From Quiche To Hello Dollies

December 17, 2008

Change of menu, as always!

I trekked to the grocery store today by foot to retrieve some ingredients to make Hello Dollies. I was planning sugar cookies again, but when I saw this recipe for these bars that I used to eat in college when my friend Whitney’s mom used to send her care packages full of ’em, I knew I had to change plans. Plus this recipe looked (and was) so easy!!

Hello Dolly Bars

You can bet I had a few of these! Under the choco chips were some Heath Bar chips, which I spotted at the grocery store and had to get (mostly for oatmeal someday soon 😉 ) I am a huuuuge fan of all things butterscotch, toffee + caramel.


Going into the oven –


Ta-Da! The recipe called for 24 bars and I came out with 25. They are tiny, but that’s perfect for portion control.


I’ll be taking them to the Christmas party we’re attending tomorrow night. Other than the nibbles of chips, I didn’t snack on them at all!


But I did have 2-3 oz of wine while at the grocery store at a tasting! That was my afternoon snack along with a sample of the husband’s homemade mead as he transferred it to a new container to reduce sediment (among other things). It isn’t ready yet, but it tasted kind of like a mimosa!

Mead brewing  DSC07044  Homemade mead

Quiche —> Sandwiches

We were supposed to have quiche tonight made with our abundance of eggs and cheese, but since the bars didn’t come out of the oven until 6:00, we both decided on something quick and easy – and something to work on our other overflowing ingredient: bread.

We ended up making Scrambled Egg Sandwiches with Avocado, Spicy Gouda + Sour Cream

Egg sandwich II

1 egg, scrambled, plus a crumbled piece of the gouda, plus a layer of avocado, plus a layer of sour cream.

Egg sandwich

Plus yet another mixed green salad. This time with orange (needed some fruit today!) and some TJ’s Fiber Worms for crunch. And a drizzle of balsamic.



Last but certainly not least – dessert! I tasted one of the bars. Boy, they are delicious and so chewy. Not the best thing to have the night before you go to the dentist.


Yes. I am going to the dentist in the morning. I am NOT looking forward to it because:

1) I no longer have dental insurance since I left my job a year ago so I will be paying cash and

2) I have a history of cavity-prone, sensitive teeth.

I brush + floss like a good girl, but I think it’s genetic :( CROSS YOUR FINGERS I don’t have any problems because I can’t afford them!

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1 melanie Weinberger December 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm

if you can, i think it would be great to remove the ‘more’ feature. it’s sake to say your loyal readers always want to read the full post :).

Thanks for continuing to rock!


2 Victoria December 17, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Those bars look so good. My husband would love them. Toffee is only of his favorite things. Good luck at the dentist tomorrow.


3 VeggieGirl December 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

HELLOOOOOOO DOLLIE!! Those look divine :-)

Good luck tomorrow at the dentist!!


4 Julie December 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

The hello dollies look so good! My gradmother used to make 7 layer bars a lot, which are pretty similar. They are frickin addicting though!

Good luck at the dentist…I have the same cavity prone issue. I am full of fillings :(


5 Meghann December 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Good luck at the dentist! I feel your pain with cavity-prone teeth, last time I went to the dentist I needed 6 fillings which cost me about $500 even WITH insurance! :( Hopefully you will get a good report!


6 ashley (sweet & natural) December 17, 2008 at 8:29 pm

I love how everyone has a different name for those bars. We call them Seven Layer Squares in my family – we’ve been making them for years! My dad thinks they’re his speciality, but really it’s b/c that’s all he ever bakes!


7 Stephanie December 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Hi… I love your blog! Buuuut, the “more” feature is a little frustrating. Many ppl read blogs like this several times a day and want the full post and the post isn’t so long that it’s impractical. The “more” feature is more helpful for blogs that post super-long posts, etc. Other than that, keep up the good work :)


8 K December 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm

The bars look fab!! I love quiche but your breakfast sammy looks divine!

Fingers crossed for ya tomorrow – I feel your pain, I have really sensitive teeth too :(


9 Kristie Lynn December 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I’ll put in a vote for getting rid of the “more” link too — it just means I open more tabs :(


10 haya December 17, 2008 at 8:39 pm

i have the same cavity prone sensitive teeth. my dentist blames my parents 😉 though he wins. luckily i now have super fantastic awesome dental insurance for the first time in my life, and since i’m paying myself (that’s one of the good things about being a kid and having your parents take care of things) it is good. dentists are ridiculously expensive!

please please please get rid of the more! i know i said it before. hoped it would be gone since it seems like there are lots of us that don’t like it. makes it much harder and more annoying to catch up on posts if you miss a day or two, especially since you have so many posts (3 per day times a couple days equals lots of clicking around that will likely not end up happening after a while).


11 Alison December 17, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I agree that I like it better without the new “more” link, but I’ll keep reading either way! 😉

The first link to the recipe didn’t work, can you fix? I tried to fix it in my address bar but still couldn’t get it to work! I’d love to check it out.


12 Jessie Braun December 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Hi Kath,
I have read your blog forever and never wrote a comment before…but I also am a good girl (with flossing, that is:)) with sensitive teeth and wanted to wish you luck at the dentist. I feel your pain.
PS. just a future warning: your teeth get soooo much worse when you are pregnant (as I am for the 2nd time!)


13 Caitlin December 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Good luck at the dentist..ironically I have a dentist appt. tomorrow as well..yuck!!

those bars look so good btw!


14 Emily December 17, 2008 at 8:50 pm

I agree – “no more” of the “more” feature

Still love you though :)


15 Jess :) December 17, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Those look delicious!!! I love how balanced your life is. I mean, everything you eat is so delicious, “equal,” and healthy!!! I would love to be like you when I get older! :) Have a great night Kath!


16 Mel December 17, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Awww, I love Holly Dollies. They remind of Christmas coz my mom always made them for Christmas!

I love your sweater!


17 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Never thought of putting worms on salad for crunch. Good idea. I always use nuts, but that the High Fiber cereal would be a nice change. Good luck at the dentist.


18 claire December 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm

I’m in the same boat with you on the flossing/brushing but sensitive, cavity prone teeth. Mine tend to be between my teeth even with fluoride floss – my teeth are REALLY close together, but thankfully straight!


19 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Ahh, hello dollies! My in laws love those and I never heard of them until I met my husband. :)

I really hope your dentist appointment goes well for you. I can totally understand. Over the summer, a couple weeks before my wedding I had a dentist appointment and found out I had a ton of cavities that were all because of an asthma medication I use. I was so mad my previous dentist had never told me that my asthma med would do this and that I needed to use a certain kind of mouth wash religiously after I use it. ugh.

Anyway, if you’re worried about cavities try using a fluoride mouth wash. The listerine (and Target knock off haha) is purple. That’s what my dentist recommended to me.


20 Kay December 17, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I’m with everyone else….hate the “more” thing! So much trouble and takes away from your blog. Speaking of which, it sure takes away to see you drinking homemade brew too. Definitely TMI! You and your hubby should be ashamed…looks like a bootlegger’s kitchen! Try sticking with pics of “food”…much more interesting to see in my opinion. The bars look yummy!


21 zestycook December 17, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Kath, those bars look delish!!! I am quite interested in your sandwich as well. I love how you guys are into bread as much as I am :)



22 Jess December 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

All these comments are making me feel better…I share the bad teeth plight and always feel like I’ve done something wrong! My mother is even worse than me…something to look forward to (sigh).


23 Erin December 17, 2008 at 9:14 pm

I totally understand about the dentist! I have really sensitive teeth and have also been told that I have very deep crevices in my teeth, which is why I tend to get cavities despite brushing very well. Maybe you have deep crevices too! hehe


24 Lee December 17, 2008 at 9:14 pm

What is mead?


25 BethT December 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Is Kay for real? Seriously? It’s not like you’re running a moonshine business out of your kitchen!


26 Erica December 17, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Hey Kath :)

Those bars look fantastic! I have the same problem with the dentist and it drives me crazy! My dad has the same teeth as me and we both have problems! Good luck!


27 Kiersten December 17, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I used to LOVE those bars. They are amazing. I really need to figure out how to veganize them.

The oatmeal in your previous post sounds delicious!


28 Kinder December 17, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Your Hello Dollies look delish! I have never had those before.
Good luck with the dentist – I had a cleaning appointment and ended up needing a crown. Yikes. Not how I wanted to spend money this time of year!


29 Laura December 17, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Good luck with the dentist! I’m having issues with my wisdom teeth right now, but trying to hold out until January when my insurance kicks in. I’ve heard cavities are largely genetic too. Fortunately, I’ve heard that because I’ve never had one. I hope it all works out! :)


30 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 17, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Those bars look delicious! Such a nice breakfast for dinner too! You just reminded me I am due for a dentists apt!!

Kay…what is so wrong with Kath posting about homemade brew?? I think it’s great!!


31 Kel December 17, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one not enjoying the “more’ feature – I like it better the old way – I start getting into your post, then I have to click a “more”?!?!
:-) But I do appreciate you tryin to make the blog more streamlined/easier.


32 Katie December 17, 2008 at 9:51 pm

YUM those are my favorite things EVER. I cannot control myself around them!


33 Christina December 17, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Those bars sound extremely good!


34 Megan December 17, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Good luck at the dentist. Love all the flavors in those bars.


35 Meghan December 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Those bars look delicious…for some reason the link isnt working for me :( I love that you put fiber twigs on your salad, I do that too as healthier “croutons” 😉


36 Ninette December 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Hi.Please please remove the “more”
feature.To be honest I just won’t end up clicking to read the rest of your entry this way,and I have a feeling many others may not…..We like having it all there for a quick read!
Is it because you are trying to track the reader #s or something, ’cause I don’t see how it is sleeker.
Thanks for reading my comment!N


37 Halie December 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm

mmmm…Hello Dolly’s!

I hope things go well at the dentist! I get serious anxiety when I go to certain doctors appointments, I get so stressed!


38 Oh She Glows December 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm

mmm I love hello dolly bars!!! It’s great that you cut them tiny because that way you can sample other things and not feel weighed down by the bar.



39 s December 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Perhaps there is a way to limit the “more” feature to really long posts, instead of three times a day? Otherwise, I agree with other readers – it makes reading the blog more difficult!


40 Marianne December 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm

The squares look awesome! As does your sandwich. I keep seeing all the creative egg creations around the blogs, and I just can’t bring myself to try eggs again. I haven’t eaten them since I was a kid and “had to” eat them before I could leave the table.

Oh, and as for the cavity thing – my hygenist said that once you have had your first cavity/filling, you become more susceptable to subsequent cavities due to the filler substance, as it will never been as resistant as enamel, and will house those cavity causing bacteria.


41 emmy December 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

I’m a little late, but I’ll still chime in: 1. Kay, you are kidding right? right? please? 2. I 100% agree with the more feature hatred. I pretty much make a practice of never going back to blogs with more features. If this was any other blog I’d probably move on :( Since it’s kerf I’ll trudge through, but it’s like I’m on Oregon Trail and I can’t just ford the river simply, my freakin wagon has to tip and kill a passenger every time! (good analogy I thought)


42 zoe December 17, 2008 at 11:08 pm

hey Kath! i’m thinking of making some yummy homemade granola for a few quick gifts this christmas and was wondering if i could have your very best recipe for it? thanks so much! i know everyone will love it :)


43 PB&0 December 17, 2008 at 11:12 pm

ugh i just got a cavity taken care of the other day and my tooth is still sensitive! goodluck..don’t sweat the small stuff :)


44 Liz December 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I been reading that everyone is doubtful of the “more” link to finish reading your post. But honestly it’s not that bad. I would read your blog 3x a day with or without the “more” issue.


45 Christina December 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm

1) LoL to Emmy

2) Seriously??? to Kay

3) HATE having sensitive, cavity-prone teeth!!!! It makes me feel so bad when I come back from the dentist with cavities, esp. cuz my husband has never had one in his life! I feel for ya, Kath!

4) And I’m not a big fan of the more feature, but it wouldn’t stop me from reading (I feel bad even complaining b/c I like the blog so much, just want to make it clear I’m not trying to strong-arm anyone here, just letting my opinion be known!)


46 Lara December 18, 2008 at 12:27 am

I am in the same boat with dental insurance! AND despite excellent oral hygiene I have a cavity, too–I have been told it is because of deep crevices in the molars. GRRR.
Love the homebrew photos 😉


47 Ansley December 18, 2008 at 2:55 am

Haha, yep, Kay, you’ve got it right. Kath and Matt are moonshiners, and their business is hopping this time of year. (I hear her prices are pretty low, so If you want some, I’m sure she can forget the rude comment)
Heheh. :p


48 Louise December 18, 2008 at 5:10 am

How is clicking on the ‘more’ link difficult?? Surely it means you don’t have to scroll down forever if you missed the post before. And as for the homebrew – Kay perhaps you could keep your self-righteous, bizarre comments to yourself. Great blog, I love the food and booze photos- shame about some of the people reading it.


49 karla December 18, 2008 at 5:53 am

hey kath!

its so nice that you have more time now,…we are getting funner recipes

about the MORE thing….i agree with everyone, i love just scrolling down your blog…this makes it a little time consuming if you miss a couple posts…still love the blog though

happy holidays!


50 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 18, 2008 at 6:23 am

i agree—i love reading your whole entire post-beautifully written and also interesting! although it may save u space on ur regular page, clicking more can be kinda a drag!!!


51 Eliza December 18, 2008 at 6:24 am

i dont like the more thing either


52 amanda December 18, 2008 at 7:50 am

hello dollies are a staple among my family’s holiday baking, too. they also freeze well if you ever bake ahead. :)


53 Kate December 18, 2008 at 7:57 am

I don’t like the more feature either. And I hate hate hate hate hate the dentist. I didn’t go when I was pregnant and I have an appt to go on Jan. 10 and I am afraid.


54 Barbara December 18, 2008 at 8:24 am


LOVE the blog but dislike the “more ” feature as well. That there moonshine lookes Kay, seriously stuff it!

Have a wonderful day Kath and fingers crossed for no cavities. My teeth are prone too(7 cavities)




55 Courtney (Eat The Whole Thing) December 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

Lovin the egg sammie. And yummy dessert. Good luck at the dentist. I have to go next week :/


56 Bridget December 18, 2008 at 8:25 am

Wow Kay’s comment is hilarious…my fiance homebrews as well, last I knew there was nothign wrong with that…not like your trying to peddle it outside a highschool!!

Those bars look SO good…they remind me of 7-layer bars my family makes…mmmmmmmmm!!!


57 ChristinB December 18, 2008 at 8:35 am

Oh my goodness the drama! Haha.

“More” or “no more” your loyal readers will keep reading!

Kath, we love you and your homemade brew. (Well… most of us.) :)


58 Emily December 18, 2008 at 8:36 am

I hate the new feature. It takes forever for my computer to load. Love the cookie idea though!! Thank you!


59 Stephanie December 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

Kath — You’re absolutely right about the cavity & tooth sensitivity being genetic. My family dentist used to be a big jerk that would harass me for having cavities, and accuse me of not flossing (I totally do!). He was replaced (whew!) with this really nice lady, who admitted to me that my many cavities are definitely genetic, and that I was taking as good of care of them as I could be.

She also recommended I use sensodyne, and a ‘soft’ bristle tooth brush, which has helped a lot!

This morning, I had my ‘KERF Oatmeal’ with butterscotch chips instead, and it was DELICIOUS! <3


60 Stephanie December 18, 2008 at 8:45 am

I forgot to add:

– I have to agree that I dislike the ‘more’ feature. I don’t think anyone minds the full post!

– And also .. Kay, come on, you can’t be serious! It’s so interesting for most of us to see home-brewed alcohol, because it’s creative, and takes a lot of patience, like most of the things Kath posts about. So stuff it!


61 Kath December 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

Alison ,
I fixed the link!

Thanks Jess :)

Kay ,
If you don’t like what we’re drinking, you don’t have to read.

Lee :

I have two that I’ve made and both are awesome:

Coconut Almond


Maple Pecan



62 Sarah December 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

Good luck at the dentist! I have the same problem, no matter how well I take care of my teeth, I get cavities all the time — I probably have a filling in almost every tooth, ugh. Hope you get an all clear 😉


63 Allison K December 18, 2008 at 10:13 am

Ok, I know i’m late, and everyone has already expressed their dislike for the dentist..I hate the dentist too. I would rather go to the gyno everyday of my life then go to the dentist.
I have the same issue with my teeth, my dentist told me it’s because I have “think enamel” and “close contacts” between my teeth, making it hard to floss. ugh.
good luck!

as for the more feature..I don’t mind it.


64 AshinMT December 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

So should I just google “Hello Dollies” because apparently my family and I have been missing out on these things. They look fantastic.
I say leave the “more” how you prefer it, i will continue reading regardless.
Kay are you serious? I thought that had to be a joke. Homemade beer… mmmm. Cannot be good to be craving beer at 8:43 am.
Have a good day!


65 JJ125 December 18, 2008 at 11:03 am

Kath do you think the husband could post on his home-brew methods, particularly the mead? My bf and I would love to do this sometime!


66 runjess December 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

Good for you for not snacking on dough. I’m currently in detox from cookie baking.


67 Christy December 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

Have to agree with the masses on this one. I would prefer not to click More to read your posts, since I will always want more! :)

A message to Kay in true SNL form……REALLY??!


68 Kath December 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm

JJ125 ,
He’s promised me a brewing post, but he’s been so busy it hasn’t materialized yet. I PROMISE it’s coming!!!



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