Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

Happy Monday! I am SO ready for a fresh week. Although I’m simultaneously hating how fast summer is going. I am most definitely not ready to be getting up early for school again.

So, good news! Sofia (#schnoxie) got her cast off last Thursday! Two weeks early! Because the cast was causing these nasty sores on her leg and she kind of smelled like garbage that had been sitting in the sun for 7 weeks. She’s technically on “kennel rest” which translates to “my bed rest” because I’m that kind of person.

And the bad news. My Macbook completely died on me the same day. After a year and a half. How do you people keep macs forever?! Mine’s been dying since day 3 when it had to have it’s keyboard rebuilt. RIP Macbook.

It sadly took most of my photos from November 2013 – present with it. I took it in to Geek Squad, forked over a ridiculous amount of money for them to recover 15k photos and then got the dreaded call that the harddrive was unreadable.

Yep.

I’d been working on uploading all my photos to the cloud storage I use but that dang computer was just so slow. Gahhhhh.

Anyway, I lost my next 5 blog post photos so I’m starting from scratch. Kind of. This is one of the posts I lost buuuuuut I was happy to remake it!

I don’t love popcorn. It’s just not my thing. Unless it’s covered in something! I can eat BOXES of that caramel popcorn with nuts. And I looooove those Christmas tins of popcorn – but only the cheese and caramel sections.

So of course I love this Peanut Butter Party Popcorn since it’s coated in a mixture of white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips with vanilla instant pudding mixed in. And then it’s all covered in sprinkles because everything is better with sprinkles!

Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

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Cookies and Cream Cookies - chopped candy bars and white chocolate chips make these cookies extra delicious!

Happy Monday! Let’s make it a great week! Cookies help!

You guys, it has been so HOT here. Yesterday I left at 7:30 am to go to Trader Joe’s (gotta get there before the crowds!) and didn’t need a coat. I wore flipflops. I didn’t even turn my seat warmer on. 

Normally at that time, it’s 20 degrees. Or less. 

Craaaaaaazy. Part of me is super excited because there are few things I hate more than sleeves. But then part of me is so sad that this is our last winter here (for now) and there’s no stinkin’ snow!

Well back to Trader Joe’s. They were out of macarons which is THE WORST. I would’ve settled for the kind I don’t like but they didn’t have a single box of any kind. And I need my cookies. 

So I made these Cookies and Cream Cookies! They have white chocolate chips and those amazing Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars. Those are probably number 1 on my candy bar list so obviously I’m obsessed with these cookies.

Cookies and Cream Cookies - chopped candy bars and white chocolate chips make these cookies extra delicious!

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Can I whine for a minute?

Tonight’s the ball. 

And I’m not going. Wahhhh.

We always miss the balls but usually it’s because my husband’s scheduled for something months before. But this time I got my hopes up. I bought a dress back in, like, June. We bought tickets, we found a babysitter, and we ordered my husband a new blue jacket thing about a month ago. And I was psyched because the blue jacket thing said 3 to 5 day shipping which left us plenty of time to get it tailored and get all his patches put on or whatever.

So 11 days after I ordered it and it still hadn’t shipped, I got on the live chat. And the girl told me that they have to special order uniforms from a uniform shop. And I said, “But this is the uniform shop, no?”

Long story short, the Army even manages to screw up online shopping. 

I’m really only sad because I love my dress and what if it’s totally out of style by the time the next post-deployment ball rolls around?

Can I just show up alone, take a few pictures in my dress, and then leave? 

Is that acceptable? No?

So tonight I’ll be drowning my sorrows in something chocolatey and delicious while I watch Scandal. There may be a pizza involved, too. I might even go for a canned Strawberrita. I’m classy like that. 

Anyway, have you ever made mousse? I was under the impression that it was a labor intensive, 3 day process but it’s literally melting chocolate and folding in whipped cream. 

I made this White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce in less than 15 minutes. And it’s so rich and creamy that it really feels like something that should take hours to make. I think I’m obsessed with mousse now. 

If you need a quick, easy, but still awesome Valentine’s Day dessert, this is it!

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I know, it’s November and I’m still posting pumpkin recipes. I’m sorry. I strongly believe that pumpkin season runs from October 1 until Christmas. 

Yes, I have strong beliefs about pumpkin. Whatever. 

Plus, I haven’t yet transitioned from a PSL to a Gingerbread Latte so… still pumpkin season! 

Anyway, we didn’t talk about Halloween yesterday. How was it?! Did you eat ALL THE CANDY?! 

I did. But it’s not my fault.

We got ONE trick-or-treater. ONE. So I now have 3 bowls of candy staring at me every time I walk into the kitchen. 

I had a game plan that involved spending the first hour (trick-or-treating on post is 2 hours long) walking around the ‘hood and then the next hour sitting on the porch, handing out candy. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because the neighborhood was completely dead by the time we were ready to hand out candy.

Gahhh, so yeah, I have all this candy. And the good stuff! Almond Joys and White Chocolate Kit Kats! They’re just calling out to me every time I walk by.

Back to the pumpkin. I made scones! Because the cool weather just makes me crave scones for some reason. 

These are Pumpkin White Chocolate Scones and since I love both pumpkin and white chocolate more than I probably should, you know I’m obsessed with these. My children were oddly into them, too. I had one (or two, shhhh) as a midnight snack the day I baked them and then the next morning, my children polished them off. 

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My kids are obsessed with marshmallows. Obsessed.

And they’re in the baking aisle of the grocery store so I can’t even buy flour without hearing “MOM! LOOK! NEW MARSHMALLOWS! PINK MARSHMALLOWS! MARSHMALLOWS SHAPED LIKE COWS! LOOK!”

You can imagine how thrilled they were with bars that are literally just marshmallows covered in white chocolate. You guys. They went nuts.

They’re pastel and I topped them with bunny sprinkles so they’re perfect for Easter! I’m not really a huge fan of marshmallows but I won’t lie, I’ve considered putting a square of marshmallow bark between some graham crackers and having a solo microwave s’mores party.

One year ago: Cinnamon Twists
Two years ago: Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
Three years ago: Caramel-Filled Brownies
Four years ago: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Biscotti

Easter Marshmallow Bark

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
Easter or Spring sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x11-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Put white chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minutes and then give it a good stir. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until completely melted.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir to coat all the marshmallows. Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to melt!
  4. Pour the marshmallows into your prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to extend the marshmallows to all sides. Sprinkles on any sprinkles you want to use.
  5. Refrigerate until completely set, at least a couple hours. Cut into squares and bring to room temperature before serving.
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