Loopy Ewe Solid Series and Congo Bars

Rist-Canyon-Shawl-by-Kathy-MerrickOur Loopy Ewe Solid Series line has been used in another published pattern and we wanted to give you a peek! This crocheted scarf looks like it would be fun to do in a lot of different colors. The designer, Kathy Merrick, used Iron, Butterscotch, Dove, Pesto, Mocha, Silver, Sage and Slate Blue for this one. This pattern appears in Interweave’s Crochet Winter 2012/2013, available online today and on newsstands December 18th. (Photo by Harper Point Photography, used with permission.) Wouldn’t this be fun in shades of one color (like blue), going from lighter to darker? Like Whisper Blue, Ice, Cornflower, Cerulean, Royal Blue, Slate Blue, Indigo, and Navy? Or browns? Or greens? How about a quick Christmas scarf with Strawberry, Cardinal, Spring Green, Kelly Green, Evergreen, Surf, Caribbean and Turquoise? (Or just pick a Loopy Cake set or two – those are fun colors that all go well together!) I like the multi-color idea for a scarf. It goes with everything that way.

Today’s recipe is a long-time family favorite and I hope you and your family and friends enjoy this one as much as we do.

Congo-BarsCongo Bars

Mix together:

1 cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix well and press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle 1/2 bag of chocolate chips on top and lightly press into batter. You can also add a half-bag of butterscotch chips as well, but we like the chocolate chips in ours.

Beat 2 egg whites until stiff and then add 1 cup brown sugar. Beat until combined. Spread over chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

Hasn’t it been nice to have one full week post-Thanksgiving before the month of December hits? Have you decorated for the holidays yet? (Or do you do that?) I think that’s on my list for the weekend.

Sheri betteraddthattomyhusband’sto-dolistthisweekend,too…


  1. Weatherman promised 50 degree weather tomorrow, so that may be our last chance to clean up the last of the leaves and do any decorating outside – MN probably will not get any more warm days before Christmas.

  2. No Spring Fling announcement? I’m hoping to eventually have time to decorate, but probably not this weekend. And next weekend I’m running away to the Arkansas Fiber Extravaganza with a friend. Maybe before Christmas???

  3. It is exciting to see the Loopy Ewe Solid Series being spotlighted! The colors are great!

    I love congo bars! They were a yummy treat we had when I was a kid. I may have to make them for my kids – thanks for the fun reminder!

  4. Those Congo bars look yummy! Will have to try them out.

    The scarf made in the Loopy Ewe Solid Series is great- I love all of the colors!

  5. Your Congo bars sound great–I’m going to try them tomorrow. Today I made Truffles rolled in cocoa powder–about 100 of them. I’m going to freeze some for Christmas gifts this year as I’m still looking for work… Anyone know of a good job available?

  6. I think I’m going to try the Congo bars tomorrow. They sound amazing. I’ve done as much decorating as I’m going to. I have two new kittens, one is 2 months old and one is 4 months old so I have to really watch what I put out. No tree or fancy decorations this year. That’s fine…since my stroke in September it’s hard to things up from the basement and the shed. What I’ve put up looks good though. I’m pleased.

  7. My house is as decorated as it’s going to be. We sell fresh decorated wreaths where I work and moi has to decorate all of them to include hand making all the wire edge bows – so I have my fill of greens,decorations, and pine sap on my hands and clothes (sorry to be the grinch). The Congo Bars are on my list of to bake goodies. I do like to drive around with family and look at the house lights – lots of fun with my grandson (21 months old and he LOVES the lights). This Sunday is the tree lighting ceremony and carriage ride in front of the township bldg and we’re going to that. Hot chocolate and maybe Congo bars after that 🙂 Will address my cards this weekend – I still love sending them as my Mom always did 😀

  8. I am SO going to try those congo bars this weekend! They sound yummo. Thanks for sharing the recipe Sheri! I am still going to try some colors in the solid series. There are tons of pretty ones!
    At CarolD. In Zion, Ill- is that anywhere near Rockford? Some place called Urban Farmgirl was going to open. You may want to check it out if you are close! 🙂

  9. My dd who had gall bladder surgery this week would love those congo bars. I’ll have to make them for her when she can eat solids again. Poor thing. Still looking for fling info. I love the LEsolids. I made my Derecho with 3 colors from the line.

  10. Starting decorations tonight so I can be ready for my knitting group brunch next Sunday. I really like the Loopy Solids. Im making a Babette Blanket for my nephew using several of the colors.

  11. I started cleaning yesterday so that I can decorate. Of course, since there’s so much cleaning required, I ran errands and made my door wreath. More cleaning will happen on and off today, but I can’t decorate until it’s clean. Mama always did the decorating, so it’ll be interesting. No shortage of stuff to use, just not sure yet what I’ll do with it.

  12. I just baked the congo bars (for the first time ever) this afternoon and holy cow, they’re good! I didn’t realized I had to let them TOTALLY cool before slicing and eating, so they don’t look as pretty as yours.

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