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Despite 3 days of knitting and relaxing, I have nothing to blog about today. My weekend, which was quite good, ended with a nasty argument with Dale last night. We both broke some rules and I’m feeling emotionally drained and exhausted.

So, what’s a blogger to do when she’s got nothing positive to blog about? Share a recipe, of course. I had one of these squares at a party Saturday night and they are really delicious. And sweet. Frankly, right now, I could use a little sweetness. Enjoy ’em.

Maple Nut Squares
Shortbread Crust:
1 cup butter (softened)
½ cup sugar
2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add flour a little at a time, blend well.
Pat mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 15” x 10” glass pan.
Bake at 350° for approx. 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and set aside.

1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed firmly
1 cup maple syrup (any brand of maple pancake syrup will do)
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla OR maple extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (or combo)

Stir together brown sugar, syrup, and butter. Add egg and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer until smooth.
Pour evenly over baked shortbread crust. Sprinkle with walnuts or pecans or combination of both.
Return to oven and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until topping sets.
While still a little warm, run a knife around all four sides of glass pan to prevent edges from sticking.
Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in airtight container.

I’ll be more cheerful tomorrow. I promise.

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  1. Oh sweetie, I’m sorry. Those squares do look good and I could use a wee bit of sweetness in my life too. Big hugs to you.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that your weekend didn’t end well. I’m sending happy thoughts your way. I wish I was able to do more.

  3. Oh hon. I’m so sorry. Fights just suck the big one, don’t they?
    Try to find the funny in your day and you’ll feel better in no time.

  4. Bless you girl. Hang in there. I am hoping for you that you have the best Monday that anyone could ever have. Cyberhugs!

  5. I hope you have been able to kiss and make up, and that you can talk things through when you’re both calmer. Rows are horrible and leave you feeling dreadful, so I hope today is quiet and stress free.
    Take care.

  6. Hope today is a better day for you. My mom always told me “if your having a bad day, bake something…it will make you feel better”. I have to agree with her. Your recipe sounds awesome!!

  7. ((((Carole)))) There there… oh those nasty ‘breaking the rules’ arguments… ties the stomach up in knots and yeah, leaves you exhausted. I hope everything is getting better, and your date is ‘Nov 6’… tomorrow… Carole? are you in a time warp?
    Thank you for the recipe, sounds divine.
    (feel better soon)

  8. ((((Carole)))). As Scarlett says, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Well, it’s tomorrow and yesterday is over. It’s all going to be alright in the end. We’re here for you.

  9. Aww that just stinks! Every couple has to go through that once in a while. We have all been there. Take a deep breath.

    Can’t wait to try that recipe. It sounds soooo delicious!

    Sending good thoughts your way honey…………

  10. Sending you some hugs too! You have got to be one of the sweetest people I know!! Maybe get a nice bottle of wine, some take out and have a nice quiet dinner with Dale tonight.

    By the way – how do you make pumpkintinis?

  11. Oh, (((hugs))) to you. Arguments with the spouse are always tough when it’s a nasty one. Hoping you get to the kiss and hugging part real soon. Have a better rest of the day.

  12. Carole – so sorry to hear that your weekend ended on a sour note. Here is to hoping that you and Dale found things better with the sunrise this morning. Here’s to lots of kissing and making up!

  13. Sending you lots of love this morning… of course you will both want to patch things right back up, but its the ‘in the meantime’ part that hurts.

  14. That sounds delicious, AND I think I have all those ingredients in the kitchen, too!

    I hope you two kiss and make up. Memorably. 😉

  15. Yeah, that awful feeling after a bad fight (the rule breaking kind) sucks. I know you know this, but you and Dale have a solid, loving and honest relationship, and mending this fence will only make it stronger.


  16. My mom, in her kindest voice, would advise you to “Breathe, dear, breathe,” and hand you another maple square and a glass of milk. Hope the two of you re-set your balance the next time your eyes meet. If not, look at your June 14th blog post. ::hug::

  17. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we have fights with our loved ones. I know the kind of exhaustion you are talking about, though, and boy, does it make for a slow, disjointed start to a week.

    Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating evening…


  18. I’m sorry you’re feeling down. When I fight with my daughter, it leaves me feeling so drained and exhausted, too, so I can understand a bit how you feel.

    Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe!

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