Hello Dolly Bars

i think this is going to take our relationship to the next level.


whatever level we’re at, i hope, you know, we just up the ante.

you know how people are all “i like you”? then it’s onto “i care about you” and thennnn if you’re really a golden star sticker, it’s “i’m falling for you.”


but i haven’t fallen yet, i am on the ledge and i still have one hand white-knuckle gripped on the handle, so i can change my mind and unfall for you any time so you better not screw this up by buying me carnations or telling i’m i have “a good personality.” ain’t nobody got time for that.

yes, i am totally watching the bachelor while writing this, hence allll the feelings. mostly just for ben. i grew up not far from warsaw and we have the whole lake thing in common and we both totally know what basketball is, so it’s obviously fate.

oh and i pretty much know where indiana goes on a map, seeing as how i grew up there and all. i’d get close at least.

(if you think i’m serious, please realize that the language i speak, especially after long mondays, is sarcasm with a side of sauvignon blanc).


these hello dollies are very near and dear to my heart. my best friend kelby’s grandmother, who was truly a grandma to all of the lake crew, myself included, made these. we craved them. we asked before any get together whether she had made them.

this isn’t her exact recipe, but it evokes the nostalgia of them, and that’s good enough for me.

kelby and i practically lived at each others houses growing up in the summers, and most mornings we would wake up and head right over to grandma patsies for the coffee, and grandma’s special toast, and her precious company that felt like – a gift. the kindest kind.



and whether it was her special grandma toast, deviled eggs, or hello dollies – i often asked her what made these recipes so good. her response was the same, every time “it’s just made with a lot of love veggie, a lotta love dear.”

i’ve never found a better secret ingredient than that.

Hello Dolly Bars
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  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (i just use old fashion graham crackers and crumb them in a ziploc bag)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 13 x9 pan (with pam spray).
  2. Combine butter and graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl. Press mixture onto bottom of pan so it’s even.
  3. Sprinkle pecans, chocolate morsels, and coconut over crust. Pour condensed milk over top evenly.
  4. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are bubbly. Let cool for about an hour and then cut into bars.


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