Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Perfect House?

Here is my question:  How do you pick a house?

Everyone seems to tell me to "Wait for the perfect house- it will come."

But I don't think it will.

My perfect house is on a lake, with mountain views, mature trees that grow on their own, and is in some magical land that is close to both MN and CO.  I don't think I will ever find my perfect house- and even if I did- I am pretty sure we could not afford it.

So, what level of perfection are we looking for here? 

I found a house that I quite like (Chris will see it this weekend- I went out looking without him to weed out the "no way" houses yesterday).  The layout is pretty much perfect.  Its in a great neighborhood.  In our price range.

But I wish it had a bigger yard, was in a cul-de-sac, and had a formal dining room (not that we have a table to put in there- but I would like to have one).

How perfect is perfect?

Monday, September 28, 2009

One More- My life is Changing for Crazy!

I am going to be a little scattered for the next couple weeks- Chris and I have offically entered the race to find a house before Nov 30th.  We will see how it goes.  We are just out to look at what is there and see if one is for us!

And lucky for me, Emily from The Lamb Family gave me this Fabulous award late last week (Thanks Emily!).  I am supposed to share my five current obsessions- but I really only have two:

  1. Money.  Looking at how much we have, how much we need, down payments, interest, mortgages, taxes, rent, and rebates.  In addition to house stuff- I have been tasked with investing our Roth IRAs and Chris' 401(k) money *(see not below)- so my mind is also filled with investing, IRAs, rollovers, index funds, ETFs and so much more- I have much to learn!
  2. Houses.  My mind is filled with online images of houses as I am looking at them, finding Realtors, mortgage brokers/banks/ or credit unions, locations, schools, houses, square feet and all that jazz.  I mean whoa!  

I am dreaming houses and money these days- literally.  Last night I was coughing in my sleep and as I was kinda in that half awake/ half asleep place I was dreaming that every cough was a different down payment- the really big coughs were huge down payments and the little ones were more reasonable down payments.  I think you can define this as obsession.

So yeah- any advice from you guys who have done this before would be much appreciated . .  .

I am going to look at half a dozen houses tomorrow!  I'll let you know how it goes . . . wish me luck.  I don't know how much longer I can be dreaming of down payments

*(Also- just so you know- Chris quit his job last week and has started a new job at a new company today! (He will still be doing relatively the same thing- but it is still very exciting!)  Hope your first day is going well Chris!!)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Garage Sale Treasure 3

Oh boy!  My husband is the best.  Not only did Chris remind me that today was our community garage sale- he also gave me all his cash ($12)!

I went all out and spend all $12- wanna see?

I got these Tupperware cake and pie storage containers.  My mother had the bigger one and used it all.the.time.  It will be nice to have something that I can carry my carrot cake in . . .
$4


My next find is not for everyone- these were made for me.  I found almost new Chacos- size 7- Wide.  I have one pair of Chacos already- exactly the same stats- size 7- Wide.  I had to special order them because stores don't usually carry the wide width.  But apparently garage sales do.
$5


Lastly, I impulsively bought these canisters.  I already have canisters- but I have always wanted ones that have words on them.  So when the guy asked $3 for them- exactly what I had left- I took them home.  I am sure I will be able to find something else for my clear canisters to do now that I have these beautiful white ones.
$3

Sigh.  I didn't find what I was looking for- but I did find some treasures, no?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tag- Freeze!

Get it?  It is Freeze Tag- only backwards!  Get it?  huh? Yeah, I know it is lame.

Anyway- I have to tell you- I am the luckiest girl around because I have been given two awards! Really- I know it is hard to believe- but it is true.

Thank you to PJ from Seens From The Backs Of My Eyelids for this "I give good blog" award.  Thanks PJ!
If you have not seen my post about Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog- you might want to check it out.  I am pretty sure that it is PJ's favorite post ever.  Well, not the post- but she is forever indebted to me for introducing her to Dr. Horrible.


Also- the hippest chick I know in Virgina has also given me an award.  What, you don't know who is the hippest chick I know in Virgina? Well- her name is Della.


She awarded me with the "Your Blog is Freakin Fabulous" award.  Thank you Della- your blog is freakin' fabulous too.  She is a skilled decorator and goodwill shopper.  Check her out!

Thanks blog friends.  I am honored that you choice to award me.  Thanks.  And I am super sorry that I didn't post this earlier- I don't know what happened!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Peanut Butter Choclate Chip Muffins



Yum!  These muffins were my first attmepts at baking with many new and newer substitutions.
First: banana for egg

Second: Homemade chocolate chips for regular

Third: Applesauce for oil

These muffins baked up really well- I couldn't tell that I had substituted anything weird in there . . . nice.  However, despite all the natural and less natural sugars, I didn't feel like they were not all that sweet.  Not like my carrot cake muffins.  Oh well.

I think the banana substitution actually adds a nice flavor to the mix- who doesn't love banana, chocolate, and peanut butter all together?

All in all- these are very good-and not too bad for you, eh?
  
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Cooking During Stolen Moments

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • one ripe banana (or two eggs)
  • 1 3/4 c. milk
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. applesauce or oil
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Mush up the banana.  
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.  
  3. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients (excluding Peanut Butter and chocolate chips).
  4. Add wet ingredients with dry and stir until combined.  
  5. Add in peanut butter and mix.
  6. Add chocolate chips and combine. 
  7. Drop into muffin tins and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Taco Bake

Remember the cottage cheese that we had to use?  This is the recipe I picked.  Very, very good if you are feeling like tacos!  

Taco Bake
loosely adapted from bigoven.com

Ingredients
  • 1/2 ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Super Salt
  • 1/2 Pint crushed tomatoes (8 oz)
  • 1 Cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Jack Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 6 corn tortillas (I used taco shells)
  • lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and 1/4 cup shredded cheese
Directions
  1. Brown meat with onions and garlic. 
  2. Add seasoning, salt and tomatoes and simmer.







  3. Combine cottage cheese, shredded Jack cheese, and egg.







  4. Place half of the tortillas in the bottom of a 7 x 11 inch pan (or 8 x 8).
  5. Spread on meat mixture, then top with the other tortillas.  
  6. Finally, top with cheese mixure. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 







  7. When done, add lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese on top and serve immediately.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lets try again- Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park- one week late


Okay- here we are one week later.  I am feeling much much better.  I still can't sleep very well, but I can walk around for more than three minutes without feeling like I am about to die!  Hallelujah!

Last weekend we went up to to Rock Mountain National Park with our good friends Andrew and Mandy.  (Also known as Mandrew if you are talking too fast.)  Anyway, they were kind enough to let up join them in an adventure!

We saw some amazing sites.  I mean whoa.  It was raining (awesome) but in a way, I think it made the hike and sites more beautiful.  You will see.

When we first made our way into the park we saw tons of elk.  People were stopped all over the road looking and these guys.



I didn't use zoom- we were really that close.



This guy was nursing!!  How cool is that?

Then we went for a 8 mile hike.  It was so much easier than hiking the 13er.  I felt like we had SO MUCH oxygen the whole time- and my legs didn't really even get that tired (until the way down).  It was so beautiful.  Here are some pictures.


Here are Chris and I at the waterfall. I had to get really close because Chris told the photographer to cut me out of the picture.  


My buddy Mandy and I at the waterfall.  I got close because I LOVE HER! 




See what I mean about the rain?  I think the clouds and mist make it look like it was out of a movie.  I literally gasped when we came up the hill and saw it.  Sigh.

Here is all four of us at the lake. 



Then came the fun part.  After we finished the hike and got the campsite- we quick set up our tents and roasted some hot dogs.  And Ate more S'mores than I can count.  It was a good night.

It was late, and cold, so we went to bed.  It was going to be cold, so I had on two pairs of pants, three shirts (and a sweatshirt), two pairs of huge socks and my hood on.  I should have been good. 

However, the whole night I could not get warm. 

After many hours of in an hour of fitful sleep, I woke Chris and tried to get into his sleeping bag with him.  However, then it would only zip up to my waist.  We lay like that for awhile and then when it reached a respectable time to get up (5:00 am) I begged him to get up and make a fire because I was still cold. 

As we emerged from our tent, we saw ICE on the tent.  On the car.  On everything.  It was so cold it was freezing!  No wonder I was cold.  I often get cold at night, so oh well.

We made a fire in freezing temps and finally started to get warm.  Kinda.  It took a long long time.

The best part about this adventure though, was that when we took everything back to his parents' house (we were borrowing their stuff) guess what we discovered?  The bag I was sleeping in- it was only rated for 40dregees and above.  No wonder I was Cold!!!!

And Chris' bag?  Rated to below freezing.

Ugh.

Next time- I am going to get a different bag.

All in all it was a ton of fun.  I LOVE camping.  Not so much the cold, but the camping part is awesome.  

Oops!

I wrote a post about our adventures camping last week over the weekend, and was going to post it today- but I didn't upload the photos so I can't post it from work today.  Oops.  

Tonight?  

I hope you are staying warm on this cold and rainy Monday.  

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cheesy Egg Bagel Sandwich

Thank you for all your kind words of advice yesterday- if I don't feel better soon- I will go back to my doctor!

I bought some dry curd cottage cheese because it was on sale last week.  It is cottage cheese without the cream added back in to make it all liquid-y.



But, because I haven't done any cooking for the past week, the cheese was approaching its end.  I asked Chris to find something he wanted to make using the cheese and this is what he came up with- Cheesy Egg Bagels.  Not too shabby.



You could make this is regular cottage cheese if you prefer- just drain the juice or let it cook off.  You don't want a soggy bagel!

Cheesy Egg Bagel
From Chris and Taryn

Ingredients
  • 1/4 C chopped onions
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C dry cottage cheese 
  • 1 pinch of super salt
  • 2 bagels
Directions
  1. Brown onions.  Add whisked eggs and cook until almost done. 
  2. Add cheese and finish cooking.
  3. Season with salt. 
  4. Meanwhile, toast bagels and butter (believe me- this is the best!)
  5. Assembly egg sandwich and enjoy!  

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Urgent Care

After Chris came home from work yesterday I was pretty sure I was dying.  I had had a low grade fever for over 24 hours, my ears hurt, I couldn't breathe and it hurt to swallow.  So Chris took me to the Urgent Care.  And guess what?

I have . . .  a cold. 

Seriously. 

How embarrassing.  I went to Urgent Care for a COLD!!  Not strep, not pneumonia, not Swine Flu- not even a flu!  Just a cold. 

And I even can't leave this shrinking one bedroom apartment for another 24 hours (if my fever stays away). 

So yeah.  Sorry about the pathetic posts this week- I have a cold. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Otter Pops

Well, I am still sick (Chris tried to convince me I had the Swine Flu- but I am sure I just have a bad flu)- Anyway, I want to fix this Otter Pops issue.  Otter Pops are the best.  


 


 There are six different flavors:

  • Blue Louie-Bloo Raspberry (Berry Punch)
  • Red Strawberry Short Kook (Strawberry)
  • Green Sir Isaac Lime (Lemon Lime)
  • Light Red Poncho Punch (Tropical Punch) 
  • Purple Alexander the Grape (Grape)
  • Orange Little Orphan Orange (Orange)
My favorite is green- imagine that.

Here is a picture of what they look like before being frozen.



Here are frozen otter pops.  



Did anyone else go up with something similar to otter pops?  I never had these until I met Chris, but I had Freezie Pops from childhood.  (Trivia: my sister can eat more Freezie Pops than anyone I have ever met before.  It is amazing.) 



otter pops logo image from www.nottro.com
otter pops information from here 
unfrozen otter pops from here
frozen otter pops from here

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Freaks and Geeks

I am spending the afternoon on the couch eating Otter Pops and watching the complete series of Freaks and Geeks (thanks Dave!).  Goodness I hope I feel better soon.


image from here

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ugg

Well- we are back from our adventures in the mountains, but due to yesterday's Bronco's game, Kanye's dis to Taylor and the fact that I got an ear infection this weekend- I have not been able to write a post about our little vacation.  Hopefully I will feel better soon and will be able to tell this tale to its fullpotential.  Believe me- it is a good one.

Hope Monday is treating you better than me!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hello Again Mountains

We are off on another spontaneous trip to the mountains.  This time we are going to sleep with the bears . . . hopefully we won't get eaten! 

(Be jealous- I get to sleep on the cot!  Heck yes!)

See you Monday. 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Easiest Homemade Bread Ever.

When we had our soup I posted about yesterday, I made some delicious bread to go with it.  This is by far the easiest homemade bread you can make.  And it is pretty good too. 

It's ease comes from the fact that it does not need to be Knead.  haha- sorry I could not resist.  It is just like a quick bread or sweet bread (such as Strawberry Bread or Lemon Blueberry Bread)- just mix it all together, place in pan, give a little rise and let it bake up!

(Mine did not bake up quite as much as it has in the past, I think my yeast might be sickly, or I had too much whole wheat flour.) 

Four-Grain Batter Bread
adapted from Betty Crocker

Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 Cups flour (I used my mix of whole wheat, white whole wheat and pastry flour)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 Cups water (or milk)
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 Cup quick oats
Directions
  1. Grease two standard bread pans and sprinkle with cornmeal or extra oats.
  2. Mix 3 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt baking soda and yeast.  
  3. Add warmed water (or milk) (120 degrees) to flour mixture.
  4. Beat until moistened.  
  5. Stir in additional whole wheat flour, wheat germ, oats and remaining whole wheat flour mixture- enough to make a stiff batter.  
  6. Divide mixture evenly between the bread pans.  Loosely cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until done.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beef Stew with Noodles


This recipe comes from the September 2009 issue of Everyday Food.  To be honest, I really didn't love it.  But I made it for a group of friends and one guy LOVED it- so I thought I should share it with you. 

But be warned- I take no responsibility if you do not like this soup either.  It was just kinda bland and I added too many potatoes, which I cooked for too long.  But enjoy! 

Ingredients
adapted from Everyday Food
  • 1 lb ground beef/bison
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5.5 Cups homemade broth (3 cans (14.5 ounces each))
  • 1/2 lb carrots cut into one inch pieces
  • 6 potatoes cut into chunks (the original recipe called for 2 potatoes)
  • 2 Cups egg noodles
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
Directions
  1. Brown meat with onions.  
  2. Add broth and three cups of water and bring to a boil.  
  3. Add potatoes and carrots and cook for about 10 minutes.  
  4. Add noodles and cook until tender.  
  5. Stir in parsley and vinegar and serve. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Best Trail Mix

I went on a big hike this weekend (you can read about it here) and one of the snacks I brought was my favorite trail mix.  Really, this sounds too simple, but the flavors just go together so perfectly.  Salty, sweet and yum.

Give it a try whenever you need a tree nut-free trail mix for your everyday trails. = ) 

Best Trail Mix
from me!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Mix together in bag and eat.  It is so simple, I almost feel silly putting this in here. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dried Pears


More dehydrator fun! Perhaps you are getting tired of hearing about how awesome this thing is- but that is just all the more reason to get out and get your own! I promise- it is the best kitchen tool ever! (Well, maybe not ever- but it is awesome.)

This weekend, I played around with dehydrating pears. They are delicious- tons of fiber- so they stay together well when dried.

I soaked them in lemon juice and water before drying them to help prevent browning, and I think it worked. We will have to see if they stay this shade or turn brown and time goes on.

Dried Pears
instructions from the dehydrator book

Ingredients
  • pears
  • some lemon juice
  • water
Directions
  1. Cut pear into thin slices.
  2. Soak in a few tablespoons of lemon juice and water (to prevent browning) for 5 minutes.
  3. Lay on dehydrator for 5-6 hours until dry.
Easy as pie!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My First 14er . . . I mean 13er?

Ok- I meant to post about or climb last night, but after coming home, eating dinner and showering I laid down to read and write blogs- but fell asleep.  It was 7:45pm. 

And I didn't wake up until 7:30 am.

Whoa.  I guess I was tired. 

I am finally back from church and have a few minutes before we leave for the CU vs. CSU game in Boulder.  My poor poor legs . . . (we have to stand the whole game in the student section and walk 2 miles round trip to and from our car)

Gotta be big, as Grandma says. 

But I digress.  Here is the saga of our trip up the mountain.

Friday, Chris and I rather spontaneously decided to hike up Gray's Peak on Saturday with our good friends Chip and Sarah.

The hike was supposed to be 7.5 miles round trip, Class 1 (aka: easy).  You can read all about it here.  A challenge, but doable for us (none of us have been hiking in years).

We borrowed Sarah's Dad's Range Rover and we were off!  The road to the trail-head is very very bumpy (hence the Range Rover) but we still had to stop 1.5 miles from the trail head because so many people were hiking that morning.

Or so we thought.

As we walked around the bend, we learned that our informants were dead wrong.  We could have driven the remaining 1.5 miles, but by the time we realized this, it was a little too late to turn around and get the car, so we just marched on.

By the time we actually got to the trail-head, we were getting a little tired.  Additionally, we were a ragged bunch.  Chip tore his ACL last summer and has not totally rehabilitated it.  Sarah had a headache from the time we got out of the car that only got worse.  Chris' thigh was hurting every time he took a step, and I was unable to breath due to seasonal allergies anywhere below tree line.  It was a little pathetic.  But we marched on. 

Here is a picture of Chris and I with our first look at the peak.


Unfortunately, around 12,300 feet, Sarah's headache was getting worse and she started to see black spots so she decided she was done.  Chris stayed with her on the side of the trail and Chip and I kept going up.   This is what Chip and I had left to climb.  (Gray's is the left peak- the right is Torrey's Peak.)


We were in a bit of a hurry because it was already 11:30 am and we still had 1.2 miles and 2,000 vertical feet to climb.  (If you don't know much about mountains - you are supposed to climb in the morning because there are regular afternoon storms that come out of nowhere.  And because trees don't grow that high, there is no shelter, and it is very dangerous.)

As Chip and I were climbing on, we finally made it past treeline so I could breathe as freely as the oxygen depleted air would allow.  Hallelujah!

As far as we could tell, we were the only ones still climbing up, and one guy who passed us walking down, told us, "Keep and eye on the weather, we already saw some snow up there."

Now I was really getting worried.  I didn't want to be that newbie hiker stuck on the top of a freezing mountain (wearing shorts none-the-less!) but we kept going . . . slowly.  

We made it about halfway up the remaining 2,000 feet before it started snowing.

That was the end for us.  It was literally freezing, snow was falling and I was exhausted.  Chip's knee started acting up so we turned around.  This was the remaining trail.
 

Here I am at our highest point. 

I look way better in the above picture than I felt!  My cheeks were felt raw and numb from the cold.  I remember struggling to form a smile. Weird.


I think it was about 13,000 ft.  Not too shabby.  I climbed my first 13er?

It was quite the trip- my pedometer said we walked 25,000 steps about 11 miles.  I know this is a bit off because my stride was not as long as usual, but it is a good estimate.

All in all- we had a great time (besides the freezing temps, lack of oxygen, nausea, allergies and headaches). Maybe next time we will leave a little earlier, park a little closer and be in a little better shape- then maybe we'll make it to the top.  Maybe? 

(We did have awesome trail mix I will post about later- it was really good stuff.)

Hope you all had a happy Saturday!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wish Me Luck!

We are off to Gray's Peak to climb my first 14er.  I am sure I will die- but if I don't- I will have to post about my adventures!  Wish me luck . . .

Friday, September 4, 2009

Carrot Cake Muffins


As you know- I love anything with cream cheese frosting, carrots and zucchini.  Yum.

But when I came across these muffins/cupcakes at Cooking During Stolen Moments- I knew that I had a new love interest.

I gave them a shot- actually- I gave them two shots and they were lovely.  (we ate the first batch too fast!)

Here is the scoop- they are a million times easier than making one of these or these.  Wow. The simplicity was shocking.

But they are not quite as good as the cakes.  I don't really know why- unless the cake form and the work that goes into making a cake somehow impacts the taste?

I don't know- definitely worth your time to make for the best breakfasts or tempting desserts.  


Carrot Cake Muffins
from Cooking During Stolen Moments


Ingredients



  • 1 c. raisins + 1 c. boiling water
  • 3 c. flour
  • 3 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. oil
  • 3/4 c. applesauce (you can use any combination of the oil and applesauce that you want)
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 4 large carrots, grated
Frosting


  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
Directions

1. Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in oil, applesauce and vanilla until combined. Drain the raisins and add to the bowl. Add the carrots and mix. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until moistened.
4. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes, until browned and fully baked.
5. When cooled, frost with frosting. 
(Frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter or margarine, powdered sugar and vanilla together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost muffins once they are fully cooled. Store in the refrigerator.)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Martha's Cooking Towel

When I was home for my sister's wedding I saw these towels on clearance at Macy's- but I didn't buy them.  and I regretted it for a whole month.  When we went back for Elise's wedding, they were still there so I snatched them up! 


The picture does not do the towel justice. It is pretty.  And so so helpful.  I have it hung on the side of the refrigerator- where I can easily see how to convert cups to ounces or tablespoons or teaspoons for both dry and wet ingredients.  Before, I would always have to stop and look that information up on the computer- but not anymore!  I love it. 

Pretty cool- Don't you think?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dried Plum Crumble Bars


I made these the first time long ago (when Chris was on vicodin and needed some extra . . . umm . . . fiber.) I made them recently and they were still delicious! Not as good as the first time- I think I overcooked them a bit or the whole wheat flour changed the texture too much- I'm not sure. When I make them again- because I love them regardless- I will try to remedy the baking time and texture thing. (I have posted the recipe that I used- so change it as you like. Good luck!)

Dried Plum Crumble Bars
adapted from everyday food (May 2008)

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces dried plums (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan; line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang (do it- it will make your life easier). Butter paper; set pan aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together 2 cups flour and 1 cup sugar. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Transfer half of mixture to prepared pan; with lightly floured fingers, press firmly into bottom. Set aside. Shape remaining mixture into large, moist clumps; transfer topping to a bowl, and set aside. Wipe food processor bowl clean.
  4. Make filling: In food processor, blend plums, apple juice, lemon zest, and remaining 2 tablespoons each flour and sugar until a thick paste forms.
  5. Using a small offset spatula or table knife, spread filling over crust. Sprinkle with topping. Bake until topping is golden brown, 60 to 65 minutes.
  6. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely. Using paper overhang, lift crumble from pan, and transfer to a cutting board; cut into 20 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.
  7. Enjoy!