Midnight snack combos…

So it’s Wednesday…. Scratch that… It’s the 3rd business day of the month. In my little world of accounting, this means 2 words… excel.spreadsheets. Ok it’s really a lot more than that but I really do appreciate technology all over again each month.

Anyway, thought I would share my mid-week, mid-night snack…

Green beans and brownie/peanut butter chips/ marshmallow dessert

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Totally random but both tasted really yummy. ūüôā

What’s the weirdest midnight snack you ever made?

Brownies & Milk; hump day essentials

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Happy hump day everyone!! This week (ok the past 3 days) have been a few of the longest days in a while. Here’s the low down:
Workouts – too few and too short
Sleep – or lack of
Work – exciting but busy (can anyone say hello 3:30am yesterday?)
Eating – Mexican + sugary goodness + chocolate + coffee + diet coke = nutritionist nightmare
Weather – COLD (that ground hog was wrong!)

Good news is that I’ve had the best little companion this week. A four legged friend who loves to play fetch! Also, only 2 days until the weekend and even though it has been cold, it has been the most beautiful cold days yet. So I’m really not negative Nancy but want to prove a point. You see, sometimes milk and cookies (or brownie cups in this case) really do make things better.

So don’t be shy – grab that emergency stash of boxed brownies (nothing wrong with the efficient baker), mix it up, only bake one brownie cup, or two, ūüôā pour a glass of milk and enjoy every bite. You.always.deserve.it.

Batter is Better!

marble mix peanut butter cupcakes

I really wish¬†I didn’t¬†know that raw batter is harmful for¬†me¬†and¬†can make¬†me sick.¬† It just tastes soooo good!¬† Some recipes have not so good gross tasting batter, but more often¬†than not, the batter is better! Of course, you have to try the batter to judge it!¬† I think my all time favorite batter is funfetti cake mix batter!¬†

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day ‚̧¬†next week, I wanted to make heart shaped cupcakes.¬† I¬†also WAS¬† craving some Peanut Butter &Chocolate (PB&C for short) – note: not craving anymore!¬† Combine those two and you get Peanut Butter Marble Fudge Cupcakes.¬† This is a super easy recipe for a hump day treat¬†and actually uses marble cake mix!

marble ingredients 

Peanut Butter Marble Fudge Cake Mix Ingredients:

  • 1 box marble fudge cake¬†mix
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup water plus 2 tablespoons plus¬†3 tablespoons divided
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup¬†creamy¬†peanut butter¬†¬†
  • chocolate frosting

marble mix

Directions:

  1. Mix 1 cup water, oil and egg whites until combined.  Add white cake mix.  Add vanilla.
  2. Divide 1 cup batter into a small bowl.  Mix the cocoa mix with the 1 cup mixture. Add 2 tablespoons water.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, add 1 cup peanut butter.  Add remaining 3 tbsp water.
  4. Divide the peanut butter mixture in cupcake tins.
  5. Top with about 2-3 tsp chocolate mixture and swirl with a butter knife.

marble mixes

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.¬† Don’t overbake!¬† Remove from oven and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

marble decorations

These cupcakes are really rich so I only ate¬†a few 3 small and 1 regular sized cupcake.¬† (ok truth: I only ate¬†these because¬†I haven’t worked out¬†since Monday and craving a good run more than this sugar now!)¬†There’s something about PB&C that¬†makes the perfect combo especially¬†fresh out of the oven.¬† My favorite PB&C recipes are traditional¬†Peanut Butter Blossoms and this PB&C cheesecake I’ve made before¬†(will have to share next time).¬† Do YOU have a favorite PB&C recipe to share?

Bon Appetit!