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My card features a beary cute couple picnicking at the beach. Don't you love the sparkly water? Teehee! I used four different Hero Arts stamp sets to create this little scene: an Archiver's exclusive stamp and die bear set (previously used here and here), Smile, You Are Hip and It's Your Day. I put one of the cameras from Smile on the girl bear's lap and I stamped the glasses from You Are Hip on the boy bear. The sentiment is from It's Your Day.
A picnic isn't complete without delicious food so I'd like to share one of my beary favourite recipes. LOL! I make this quite often because it's quick, easy, nutritious and oh-so-delicious.
BLUEBERRY OAT BARS
- Time: 30 minutes
- Serves: 24
- 1 3/4 cup Quaker Oats, uncooked quick
- 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Heat oven to 180C/350F.
- Grease 11 x 7-inch baking pan.
- Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda and salt.
- Add butter and mix until crumbly.
- Reserve 3/4 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture on to bottom of prepared dish.
- Bake 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine blueberries, granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes uncovered and stir occasionally.
- Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Gradually stir into blueberry mixture. Cook and stir about 30 seconds or until thickened.
- Spread over partially baked base to within 1/4 inch of edge. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.
- Press topping down into blueberries slightly.
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
- Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
- Store tightly covered.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Your next stop along the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop is Sarah J. Moerman!