How did it become December 21st?
Everything has been such a whirlwind this week and it just seems like I’ve blinked and I am already facing the start of the last weekend before Christmas! Geesh.
Fortunately I do have all my shopping done ( and I’m pretty sure that if I don’t it’s not going to get done, because I am not facing those crowds!), however this week I have been helping some of my other family members get their shopping done. I don’t mind lending a helping hand, however, now that I am done my shopping, I keep seeing amazing things in the store for the people on my list or (worse) myself.
I think it’s a secret ploy by stores. Let’s put out all of the “ok” stuff or ” they’d appreciate that” stuff for all the early bird shoppers. Then in the last couple of weeks before the holidays, let’s put out all of the “OMG” or ” THIS IS TOTALLY PERFECT” stuff. That way when the shoppers are out with family members, or just doing their normal “I-just-ran-out-of-toilet-paper” shopping, they see all of this amazing stuff and are absolutely forced to buy it.
Like honestly, my shopping budget is not blown by my normal gift shopping. It’s blown by all these little amazing things that I find in the last days before Christmas. Oh well. The only one that suffers really is my bank account.
Anyways, my shopping is beyond done, but I’m still trying to get some of my holiday baking done. These I whipped up a bit earlier in the week when I had a spare bit of time. They come together quickly and are super delicious. I’ve adapted them from my Grandma’s recipe (her original recipe had dates in them. Barf), and they are one of both my brothers and my dad’s favourites. If you are a big peanut butter fan, then you may want to double the recipe, because they will go quickly!
Peanut Butter Balls
makes about 20 balls
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 cups icing sugar, divided
- 3-6 tbsp of milk (or water)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
- In a bowl, combine the peanut butter and 3/4 cup of the icing sugar. You should end up with a soft ‘dough’.
- With damp hands, roll the dough into 1 inch/ 2.5 cm ball, setting them on a tray lined with wax paper. If you are finding that the dough is too soft or is sticking to your fingers, set them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once it is all rolled out, chill them for at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make a thin icing with the remaining icing sugar and 3 Tbsp of milk. If your icing is still thick, add the remaining milk, one tablespoon at a time.
- Lightly coat each of the chilled balls in the thin icing, then immediately roll in the shredded coconut. Set back on the wax paper lined tray and chill to set. Once they have set, you can move them too a container. Store in the fridge.
My last minute shopping trip bought our cat a festive new sweater!
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I am a bit absent minded.
Absent minded in the fact that I lose things. Constantly. I can’t tell you how many times I have lost my glasses, and Mr Ginge has been the one to find them. Like on top of the microwave, or tucked into my bookshelf, or in the garbage. The worst part about losing things, is that I never intend on losing them. My every intention is to put them away in a safe place so that I will be able to find them easily when I am looking for them again. The problem always seems to be when I do try and find these things again. When I’m actually looking for something, I can ( and have!) turned the house upside down looking for it. Last week is was a passbook. This week it was apples in my freezer.
You see, I know they are in there. Along side the rest of the frozen fruit. Except of course when I wanted it. Then it has mysteriously disappeared or hidden underneath some frozen french fries. I really didn’t feel like tearing apart the freezer, so the mini apples pies I had planned to make, went on the back burner. I’ll find them when I’m not looking for them any more.
Fortunately for me, this is when inspiration stuck. While hunting for a snack, both the peanut butter and the nutella jumped out at me, and I knew then exactly what I was going to do with the bit of pastry. If you are looking for a quick and easy ( and tasty!) snack, these are definitely it.
Peanut Butter Nutella Pocket Pies
makes about 8 pies
- pastry for 9″ pie, homemade or store bought
- 8 tsp smooth peanut butter
- 8 tsp Nutella
- milk for brushing
- sugar, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line your baking sheet with some parchment ( they tend to leak a bit).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 in/ 3 mm thick. With a 4 in cutter, cut out your circles. Gather the scraps and roll out again.
- In the middle of each of the rounds, drop 1 tsp each of Nutella and peanut butter. Fold the rounds in half and press the edges together with a fork. Place them a couple inches apart on your prepared baking sheet.
- Prick the tops with a fork to allow the steam to escape. Brush lightly with milk, then sprinkle the tops with sugar if desired.
- Bake in your preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. I checked mine after 15, then let them bake for another few minutes.
- Let cool a few minutes on the pan, then enjoy!
I linked this recipe up to The Weekend Potluck and Strut Your Stuff Saturdays. Click the link for more great recipes!
Time for a mid-week pick me up?
Especially if your idea of a pick me up includes something peanut-buttery and chocolatey at the same time :).
Especially in dip form.
Especially since it’s super simple to whip together.
Especially if your other half has arranged a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. Oh fun!
Slather this baby on top of some some graham crackers, or if you are really cool, some chocolate teddy grahams. Or just scoop it up with your fingers…..Shhh….I won’t tell.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Dip.
makes 2-3 cups of dip.
- 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 mini peanut butter cups ( I used the really mini ones, but you could always chop up the regular ones)
- I the bowl of your mixer, cream together cream cheese, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
- Stir in the peanut butter cups.
- Serve with graham crackers, or choice of dipper, and share the love. Refrigerate leftovers.
I linked this recipe up to the Weekend Potluck and Strut Your Stuff Saturdays! Click the link to check out some great recipes!