Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feeling Lucky

I am currently in a mad rush to join as many giveaways/contests/sweepstakes as possible to furnish my new dorm room as well as buy some of the many items I am realizing I will need to now purchase on my own since I will no longer be living at home. One such contest is a gift card giveaway to Taigan. The contest is through the blog La Dolce Vita and you can find the post here. It would be amazing to actually win something and super helpful with all my upcoming expenses. WISH ME LUCK! Here are a few of the treasures found on this website that I would totally consider buying if I won the gift card.


Monday, July 19, 2010

The Picture of My Future

Here are my hopes for the future... no explanation required. Like the saying goes, a picture's worth a thousand words.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

I am a chocolatier... well, today at least

I'm usually the starburst/jollyrancher/anything fruity instead of chocolate kind of girl. But, when I get a chocolate craving, I thoroughly enjoy it. And that is exactly what happened to me today. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Not So Humble Pie, when I saw the recipe for s'mores chocolate bars. They looked so delicious I prayed I had all the ingredients to make these milk chocolatey, gooey, toasty, crunchy s'mores-with-everything-but-the-campfire. Unfortunately, I lacked one ingredient on the list- marshmallow cream. I was disappointed, until I looked at all the other yummy ingredients I had lying around. I followed all the instructions, but had to change a few things. First of all, here is the final product:

(it may not look as delectable in this picture as it is in real life due to my bad quality phone camera, but believe me, it is just about Godiva quality... at least to me!)
So, here is the easy-peasy recipe.

First, start out with a bag of chocolate chips and a glass mixing bowl. (I used semi sweet, but milk chocolate, or really any other kind would be awesome, too.)

Dump about half the bag into the glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between each microwaving session.

Once the chocolate chips are all melted and the chocolate is a good pouring consistency, pour into a glass or ceramic pan.

I then sprinkled half the pan of chocolate with Heath chips. Next, I took graham crackers, and broke them at the seams. I spread peanut butter onto the bottom of each graham cracker and placed them face down in the chocolate. This provides a good divider for each piece of chocolate bar.

Now, it is time for the top layer of chocolate. For this layer I used a mixture of semi-sweet chips and white vanilla chips. I microwaved for 15 seconds at a time, just as with the first layer of chocolate, and spread this new layer on the top.

Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate is solid.

This is actually a super easy recipe for anytime you get the chocolate craving. You can use almost anything you find in your fridge/pantry. Some ingredients I would love to try in the next batch I make would be honey, almonds, crushed oreos, white chocolate, mint chocolate, and the list goes on and on. Although not all in the same batch... maybe. That's the beauty of this recipe. Use whatever you like, be creative, and enjoy your creation!