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A little splash of raspberry sunshine.

So today, I woke up... like most days, for anyone..... right now... and I asked myself.

"What am I going to do today?"

On a normal day... that would mean, get up, get dressed, get the girls ready, and get out the door (Make sure they eat breakfast, put the little ones pants on 40x... because she keeps stripping down as soon as I walk away. One crying because she doesn't like the way her shoes fit... you know toddlers).

Rushing to daycare, to get back and get to work baking cookies, cakes, and desserts each week. - Now don't get me wrong. I miss this! I miss the hustle, I miss seeing my kids face light up when she scored a basket at her game. I miss dinners at my moms house.

But... the most beautiful thing about "you know who" - I got to wake up this morning, and ask myself ...

"What am I going to do today? What can I bake that will make people happy? What can I do to brighten up my kids days? What can I do with my girls today?"

So while this collective issue we are going through is hard, and it's a struggle some days, or all days.... I challenge you to get up today, and ask "what am I going to do today?" Even if its something small. Do something, anything that will make YOU happy today.

I like to bake.. what makes you happy?

Without further ado... Raspberry Oat Bars.

They are super easy, and you don't need any fancy equipment! No mixer needed. The recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 30-35 minutes to bake.

Makes 12 Bars.

What do you need to grab at the store ?

Fruit Filling

2 cups of Raspberries (fresh, frozen, or a different fruit all together)

1/8 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp cornstarch

Oat Bar Crumble

1/2 cup Salted Butter (melted)

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Flour

3/4 cup Rolled Oats

What do you need to do?

For the Filling :

- In a sauce pan, add the berries, sugar, lemon juice, and bring to a boil over high heat, making sure to stir often, and scrap down the sides to incorporate the sugar.

- Once you have the raspberries bubbling away, reduce to medium-low heat, and add the cornstarch. Stir immediately to combine, and let simmer for 15 mins.

*while you are waiting for it to simmer, start on the Oat Bar Mixture, but don't forget to keep a close eye on your simmering fruit.

Preheat Oven to 350

& line an 8" x 8" square pan with parchment paper.

For the Oat Bars :

- Use a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter for 30 seconds intervals. It takes about 1 minute to completely melt the butter.

- Once the butter is melted; Add the sugar, vanilla, and whisk until combined.

- Add the remaining dry ingredients; Flour, Oats, and blend together with a spatula until combined. Mixture will have some larger pieces of crumble, and some will stay in a sandy like texture.

- Set 3/4 cup of the mixture off to the side, to be used for the top layer of the crumble.

- Take remaining Oat Bar Mix, and press it into an 8x8 inch square pan,

- Next you will be adding the Raspberry Filling. Keep in mind you want to try to keep the filling from touching the edges. To do so pour the filling in the center slowly.

- Then take your remaining Oat mixture, and sprinkle it close the edge, and on top.

*to make larger crumble pieces, squeeze the oat mix in you hand before crumbling it on top of the raspberry filling.

Once done; place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

*you will know it is done when the oats and filling in the center are set and golden brown.

- Take out, and let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Allow it to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Thanks for reading - let me know if you have any questions

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