The Birthday Edition:

Since all the food went over so well at my party, I figured this weeks Things I’m Diggin should give you a hint into what I made (sorry for the lack of featured images for each recipe, but I was really busy!):

 The Killer Cherry-Peach Sangria 

My Go-to Mayo-free (so no need to worry) Summertime Pasta Salad

Jessica’s Drool Worthy Pizza Dip 

This couldn’t be much simpler Spinach and Artichoke dip (for my man)  

And more from Jessica (cuz you can’t go wrong here) with this perfect for summer flavor packed hot corn dip

& The best (and most delicious) way to serve shrimp to a crowd – Bloody Mary Shrimp 

I put all of the dips in a slow cooker, instead of baking on high to get them melted, then low during the party. They worked just fine this way.

Also on the menu were hot and sweet sausages from New York, crabs, burgers, caprese sticks, a beautiful fruit salad from my boyfriends mom, baked beans, my new favorite cake from Sweet Somethings, a peanut butter chocolate, two cheesecakes from New York,



Monster Bars

adapted from Something Swanky


  • 2 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms
  • 3/4 cup crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, grease again.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter in a bowl. Press graham cracker crumbs into prepared crust. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and leave oven on. Let cool 15 minutes.

Poor the sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crust and sprinkle the oats, Reese’s Pieces, M&M, crushes pretzels, and chocolate chips over top. Press gently. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the sweetened condensed milk is golden and bubbly.

Cool completely, cut into squares, and serve.




  1. So glad you made these because I’ve seen them on Ashton’s site before and have drooled over them ever since. 🙂 I love them so much more than your standard layered bar – the oats and pretzels, m&ms… they have it all! I love a complexity of flavors and chunks. I’m not sure why I’m waiting to make these lol 🙂

  2. love bars like this – the kitchen sink is pretty much my daily baking cabinet 🙂 and the fact that you used TWO cans of SCMilk in them….ahhh, yeah, they’re probably ‘pretty good’ 🙂

  3. I might just have to make these for my boyfriend but i think I’ll be sorry if i do cause i might be making them too often. oh our weakness for pretzel deserts

  4. Could you exchange the graham crackers for smashed up oreos? Sounds like I need to experiment. 🙂

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