Happy March!! Whoo Hoo!! We are on the upswing of this miserable winter. Here in upstate NY we are starting March like a lion. Snow, Ice, Rain, Snow, repeat. Effing winter. At least we, all fingers crossed, will go out like a lamb!
Proud Mommy moment! Ms. Autumn has been asked to participate in the NYS Solo Festival with her French horn. I’m not too sure what it all means, other than that judges get to listen to her mimic the dying moose and judge her on it. Not a job I would want, but whatev. WAIT!!! We get that job every night for 20 minutes. Of course, I’m kidding about the dying moose. Sort of. It’s getting better. *insert eye roll* At least she’s practicing!
Well, today is National Pancake Day. I didn’t even make pancakes for dinner! I’m a slacker today as a mother. But Sunday was National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. As a good mother should, I frantically surfed Pinterest for a good peanut butter recipe to make and ya know, throw it up on the blog if it tasted good. I was in search of a chicken with a peanut sauce sort of recipe. Like a satay or something. I didn’t get very far. All over Pinterest and Facebook for that matter, is this Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna. As any good PMSing mother should do, I abandoned the healthy chicken search and settled on this. The recipe I looked at was from Hugs and Cookies. I altered it slightly, and if it were up to Ms. Autumn, it would have been altered a bit more. She thought it needed more chocolate, and more chocolate cups. I told her the recipe was highlighting peanut butter not chocolate. She wasn’t impressed with my answer.
Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna
1 Box Nutter Butter cookies
Cool Whip (the small container worked fine)
Miniature peanut butter cups, roughly chopped (the more, the better according to Ms. Autumn)
3/4 cup peanut butter, melted in the microwave (do not over do! It will burn 🙂 )
1 Box instant vanilla pudding (I used the large box), made according to the box directions
Line the bottom of an 8×8 pan with Nutter Butter cookies
Top with a drizzle of the melted peanut butter (“drizzle” is interpreted differently for everyone! just sayin’)
Add 1/2 the pudding
Add 1/2 the Cool Whip
Top with chopped peanut butter cups
Repeat the layering
Decorate the top with peanut butter cups, crushed nutter butter cookies and a drizzle of peanut butter (and melted chocolate according to Ms. Autumn)
I brought the leftovers in to work. If it were left at home, I personally would have eaten the entire pan. As it was, Bobby called me a demon for bringing it in to work. I’m fairly certain he would have tried to eat the rest himself. At work, I think it lasted a whole 5 minutes before it was gone. Really, it’s that good. Next week, we start the Eat Well, Live Well project at work. I am the team leader. With recipes like this, I’m leading my team straight to Hell. I really should have looked for that chicken recipe.
I know, I know..a post 2 days in a row. What? What’s going on here? Crazy, right?! I really wanted to get this Peppermint mousse recipe out to you since there’s only three days until 50 Shades of Grey is released. Um.. I mean until Valentine’s Day! This would be super cute to do with the kids or bring to a Valentine’s Party at work. And since I have every intention on going to the gym tomorrow night, here I am 🙂 In general, I don’t watch television. I do make time for Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights. The ol’ man just got me hooked on Grimm. I think he’s a jerk for doing that. Now I’m frantically trying to catch up. We just started Season 3, and Season 4 is on the tv now; it’s a little frustrating. The point here, as I’m sure you are wondering, is the time I would have normally made time to try to get to the gym, is spent watching Nick the hottie on Grimm. 🙂
This little treat is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or any day really. Pillsbury had this recipe in one of their Christmas books from like 2007. If you want to make your own chocolate shells, you can it’s pretty simple. I totally took the easy way out and bought them at the store.
Peppermint Mousse Cups
1.5 C Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C White vanilla baking chips
1 C Whipping cream
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
2 drops Red food color
Colored sugar or crushed peppermints
Line 24 mini muffin cups with petit four paper cups. In a small sauce pan, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate into each paper cup. With the back of a small measuring spoon, spread the chocolate up sides to within 1/8″ of the top. Chocolate should be warm enough to spread. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until completely set. (Or go to the store and purchase them!)
In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the vanilla baking chips uncovered on high 1 minute. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the whipping cream; microwave about 30 seconds longer or until the chips are completely melted. Stir in peppermint extract and food color. Cool slightly.
Carefully remove paper cups from chocolate cups.
In a medium bowl, beat remaining whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold melted vanilla chip mixture into whipped cream. Spoon or pipe whipped cream mixture into chocolate cups. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with candy.
Superbowl? I got nothing. I was cheering for the Seahawks, simply because Tom Brady wasn’t playing in his underwear. I’m kidding! Of course I’m kidding 😉 Autumn and I had our party. We decorated with Seahawk colors. Filled our table with appetizers. Katy was decent. Lenny had too many clothes on. Missy Elliot was awesome! Never does the team we are rooting for ever win the game. This was the first year I was like “Yes!!! They have it in the bag.” Oh. My. Gawd. Sorry true Seattle fans. Worst. Play. Ever. But hey, our food was as awesome!!
Now we are on to the next event. Sort of frustrating how we live our lives holiday to holiday. Wait! Maybe that’s just me. And Wegmans. So, even though Valentine’s Day merchandise has been out since December 26th, I’m now just getting around to thinking about it. I guess I’m sort of indifferent to Valentine’s day. Spread the love all year round I say! I was helping a friend with her daughter’s 5th birthday party this weekend. It was a Frozen theme, and we set up a hot chocolate bar. I was thinking that would be a great idea for Valentine’s day if you have all the kids. I wish I had taken a picture. We started with crock pot hot chocolate. Then had marshmallows, chocolate chips, Red Hots, crushed Andes candies and whipped cream to mix in. OOO maybe I will do that this weekend.
Personally, I refuse, absolutely refuse to eat out on Valentine’s Day! Restaurants are CRAZY!! I just assume stay in, stay cozy and make something delicious. I will see what I can do about getting some recipes for two out in the next 11 days. I will start…now! Naturally, I’m going to start with dessert. I’ve been making this recipe for years. It’s so rich, and delicious. It says love in about 5,000 calories. Make plans with your loved ones to go to the gym on the 15th. Nothing says love like sweat! But this dessert is totally worth it!
Chocolate Mousse for Two (realistically, for Four)
2 oz. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Water
2 Egg Yolks
2 Egg Whites, stiffly beaten
1/4 C Sugar
1/2 C Cool Whip
Place chocolate and water in top of a double boiler. Stir until blended. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar with a fork until pale yellow and creamy.
Add chocolate to egg yolk and sugar mixture. With a mixer, blend well.
Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture.
Fold in cool whip.
Pour mousse into individual goblets or dessert dishes.