Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Bit of Rambling

   Last night was so much fun.  It's been a while since I've hosted a Girls' Game Night due to all the recent chaos, but last night was worth the wait.  Even with a couple of our girls missing it was so good just to catch up.  Now that I look back on it, we didn't even pull out a single game.  Oops.

   I love game night for the company and the gossip, but if you know me you can guess why else I enjoy it.  I love that it affords me the opportunity to test out new recipes on my lovely guests.  Last night I made homemade peanut butter cups, they were good, but I think I added too much powdered sugar because they were really rich.  Here's the recipe (adjusted to be less rich):

Peanut Butter Cups

1 cup peanut butter
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 1/2 bags milk chocolate or semi-sweet (depending on your preference)

Line a 24-cup mini muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

Mix together peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl until smooth and well-combined. Taste and adjust sugar and salt as necessary. Set bowl in fridge to chill.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30-second bursts until smooth and shiny. Drop teaspoonfuls of the melted chocolate evenly into prepared mini muffin cups, reserving the remaining chocolate. Using a small spoon or small silicone pastry brush, push the melted chocolate up the sides of each mini muffin cup. Place muffin tin in fridge until chocolate is firm, up to 30 minutes.

Once chocolate is firm, remove muffin tin from fridge. Remove peanut butter mixture from fridge. Top chocolate cups with teaspoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture, pressing mixture down with your finger to smooth out. Top peanut butter with teaspoonfuls of the remaining melted chocolate. Return muffin tin to fridge and chill until peanut butter cups are set. Peanut butter cups can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    I've noticed that although the dessert may change each game night there is one thing that has become a must-have. My aunt made this dip one time and since then it has become a family staple.  It's so simple too.  All it is, is a block of cream cheese, softened with salsa poured over the top.  Use Tostitos to dip, and you've got yourself a yummy snack :-)

   Do you remember when I talked about having those delusional daydreams about what would happen when J came home?  You'd think I'd have learned my lesson, but nope.  I had this sweet little daydream about going grocery shopping together.  Yesterday I tried to do this with J and Monkey in tow.  Let's just say it didn't end well.  It didn't help that half of the base was already there trying to stock up before the tropical storm hit.  Add to that the whines of Monkey being tickled against her will and J begging for various foods that are not on the list, and the result was an additional rash on my neck.  Next time I'm leaving them alone together.  

   As I'm typing this, J is reading over my shoulder, and he says "Awe c'mon, you know that if everything went according to your brain you'd be so bored."  He's right.  I certainly wouldn't have anything to blog about.

   I know that at this point I'm rambling, but I'm writing this blog while watching Dumbo with Monkey and J, so I'm no longer focused.  I guess I should go ahead and sign off now.  See y'all later.


  1. Your J and my Jaime are more alike than I though... Jaime is constantly telling me that I would be bored if he wasn't there to drive me completely insane. Sometimes I think I would be happier if I was little bored sometimes. O_o