Mini Italian Lesson #8 (Recipe: Gooey Spice Bars)

It’s been awhile since we talked Italian.

However, tonight is an appropriate night for a blog post on Italian because I ate dinner with a dear friend at a tasty Italian restaurant tonight called Vivace. It has a super cute patio (which is where we ate), and the three things we ordered from the menu were really good! I would definitely go back!

So, in our 8th Italian lesson we learned the 3rd conjugation for verbs. This conjugation is very similar to the 2nd conjugation. The verbs end in -ire.  Example: dormire (to sleep)

Let’s conjugate!

io dormo

tu dormi

lui/lei dorme

noi dormiamo

voi dormite

loro dormono

Other examples of 3rd conjugation verbs: partire (to leave), sentire (to hear), offrire (to offer), soffrire (to suffer), and servire (to serve).

Furthermore, some verbs belong to the 3rd conjugation but add “isc” to the conjugation such as capire.

Let’s translate a sentence!

Vivo in una casa gialla. (I live in a yellow house.)

Noi leggiamo il libro d’italiano. (We read the book in Italian.)

A useful phrase? Quanto costa? (How much does it cost?)

Other useful words? il semaforo (the traffic light), a destra (right), a sinistra (left), l’incrocio (the intersection)

We then struggled through a conversation in Italian among our classmates discussing coffee, making a reservation at a restaurant, and purchasing tickets to a museum. I won’t put you through all of that!

So this past weekend was pretty full! A flew in on Friday night. I did a 6 mile run Saturday morning and then we went to the gym together. Then A made this Fluffy French Toast recipe that we had made once before (we decided it wasn’t a keeper). Saturday evening we went to a graduation party to celebration Alise and picked up Nick (an aussie) to keep for a few days. Sunday we spent all day at flyball practice (Envy got one of her flyball certificates!), and A was supposed to fly home Monday evening. But his flight was delayed which would have made him miss his connection, so I got to spend one more night with him! I can never complain about that!

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Fun Fact: 58% of runners track their runs with a GPS or smart watch. 27% use a mobile app. 8% use a regular watch. 7% don’t track their workouts at all.

1 year ago: Tempted to Skip Your Late-Day Workout? (Recipe: Chocolate Chip Granola Bars)

Quote of the Day:

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.” -Wilma Rudolph

I made these Gooey Spice Bars for our girls’ paint night last month. They were pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself! I’m not sure it is a keeper recipe, but I definitely enjoyed them! I know Shawn did as well because she asked me to leave some of the extra ones behind! 🙂

Gooey Spice Bars

Gooey Spice Bars


  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine cake mix, egg, and butter. Mix on medium until a smooth dough forms. Press evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle top of dough evenly with pecans, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate chips. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top of the bars.
  4. Place bars in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until bars are set and top is light golden. Let cool to room temperature before cutting and serving.

Courtesy of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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