Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies (in which my husband and I display what can only be described as a disgusting amount of self control)

The other day, I found these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in our pantry. They date back to Easter 2012, as evidenced by the cute bunny and pastel foil-wrapped candies. We are both appalled at the fact that these were IN THE HOUSE and we DID NOT EAT THEM. Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely Kenny’s favorite food combination of all time, and it is definitely in my top 5. I do not know how these survived for so long.

Easter Reeses

In order to avert the potential tragedy of having to throw these away, and yet being a little leery of how they’d taste at their *ahem* advanced age (I mean that in the nicest way possible), I decided to bake them up into some delightful cookies. I chopped them up and made this delectable-looking* dough using a favorite chocolate cookie recipe.

*My apologies for lack of food-blogger awesomeness/photography skills in general. Read this post if you want to zoom out and see our whole kitchen when I cook…but don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

please don't lick the computer screen

Here’s the recipe, adapted to accommodate my expired peanut butter cups. It came from the back of some Aldi’s brand chocolate chips. I think I prefer the Tollhouse recipe for everyday chocolate chip cookies (huh, do you think that could be the cause of our post-wedding weight gain?), but this recipe seems to make a fluffier (read: less chewy) cookie which I also like sometimes.

1 cup Butter (softened)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Avoid adding the eggshells, though, since that adds a distinctively unpleasant texture.

3. Slowly add the flour to the mix. Or just dump it all in; that’ll work too.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips and reese’s and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. (The original recipe said here to drop by teaspoonful, but I suggest you multiply that by like 10 and drop them by quarter cups. Your call…but I think we both know who is right.) Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

the product of our self-control

And then devour, obviously, while still warm. Do you know how hard it was to actually pause and take a picture of these? I mean, Kenny and I are good at the whole self-control thing (apparently a little too good), but when warm cookies come out of the oven, we get a little crazy. With good reason, though, so that lends some logic to our insanity, right?

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Halloween in November (in which we establish a tradition of celebrating holidays after they occur)

Now that it’s actually over, Halloween has finally arrived for the Bauman household.

Last Thursday, I picked up these for a sweet 50% off. I also had a coupon, so the cake was $.13 and the frosting was $.25. I figured we could afford that.

We embraced the garish sprinkles and are plowing our  way rapidly through this dessert. I may or may not have had this cake for breakfast on Saturday, forgetting that there was perfectly good cereal in the cupboard.

What can I say? The tiny sprinkle bats are mesmerizing. I had to eat them.

We also splurged for my favorite, candy corn, which I spread around the apartment. Now I realize how dangerous a move that was.

It’s tough to resist the snacking urge when they’re so conveniently available, you know?

The terrarium is flourishing (success! I haven’t killed it yet!) because of the company of some more candy corn. Also, the effect of so many sugary sweets on my body makes it hard for me to take a picture that isn’t crooked. Let’s chalk this one up as artsy too.

And finally, there used to be Reese’s in this bowl. That is no longer the case, as they are both Kenny and my favorites.

It also doesn’t help that we both enable each other to devour more chocolate… we tend to “share” with each other to make ourselves feel better about another piece.

So if you were wondering who purchases all that clearance stuff after the holiday–I confess, it’s totally me. I hate paying full price for something, which means that we are a bit behind everyone else on the whole celebrating thing. Which is why we eat candy canes until Easter and Cadbury Eggs until Independence Day…

Who else does this? I KNOW I’m not the only one.