Weekend Review: Atlas, Symphony, Gone Girl, and s’mores bars

I love s’mores and as the weather gets colder, it is the perfect gooey treat. Not everyone has access to a bonfire and sometimes the microwave variety doesn’t hit the spot. Solution: homemade baked s’mores bars. These are always a hit and I have made them several times. Be prepared to get a little sticky and have your kitchen covered in marshmallow fluff. Pro tip: a little Pam spray on your spatula before scooping out the fluff is a lifesaver. Recipe at the very bottom of the post.

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For a quick weekend recap, I’ve included photos below. On Friday night we went to Atlas, which is within walking distance to our place and has been on our bucket list for months. I will say, it lived up to the hype. My boyfriend got the lamb with a cheesy polenta (I’ll have to experiment with re-creating this!), which tasted like a creamy mac and cheese. I had the pork chop with asparagus and a sweet potato hash. There was a sweet jam on top of the pork chop, which would not have been my first choice, but overall it was delicious.

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On Saturday night we went to the STL Symphony at Powell Hall for Brahms. An unexpected Michael Brown protest erupted shortly after intermission, which kept things interesting. My SHBFF (Statehouse BFF) had planned on visiting from DC this weekend, but the flu bug changed our plans. She is so very sweet and sent the most beautiful flowers (Indiana colors) and we have re-scheduled for November and I cannot wait! I have been loving the crisp, fall weather and everything that comes with it: layers, vests, and lots of plaid.

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Other highlights included the DeBrand’s chocolate in the mail from my mom – if you have been to Fort Wayne, Indiana, you know about DeBrand’s! Indiana friends treated me to Bruce’s granola from Patachou, which made me think of home! The bag is hilarious and so very Patachou. We also saw Gone Girl on Sunday and while I knew the plot ahead of time, I was still on the edge of my seat for the entire movie. It was disturbing and dark, but you have to see it. A complete trainwreck and I have no idea how Gillian Flynn (the author) was able to write such a messed up, can’t turn away, thriller. The movie was filmed in Cape Girardeau  and Ladue (near St Louis), which makes the movie that much more interesting.

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Baked s’mores bars

Recipe via Rachel Schultz

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and ⅓ cups flour
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 king-sized milk chocolate bars
  • 1 and ½ cups marshmallow fluff

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, and vanilla together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into butter mixture. Press half of dough into a greased 9×9 pan. Set chocolate bars on top. Spread marshmallow fluff over chocolate and top with remaining dough.

Bake for 30-35, or until golden.

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