Date squares of destiny

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a wicked sweet tooth. I had a craving for something tasty and sweet, and with the ingredients I knew I had on hand, date squares were on the menu. I pulled out my bag of dates from the pantry, checked the expiry date and couldn’t believe my eyes! Theses dates were going to expire March 6, 2013. That’s today! This was no coincidence, these were date squares of destiny.

I googled a few recipes and chose the one I liked most, modifying it slightly based on my preferences. Though I like sweet treats, I like a touch of saltiness mixed in. I adore the salty sweet combination. I always use salted butter when I bake and I usually add a touch more salt to my recipes. I think this helps balance out the sugar and keeps things from becoming cloyingly sweet.

Pre-bake.

Pre-bake.

Here’s the recipe I used (adapted from food.com):

2 cups chopped dates

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup orange juice

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Combine dates, water and orange juice in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until dates are soft and come together in a smooth consistency. Add more oj or water as necessary.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in brown sugar and oats. Don’t over mix, mixture should stay crumbly.
  5. Press half of crumb mixture over bottom of lightly buttered 8×8-inch pan to form bottom crust.
  6. Gently spread date filling over bottom crust.
  7. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling, pat lightly with palm of hand to even out.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. Cool completely and cut into squares.
  10. Enjoy with a big mug of your favourite tea or coffee when your little one has eventually gone down for his afternoon nap.
Date squares of destiny.

Date squares of destiny.

I was really impressed with how these turned out! The crust was buttery, sweet, salty, crumbly goodness, and the date centre had just the right consistency and wasn’t overly sweet. Enjoy!

 

Lululemon and the mummy uniform

Last week I purchased my first pair of Lululemon pants, and let me tell you, I have been practically living in them since I brought them home. I had a gift card from my wonderful husband that had been burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas time, and I figured it was time to put it to good use. I wanted to treat myself to something nice and you can’t beat free! It also allowed me to splurge on something for myself while sticking to my no-spending challenge (more on that later).

I kept hearing how great the pants are and how they last forever as long as you take care of them. I know someone who has had a pair for 6 years now and they still look great! I guess good quality should be expected when you spend $98 plus tax on yoga pants. I went with the classic Groove style pant and I love how flattering they are! They do an amazing job of holding in my less than flat tummy (4 months post giving birth), and give a really nice shape to my derrière (that’s bum, to all you non French speakers out there).

They have become essential to my mummy uniform, which consists of sweatpants or leggings, a tank top I can easily breastfeed in, a cozy cardigan to keep me warm, and fuzzy socks or slippers. It’s funny how I change out of my pjs to slip into sweats, but such is life when you have a 4 month old who enjoys spitting up or pooping on your clothes.

The mummy uniform: sweatpants, tank top, cardigan, and slippers.

The mummy uniform: sweatpants, tank top, cardigan, and slippers.

I’m very impressed with all of those yummy mummies out there who are able to look so stylish! This is about all I can manage on the days we don’t have any activities planned. Even when we do make it out of the house I still tend to look more comfortable than anything else (Stacy and Clinton would hate me!). You’d think after 10 years of living in Montreal and being exposed to the fashion here that it would have influenced the way I dress, but no…unfortunately it has not.

Let’s see how long these pants last!

Do any other mummies out there have a typical mummy uniform?

Do you find getting dressed up in more than sweats challenging with a baby?