So today I noticed the date and started freaking out.
Why? Because we’re into the third week of November and I have yet to begin my Christmas shopping. Like, I haven’t even bought Christmas cards. By December 1st last year I had all my Christmas shopping – and most of the wrapping – done. So far, all I’ve done this year is scan through a few websites and make a note of stuff I think My Official Treat Taster would like, but even that list isn’t solid. Does anyone else think “Ooh! That would make a great gift for my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/neighbour/goldfish” then realise that that person probably wouldn’t be interested in the gift at all, when in fact it’s you who wants the gift?
I do it all the time without even realising. It’s like my brain is scheming against me. “Yes Nicky, I’m sure your boyfriend would love those super-cute pink cupcake liners for Christmas. Who wouldn’t?” Just like these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars. According to my brain, I was making them for My Official Treat Taster who loves caramel, apples, cheesecake, oats and erm… bars? But who ended up eating most of them? Yeah, me.
But they were so so good. Like a tiny bit of fall in every mouthful. I’m not going to kid you – they’re not pretty. They crumble all over the place and don’t cut in definitive bar-shaped, but I still love them. An oaty, buttery Graham cracker base, layered with caramel and apples, topped with traditional cheesecake, layered with oaty crisp topping and smothered in caramel. What’s there not to love?
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