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Payday Bar Cake

on 07/13/2012

If life is like a box of chocolates, lately mine has been all nuts. We’ve had some really bad stuff going on recently but we’ve been blessed with great things too. Fortunately God gives you a balance to keep you from getting too full of yourself or so down that you need watching. Last Wednesday, July 4th, was my darling fella’s and my 25th anniversary. Due to circumstances, it was a bittersweet day but honestly i’m thankful for that. Made me take stock so that i realized just how blessed my life with him has been. Good and bad, thick and thin (no snide remarks on the thick part, now)–we’ve done it and we’ve done it together. And if you’ve got to go through these tough times in life, it’s a blessing to have someone to share them with. Nice to know the sweet patooty is there for me. For instance, in our unique celebration of our 25th and the country’s birthday, we went to Niagara Falls with the girls for the first time. We were standing at the overlook where you grab the Maid of the Mist tour, enjoying the awesomeness of the falls, when it happened. Again. Second time this summer and, unfortunately, a recurring theme in my life. Not sure why i’m a magnet but i am. Michael and i are standing side by side when, out of the blue (literally), i get the flying poo salute from a bird on the front of my shirt and a little on my arm. But it’s all good. Last time it was on the top of my head and this time we got so soaked by the falls that my shirt was practically washed afterwards. What did my fella do, though? Offered me his eyeglasses cleaning cloth to wipe it off which meant that later he had nothing to dry his glasses with. That’s a good man. No wonder i’m nuts about him!

Here’s something you’ll be nuts about. And, yes…it is another recipe passed on by Mama so you know already that it’s good.

Thank you, Tracey!

Payday Bar Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1/3 cup butter, softened, plus 1/4 cup butter

3 cups mini marshmallows

2/3 cup corn syrup (light)

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

12 oz. peanut butter chips

2 cups salted peanuts

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies

Mix cake mix, butter, and egg in a bowl. Press in the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven.

Sprinkle marshmallows on top of cake and return to oven for 1–2 minutes or until marshmallows puff.

In a saucepan, heat corn syrup, 1/4 cup butter, vanilla, and peanut butter chips until melted. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies and peanuts. Spoon over marshmallows and spread to cover.

Chill before cutting into bars.

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