Back and better than ever.
I am back in town from a busy week and beginning to feel refreshed. The week of Christmas I was extremely busy. The Saturday before Christmas my boyfriend and I drove out to West Virginia to visit his family. I love visiting his family and this visit was no exception. We ate, we laughed, we exchanged gifts, and had a lot of fun.
We also decided to go snow boarding. For those of you who snow board, I have a new appreciation for your talent. I knew snow boarding was going to be hard, but I had no idea how hard. We paid $75 for a lift ticket and I was never skilled enough to make it all the way down the mountain to get on the lift. Even though I spent most of the say on my rear, I still managed to have a lot of fun.
Anyhow, we stayed in WV until Tuesday then we drove back to DC. It was only one day to rest before we flew to New Orleans, LA for my sisters wedding. With all the excitement of the wedding and being surrounded with family, the weekend seemed to fly by. The wedding was beautiful as was my sister (I will post a few pictures from the wedding at the end of this post for those who are interested.) We got back last Sunday and I have spent the majority of this week relaxing. Of course we had some friends over for New Years Eve, but other than that it has been a pretty calm week.
I made a cheesecake to share with my friends on NYE, but forgot to take pictures. I plan to make it again in a couple weeks so you are just going to have to check back for that recipe. In the meantime here is a recipe from Joy the Baker for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Krispy Treats. When I saw this recipe on her blog I had to make it. In fact I made them the same night I saw them. These are really rich and delicious. If you love rice krispy treats, peanut butter, and chocolate than this is your ultimate dessert. They are super simple to make and freeze well. So if you have not overdosed with cookies and candies in the past month you should give them a try.
Rice Krispies Treats
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (or any puffed rice cereal)
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. (You may want to line your pan with parchment paper or waxed paper large enough to have flaps hanging over the sides. This will make it easy to pull the giant block of goodness out of the pan when it’s done. If you do this, be sure to also butter the paper so the treats will not stick) Cool. Make Peanut Butter Fudge.
Peanut Butter Fudge
recipe from Alton Brown
1 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar
Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Pour over the Rice Krispy treats in the pan and spread evenly. Let cool in the fridge while you make the Chocolate Fudge.
2 Tbsp butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Combine butter, milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, chocolate, and vanilla,. Beat for about 1 minute, or until marshmallows melt and mixture is thoroughly combined. Pour over peanut butter fudge, spread evenly and place in the fridge to harden and cool. Cut into 1-inch pieces or smaller and serve.
And for those interested, here are a couple photos from my sister's wedding:
Wedding Party walking from hotel to Wedding Site.
The Wedding Cake (this is a baking blog after all)