Recipe: Monster Bars (Prepare to be Addicted!)

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe a while back, and it has been my go to recipe anytime I need to bring a side for a family gathering or event of any kind.  These bars are SO easy to make…but fair warning – they are very addicting!  Here’s the recipe:

Monster Bars

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick oats)
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 12 oz regular M & M’s

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients in order listed with electric mixer.  Pour into greased sheet cake pan and bake approximately 18 minutes or until done.  Do not over bake!  These bars are better gooey, so I usually pull them out of the oven after 17 minutes or so (just as they are starting to brown on the top).  Let cool and then enjoy.  We can never wait for them to cool to eat as the warm gooey chocolate is the best part!  Seriously, go make these right now…you can thank me later:)

Kreifels Family of 5

Hi all!  I thought I’d introduce myself.  I’m Teri and I’m from a small town in Nebraska.  I grew up on a farm near Hooper, NE, moved away to the “big city” of Lincoln, NE for college and for several years after that.  I met my husband Joe, got married and found my way back home to raise my family.

Our daughter, Danika, was born on June 2, 2008 and is the one who made me a mother.  She was a very laid back baby and still has that same personality.  Danika is pretty quiet and reserved, but is so quick witted!  She has the best one-liners and makes us laugh daily.  Danika is in 3rd grade and really enjoys school.  She likes to play volleyball, basketball and softball.  She is also a very good dancer!

Jayde joined our family on November 12, 2009.  She’s in 1st grade and loving everything about school.    Jayde took dance for a few years, and this year decided to try gymnastics.  She’s always the one I can count on to help around the house (she actually claims to love cleaning – she didn’t get that from me!).  Jayde LOVES to talk…and will follow me around the house most days talking my ear off.  Apparently she does get that from me…whenever I mention to my mom that Jayde talks a lot, she’s happy to remind me that I was exactly the same way when I was a kid – what goes around comes around, right?!?

Ashton was born on April 27, 2013 and he completes our family.  He is far more spunky than the girls, and is used to getting his way.  He keeps us laughing as he’s pretty quick to pick things up and repeat things he hears. He knows how to get  his sisters to do about anything he wants (heck, I think he gets us all to do what he wants!).  Ashton started preschool this year and is having a lot of fun there.

So much changes daily in our crazy, busy family, so I’m hoping to blog about it all so we can look back and have some great memories someday!