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Toffee Bars & Crafts

Hello! Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments on yesterday’s post! I’ll try to respond to them tonight! I love hearing your personal opinions and stories 🙂

How is your Tuesday going? We were awoken this morning with the sounds of more rain, thunder, and a snoring whining pup. I think I could have slept the rest of the day if I had been given the option!

Yesterday, right around 4:45 (aka time to get off work), a huge thunderstorm swept through downtown Little Rock. I’m 99.9% sure I saw a lightning bolt strike a parking garage. We made it home safely, and luckily it calmed down enough for me to head out for a quick run to commence half/full marathon training! Nothing major, but yesterday especially, a 3 mile run in the light rain was just what I needed. (Who doesn’t like running in the rain?) With the temperatures in the low 80’s, if even that high, and a constant light rain, my run felt fantastic, refreshing, and made me excited to get back to the grind. I didn’t take my phone, or my Garmin, but opted for my plain jane watch so I’d be sure to get home by a certain time so Adam wouldn’t have to worry. Based on how I felt I’d guesstimate a pace somewhere just under 9:00/miles. I doubt I ever went over a 9:00, but I have such a hard time distinguishing between 8:30-9:00’s unless I have my gps with me. I think all the speed work I did earlier this summer has really paid off. I have a feeling if I had taken my Garmin I would probably be surprised at my actual mile splits. Can’t. Wait. For. The. Fall!!

Truckee’s actual foot is basically the size of mine. Maybe we’ll start sharing socks. She’s a horse, and that’s all there is to it.

Since several of you commented on the graham cracker toffee bars from yesterday, I thought I’d post an actual tutorial so you too can make them!! I asked Adam to whip together another batch for a photo session and he happily obliged. So, if you were looking for a super easy, sweet and crunchy dessert, here you go!

How To Make Easy Graham Cracker Toffee Bars

First, gather up all of your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 350. You will need…

-graham crackers

-1/2 cup sugar

-1 stick margarine

-1 stick butter

-handful of pecans

-handful of mini chocolate chips

Break apart the graham crackers and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle the pecan pieces on top.

Next, combine the sugar, butter, and margarine on top of the stove. Stir until everything is melted. Bring to a boil, then set the timer for 3 minutes. Continue to stir.

It will eventually turn almost foamy looking. Then, pour out over the graham crackers. Smooth with spoon to make sure everything is covered.

Lick the spoon.

It will look delicious, and smell heavenly. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes. Once you take it out, sprinkle on your optional chocolate chips. Place in fridge to cool.

Try not to look into the sad, sad eyes of your dog. She will make you feel like a big fat jerk for not giving her a bite. She will track wet pawprints all over the floor and swear up and down that they aren’t hers.

Give them about 15-30 minutes in the fridge, or just until they are dry and hardened, and voilia! Simple, easy, and delicious. I guarantee you will eat half the pan in one sitting.

What do you think? Easy? Yummy looking? Going to try it??

I also posted yesterday about my crafts from Saturday night, and I snapped a few photos of them last night to show you.

Open Frame Bill Organizer

I’ve seen versions of open frame crafts all over the internet, but it wasn’t until my teacher friend showed me one she made for her classroom that I realized it would be the perfect way to organize our bills in the kitchen! We’ve desperately been needing something to get our bills and important memos off the counter with. I tried a cute little basket from the Container Store and tried hanging it with command hooks. Fail. Command hooks and I have a hate-hate relationship. This frame was super easy to make, matches a lot of the other frames in our house, was cheap, and can always be altered! The jute was leftover from wedding decorations, and the mini clothes-pins I found at Hobby Lobby, along with the frame. It literally took 5 minutes to make. I cut the strands of jute, then hot glued the ends to the back of the frame. I angled my strips more slanted and zig-zagged, instead of straight across. Wham-bam-done!

Easy Canvas Art

Our guestroom has kind of been my personal project in the house. The rest of our house has a pretty obvious rustic, earth-toned, cabin-y feel. But, my inner girly-girl has been dying for some bright, happy colors so I made it my mission to bring that to the guest bedroom. At least for now! The walls are a dark grey, and the bedding is all white. At first I thought I wanted an ALL white and grey room, but figure I could always go back to that. When I found these orangy-coral curtains and pillow at Target I thought it would add a fun pop of color rather than the typical grey and yellow color scheme. I had still been needing a coordinating focal piece for the wall above the bed, and knew I wanted to either invest in more bright colored pillows, or find another way to add more colors. So, I remembered a project I did a couple years ago with canvases and fabric and thought this would be perfect. I just bought a large blank canvas, a yard of fabric, hot glued the fabric to said canvas, hung it up, laid the leftover swatch under my glass table, and ta-da!

So there we go! Crafts and sweets. Happy day.

Have you done any fun crafts lately? What did you think of mine? Are you on your way to buy ingredients to make toffee bars now?

In case you need a good laugh, check out the 40 Greatest Dog GIFs from the always reliable, Buzzfeed.

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    August 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I am TOTALLY making those. So simple and easy. Bean will love helping me add the chocolate chips at the end, and there will definitely be sad puppy eyes going on too! Your guest room looks lovely, and I love the open frame bill holder. That would also be a great way to display pictures and mementos. An open frame memory keeper. Love it!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Nicole- Aw yes, that will be so fun!! And thank you 🙂

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    August 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I love running in light rain showers! It seriously feels so refreshing an freeing.. Almost like your cleansing yourself of all the stresses that you face! Is that too deep on a Tuesday?! Ha Ha! Love Truckee’s paw comparison to your feet! Tebow has big feet too! How much does she weigh? I think Teb is up to about 75!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Jana- Hahaha, you’re too cute. Not too deep at all 🙂 my thoughts exactly 🙂 Awww TEBOW!!! I love him from afar 😉 I think Truckee is probably sitting between 75 and 80!

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    Kristin @ W [H] A T C H
    August 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Those look delicious! I’m going to keep this recipe in my back pocket for the holidays.
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Kristin- That’s a great idea!! I could totally see these being a delicious holiday treat!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Those bars do look really good! I’m not a crafty person-at ALL- so I really admire anyone that can make their stuff and have it be presentable in the house. Love the canvas art!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Kelly- Haha oh goodness..but crafting is usually so simple and mindless..trust me! If I can handle it, you can too! 🙂

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I have a 5k on Saturday that I have been trying to train at a 9:00 pace for and I feel like I’m dying! It’s inspirational to see that you have worked your way up to running faster- I guess I just have to stick with it!

    Truckee’s paws are huge! How much does she weigh? Coco is about 65lbs but she’s short and stocky.

    I love that your husband made the toffee bars! They look delicious. And your guest room is too cute!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Sarah- Oh yay!! You will do great! 9:00 pace still feels fast to me too, it’s a great pace!! And Truckee is probably between 75 and 80! She just keeps growing and her feet keep getting bigger and bigger! Anymore fun Tahoe posts coming up??

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    August 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    When it comes to food photography I’m terrible at it, it’s something that I need a lot more practice with. I guess the other fact is that I have a small kitchen and very little work space and crappy lighting, so makes food photography a challenge to say the least.
    They look good, and if I could get Graham crackers here, then I might consider making them. Are Graham crackers sweet or savoury or what? I have no idea. I know I had some when I was in the states like a decade ago, but the taste I don’t remember.
    It’s been raining here, but cold, I love running in the rain when it’s been hot. ONe thing is for certain it always seems to rain just at school pick up / drop off which let me tell you is a huge PITA I don’t care if I only have to cross the road to drop the kids off, it’s still a pain.
    Btw orange is my fav colour so i’m totally loving what you did, I’m waiting for it to get warmer so I can do more crafty things, much prefer doing crafty things when it’s not so cold.
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Matilda- You don’t have graham crackers up there?!!! WHAT!!! They’re basically savory, and almost a little sweet cinnamon-y ish. Hard to explain, but it’s a very light, sweet cracker I guess 🙂 I’m glad you liked the orange! I was a little iffy at first!

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    August 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I LOVE running in the rain 🙂 A light one anyway…I’ve gotten caught in a few serious downpours/thunderstorms this summer, and those have not been particularly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing that tutorial on your bars! I’ll have to give these a try soon 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Caitlin- Agreed 🙂 Running in an unexpected downpour isn’t my cup of tea either 🙂 I hope you try them and LOVE them!!

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    August 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I ran in the rain this morning and I was giddy the whole time! I felt like I was 6 years old and running through a sprinkler! Those bars look incredible. My dad is practically on his knees begging me to try them out. He’s a graham cracker groupie and a sucker for any dessert that contains them!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Katherine- hahahaa. I guess you’ll have to make them now!!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    those toffee bars look AMAZING and simple to make! that is my kind of recipe!! and i LOVE your crafts projects- soo cute! I painted a couple canvases a few months ago, and i really liked how they came out. it was also really fun!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Charlotte- Girl, anything with like less than 10 steps is right up my ally!!

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    August 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Food AND crafts in one post? I’m in Heaven right now! I was seriously just thinking about making something similar to your bill organizer… I want to use mine for pictures or maybe letters or cards. Super cute and cheap idea! And I absolutely love your canvas ideas.. so creative! I can’t wait to have my own home to decorate 🙂

    Also, I’m so bummed! I went to Barnes & Noble to buy 48 days and they didn’t have it at any of the Orlando locations. I think I’ll just buy it on my iPad, but I’ve always loved having the actual book handy. Maybe Amazon would have it? Checking now!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Julie- Haha glad you enjoyed it!! Having your own home to decorate is a dream..it’s so fun 🙂 BUT expensive 🙂 YAY were you able to find the book??? Amazon should have it..or you can order it directly from Dan Miller’s website I think! It’s such a good read, definitly worth it if you can get your hands on it!!

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    Cecilia @MommiesRun
    August 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Oh I make those with saltines! They are amazing! I’ll have to try the graham crackers and you should try the saltines, deal?

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