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Butterscotch Bars and Blankets

February 3, 2012

One of the sweetest parts about getting ready for baby has been seeing the ample generosity of our family and friends come shining through.  My parents bought all of our nursery furniture.  Ryan’s parents gave us our travel system—car seat and stroller both!  And over the past couple of months, the UPS man has been knocking on our door once or twice a week with sweet packages bearing gifts large and small for Lila Scott.  Nick and Emily sent us a great package filled with Sam’s favorite things—invaluable, really, when you consider all of the different options that are out there for everything from pacifiers to swaddlers.  Other friends and family have sent everything from sleeping gowns to plush toys to baby leg warmers to monogrammed bloomers and burp cloths to the ever-lovely children’s book, “Go the F*ck to Sleep.”

Don’t worry, Lila…I’m sure we’ll *never* use that kind of language with you.

A few weeks ago Ryan and I headed up to campus to get some work done and found the sweetest gift waiting for us in his office:



…a beautiful blanket, home-knit by our friend (and fellow English professor) Holly:


Isn’t it beautiful?  I’m SO impressed by people who can knit like this.

The little pompoms are my favorite:


To thank Holly for her sweet gift, I got baking in the kitchen this morning and whipped up some butterscotch oat squares:


Butterscotch Oat Squares


1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter

1 egg

1 cup butterscotch chips, divided

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350

In a mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter until creamy.  Add egg and beat until smooth.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat 1/2 cup butterscotch chips until melted.  Add to butter mix.

In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add to butter slowly until all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the mix.  Fold in the remaining half up of chips.

Pour batter into a greased 8×8 inch pan and smooth with a spatula until even.  Bake 20-25 minutes, until top is firm and golden.  Allow to cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting into squares.



An hour of baking is nothing compared to the time it must have taken Holly to make the blanket, but it will have to do.  And these *are* very tasty…sweet, salty, and moist. 

Hope you’re having a great start to your weekend!  

18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 6:11 pm

    Haha, that book title is great! I feel like that would be exactly what I’d be thinking (or maybe even saying) at 3am when trying to get a baby back to sleep. very appropriate 😉

  2. February 3, 2012 6:20 pm

    It is amazing how generous people can be- totally wonderful! The bars are a great thank you

  3. February 3, 2012 6:26 pm

    That is just the most gorgeous blanket. I LOVE it! My mom went to a church craft fair before Skylar was born and found some blankets some older ladies had knit or crocheted and I can’t even imagine the time involved.

    And those bars..huge fan of bars, butterscotch, AND sweet 🙂

  4. February 3, 2012 8:27 pm

    So sweet 🙂 I remember when we were engaged and the excitement of all the gifts. There’s something about the “landmark moments” in people’s lives that really bring out the generosity in so many people…and many unsuspected people. Enjoy it…and those B’scotch bars – YUM!

  5. February 3, 2012 9:10 pm

    what a beautiful blanket! That’s so special. And those treats, um, email me one please. Love butterscotch!

  6. February 3, 2012 9:43 pm

    How beautiful!!

  7. February 3, 2012 9:43 pm

    i’m drooooooooling…love butterscotch chips!!!

  8. February 4, 2012 12:21 pm

    These sound HEAVENLY!!! Wowzers.
    And who the HELL (haha) came up with the title of that book!? I love it! That’s hilarious.

  9. February 4, 2012 3:21 pm

    Have you seen that video of Samuel L. Jackson reading that book? Google it, it’s funny.

  10. February 4, 2012 5:58 pm

    Those look delicious – what a great thank you! That blanket is lovely – as the new mother of a five-week-old girl myself, I’m coveting it quite a bit, actually. 🙂 Congratulations!

  11. February 4, 2012 8:52 pm

    That’s the sweetest blanket! Love the pom poms and your thank you bars looks delish!

  12. Laura Friend from West Virginia permalink
    February 4, 2012 10:55 pm

    Love your blog and will try these butterscotch bars tomorrow. I wonder if your colleague would share her blanket pattern. The first grandbaby arrives here this fall and would love to make one of those! Thanks so much!!

  13. February 5, 2012 4:13 pm

    What a sweet gift, the blanket is gorgeous! The butterscotch bars also sound amazing, perfect thank you gift.

  14. February 8, 2012 3:35 am

    We were so excited to share some of our favorite things with you! And you’ll have to let me know if you like the book … and if it works 🙂

  15. Jane Olsan permalink
    February 8, 2012 5:46 pm

    Excited for your shower this weekend. OMG, love that blanket. It is the best. What a special gift. See you Sat.!


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