones with the longest shelf-life. 

Cake Mix Cookie Bars
Cake Mix Cookie Bars

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/3 cup oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs

Mix all ingredients well.  Mixture will be stiff. Spread in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until it starts to come away from the edges of the pan.
Cool and cut into squares. 

I received this from a friend.  I thought some of you might enjoy reading it:

    A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.  ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.  
    He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.  
    He was glad he did.  
    The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.  
    The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.  
    When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, 'Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?' She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, 'I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.'  
    As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister.......' He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you Jesus?' 
    He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?' Do people mistake you for Jesus?
That's our Destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.  
    If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.
Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.  
    You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit. 

Drawing tonight!!!

November Giveaways:

We have three of these sets to give away!!!

Susan has provided us with three Little Book of Holiday Appetizers published by Oxmoor House, the publishers of Southern Living books

I am slipping each of these into a cute fall potholder!

There will be three winners!
Drawing will be on November 19th at 6:00 p.m. (CST)
This will allow time for delivery to our winners before Thanksgiving!
To enter, email me at:


Good luck to all!!!


  1. Connie! You are amazing -you and your 2 pounds a week! I am thrilled - well, kinda - to report another half pound gone - I am down 3 total - but will I get to 8 at this rate??? Thanks for the challenge!

  2. Yes, you will reach your goal!!
    In all honesty, the anniversary has really inspired me to try really hard! Otherwise, who knows... :)
    Congratulations on your loss!! Keep up the great work!!


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