S’mores Cookie Bars!

Holy cookie do I have an amazing recipe for you! If ya’ll haven’t noticed baking is my jam!

S’mores Cookie Bars

recipe adapted from myrecipe.com

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Whatchya’ll need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour.
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 2 sticks un salted butter, softened.
  • 1 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 bars Hershey’s Chocolate.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil leaving a 2 inch overhang on the short sides.  Grease the foil and set it aside.  In medium bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.  In large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed beat butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs until well combined.  Slowly beat flour mixture into butter mixture.  Divide the dough in half.  Press half the dough into pan until dough is flat and pan is covered. Spread marshmallow fluff over the layer of dough.  Spread broken chocolate pieces over the fluff.  Scatter remaining dough over in clumps.  Bake until golden brown. 30-35 minutes.  Once cool, remove from pan, peel off foil and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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National Peanut Butter Day!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day y’all!  How are you guys celebrating? I’m celebrating by baking up my favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  This stuff does not disappoint!  Great minds are thinking alike today because I’ve seen more than one PB Banana Bread recipe out there today, two of them come courtesy of two of my favorite bloggers, Carrie and Natalie!  Make sure you check those out! First things first, eats and the aquarium!

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Today, one of my favorite coworkers and I both had the day off and decided to day trip it to the aquarium!  I love science and marine science has always been my favorite.  Before we left I made myself a filling lunch.  Ham and cheese sandwich on an Oro Wheat Sandwich thin.  In the sandwich was a squirt of mustard (love the stuff), laughing cow cheese, ham and tomato. A banana on the side for some sweetness.photo 1(3)I also enjoyed a hot chocolate at the aquarium to you know, keep me warm while outside 😉

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After a solid two hours playing with the creatures of the ocean blue it was time to head home and I was starvin like Marvin.  Dinner tonight was comfort food at it’s finest.  A baked pasta casserole, homemade bread, and a salad. Nothing better.  The pasta casserole was out of this world good. Probably not the healthiest, but I’m willing to sacrifice 😉  My step dad is an amazing cook and I love when he makes dinner, especially because that means I don’t have too!

Comfort Goodness

Comfort Goodness

Now I’ll shut up and get to that banana bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread/Muffins.

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 or 4 ripened bananas, smashed well.
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt. (Regular yogurt will work well too.)
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 1 egg, beaten.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla. I eyeball this.
  • 1 pinch baking soda.
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour.
  • 1 cup peanut butter.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In your mixer combine bananas, yogurt, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and flour.  Mix until well combined.  Add peanut butter.  Mix until combined.  Spoon into lined muffin tin.  Add chocolate chips.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Enjoy 🙂

 

 

They Sounded Good In The Beginning

I have a fabulous cupcake recipe to share with y’all today!  But first lets cover the basics, a workout and eats. Today during my early morning workout I suddenly got such an intense craving for scrambled eggs that I knew I needed them for breakfast!  Before we talk eats lets talk workout! I busted out an early morning work out this morning that felt amazing!  I started with 25 minutes on the elliptical and finished my cardio with a 15 minute run, okay okay slow jog!  I’ve been trying to incorporate more strength training so I rounded out my workout with this:

50 Jumping Jacks

20 Alt. Lunges with 10 lb weights

30 sec jump rope

10 tuck jumps

20 quats

30 sec jump rope

10 jump squats

10 burpees

20 mtn climbers

25 pushups

Repeat three times and I promise you’ll feel the burn! And now on to breakfast!

So I said I was craving eggs?  Well as soon as I got home I set out to make myself a delicious batch of scrambled eggs.  In the pan went 2 egg whites and one whole egg, some cut up tomatoes and a handful of mozzarella cheese.  And a side of toast with a jam smear of course!

good lookin' scramble!

good lookin’ scramble!

I started eating and what do you know they just didn’t taste good.  I knew I was craving them at the gym but then they just didn’t satisfy me.  I ate maybe 3 bites of eggs and decided enough was enough.  I polished off the toast and gave the eggs to my cat, I know strange but my cat LOVES eggs!

Heath Bar Cupcakes

IMG_1032How good do those look?  They were a hit with my coworkers who have become my guinea pigs for all my baked goods, something tells me they don’t mind 😉 The recipe is simple and I’m telling you, make them for an event and everyone will love you!

What you’ll need:

Devils food cake mix (Holla at Betty Crocker)

Package instant chocolate pudding

1 cup sour cream

1 cup veggie oil

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

1 cup? Toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350.  In your trust Kitchenaid stand mixer beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee mixture. Beat till well combined and smooth.  Add in toffee bits (I usually eyeball this and pour till I’m satisfied with the amount).  Bake for 18-22 minutes.

I used a basic buttercream frosting and then dribbled some milk chocolate on top and added some more toffee bits but frost these babies however you’d like!

 

 

Question for you:  Do you ever crave something, make it and then decide while you’re eating that it’s not exactly what you’re craving?