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When I first laid my eyes on this recipe, I thought my computer was going to be fried due to my drooling! 😀 Just kidding. But, really when I saw that Liz had made HOMEMADE Peanut Butter Cups I was beyond excited! Craig’s absolute favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups, so I knew he would be thrilled. There was only ONE small problem….I didn’t have a mini muffin pan 😦 I put the recipe in my ‘MUST MAKE SOON’ folder (you should see that thing, it’s huge), and was going to buy a pan when we got back from Maryland.
Looks like my dreams came true- guess what someone got me at my surprise bridal shower?!? A MINI MUFFIN PAN! (& you can WIN one too from my give-away 🙂 ) AS soon as I opened it I exclamed “YAYYYY I get to make those homemade Reese’s cups!!!” That got everyone’s attention pretty darn quick. They immediately requested that I make them while I was there….their wish was my command!
I followed Liz’s recipe exactly, well except that I didn’t have any mini muffin liners…but I learned my lesson. Buy those…you will be thankful.
(you’ll see I ran out of chocolate for a few…oops!)
These. are. PERFECT. They taste JUST like Reese’s! Everyone was commenting on HOW good they were, but I thought Craig was the funniest. He would sneak into the kitchen randomly, head to the fridge & eat about three of them…THINKING that no one saw him. Little did he know, I spotted him 😉 He was REALLY bummed when they were gone. …looks like I’ll be making them again soon, VERY soon.
Before I left for Maryland, I asked Craig if it would be ok if I made dinner for his parents one night while we were visiting. He said OF COURSE, they would love it. I was set on finding a great meal to make, and I knew EXACTLY where to head….Jessica’s blog, of course 🙂 She never lets me down with any of her recipes, so I knew whatever recipe I chose would be a winner.
First things first, appetizers! I saw this dip for ‘Hot Caprese Dip’ & wanted to make it the SECOND I saw it. I figured this would be a good time to try it out. It didn’t disappoint, that’s for sure! Everyone enjoyed it & the dip was GONE by the end of the night. I followed her recipe exactly.
For the main dish I decided upon Chicken Romano with Lemon Butter Sauce.
I changed things up just a TINY bit…you’ll see my changes indicated below.
The recipe is copied from Jessica’s blog.
Chicken Romano w/ Lemon Butter Sauce
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( I used 6 chicken breasts- the boys know how to eat 😉 )
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup flour
3 eggs (I used egg whites instead of the whole egg)
3/4 cups romano cheese
3/4 chicken stock
1/2 stick butter (1/4 stick butter)
1 whole lemon
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
Preheat oven to 350. Add olive oil to skillet on medium heat.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add lemon juice and chopped up lemons. Try to discard all seeds. Add white wine and parsley. Let come to a boil. then pour entire mix into chicken skillet. Add chicken stock to skillet.
Cover and bake for about 20 minutes at 350. Serve with pasta or rice.
I served the chicken with some of my favorite noodles, which I happened to FIND IN THE GROCERY store up there-
Carba Nada noodles.
Along with dinner we enjoyed some of Craig’s Dad’s HOMEMADE wine! He has all of the supplies to make wine at home. You should see their basement, it’s like a little wine workshop 🙂 He has made three different kinds so far (I believe)- they take about a YEAR to make…EACH. I was shocked by that. He has made a Pinot Noir, a Blueberry Wine (SOOOOOOO GOOD) & that night we tried his newest- a Zinfandel.
Mmmmmm this was so good! He has quite a talent. I really think he should sell his wine- it’s THAT good.
Now, on to dessert. THE dessert that will be talked about for years to come.
For this one I chose Jess’ ‘Better- Than- Crack- Brownies.” I made these for his parents, but because there were so many in the recipe- there is no way 4 people could all of them in 2 days….well, ok, you could, but your belly would probably be on a sugar high for weeks! :)- so we had them at the Family Christmas party as well. I can’t tell you how many people asked for this recipe! No lie. They were BLOWN AWAY at how good these babies were!
I followed the recipe exactly how Jess had it. I copied the recipe from her site below.
1 batch brownies (boxed mix or oooey gooey brownies)
1/2 cup salted peanuts (if don’t have salted, add sea salt)
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Needless to say we went to bed as STUFFED little piggies 🙂
Stay tuned for the New Years Eve Re-Cap 😀