I know I’m being cliche here, but one of the best food combinations in the whole world is chocolate and peanut butter. In fact, I have been known to take a square or two of chocolate and dip into a jar of peanut butter. Lazy, I’ll admit it, but oh so good.
This recipe is almost as easy as that, but there are a few special ingredients that make it that much better. I made these to take over to a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, you know, before all the diets started, and they were gone in seconds. They’re crunchy and sweet on the inside, and melty and smooth on the outside. A perfect combination of salty and sweet. I sprinkled some chopped peanuts on the top of some of them to add a little extra crunch.
You can make these balls all in one go, or separate it out over a few days. If you choose to make it in two days, you can make the dough on the first day, separating the dough into 2 large discs, covering it in plastic wrap, and placing in the fridge until you are ready to coat in chocolate. On the second day you can roll the discs into balls of any size (I like larger so I don’t have to roll 80) and dip into chocolate. Whatever you do, just give yourself a little bit of time, as the balls need to chill in the fridge before you dip them in the hot chocolate. Continue reading
I’m in a minor panic mode. Weather forecasters predicted a possibility of 1-4 inches of snow Tuesday night. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but in the Portland area, there’s much hype from the media when it comes to snow and little is delivered. So I didn’t think too much about this particular forecast. Saturday morning I went to the grocery store in a mad panic because the ice/snow/wind storm was supposed to come around 9 AM bringing 1-2 inches of ice. The storm did materialize, but it was closer to a little more of a dusting of snow and 1/2 inch of ice.
I decided to smite the weather forecasters this time and not panic. When I woke up this morning, we had 11 inches of snow. Yikes! Now I am kicking myself that I should have listened to the meteorologist, and therefore gone to the grocery store on my way home from work yesterday because I am almost out of fruits, veggies, and milk. But more importantly, I am almost out of flour and butter. And when you’re cooped up inside, warm baked goods sound better than ever, hence the minor panic mode I have induced upon myself. This picture is the nature park by our house. I have to admit, snow is beautiful.
This one is of our backyard. Oh my poor Japanese maple! Continue reading
“I can resist anything except temptation.” Oscar Wilde
As an English major in college and an English teacher these past 12 years, I have read my fair share of great classic literature. Oscar Wilde wrote my favorite play, The Importance of Being Earnest, and if you have not read it, I suggest you do. I dare you to not laugh out loud as you read this! (Don’t ask me about the movie adaptation as I haven’t seen it. This is mainly do to the fact that I may not like it and then it will forever taint my view of this beloved play. Please tell me this isn’t weird.)
This quote is not from that play, but every time I read it I laugh. Out loud. And quite honestly, I can resist many things, but this dessert…Nope. Nada. Negative Ghostwriter. I have been making this for 6 years now, and every time I offer it to others, they can’t resist it either.
The best way to describe this dessert is that it is a cross between a slushie and a milkshake. I make it in summer; I make it in winter. I make it when I have have a craving for chocolate; I make it just because. And you should too. Enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
We went on a short camping trip this past weekend, albeit the weather was windy and a bit drizzly. For me, camping is a time to relax, be with family, and eat a bunch of junk food we normally don’t eat. In fact, I take the kids with me to the grocery store and choose candy from the bin and fill up a plastic bag. It’s honestly the highlight of the kids’ summer.
Four “note-worthy” things happened while camping:
1. Matthew learned to ride a bike with no training wheels.
2. Grace learned to sort-of throw a Frisbee. It’s like a tomahawk throw, actually. The kids are finally beginning to get the concept of Frisbee golf.
3. Eric finally beat my dad at corn-hole. It’s a silly game if you ask me, but they love it, even though their shoulders are very sore the next day.
4. Matthew lost his front tooth. It was the 5th tooth he’s lost, not a huge deal, but how he lost it was pretty funny. He and Grace were playing tag and he accidentally rammed his tooth into the backside of Grace’s head. He came back crying (not Grace, surprisingly) and 5 minutes later, out popped the tooth. However, the tooth fairy couldn’t bring him anything that night, because she didn’t know that he was camping. (Thankfully he fell for it! We made up for it when we came home the next day and he received an extra coin under his pillow. “She remembered! She remembered!” he kept saying.)
I decided to make these brownies to take camping with us. Continue reading