Saturday, October 3, 2015

Something Saturdays (10/3/15)

Alllllrighty. Hiya folks! Let's chat.

Last weekend my mom came over and we hung out with her and my brother, which was fun! Mostly we just relaxed during the weekend. Monday I also hung out with my brother-we got food, went grocery shopping, worked out, and watched The Amazing Spiderman (I'd been meaning to watch it for awhile). Tuesday I finally conquered my mom's pot roast, which is one of my faves. I'll be sharing that recipe in a couple weeks. Wednesday we had my cousin Audrey (you may remember my cousin Emily who lives in NY--this is her sister) and her girlfriend Kylie over for Michael to interview them for school. I baked them cookies in gratitude. And then we had so much fun that they stayed for wine and board games until like 2am. Hehe oops! Yesterday we saw Audrey again at a party that her sister Emily had (she was visiting and figured it was a good way to see a bunch of friends and family at one time!) We had SO MUCH FUN! Their friends and family are a blast and I taught everyone how to play salad bowl! :)

Today I'm working, boo, but tomorrow we're going mini-golfing with my friend Angela and her boyfriend! Wee!

Oh yeah, and don't forget you have all of October to enter my giveaway for some free peanut butter and oats!

Posts from this week
Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Granola ~ #Oatober with PB & Co and Bob's Red Mill GIVEAWAY

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Once Upon a Time-I love that the dwarves and granny and such came along, they have been sidelined too long! Oh and look at that...more missing memories. How novel, lol. Andddd blech Dark Swan. Nono.

The Muppets-just....cmon guys.....Kermit and Piggy....let's stop with all this Josh Groban and Denise etc business.

Modern Family-uhhh why is Luke a hipster?

Law & Order:SVU-This was one of those weeks where nobody won :( I love how major murderers and rapists somehow get acquitted and this kid gets sentenced like...what?

Criminal Minds-I don't know how to feel about Aisha Tyler on this. I adore her in general but...time will tell. JJ's new baby is cute.

The Big Bang Theory-at least Leonard and Penny made up! Now we've just got to get Amy and Sheldon to patch stuff up.

South Park-ugh I'm over this whole PC thing already.

Scandal-I'm hoping this means Quinn and Huck can love each other agaaaain. And...omg Olivia did it! She admitted it! YAY!

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Granola ~ #Oatober with PB & Co and Bob's Red Mill GIVEAWAY

Disclaimer-I was provided with oats and peanut butter from Bob's Red Mill and Pb & Co to use for this recipe. I received no further compensation and was under no obligation to review or host a giveaway. All opinions are, as always, my own. This post also contains Amazon affiliate links.
Guys...I am so excited to help ring in #Oatober with this recipe! Oh, what is Oatober, you ask? It's October....but Peanut Butter & Co. and Bob's Red Mill have teamed up to make this month all about hearty, versatile oats + delicious and flavorful peanut butter! And I'm so stoked because these are two of my favorite brands-I legit. use them all the time!
Now....there are a bjillion ways you can pair oats and peanut butter (oatmeal, cookies, fruit crisp desserts, etc.) but one of my favorites in GRANOLA. I just love granola. It's such a tasty and easy breakfast or snack and it can even be used in other things (granola waffles? granola cookies? etc.) So...I decided that was the perfect thing to share with you guys today!
Something really cool and unique about this recipe is the whole wheat flour-it creates little clumps and is part of what adds to the "cookie" sort of feeling this granola has. Oh and be prepared-it will 100% smell like you're baking delicious cookies when it's in the oven. But that's ok because, even though this granola is healthy and wholesome and filling, it's also insanely delicious. Dark Chocolate Dreams is my pb bestie-chocolatey and peanut buttery goodness. Then we have crunchy peanuts and subtly sweet honey and the chewiness that you get courtesy of oats. Perfection. Guiltless indulgence!

Oh yeah and...continue on past the recipe for a GIVEAWAY! :D

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

I made these pumpkin bars for 100% unselfish reasons.

I made them for Michael's boss, my brother, and you.
See....I may have mentioned it before but Michael and I pretty much despise all things fall. We do not like this season. And one of those things includes people pumpkin-ing all the things. Mind you, I enjoy a nice piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving but aside from pumpkin for me, thanks.

But then Michael's new boss made a request. And my brother (who is leeeaving for the airforce in a couple months!) was all "oooh yeah!" and I thought to myself..."The readers will want this."

So I did it.

I made these. You're welcome everybody.
First let me explain what I made. These are a spiced pumpkin sugar cookie bar (which I made even more pumpkin-y with the addition of pumpkin spice flavored butter that I had) that are then frosted with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting (which I, again, amped up with that pumpkin butter).

Since-like I mentioned-these bars weren't really up mine or Michael's alleys I'll give you the impressions from other people (although I will confess that I tried-and liked-the frosting. It was a nice amount of sweet without being too much):

Josh: "I was expecting them to be gooey but I really like them-the pumpkin flavor is just enough."

Michael's coworkers: Well....they disappeared in like 5 minutes flat. And one of them said he really liked the texture and flavor and that the ratio of frosting to bar was perfect-nothing overpowered anything else. (I will note that Michael's coworker Angela said the frosting was too "cream cheesy" but the aforementioned fellow told her she was insane. with that as you will.)


I dunno, just guessing :P

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