I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.
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For the past 3 weeks I have been recovering from left knee replacement. Actually I am still recovering, as this is going to take awhile. I have a new respect and empathy for anyone undergoing this surgery. I can see hope after the first two weeks that the pain is less and the mobility is slowly getting better. This surgery isn’t for sissies, which I am beginning to think I may be. Pa Lloyd is taking good care of me. He’s even doing pretty well in the kitchen! Friends and neighbors have brought over goodies too, which has helped. The recipe I am sharing with you today is for cranberry bars that my friend Carmen Davison brought over to ease my pain! She shared the recipe so I can share it with you. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cups vanilla or white chips
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup pecan halves (optional)
In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Gently spread over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars. Yields about three dozen.
Have a great week!!