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Warmer connections come when we’re willing to take a chance.

If you’ve been following along my 31 Days of Warm Connections series, I’m sharing about friendships and opening our homes today.

A few weeks ago, two of my newer friends came to my house on a Friday morning. In my mind, all week long, I thought about my commitments, list of chores, the last part of the garden that needed harvesting, canning, blogging … you name it, the “list” in my mind became overwhelming and I tried to talk myself out of the invitation I had already made.

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The recipe that Fiona brought to my house on this day was so tasty. She’s a gluten-free girl so this is how she made it. Yum!

And a little warning: You won’t be able to stop with just one piece.

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Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Bars {ReluctantEntertainer.com}

Summary: You won’t be able to stop at just one!


  • Base:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c dessicated coconut OR 1/2 c almond meal
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • Caramel Filling:
  • 1/3 c golden syrup OR molasses (preferably light flavored)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • Chocolate Topping:
  • 3/4 c dark chocolate chips/melts
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place the flour, coconut or almond meal, brown sugar and butter in a bowl. Mix well. Press the mixture into a 8 x 12 in baking tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 15 – 18 mins until brown.
  2. For the caramel filling – place the golden syrup or molasses, butter and condensed milk in a saucepan over a low heat and stir for 7 minutes or until the caramel has thickened slightly. Pour over the cooked base and bake for 20 mins or until the caramel is golden.
  3. Refrigerate the bar until cold. Spread with chocolate topping.
  4. Chocolate topping – melt the chocolate together with the oil. (Best to do it in a bowl sitting over a bowl of hot water or 50% power in the microwave.)

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8


If you missed previous days to 31 Days of Warm Connections …
Day 1: Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment
Day 6: Encouragement with Easy Pear Cobbler
Day 7: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family
Day 8: More About Others
Day 9: Technology Versus People
Day 10: The Table Experience with Bush’s Beans
Day 11: Dreaming of Autumn Guests
Day 12: Gathering Around a Homemade Life
Day 13: Sisters in New York City
Day 14: Giving to Those in Need
Day 15: Enjoying Everyday Sounds
Day 16: Life’s Small Moments
Day 17: Well-Designed Kitchen Counter
Day 18: “Now Time” and 5 Years at RE
Day 19: Taking a Chance and Chocolate Caramel Bars

And be sure to check out the rest of the 31 Day Participants!