Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

"Healthy Reese's Eggs"

(First of all, I want to make it clear that I did NOT come up with this recipe; this is only my take on it. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it came from Chocolate Covered Katie.)

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let me say that I enjoyed this recipe. As someone who grew up with food allergies and lives in a house full of special diets, the whole "healthy" part of having Reese's eggs appealed to me. It was super easy and super delicious, and with a few tweaks I'd definitely make it again.

This was my peanut butter. I used generic unhealthy creamy stuff because we were out of Smucker's all natural (sob). So next time I will definitely be using a different peanut butter.

I wanted to make the eggs sugar-free, so I opted to use Stevia in the Raw. The recipe called for mixing the sweetener and PB together until the mixture became a crumbly dough. Unfortunately, because my PB was creamy and Stevia dissolves more quickly than sugar, I ended up using tons of Stevia that did nothing to make the PB more dry. It was sweet alright, but had that funky Stevia aftertaste.

So I hunted through our cupboards, dreading that I might have to use actual white, refined sugar. To my pleasant surprise I found pure cane sugar! (Fun fact: if you go to the Mexican food section of the grocery store, you can get pure cane sugar - the same product as Sugar in the Raw - for a fraction of the Sugar in the Raw price!)

So I used the cane sugar, which made the PB bulk up nicely. It also ended up making it very crunchy, which was weird, but okay. The PB was certainly super sweet!

I made the chocolate sauce as per the directions, and the rest of the recipe went on without a problem. I made my "eggs" more like peanut butter cups, because it was just simpler to make flat discs of peanut butter than egg shaped of it. 

In the end, the "eggs" were delicious. Next time I'll use Smuckers PB and cane sugar to avoid over-sweetening and over-crunchiness. Otherwise, it was all happy snacking. So click on the link to the site above and make your own! It only takes part of an afternoon, and so worth it! (You might consider doubling the recipe; everyone in the family will want one! Or two! Or three!)


Friday, May 17, 2013

Bucket Lists

      I'm really into making lists, especially to-do lists. On any given day there are so many ideas and tasks floating around in my head that I have to organize them on a tangible piece of paper or I go crazy.
     One type of list I like to make is a Bucket List. When I put my dreams down on paper they seem more doable somehow. (On a side note, does anyone know why it's called a "Bucket" List? What do goals have to do with buckets? If you find out, let me know.)
     At any rate, here is my Bucket List:

      I'm featuring my fourth entry: "Make every recipe on my Pinterest", because this summer that will be my goal. I put this on my Bucket List because I know we all pin recipes but never try them, and I don't want that to happen. I don't want to miss an opportunity for good food!
     I just checked my recipe board, and I have 107 pins on it. ONE HUNDRED AND SEVEN! Yikers! Remember that movie "Julie and Julia", where Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) tried to make every recipe in a book by Julia Child (Meryl Streep) within a year, and blogged about it? Yeah, well this is the Pinterest version, and I'm doing it in a summer instead of a year. Hopefully my life won't take disastrous turns like Julie's did.
    Here's another idea. You can follow my recipe board here and take a look at all the yummies I've pinned. I'll announce ahead of time the ones I'm going to do and you can make them too, then send me pictures of your creations and I'll feature them on the blog! It's like a giant baking party!
     So here's the next recipe I'll be featuring. It's called "Healthy Reese's Eggs" and the link to the pin is here. I made it this past week and will be posting pictures either tomorrow or Sunday. It's a super quick and delicious recipe that you can whip up in no time! Happy cooking! (And eating... obviously.)