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From my iPod.

At 6:53 a.m. while on my morning run.

“So if you’re tired of the same old story, turn some pages…”

Fine advice, REO Speedwagon, fine advice.

Thanks for the reminder.

dream book

 

(From the song - Roll with the Changes)

 

So, Peeps.  Either you love ‘em or you hate ‘em.

There seems to be no middle ground for tolerance.

Our house is pretty firmly divided into the under-9-and-love-them vs. the over-40-and-Peeps-are-vile camps.  How about you?

I found a way to use up a few of those marshmallow birds with a fun dessert for the girls.  (It also involves torching a few of those little critters in the oven, which is not nearly as satisfying as microwaving them and watching them puff up to like 4x their regular size!   You should try it – it is wildly entertaining to watch!)  We made S’meeps!

S'meeps before

S’mores + Peeps = S’meeps!

S'meeps tanning

Getting puffy and toasty…

 S'meeps

Ta-da!

I found this on Serious Eats.  Totally easy and the girls loved both the making and the eating parts!

You really don’t need a recipe for this (if you can figure out a s’more you can figure this out…), but here it is anyway!

S’meeps

Yield: 4 S’meeps

4 Peeps (1 package of 5 worked great because we could nuke the fifth one just for fun!)

4 graham crackers, separated into 8 halves

2 bars Hershey’s milk chocolate (or other chocolate, depending on preference)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2.  On the prepared baking sheet, place 1/4 of the chocolate bar (3 squares) onto 4 of the graham cracker halves.

3.  Perch 1 Peep atop chocolate.

4.  Toast in oven for 3 or 4 minutes, watching carefully so they toast, not burn.

5.  When the Peeps are browned and chocolate melted, remove from oven.

6.  Smoosh them down with the remaining graham cracker halves and enjoy the melty, gooey goodness.

Source:  Adapted from Serious Eats

 

Happy Easter!

Y’all’s Easter Bunny may bring cute chocolate bunnies.

Here in South Florida, the Easter Bunny brings chocolate crocodiles!

Choco Croco

How cute is he?  From Buena Vista Chocolate and Wine in Miami.

Hope you had a fun Easter weekend!

xoxo,

TPH

A little late in the day, but still Friday! :)

Well, here it is.  Probably the only cocktail that the Easter Bunny, should he partake of liquorous libations (and I am sure he must!), would be totally down for:  a carrot margarita!

I knew I had to try this as soon as I saw the recipe, just to see what it was like and say that I did.

Actually, it is quite tasty!  Mind you, I won’t be running out and replacing a tried-and-true “regular” margarita every time – I am a Texan after all – but this was a fun, certainly sure-to-incite-conversation Easter alternative.

Carrot Margarita

Maybe the Easter Bunny will leave you a golden egg or some really good chocolate if you leave him one of these? We’ll see, I’m willing to try!  :)

Carrot Margaritas

Yield:  4 margaritas

Lime wedges and Kosher salt

1 cup white tequila

1 cup fresh carrot juice (I used Bolthouse Farms bottled juice – near the OJ at the grocery store)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Cointreau

Ice cubes to serve

1.  Pour a thin layer of salt into a wide, shallow bowl or plate.

2.  Moisten the rims of margarita or cocktail glasses with lime wedges and dip into salt.

3.  Place prepared glasses into the freezer to chill while you prepare the drinks.

4.  In a small pitcher, pour the tequila, carrot juice, lime juice, and Cointreau.  Stir to combine.

5.  Remove glasses from freezer, place ice cubes in each, and divide margaritas into each glass.

6.  Give a toast and enjoy!

Source:  Adapted from Sweet Life (another Texan! Yay!)

 

Funk

I admit it.

As you might have noticed from the lack of posts lately, I’m in a bit of a personal funk.  Not in THE funk, like in a Prince with an afro, rocking guitar, bass notes, musical funk, but more of a blah, blue, sad funk.

So in an effort to work my way out of this, I googled some Prince funk and thought I would share with you a rocking link to one of my favorite, super-obscure songs called “She’s Always in my Hair.”  It is the B-side (How sad that my kids will never know what a B-side is??) to the single “Paisley Park” from the album “Around the World in a Day” released in 1985.  (And, yes, I have this cassette tape somewhere in my garage.  Hoarder, we’ve covered this already…)

Prince played the song on Arsenio Hall’s show last month and I missed it somehow…  It’s FAB.

Prince Arsenio

It’s sure to get you out of A funk and into THE funk!  Enjoy!

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