Monday, January 14, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake

Who can resist the beautiful combination of peanut butter and chocolate? I know I can't! That's why it was crucial, for the sake of my hips butt and thighs, that I come up with a healthy...healthier...way to consume this irresistible duo. Below you will find a mouthwatering, yet EASY recipe to satisfy your need (yes, I just said need!) for this classic combo.

  • 1 1/4 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 1 C. White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 C. Light Brown Sugar (or equivalent substitute-I used 1C. of Splenda Brown Sugar)
  • 1 C. All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (I like Jif because it is also low in sodium)
  • 1/2 C. Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 C. Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 C. Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9in x 13in baking pan with cooking spray.

Using an electric mixer, combine both types of flour, brown sugar, peanut butter, and butter.  Mix well.  Remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.

Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, milk and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time and mixing well in between.

Pour the batter into the baking pan.  Sprinkle the top with the reserved flour mixture and the chocolate chips.  Bake 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

There it is in all it's glory! ;-)  Now tell me, what type of beverage do you think would be PERFECT with this tasty little treat?


Saturday, January 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Punch

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without a fizzy green punch the whole family can enjoy!  This tasty little concoction from Family Fun got two thumbs up from the toughest critic five year old son!

1/2 cup milk
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream (I used Frozen Yogurt)
4 drops mint extract
2 ice cubes
2 drops of green food coloring in a blender
Frosted 16-ounce glass
Splash of seltzer water
Dollop of whipped cream

Grab your blender and toss in the milk, ice cream or frozen yogurt, mint extract, ice cubes, and food coloring.
Mix until smooth. Pour into glass. Add a splash of seltzer water and top with a dollop of whipped cream.  Voila!  Picture perfect punch....Enjoy!  


The Classic Irish Coffee

Well, here it first V-log. With all the random thoughts racing through my brain like - "Why didn't I stand up straighter?", "OMG, I totally should have sucked in my gut?", or "What is that little jig I am doing...stand still for cryin' out loud!!"- I'm sure you are wondering why on earth I posted this for the whole triple "W" to see.  Well, I'll tell you why....because this video contains such deliciousness that it would be a sin NOT to share-  regardless of my fidgety feet or belly pooch!  So, go ahead, take a peek....This, you don't want to miss.

A little background:

Irish Coffees originally began as a Christmas Eve tradition in my family.  After the dinner was all cleaned up and the desserts began to be passed around....out came the fixin's for Irish Coffees.  But as I grew older (and wiser, I might add!) I realized that these tasty little concoctions are good ALL YEAR LONG!  So, from my family to yours....ENJOY!

The final product!

1 Cup of Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee
1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
1 1/2 ounces Irish Mist Liqueur
1/2 Cup Melted Caramel
Whip Cream


Rim glass mug with melted caramel. Pour hot coffee into glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish Mist. Top with a dollop of the whipped heavy cream. Serve hot.

Tell us what you think of this tasty little treat in the comment section below!