Happy Friday! Haha! If you’re like me, this is how you feel when Friday night rolls around:
I snuck this picture the other night when my family finally returned home from the Gma’s. Can you tell the week’s events took a lot out of us? Or at least Ellie and Poppa. They are two of a kind . . . Ellie boo sure does love her Poppa Bear.
Well, although it is the end of the week, I can’t say it feels very much like a Friday to me. All my days have blended together this last week. Plus, I have to work tomorrow. At least it will be semi-fun though. I am working a wedding, so I always enjoy scoping out the decor, the bride’s dress, and the cake. (If I am lucky, I may even get to snag a sample!)
Today started off pretty typically for me: woke up, applied for jobs, ate breakfast (nothing too interesting, just egg whites and a bit of cereal) . . . you know, the usual. However, Friday does mean spinning! So I headed off to the YMCA around 10:45 to snag a bike and warm up before class.
My work out started out with a nice 20 minute warm up on the elliptical to get the sweat flowing. I did experiment with changing the resistance a bit here and there, which added some variety to my usually-monotone routine. I highly suggest trying this out for yourself if you find that you get bored easily while using a cardio machine.
I then went on to complete Day 17 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer program.
I definitely think my chest will feel that tomorrow. That’s a lot of flys!
Then it was spin time. I can’t help it; I am hopelessly addicted.
All that exercise sure did spark my appetite. So when I got home, I threw together a salad and consumed it so fast that I didn’t even remember to take a picture. Oops! In my concoction went: lettuce, spinach, broccoli, pickle, grape tomatoes, and turkey. (Dipped in Parmesan dressing, of course).
While I was eating, I remembered that I had yet another delicious treat to share with y’all! My friend, Katie, threw a party last Friday in honor of her fiance’s graduation from Officer Training School. Since I am the go-to sweets girl, she asked if I would bake something for the event. Since her fiance, Caleb, loves anything chocolate and peanut butter, I made my Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (they were a big hit). However, I didn’t stop there. I threw together something that I have been itching to make for quite some time now:
Chubby Hubby Bars
I, of course, was once again reminded of my naivety in regards to the name of these bars.
As he was eating a bar, a friend joked, “So, does that mean that eating these will make your hubby get chubby?”
I responded, “Haha, I suppose if he ate too many.” You know, I thought he meant that in reference to gaining weight by eating too many . . .
My friend Sarah just looked at me and then burst out laughing. “Dallas, not that kind of chubby . . . A chubby.” She went on to explain that these “chubby” is quite the double entendre. Haha! Whoops! At least my friends got a chuckle at me expense.
Anyway, I think you will really enjoy these bars. Sweet with just the right amount of salty snap!
I found this recipe on Cookies & Cups and pretty much followed the recipe exactly as written. The only thing I changed was that I subbed chopped milk chocolate and peanut butter chips for the Reese’s PB Cups, but that’s only because I did not have any on hand. The result was fantastic though. So if you don’t have any PB cups on hand, this turned out to be a great alternative. Also, I am sure anything that you would like to add would be fantastic! M&M’s, white chocolate chips, Kit Kat bars, etc. You can use your imagination- or just go off what you have in your cabinet.
- 2 1/2 C AP flour
- 1 C butter, room temp.
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp course sea salt
- 1 1/2 C coarsely chopped pretzels
- 2 C coarsely chopped Reese’s cups (or 2 C of chopped milk chocolate and pb chips)
- 1 (14 oz) bag of caramels (make sure to unwrap them!)
- 2 T water
- 2 C semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray
- Beat together butter and sugars until fluffy
- Add eggs and vanilla
- Slowly add in salt, baking soda, and flour (I combined these in a separate bowl first)
- Slowly add in Reese’s cups (or alternative) and pretzels. I folded these into the batter with a spatula.
- Spread batter into pan and bake for about 25 min. (I went for 23)
- Let cool completely. About 30 min to an hour. (I let mine cool a bit on a wire rack and then stuck it in the fridge for a bit)
- Melt caramels and 2 T of water in a microwave safe bowl. Stir every minute until melted- mine took about 2 min.
- Pour caramel over bars.
- Chill in fridge for about 15 min. (until set)
- Melt chocolate chips and spread over bars.
- Put back in fridge for about 30 min. or until chocolate is set.
- Cut into squares and have at ’em.
Mmmmmm. Look at that ooey gooey caramel. So so so good. These certainly were a highlight at the party. Both the taste of them and their name . . . Yes, were are in our 20’s if you can believe it.
Questions of the Day:
- Have you ever found yourself unknowingly caught in a joke?
- What’s the best dessert you have made for a party to date?
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