Taste and Create XIII – with The Spiced Life

This month for Taste and Create I was paired with Laura of The Spiced Life. I spent quite a bit of time looking over her blog. She definitely cooks and bakes the kind of foods I would love to be eating! Laura volunteers at an animal shelter where she ended up taking a lost dog who ended up in her yard – If you have the time, you should read about her saving Bony and how she now volunteers at the shelter. She has such a big heart for animals and it put tears to my eyes how much she cares. She has a desire to have a cat (and maybe now she is closer to getting on with building their own home?) and I relate to that totally as I myself love my cats (and probably would love dogs just as much if Grumpy would only let me).

Laura had so many goodies to choose from that it took me 3 or 4 visits before I finally made up my mind. I decided to make her Milk Chocolate and Caramel Blondies (with my own adaptations). My son Chris had been talking about batter up brownies and going on and on about how great they were. See, Chris’ grandmother and aunt make these brownies and it seems to be a favorite of many of the grandchildren!!

I found this recipe of Laura’s and thought it sounded a lot like the batter up brownies that Chris talks about, so to surprise him for this evening, I went ahead and made them. Oh my goodness! Let me say that the smell that filled my home was wonderful and I could barely wait for them to finish baking and cooling down so I could try one! They were hard to keep out of after making them because the caramel bits were just so yummy and tempting.

I made the following changes to the blondies:

  • instead of caramel swirl chips I used the Kraft Caramel Bits (I was bad and didn’t really measure either – just kinda poured into the batter)
  • instead of chocolate chips I used butterscotch chips. I wanted to make this non-chocolate and keep the caramely theme.
  • instead of the pecans called for I chopped up some cashews with sea salt and added them to the brownies.

I encourage you to check out Laura’s site. Especially if you love Indian food (as I do!) and give her recipes a try. I know I intend to continue reading her blog and bookmarking recipes I would like to give a try!


  1. says

    Ooooh–I’d love a couple of those right now with coffee for an evening snack. Or tomorrow, for breakfast…maybe after lunch…you get the idea. They look so good!

  2. says

    My hubby wouldn’t let me have a dog either but then he came home one christmas eve and quess what he found. A baby wiennie dog. Now I think he loves the dog more then me! LOL
    Those carmel blondies look excellent!

  3. says

    Your bars look fabulous–what a great idea for the filling!

    You remind me of WHY I am having this surgery done (you probably ran into references to it–if not, I had a deviated septum corrected this past Tues)–because I have not been to the animal shelter in SO long from being sick so much! I miss it!

    Anyhoo, thanks for the kind words. I just posted your recipe–brownies also, haha. :)

  4. Anonymous says

    I already had butterscotch chips in my pantry, so I used all butterscotch instead of the caramel bits. The toasted cashews provided great depth of flavor. These were demolished at our family reunion.

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