Monday, July 22, 2013

Animal balls and Smore's Krispie Treats

I think we're all friends enough here for me to have a little rant session, right? Lets talk about the gym for a minute, considering I spend a decent amount of my awake time there. Work-Gym-Eat-Sleep- Repeat-- throw in a little kickball game, shopping, occasional happy hour, beach on the weekends and you live my life.

So what is it with dudes at the gym!? Before I was actively training and lifting {back in my boring cardio days}, I might've believed that maybe it did take 2 1/2 hours for boys to get their lifting done and that they worked really hard to get their muscles.  NEW FLASH: it doesn't .  Pardon my french, but if guys would just stop d*cking around and pay attention to their work out instead of standing around for 2 minutes between each set and talking to their buddies, things would get done a lot quicker.  I literally saw a guy doing cable crunches for 20 MINUTES I kid you not. In the amount of time I completed half my workout, I came back to find this guy was still praying for some abs.  Honey, try a salad.
Okay now that my venting is over, and I just told some guy to eat a salad, let me share some sweet treats I made this weekend! I went to a "Neon Jungle" party down the shore..cool right?! So I had to get my creative side on and think of something that wouldn't take too long, hopefully wouldn't melt too quick, and that went with the theme.  Again looking for a way out of turning on the oven, I went with the always favorite Oreo Truffles {recipe posted earlier on the blog}, with animal print!
They came out pretty cute!

Summer nights remind me of camping and firepits, anyone else? But let's be honest, it's been way too hot these past few weeks for any of that. So I've decided to help appease your Smore's craving by transforming them into the delicious form of Krispie Treats ..they actually don't contain any rice kripsies, but I figure anything in that delicious marshmellowy genre deserves the name.
YUM!

Smore's Krispie Treats
Golden Grahams, 6 cups
1 Bag marshmellows
3 Tbs. butter
1 cup mini marshmellows
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add 1 bag of marshmellows and stir constantly until completely melted {making sure not to burn them}.
Removed from heat. Slowly add in Golden Grahams until desired marshmellow-cereal ratio is achieved  *I never measure mine, I just pour until they look right so it may be a little more or less than 6 cups.
Let stand for a minute or 2.  Toss in the chocolate chips and mini marshmellows and stir gently to avoid melting.  Spread into a greased baking pan and allow to cool complete.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

White-Chocolate-Vanilla-Bean Cookies-and-Cream Dark-Chocolate-M&M Bark

The more people I meet, the more insane I think they think I am.  I guess I used to be a bit more reserved and shy back in the day, but I haven't seen that girl in a while.  A doctor I work with was talking about me the other day and literally said "she is so strange".  I know I'm weird. But what's the point in being like anyone else?
In a conversation the other day someone asked me what my flaws were.  Easy answer- I don't like bacon and I think one of my legs in longer than the other. Yeah this is my latest big dilemma in life. I'm training for my first triathlon and with all the running and biking I've been doing I've convinced myself that my left leg is longer than the right. Help me, I'm crazy.

So another fun fact is that I do promo modeling for alcohol brands as a fun side gig.  It's not actually a job to me considering I get paid to hand out awesome brand products and talk to people, which I'm really really good at. I would probably talk to a wall if you I was left alone in a room long enough, mainly because I hate awkward silence.  Plus it's pretty cool to meet new people- and every so often I'm lucky enough to meet someone really interesting and equally entertaining.  And I definitely don't mind that unexpected extra check because then I can use it on my usual unnecessary crap that I "desperately need". Like my tanks with corny sayings. Or my beautiful new Polar HR monitor watch that came last week. Or even more worth it,  when I order $50 worth of random sprinkles.  Yeah if you don't know what $50 worth of sprinkles looks like, it's something like this:
Okay sorry for going on a random tangent, it's been a while since I blogged last so I figured you deserved a life catch up.  So I haven't wanted to turn on the oven with this heat, holy moly.  For the Fourth of July I decided to keep it simple again with another yummy Bark!

So while the rest of the chocolate making world was being lazy, Godiva was doing something very right! This White Chocolate Vanilla Bean bar, are you kidding me?!
I'm obsessed with vanilla.  The more the better, and I tend to have a heavy hand to back this up in my baking.  This bar seriously ROCKS (yes I had to cheat and try a nibble just to make sure my suspicions were right and they definitely were)!
Cookies and cream is also very perfect. I'm not a huge Oreo cookie fan on it's own, but anything with Oreos inside is definitely better.  Ice cream. Truffles. My Oreo-white chocolate cookies. Seriously they should be inside everything. That's why I decided to make this White-Chocolate-Vanilla-Bean Cookies-and-Cream,Dark-Chocolate-M&M Bark! Fewf say that 5 times fast!

White-Chocolate-Vanilla-Bean Cookies-and-Cream,Dark-Chocolate-M&M Bark

Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Chocolate Bar, broken into pieces
White Chocolate Chips, about 1 cup*
Crushed Oreos
Dark Chocolate M&Ms, Red and Blue only
Red White and Blue Star Sprinkles

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.  Mix the Godiva Bar and white chocolate chips together in a microwave safe bowl.  Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. *you can use more or less chocolate depending on how much you want to make, I only made a small batch.
Spread the melted chocolate into a thin later, about 1/4 inch thick.  Sprinkle toppings on until white chocolate layer is completely covered or desired chocolate-topping ratio is achieved.
Place is the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until hardened.  Break bark into chunks and serve!