Date Night Bake Off

Hello and Happy Friday! I have been meaning to write this post since the Super Bowl and am excited to finally be getting around to it. The good thing about publishing a recipe post is that food is always relevant 🙂 And that somehow makes me feel like my procrastination in sharing is at least semi-justified.

Any time that Dan and I get together with family and friends, I jump at the opportunity to bring the desserts with us. I get the best of both worlds (please tell me that someone else just started to sing the Hannah Montana theme song. No? Just me? Okay) because I get to bake, which is definitely in my top 5 of things I love to do, and we don’t have dozens of leftover cookies on our counter that I inevitably snack on at all hours of the day.

Something about the competitiveness of the Super Bowl inspired me to draw up a little competition of my own and I challenged Dan to a Bake Off before the game. Being the good wife that I am, I allowed Dan access to my Pinterest account so that he could also choose his recipe. And with that, we made a quick trip to the store to grab all our ingredients.

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Dan decided to make Reese’s Fudge courtesy of Crazy for Crust while I opted to bake Averie Cooks Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars.

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We were both pleased with our finished products.

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After allowing our desserts to cool, we prepped and packed them for the taste test during the Super Bowl.

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The verdict? As much as it pains me to admit, and truly it does, Dan won by one vote. Being the incredibly gracious loser that I am, I will tell you that the Reese’s in the fudge swayed a couple of our voters over. And it’s not like those were homemade, am I right?! Just kidding. Now that I have had some time to cool off since our Bake Off I will say that the fudge was delicious. And even better was how much fun we had with the competition.

Reader Question – All time favorite dessert? The Cheesecake Factory has a Snickers Cheesecake that I love. A lot.

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A Little Bit of Everything

A big thanks to two of my favorite blogging ladies, Mary & Allison, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog and Liebster Awards! Staying true to the random blogging fashion encouraged by these awards, I figure, no better time than the present for some almost Thursday Thoughts!

1. City vs. Country, Country Wins. Even though I live in a big city, I consider myself to be much more of a ‘country girl.’ I would take a bonfire, s’mores, jeans, and cowboy boots to a little black dress and high heels any day.

Image2. Baking is the Best Way to Unwind. I find baking to be therapeutic. After a long day, I love to head into the kitchen, empty the cupboards, and bake up a storm.

Image3. Rodeo = Amazing. Dan and I had a great time at the Jason Aldean concert this week. Some of our best friends had the seats next to us, and we treated it like a weekend even though it was a work night. I also found out today that we have tickets to see George Strait on Sunday!

Image4. Cereal is Acceptable at Any Time of the Day. Last night, I decided to forgo the typical dinner routine and opted for cereal instead. Honey Crunch n’ Oats, yes please.

Image5. Bring on the Heat. This weekend’s highs are in the 80s and I am so excited!

ImageReader Questions: City or Country? Cold Weather or Hot Weather?

Long Days and Big Blessings

So, I had a long day. There may have been a tear of frustration or two. Although, that’s not saying a lot. I cry pretty easily. Regardless, by the time we headed home for the evening, my back was hurting and I was tired. Really tired.

I wasn’t planning on posting tonight. I fully intended to watch TV and go to bed early. Like 7 o’clock early. But alas, I thought it would be nice to share my cures for a bad day. Because let’s face it, we all have them.

What makes me feel better is…

Coming home to an amazing and supportive family

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And baking up a storm

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ImageNow if you’ll excuse me, I need to go kick Dan’s butt in Mario Kart.

Reader Question: What makes you feel better after a long and less than perfect day?!

 

The Pursuit of Passion

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”-Steve Jobs

Okay, it’s time to get real. In the midst of my happy-go-lucky posts, I relish in the opportunity to write about something that has been weighing on my mind. These posts leave me feeling vulnerable, but, if I’m being honest, that’s one of my favorite things about writing.

Lately I have spent a lot of time considering my passions in life. Aka, my inner dialogue reads something like this: “What am I doing with my life and what do I want to do with my life?” For some reason, I have always had trouble articulating this. I’m 25 years old, nearing 26, yet this probably started at least 15 years ago, or whenever I was first given an assignment in school to write and present what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” In 4th grade, this assignment wasn’t nearly as anxiety producing as it was as a senior in college, with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and no clue of what the future would hold, and even worse, no clue of what I wanted it to hold.

Well, I think I am starting to figure it out. About time.

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When I allow my mind to wander, it usually leads me to…

Writing. This, right here, is what I love to do. I have also written a novel, which hopefully one day, I will find the courage to attempt publishing.

Working Out. I am one of the rare breeds that loves to work out. Dare I say it, I enjoyed 2-a-days during cross country and soccer season. I may not offer the same intimidation as Jillian Michaels, but I would love to help others become passionate about finding a healthy lifestyle.

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Dogs. If you ask me, there are few greater things in life than dogs.  I’m the girl who has to stop people to ask if I can pet their dog, and I most certainly have a ‘dog voice,’ you know, the mode you go into when you see a dog. Or maybe you don’t know, and I’m just crazy. Either way, dogs are amazing.

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Baking. Baking is and always has been great stress relief for me. Something about preparing a loaf of banana bread allows my mind to wander to such a happy place.

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Family and Friends. While I would love to ultimately build a career in which I could pursue my passions, I know that life is about so much more than what you do for a living. My family and friends bring me incredible joy. I know that regardless of the path I choose, game nights, family dinners, football tailgates, and weekend getaways will always be part of my life. And for that, I am grateful.

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I realize that this was a much longer post than usual. Thanks for bearing with me!

Reader Question: What are your passions?