Friday, January 27, 2012

january 27th-2012.

as i mentioned,
it has been a hectic few weeks.

i aced an exam this morning,
and will be returning to my study cave for the next two weeks
as i am bombarded
by a paper
and three more exams.

but i -did- make something to apologize..


and just to be nice..
here is the recipe:

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar

16 oz. semi-sweet baker's chocolate

in a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and sugar until thoroughly combined. 
the dough will still appear dry and somewhat crumbly..
scoop the dough with a #70 scoop
(if  you want to make sure they are uniform in size),
or just roll them into smallish size balls
by hand.

i tend to prefer rolling them by hand..they feel more homey that way.

place the prepared balls on a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet
and refrigerate while you prepare the coating.

i used baker's chocolate squares,
but you could probably just melt chocolate chips and a have a similar flavour.
follow the directions on the package for melting
over a double broiler.
once the chocolate is uniformly melted,
it is time to dip!

play around with this to figure out what works best for you..
i used to sort of roll them back and forth between two forks,
then drop them on the cookie sheets to dry.
it turns out that is a tad
for a seven year old, though..

so we just stabbed them with skewers,
and dunked them until they were thickly coated.

doing it this way meant they weren't always 
but they sure are yummy.

when all are coated, refrigerate (or freeze) for half an hour.
then tear into them!

you have to store them in an air-tight container in the fridge,
and they can keep for a couple of weeks.

this recipe makes about four dozen.

january 14th-22nd-2012.

things have been hectic.
gram had knee surgery.
we had out-of-town visitors.
len started a new job.
and this semester is a busy one..

Friday, January 13, 2012

january 13th-2012.

january 12th-2012.

is always easier
with a study-buddy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

january 11th-2012.

it was a rainy,
sleepy day..
with too much homework 
for only the second day of the semester.

so i made
meyer lemon shortbread cookies.


january 10th-2012.

to fall into
some kind of routine.

and the professor laughed
when i included the hermit crabs
in my list of
family members.

Monday, January 9, 2012

january 9th-2012.

the first day
of a new semester..

everyone is sleepy and grumpy.
but not the seven dwarf kind.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

january 8th-2012.

blood supplies are perpetually in critical demand..
especially for type a-
(and other rare blood types).

if you live here, go here.

maybe your husband will reward you with some
french bread.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

january 7th-2012.

covered a chair
i hijacked from my in-laws..

(crappy photos..*shrug*)

then finished the girl's 
garden house,
where she spent the afternoon
with the dog.

Friday, January 6, 2012

january 6th-2012.

today's enormous undertaking
came thanks to my sister-in-law, 
who gave this
to zoe for christmas..

the three of us colored for over
five hours
and had to buy two new packs
of markers...
and we still only finished one side.

january 5th-2012.

i always suspected we were a 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

january 4th-2012.

it has been chilly the past few days.
florida seems to think it is fall..

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

january 3rd-2012.

we worked on getting mom's classroom ready
for the return of her students on monday..

then zoe and len had a bit of play time.

january 2nd-2012.

today my oldest brother, ed(die), turns thirty-six.
it is weird for me to think of any of us as grown up..

so i baked..
and there was a fire in the fireplace, 
even though it was only fifty-four degrees outside.

(necessity is the mother of invention..)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

january 1st-2012.

my husband and youngest brother had a "just dance for kids" battle on the wii..

i think it was a draw.

december 31st-2011.

i baked a granny smith/pink lady apple crisp for the night's festivities with jenn and mike. it was super yummy and super fun to make, too..

and then i gave myself a manicure.