Never have I ever…
Written a blog post without eating what I’m blogging about.
If you could have seen me as I typed up this post, you’d have see me sitting with a wannabe butterfinger bar and an ice cold glass of almond milk. You’d have also seen that my apartment is the cleanest it’s ever been. That would be because on Monday morning I had a message from my apartment leasing office saying they were showing my apartment that afternoon.
As I listened to the message I slowly spun in a circle looking at the piles of textbooks/binders scattered about, a stack of gifts from this past weekends engagement party, piles of clothes (be it they were clean clothes) that I had yet to fold, open bridal magazines because even though I said I wasn’t going to bring them back to school with me…I totally did, and a coffee table that had been taken over by thank you note writing. But in my defense, my bed was made.
So I did what everyone does in this situation…I started throwing things into closets.
But luckily, my dad had given me a couple brussels sprout stalks from his garden when I was home last weekend and since those things are gorgeous they were displayed as a center piece of sorts on my counter. How ya gonna say no to an apartment with pretty brussels sprout stalks?
Speaking of my dad, he realized something over the weekend that he thinks is possibly the best thing ever. When I get married my last name is going to be Mitchell. Which means I could name my son Dennis. So my kiddos name would be Dennis Mitchell. As in the kid from Dennis the Menace. I didn’t think it was possible, but now my dad is even more excited for grandkids.
Ohh and you wanna hear something ridiculous? So a couple weekends ago my mom and I went to this bridal show and while there we entered so so many giveaways for free bridal portraits session, drawings for free grooms cakes, and so on. So yesterday I got an email with the subject as “Bridal Show Drawing!” So I freaked out (like girls do) and got way ahead of myself (like girls do) and then I opened the email and it said, “Unfortunately, you did not win the drawing, but we would love to be part…” Talk about playing with my emotions. Not cool.
But something that will always be cool…Spring Break. Oh and these wannabe candy bars. Or Spring Break and wannabe candy bars. And the next 7 days will consist of those two things plus the beach+margaritas+southern California+Wahoo’s fish tacos+shopping+mahi mahi+engagement pictures+sunsets+whales+smoothies+breakfast tacos+more breakfast tacos+family+boardwalks+frozen yogurt+wedding dress shopping+taco tuesday+ocean+cheese less pizza+chocolate covered apples+the best lemon raspberry scones+sunrise runs+walks on the beach+salmon+Jacuzzi time.
And I think that’s it.
Oh, and banana pancakes.
Wannabe Butterfingers Bars
makes 7-8 bars
2/3 cup almonds, roasted
6 dates, pitted
1/3 cup peanut butter, no added sugar or salt (ingredients should say peanuts)\
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
approx. 1/3 cup cocoa
In a food processor or a vitamix, combine the almonds, dates, peanut butter and salt. Pulse until a dough has formed. Dough with be dry. Line a loaf pan (like you would use to make bread) with wax paper/foil/parchment paper and scoop dough into the pan. Use your hands to press the dough into the shape of the pan. Cover and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow them to slightly harden. Remove from the freezer and cut into 7 or 8 bars. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Right before serving, use a sifter to sift some cocoa onto all sides of the bars.
[note: if you want to make these even more like butterfingers bars, melt chocolate chips and coat each bar in the melted chocolate. I totally would have do this but I’m taking engagement pictures this weekend and I did not have the willpower to avoid downing 8 chocolate covered bars. But next time I make these for a party I am totally covering them in chocolate.]