Halloween

WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen

HAPPY HALLOWEEN + DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER CUPS

photo-7Happy Friday, loves!  I'm super excited that tomorrow is Halloween, but also bummed that it's the last day of October (where the heck did this month go?!).  In honor of Halloween, I was going to share a new dessert and/or candy recipe, but decided to re-post my Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.  Why mess with a good thing, right?  Plus, they are one of my top viewed recipes, and something I make often, so just in case you haven't seen them before, I thought I'd share again.  SOOOO easy, and SOOOO delicious!  ALSO, you can see several costumes from years past.  :) photo-4-21Here's the recipe.

photo-5-21Are you going to dress up for Halloween, or stay cozy at home?  This year we're going to a party.  I'll give you cos07tume deets on Monday.  Any excuse to be festive and dress-up is a fun time to me! :)

Have a great weekend!

xo.  Jen

 

DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER CUPS

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Happy Halloween!  I'm definitely one of those people that gets in the spirit of Halloween.  Any excuse to eat fun goodies and dress up, is a good day to me!  If you saw my Instagram post yesterday, you may have noticed that I was in the kitchen whipping up something special for today.

My all time favorite candy as a child were Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  OMG, I could eat so many of those!  Ha!  To this day, peanut butter cups are still my fave, but not that specific brand.  I chose to make a "Jen friendly" version, and holy moly, they are wayyyyy better than the original.  This is the third time I've made them, and they are perfected.  What a perfect, simple treat to bring to a Halloween party, or anytime you want a sweet treat!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups, makes 12

1 c. dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs 3 tbsp. almond butter or your favorite nut butter 1 tsp. coconut oil

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This is seriously the most simple recipe...Use the double broiler method (glass bowl over boiling water) and place chocolate chips and coconut oil inside, and stir until smooth.

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In a muffin tin with liners, place a small amount of chocolate (just enough to cover the bottom), and put in freezer for 3 minute to harden.  Take out and spoon a small amount of almond butter in the middle.

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Cover with more chocolate, and place back in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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The final step is by FAR the most difficult!  Take out of the freezer, take a bite, and try not to eat the entire pan!  Ha!  Enjoy!!

In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane, and revisit a few costumes from years past...

meow

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Meow!  I was a kitty a few years back.

80's

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This may have actually been for an 80's party, but you get the point.

cowgirl

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Howdy, partner!  This was from last year.

little cowgirl

little cowgirl

Apparently I liked the idea of being a cowgirl at a young age.  I was about 7 here.  Awww...

Have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween!

xo.  Jen

P.S.  I dressed up, and my costume will be up soon!  Hint:  Peace and love, baby!!