Monday, February 28, 2022

Date Bars


  Finally we have some sunshine, even though it's still cold here in Texas! 

Last week we had school closures from our icy roads, and I stayed put inside.  My son, Mike, slipped on the sidewalk while walking our youngest son, and DIL's dog.  The beautiful flower pot was a gift from my neighbors.  It certainly adds a welcome touch of Springtime to my home. We are going to have some date bars and a cup of Coconut Cream Pie Chai from my friend, Margie.


This teacup belonged to my friend, Rosie's mom, and it's perfect for my Birthday month.


This most lovely tea set was sent from my friend, Michele.  Isn't it beautiful?? Michele is so very thoughtful!  It's so pretty paired with the teacup.  Mismatched pieces add such a lovely blend; much like friendships.

My longtime friend, Joy, took me to a favorite tearoom and we had a wonderful lunch together.  Joy and I first became friends when our girls were around 4 years of age.  Our families went to the same church, went camping together and we were room mom's, too.  We have so many memories that go back over 40 years.  Joy and her family moved to the Dallas area 6 months before we did, and we've remained forever friends.  


These lovely friends, Bea, on the left, and Linda, on the right,  meet up with me at church every Sunday and we have breakfast and much chatting together.  I'm truly blessed in wonderful friendships.


Yield: 16 small bars
Author: Kitty
Date Bars

Date Bars

Ingredients

  • Date Filling
  • Mix 8 ounces of cut up dates, 2 T. sugar and 3/4 cup of water in a saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes, until thick. Using a potato masher really helps break the mixture down. Let cool.
  • Crumb Base and Topping
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T. butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Mix in remaining ingredients until crumbly. If needed, add about 1-2 t. water. Press half the mixture into a greased 8" square pan. Spread with the filling. Top with the remaining crumb mixture and press lightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Cinnamon Icing (optional)
  3. Mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/8 t. cinnamon. Add enough milk to drizzle. Drizzle over top of bars.

Notes

This recipe is easily doubled and baked in a 9"x13" pan.


Thank you for your visit!  xo



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25 comments:

  1. Kitty, just look at you, enjoying special friendships, tea and cake and pretty mismatched tea pretties. I must say the violets teacup and saucer are divine.

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  2. I know I loved your date bread Kitty, I'm sure these bars are just as good! Stay warm and have a great week:@)

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  3. I consider myself blessed to be your friend, Kitty. You are a very special person. Love you.

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  4. It's a wonderful thing to have lasting friendships, special. It has been so cold here Kitty, more cold winter weather than I can remember. I hope Mike didn't have an injury from his fall. Stay warm and enjoy the week. The sun finally came out after rain since Friday...........

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  5. Hi Kitty! What a lovely tea set up you have made yourself. That teacup really is a stunner, isn't it!??!Bet you can't wait to get back out and do some tea parties with your grand girls again - hopefully won't be long now!

    Praying Mike is doing ok. Falling is so now fun. Ice is treacherous. My hubs fell twice about a month ago - same time, one after the other. He hurt his shoulder then but is fine now. Yikes.

    Hope you enjoyed your extended bday celebrations - you have such a sweet way about making and keeping friendships. Big big hugs. have a blessed day. ♥

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  6. Date bars...swoon! What lovely friends you have. πŸ’•

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  7. That teacup is beautiful! How wonderful to get so spend quality time with your friends.

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  8. I love the tea setting and it's so nice to get together with friends Kitty. I hope you had nice birthday week and the date bars look wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy the week Kitty.

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  9. I love your tea set! That was my dear Mom's favorite color - and mine, too. No wonder, she was born the same month as you! It was so wonderful to see your sweet friends in the photos and to know you have been having a wonderful birthday month! May God bless you always, my dear friend.

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  10. Kitty, I love the violets on your tea service. I hope Mike's okay! I hope you've enjoyed all your birthday and friendship celebrations.

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  11. I hope Mike didn't sustain any injuries in his icy fall.

    I couldn't have picked a better teacup to enjoy the Coconut Cream Pie chai. Love the black and purple design!

    Lasting friendships are definitely a gift!

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  12. lunches, tea rooms, and other gathering places are such a warm spot mid-winter, aren't they, Kitty!

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  13. Ice is scary Kitty, you were smart to stay indoors. I hope Mike is on the mend after his fall. Love your growing collection of pretty purple teaware, such a thoughtful gift. I hope your birthday fun continues! Your date bars sound like the perfect teatime treat. Stay warm ♥

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  14. What wonderful blessings friends are! Enjoyed seeing the pictures of you and your friends enjoying tea and coffee! I made date bars growing up, we had them all the time. No one ever makes them anymore! I need to change that :) Your chai tea paired with your gorgeous teacups and teapot are just beautiful! And so sweet of your friends to bless you with some beautiful spring flowers! Hopefully Mike is okay and didn't hurt anything. It is very icy here too, and we have to be very careful too. Blessings to you this week :)

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  15. Pretty tea settings, date bars, and the company of good friends. So much happiness in this post. Lovely to see your smiling face, Kitty.

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  16. There’s nothing better than long time friends! Your tea things today are so pretty, I love the purple and white. I hope Mike is okay after his fall, ice is so scary…Enjoy those yummy date bars and I hope your temps warm up πŸ’•
    Jenna

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  17. Such a beautiful tea set with violets. So glad you were able to meet with friends. So scary with Mike falling on the ice. I hope he is feeling better. Scary times. Your date bars look delightful. Enjoy your Birthday celebrations Kitty.

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  18. Happy Belated Birthday!! The tea cup brought back memories for me....my mom has a collection of assorted teacups and when I was younger my aunts and grandmother would often tease each other to see who got the lavender cup with violets on it as it was a favorite! You are blessed with long friendships - they are the best! Your weather is so unpredictable, sorry to hear about the fall (ours is very predictable all winter: snow, snow, snow!!). Your date bars look delish - YUM! Thanks for stopping by Pandora's Box!

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  19. How is Mike? I pray he is okay. Kitty, you and your friends look so lovely. I know I have told you but want to say it again, Happy Birthday. Special people born in February! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. Wonderful tea set!!! Precious friends,adorable Kitty! God bless.

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  21. Your tea set is lovely. I like it a lot because I appreciate violets a lot. Good weekend

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  22. Always nice to spend time with friends.
    I enjoyed seeing your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  23. I love dates! Yummy! So happy for you that you were able to meet-up with your friends! :D

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 578. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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