Time and time again, I find that one special accessory to match a particular top and yet when it comes down to getting glammed up, I forget the very piece to complete my outfit. All this came to an end once I started to bag up jewelry and attach it to the hanger holding the complementary top. Great idea, right?
I like to call this recipe Peanut Butter Cups Squared. Not only because they come out in square shaped bars, but also because the peanut buttery and chocolaty goodness has doubled when making it this way.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended.
Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into.
I’m a firm believer in switching up scents based on the season. This summer I have become obsessed with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Skinscent. It’s a limited edition fragrance sold only during the warmer months. To my nose, this smells like a sophisticated summery coconut and gardenia blend. Stock up now before they are gone (I believe it’s already sold out at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom).
Sometimes even a stay at home mom needs to ‘phone it in’ due to circumstances and today is just that sort of day. Still dealing with pain from a dental appt. on Saturday and bearing witness to some dark angry clouds rolling in, it looks like a day to spend indoors. And thank goodness for some educational dvds for my monkey.
Preschool Prep comes highly recommended from a few of my girlfriends and I’m hoping it will help my little one. I don’t find them particularly entertaining but there’s a lot of repetition and toddlers like that sort of thing. If he will sit quietly long enough for me to find some pain meds, I’m happy.
You can always count on me having lots of fresh lemons at home. I use them for everything. I love squeezing it into beverages, like sparkling water and iced teas, and using it to brighten up a plethora of salads and pasta dishes. But I don’t just use lemons in the kitchen. Occasionally I’ll sneak one into the bathroom and apply the fresh squeezed juice onto my skin.
Lemon juice has been known to diminish scars, heal acne and exfoliate the skin. It can be very drying so I only do this a few times a week and only at night because you have to be careful with the sun when applying it. The juice does sting upon application so you can dilute it with water if your skin is super sensitive. I apply it by dipping a cotton ball into the juice and rubbing it over my entire face. I don’t really have an issue with acne; I do this for an overall brightening effect. The stinging subsides after a few minutes. I leave it on overnight and then rinse my face in the morning. If you find the stinging unbearable, leave it on for as long as you can tolerate it and then rinse off.
This isn’t so much a recipe as it is an idea. Chocolate covered cereal is a treat I make for my little guy as well as for myself. It works great with Kix, Chex and Cheerios, but I imagine any cereal would taste great prepared this way. I like that it’s easy to make, takes only 2 ingredients (semi sweet choc. chips and your cereal of choice) and can be considered a lot healthier than most chocolate goodies that children like to indulge in.
Here’s how you do it:
Melt as many chocolate chips as you like in a bowl in 15 second increments to avoid the chips from burning.
Once melted, stir in cereal of choice. If there is a lot of melted chocolate, mix more cereal in.
Place chocolate covered cereal onto a cookie sheet or pan lined with wax paper.
Cool in fridge until chocolate hardens.
Break off into pieces and enjoy!