Monday, August 13, 2012

Chocolate Revel Bars and Coffee-- aaahhh!

Not too much can beat chocolate and coffee, don't you think?  There is a cooler feel to the air the last few days so I decided to have my coffee out on the porch this evening.  I made the little pinwheel quilt about seven years ago, back when we were expecting to adopt a baby girl.  (You can read that story here, if you haven't read it already).  It's never been used for a baby, but it does look pretty good on the porch swing. (:
I'm using some more red transferware tonight, both the teacup and dessert plate are the pattern Romantic England, by J.&G. Meakin.  Did you see all the castles in Great Britain during the Olympics?  They made me want to go visit even more than I did before!
According to the bottom of the saucer the teacup features Anne Hathaway's cottage.  I didn't know who Anne Hathaway was, so I looked it up and she was William Shakespeare's wife and this was her childhood home.  It is now a museum.

For dessert I made some Chocolate Revel Bars.  These are my favorite brownie, so I made them for the kids today when they got home from school.  Unfortunately I can't eat them now, since I had to go off gluten, but LA happily ate it for me.  I have included the recipe below.
This is the dessert plate (after LA ate the brownie!).  It features Penshurst Place.  I found out that this home, which was built in 1341, was used in the movie, The Princess Bride, as well as lots of other movies.
The little dish with the bird was a gift from my Mom this summer.  It's made by Royal Copely.  Isn't it cute?

Chocolate Revel Bars

1 c. butter
2 c. light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 c. quick oats
Cream together butter and brown sugar.  Mix in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in dry ingredients and oatmeal.  Set aside.

1/2 package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
Place first four ingredients in microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50-70 power until chocolate chips are melted.  Stir occasionally.  Or melt over double boiler.  Stir in vanilla.

Press 3/4 of oatmeal mixture in bottom of a greased 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan.  Cover with chocolate mixture.  Press small amounts of remaining dough into flat pieces and lay on top of chocolate.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

I'm joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday again today.


  1. Pretty dishes! I think we will need to get together now that we both have all our kiddos in school!

    1. Yes, let's do that- the days are so quiet now!

  2. Good morning Carmen,
    Oh, I do love your red transferware! It's my favourite! Both patterns are beautiful and show so well in your photos. England has such charming countrysides and they are portrayed so beautifully on your china. Thank you joining me for tea and have a delightful day.


  3. Your transferware is wonderful, and a personal favorite of mine! My husband was born just outside of Stratford in Shakespeare country, and my family is a few miles to the northeast. We loved seeing familiar places during the Olympics! Your cookie bars look wonderful! Thanks for the recipe. Nice to meet you.

  4. My first time visiting you your transferware! Those castles in England are wonderful, it's like living in a fairytale.

  5. I adore the red transferware that you shared. I bought two plates recently from Homegoods that have the Blarney Castle on the front.

  6. Your red transferware teacup is pretty and you've provided a yummy treat to have with tea.

  7. Such a lovely setting to enjoy your coffee and chocolate! Your transferware dishes are so beautiful! I always wanted a set. Now I'm slowing getting one at a time at thrift stores. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Sounds delicious!

  8. What a lovely tea!
    Your transferware is wonderful and the quilt is really beautiful.
    I really like how you set it all out on the porch swing.
    How irresistible - I'd have to stop and indulge in some porch time with a scene like that, lol!
    Thanks for the delicious recipe, Carmen.
    blessings to you..Trish

  9. I love Romantic England, and use it a lot myself!! Love the beautiful quilt also!!


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