Magic Cookie Bars Recipe


Magic Cookie Bars

To make these yummy gooey chewy cookie bars you will need... 

150 gm butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can  Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 ounce)
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
3/4 cup flaked coconut
2 cup chopped nuts ( I used almonds , walnuts and cashews) 

Most magic bar recipes uses more choc morsels and less nuts but I used more nuts and less choc morsels. You can increase or decrease the quantity of nuts, choc morsels and flaked coconut.

Preheat oven at 350 F and follow these steps.

Step 1: Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Cover one 9x13 baking pan with foil. Spray it with cooking spray and spread the graham cracker mix on tray, press it down evenly with fork.


Step 2: layer condensed milk evenly...


Step 3: layer chopped nuts and chocolate chips. I have a mix of Almonds, walnuts and cashews.


Step 4: sprinkle coconut evenly and top it of with few chocolate chips. press it gently down with fork.


Step 5: Bake at 350 F for approx 20 mins or until the ages starts to turn brown.


Step 6: let it cool and cut it to make small pieces. Enjoy your gooey chewy yummy magic bars. for variation you can top it with m & m also.


These taste so yummy, I could eat it all day. Lots of nuts makes me feel less guilty about it :) my son loves it too and it is one of those recipes which kids can also help it.

Have you started preparing for Diwali? If you are looking for ideas to decorate these Diwali , check out my past years Diwali Decor.

Diwali decor inspirations by PreeOccupied

Today I am going to share Diwali decor inspirations from wonderful multi talented mother, a homemaker, working woman, cook, gardener, decor enthusiastic Pree's home. With this introduction you must be thinking hmmm is she a super woman, well go on check her Facebook album : go on, I will wait :) and let me know. See I told ya , beyond impress then do not forget to follow her to get regular dose of amazing inspirations.

So let see some beautiful images of Diwali decor from Pree's home and get inspired to create beautiful decor this Diwali.

I am in love with these frangipani candles.....

How stunning this chalkboard vignette will look on console table in entryway or on buffet table in Diwali party.

Closer look......

Notice the limca's all in details :)

Diwali decor feels complete with these earthen diyas...

Another vignette from her home, all decked up for Diwali..

 colorful candles of various heights create beautiful glow here...

I am so inspired by these decor ideas from Pree's home, I am sure you are too. So start planning,  Diwali is just around the corner and planning ahead will help you enjoy the festivity to the fullest.

Images : All the pics are provided by PreeOccupied. Please do not copy.

Kid friendly rangoli by Sonali's Creative Splash

Mnay among us face problem in creating our traditional powdered color rangoli. So If you have small kids or carpeted floor Sonali from Sonali's Creative Splash has great solution.

Rangoli on Canvas!

You can use it as a rangoli on the floor or hang on the wall.

Sonali has great tutorial with pics on how to create this rangoli?

Materials Needed
For this rangoli painting - 10 inch round canvas and Acrylic paints.


Step 1 : Make circles of different colors of your choice on the canvas. 

Step 2 :Use white paint to make symmetrical fine designs.

And voila your rangoli painting is ready!

For more such ideas and painting visit Sonali's Creative Splash

For any suggestions or queries please feel free to email Sonali at sonaliscreativesplash(at) gmail (dot)com.

Sonali, this is a great idea, looks very beautiful and can be used as wall hanging even after Diwali is gone. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful rangoli with us. 

Click here so all Diwali Decor related posts...

Would you like to share your Diwali decor, art, carft with our readers then send in your pics at nayana(dot)cdl(at)gmail(dot)com

5 Things to use as flower vase this Diwali

Flowers are always staple in Indian festivals, Weddings and Puja and they makes the room look fresh, live and smells good too :) Here are five different things that you can use instead of regular glass vase that will make your flower arrangement more unique this Diwali.


1. Watering can:

Watering can makes a great vase, whether you have one made of copper, brass, metal or ceramic one.



2. Tea kettle : Whether its Brass one or Ceramic one... flowers and Tea kettle makes a great combination.


3. Uruli :

If it is made of glass, stone or brass, few floating beauty always looks good and unusual.


Add few candles and there is magic right there :)

Diwali floating candles

if you do not Uruli bring out any brass bowl, pottery piece or glass bowl and it will look good...


4. Pickle jars :

If you have traditional indian pickle jars then they looks the best but I have few painted ceramic ones and here is how I have used them...



5. Mason Jars :

This can be found in any home's pantry :) Whether you are using colored , plain, single or many they always looks beautiful.


I hope this inspires you to create unique flower arrangement this year. Do you use unusual things as flower arrangement, if so do share in comments. we would love to know :)

Click here to see my other Diwali decor inspirations.

How to create a Vignette?

Vignette sounds very fancy but don't get intimated by the word, its basically more put together look or composition.  it is very easy to create, earlier I have shared   5 tips on how to create a vignette.  In addition to that I am sharing 5 more tips on how I went about creating my vignette today.

How to create a Vignette

1. Start with blank flat surface, it can be a coffee table, console table, window sill, book case, night stand, counter top...

I wanted to create a vignette on my Coffee table today. You can also use tray on your coffee table to create a vignette so it can be easily moved when you need more space. I chose to create vignette today on round place mat  I have.

2. Choose the main object of your display and build your vignette around it. I had these fall beauties blooming in my garden so I wanted them to be the highlight.


3. Now add other things based on the theme, colors of the decor in your room. Today my theme was fall so I chose pumpkin as my next object.


4. Include what is meaningful and important to you : such as photos, if you are creating summer vignette - add seashells you have collected on trip, artwork created by your child, you get the idea now :)

I chose to add these pin cones and fall leaf  were collected and painted by my son, they add the texture , warmth , goes with my theme and most importantly make my son Happy :)


5. Create a Depth : do not just display them in line but build a composition, story to create more pulled together look.


How do you create vignettes in your home? Is there any other tips you would like to share? I hope this tips will come in handy when you start creating Vignettes for Diwali in your home...


Five tips to create Inviting home entrances this Diwali

It is all about first impression :) Make your entrance ready to welcome Ma Laxmi , your Family and Friends this Diwali.

Here are the five ways you can make your house entrance look inviting this Diwali.


1. Rangoli : Rangoli is must for Diwali. Be ready to make great impact at the entrance by creating Rangoli. Try to create something unique this year. You can choose to make rangoli using powdered colors available in the market , using colored chalks, flowers or make unique rangoli using pulses and grains. 

Once I created rangoli using colored side walk chalk when I did not have any colors available. So start thinking how you want create rangoli this Diwali.


2. Lightings: Diwali is a festival of light, so can't do without it. Diyas, candles bring it all out. Hang lanterns by your front porch or on the branches of tree in your aangan.... you can choose beautiful earthen terracotta lanterns, Moroccans, or modern depend on your choice. They will look great by themselves during the day and you can put diya or candle inside at the night to add in more glamor.


You can also create your own DIY lantern using mason jars, baby food jars... here I have a lantern made of baby food jars with tea lights on porch railings...


Add colorful twinkling lights this diwali on the porch...they will sure add cheers to the festive mood.


3. Flowers : Flowers are must in Indian festivals and Pooja. Place Uruli filled of floating by front door or on the the will sure add traditional touch to your decor. You can choose uruli made of brass ,concrete, terracotta, copper. If you do not have uruli you can even use any brass/pital/copper container or big glass bowl in your kitchen, floating flowers always looks beautiful and who knows may be your different container will create unique arrangement.


add few floating tea light at night to create magic..


4. Toran : Hang Toran at your can choose embroideried, beads, flowers toran. At my parents house it's a tradition to hang Aasopalav tree leaves toran every Diwali.


one can also hang beads, kutchi hand made hanging mobiles on both side of door..


5. Serene corner : create a corner with serene inviting vignette on the porch or by your front door or place which is you see as soon as you enter from front door. You can group few potted plants, flowers. Here I have used Budhha statue to add more serenty. You can also use Ganesha or Ma Laxmi statue, more appropriate for the festival. Add few candles or Diya at night to add Diwali sparkle.


Same corner different way.....


I hope this tips will help you create beautiful entrance at your home.I will be posting more Diwali decor idea on blog but meanwhile Click here to see all my past Diwali decoration..

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