Thank you Leslie... it was a chown issue...
I ended up using the following after opening terminal as root (which I believe is the same thing you were telling me to do Leslie):
Permissions (to change ownership):
sudo chown -R nobody:admin /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs
and then entered:
sudo chown -R nobody:admin /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/var
Permissions (to change access level):
sudo chmod -R 777 /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs
This ended up working.