This has been the oddest holiday season we’ve had in a long time. Not bad, not sad…but different. Several traditions have had to be put aside and my usual elaborate planning has been tossed out the window. Maybe it’s because I was outta commission for 11 days after Thanksgiving. (I got really sick) Whatever the reason friends, I’m not bothered.
I told The Husband on Sunday morning during our coffee-talk, “I’m not down about things being so different this year…I believe God’s not surprised…I’m just interested to see how He brings it all together from here on out!”
Normally by now, I’ve had several baking days and prepared lots of goodies for The Husband to take into his office and share and for us to nibble on at night in front of the fire. (Of course we always have an extra 5 lbs to take off in January!)
But this year I haven’t baked, so I asked him what holiday treat he wanted me to make. His brow furrowed and he glared at me like I was asking a trick question, after all, this is our first Christmas since my Celiac Disease diagnosis and most of our favorite holiday treats are full of dreaded gluten.
“Could you figure out how to do Plaza Park Squares without the gluten?”
This is one of his favorite Christmas treats. I’ve been making it since I got the recipe nearly 20 years ago from my friend Leslie and her mom Cinda.
Here’s what I came up with…it didn’t come out quite like the original but it is tasty!
Plaza Park Pie~Gluten Free Easily
2 boxes yellow cake mix~gluten free
2 sticks butter-really soft, near melted
1 bag of snack size Heath Bars-chopped into small pieces
Mix everything by hand, not mixer!
Press into 2 well greased pie pans (press well)
Use a mixer for this part!
1 box powdered sugar(powdered sugar)
1 (8 oz) cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix using a hand or stand up mixer and spread over Heath bar mixtures in pie plates.
Bake at 350* for 40 to 50 minutes
The top should be light brown with a thin crispy layer and gooey underneath, the topping should not be runny
***If the top starts to get too brown during baking, cover with foil***
Let cool and the cut into small pieces!
So, how are you doing? Are you having a pretty normal Christmas season?
~Sending you love today my friends, and wishes for you to have peaceful week ahead~