After a week of mind-losing exercises, I decided to forgo making a cake for something fast and easy, like this no-bake butterscotch bar from Better Homes and Gardens. The original recipe is peanut butter based, but since I have a peanut allergy, I flipped it to cashew butter and added a little bit of cayenne for an added kick to the sweet and salty combo.
Now that we have the food talk out of the way, let’s talk crazy: taxes, time management and socks. Yeah, what a cluster. Last week started with a panic attack about taxes. Lucky for me my tax guy is kick ass and by the time my begging text for help reached him, and before I could put my phone down, he came back with “I anticipated that you would need an extension”. No joke or exaggeration, I wanted to kiss the man. Instead, I gave my usual texting gratitude of “You are awesome!!!”, followed by a series of smiley hugging emoticons suitable for a fourth grader, not an exchange between two professional adults.
But I digress.
Time management: yeah, about this. I’m still trying to nail this down in my personal life. Apparently, I can superstar my way through this on the professional end, but when it comes to personal matters – it’s a work in progress (as evident by my tax extension; my pony-tail wearing hair that is begging for a cut, the pile of props needing to be cleaned from past shoots; and on and on the list goes-but then this parenthetical would become more ridiculous than it already is). But hey at least the the pile of socks that has been sitting on my dresser for the last 3 weeks is finally paired and in the drawer.
Baby steps (Yay me—you know—in case you’re thinking “pathetic”. Someone has to pump me up!).
And then this happened at the end of the week (see below). Wow. Just wow. I’m honored any of you come here to read my blog and equally honored to be featured along side these other fantastic blogs as a finalist for Saveur’s 2013 Best Baking and Dessert Blog. Thank you everyone for your continued support and visiting with me over sweet treats and random chats.
Hit the jump here for the recipe for Better Homes and Garden’s blog Delish Dish for the recipe to these no-bake cashew bars.
As always, if I can please ask you guys–if you are going to pin any of the images please do so from Delish Dish and not here, since the recipes reside over there. Thanks!
Belinda @themoonblushbaker says
I swear taxes are more confusing the older you get I think. more numbers, more special taxes; I have been driven to edge too. I love the look of these bars, you have manage to make something so easy look elegant.
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Congrats again, Naomi! Best of luck, and you got my vote! These bars look so delicious. I love the styling too. I’m always looking forward to seeing what you would come up with next and it’s been really fun following you since I found your blog! xo
Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
These bars look absolutely gorgeous! And huge congrats on the Saveur nomination! Your styling and photography never cease to amaze me! 🙂
Thanks so much, Ali!
Nami – You are too sweet! I’m so glad we are friends and stalk each other blogs 🙂
Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says
Congratulations on the nomination! I am totally in the same boat with you when it comes to time management. I feel like I spend all my productive energy at work, so when I get home all I want to do is relax or spend time with the man!
Congrats Naomi! Well deserved nomination and hopefully win from Saveur. Your’s is one of the best blogs I’m following, always great photography and well-written easy to follow amazing recipes!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says
Congratulations Naomi. Well deserved!
These bars look delicious too.
Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says
Your bars look gorgeous and congratulations on the nominations – so well deserved!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Congrats on Saveur, my friend! You got my vote 😉
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
Congratulations on the nomination, but I am not at all surprised. Your jaw dropping photography and creative recipes is enough to have me and many others always coming back for more!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
I saw it over the weekend and voted! CONGRATS!!! Naomi you totally deserve it and what an honor, and I was thrilled to see your name there!
And these bars. Butterscotch and nobake, all in one. Sold!
HUGE congrats! I just voted. You deserve it!!
Oh and these bars? AMAZING! Cant wait to make them!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Big congrats on Saveur – most deserved, you have my vote! 🙂 Love these bars, the cayenne totally intrigues me… sounds perfect with the cashew butter!
Naomi A says
This is perfect, because it resembles a baked good, but I don’t have to turn my oven on and heat my whole house if I make it this summer! Thanks for sharing~
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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion says
Congrats!!!! Taxes freak me out too. Oh and anything no bake, my best friend!
We Heart Home says
Congratulations Naomi – you really deserve it! Your blog is so inspiring and delicious.
gonna try this – i love butterscotch
Congrats on your nomination!!!!!! Love the addition of the cayenne pepper!
Mr. & Mrs. P says
Wow what beautiful photos!!! Congrats on your nomination!!!!!
The link to the recipe doesn’t work.
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Congrats on the nominations, Naomi! It would be totally disappointing not to see your name on the list. Sooo well deserved!!! These bars look insane! I love that you turned them into triangles instead of traditional squares. Off to check them out!
Jennie H says
M – the link to the recipe works fine for me! Try it again.
Maria Pink Patisserie says
Huge Congrats on the the Saveur Nomination! So very well deserved. Should have happened sooner in my humble opinion. Beautiful bars, and thank God for extensions..
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
congrats and SO well deserved
These are so delicious! I was sceptical at first because of the pretzels but they turned out to be gorgeous and it doesn’ t take much time.
These bars look yummy and delicious too.I am going to try it out