Friday, November 23, 2018

Pumpkin Caramel Bars - FOTW Nov

Today is the monthly post of Fly On The Wall. A great time for all as you get a peek into the lives of several bloggers, myself included. First thought I'm going to show you these delicious pumpkin caramel bars. So good and the inspiration came from my blogging buddy Karen over at Baking In A Tornado, she is also the brain child behind FOTW. Here you will find her original bars that inspired me: Pepita Harvest Bars
 I used the Annas Ginger Swedish Thins as the base for the bar
Toll House white chocolate chips because I can no longer eat chocolate due to the high level of oxalates.
Pretzels for some crunch
caramel because why not
pumpkin, cranberries and pumpkin spice
I crushed the cookies and mixed with melted butter, about 1/4 cup, mixed and pressed it into a square 9x9 pan. Oh spray or grease the pan first, it makes getting them out so much easier or you can use parchment paper.
Sprinkle 1 cup white morsels, 3/4 cup quick oats over the crust and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. In a small bowl mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of pumpkin (not pie mix) and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice mix. Pour this over the ingredients in the pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of tiny caramel bits, place pretzel twist laid out on the top and sprinkle a few more caramels or cranberries. Also a few teaspoons of pumpkin seeds. You could use more and replace the pretzels but I am on a low oxalate diet for my kidneys and can no longer eat certain foods.Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cool, slice and enjoy!

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: 
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Go Mama O.                   

Let's see, what happened in October? YES! I finally had my lithotriposy surgery, stones removed and then the last stent finally taken out! Hallelujah!! You have no idea...whew
Hubby's new toy...I walk in to find it standing in the corner of the room. Umm well, sure.
And last month I mentioned we got new furniture! Here it is!!
The top picture(below) is the scope that the put into my bladder, yes I'm awake to see if everything looks okay and then they pulled out the stent. Which you see in the second picture, it is the black tube. ahh it felt so good to have that out. NOW, seeing these lovely tools I was NOT looking forward to the removal, then the surgeon walked in and said "oh no, we don't need those today, I'll just pull it out." That may sound weird and invoke all sorts of crude jokes but they were music to my ears.
After a few weeks of spasms and throbbing pain I was finally able to resume normal life. We took a trip to Helen, it is a tiny quaint town at the foothills of the mountains north of us and a replica of the Bavarian region in Germany. My absolute favorite! I lived in Germany for 3 years and to this day still miss it. So Helen is a special place to me.
On the way we stopped at a store to pick up water, use the restroom and the guys got snacks. LOL now the fun begins!!

Jesse gets these hotter than Hades chips! Here are some things he said....
After 3 chips you start to get itchy

My scalp itches

4 chips in I’m gonna let them sit a minute

I feel like a cat having to lick the air

My husband is in the kitchen trying to open a bottle of wine. Jesse says "it's not a twist off is it?" My husband is insulted "UH NO" Still trying to use the opener and SNAP...he breaks the opener. He says "what in the world, I know I'm strong but damn." We all laugh. Jesse walks over and says "uh's a twist off, see the perforation here?" and twist. Well now the bottle is open! LOL oh my gosh we laughed so hard.  

Later I walk in and there sits the bottle of wine. I said "hey honey, your bottle of wine must be happy to see me, the little guy is standing at attention" He says "What?" I held up the bottle. He laughs. "Well silly, since it didn't have a cork I used one of the finger condoms to keep it fresh." I said "oh it's fresh all right."
So many laughs off one bottle of wine and I didn't drink any.
I hope you enjoyed cruising around my home. See what everyone else has been up to. Their links are near the recipe. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ( a day late I know)


  1. I can't believe they actually make Ghost Pepper chips and even more surprised people buy them LOL. Glad you are ok after your 'ordeal.' Loved the fact that you had so much fun with a bottle of wine you didn't even drink!

  2. I love you take on my Pepita Harvest Bars, I'm going to have to try your version.
    And I'm so glad all the surgery is finally over and done with!

  3. Yum, those bars look delicious! Your new furniture looks so nice and comfy. Enjoy! I didn't know you lived in Germany! So cool! Ich kann Deutsch. I was in Germany in high school (near Heidelberg) and in Vienna in college. Where were you?

    1. I lived in Ansbach, at the time West Germany. Bavarian region. LOVED it
      And Heidelberg is one of my favorite spots