Barefoot by the Sea

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Day Rant and Almond Butter Cups (Easy Recipe!)

Let me start off by saying we've been slammed with three big winter storms within the past week. That's FOUR snow days and two delays. I can't really believe it myself. Wasn't it just last month we were all grumbling about how we could see the grass? I was starting to think about my garden, and the beach. That entire time the groundhog was hysterically laughing! Needless to say it's been a bit crazy around here and crazIER to realize that New Hampshire (at least in our town) doesn't build snow-days into their calendar! In fact, our kids could technically go to school until June 30th if needed. That's a long school year - and A LOT of sweltering kids in those very last days of school! 

Why am I rambling about all this? Just to give you an idea as to why I may have been MIA yet again lately! We have enjoyed our snow days, we've done crafts, have picnics inside and did a lot of baking. We went sledding, and did a lot of shoveling! Now I'm kind of done with the snow, but I am happy for the plowmen who rely on it for income and skiers too! I just hope this is the worst of it and that there isn't another pattern like this ahead for March.

That being said, I promise to share a yummy recipe for homemade peanut butter cups last week and it just never happened. I procrastinated and although the peanut butter cups have been shared and enjoyed, I still wanted to share this simple recipe with you guys!  

  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips  
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter will do!) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Line a mini muffin tin with 12 mini cupcake liners. Melt chocolate, vanilla and coconut over low heat, stirring to ensure it doesn't burn or in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir until all chocolate chips have melted and chocolate is smooth. 
  2. Using a spoon drop about 1 teaspoon of chocolate to cover the bottom of the liner into each cupcake liner. Place tray into the freezer for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to set. Remove from freezer and spoon ½ teaspoon of nut butter in the center of each chocolate cup.
  3. Spoon remaining chocolate over each and cover your nut butter. Place in the freezer again for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.
These do you have a coconut flavor so if you're not a fan, you'll probably want to skip it! We love coconut around here and everyone enjoyed these immensely!
These will be a great little treat to take to the beach this Summer too - when I'm there, completely SOLO waiting for my kids to finish up with their year ;)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Peanut Butter Pretzel Valentine's Day Treats (Easy Recipes)

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, why not take this weekend to whip up a few fun treats! These are fun for the kids to help with too!
  • Mini Pretzels
  • Peanut Butter or Nut Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Conversation Hearts

  1. Spread peanut butter over the first pretzel and top with a second pretzel to create a "sandwich"
  2. Melt chocolate over stove top and work QUICKLY by dunking each pretzel sandwich into the chocolate.
  3. Place on wax paper and allow to dry
  4. Top with conversation hearts (great for the kids to do AND they can work on their reading too!) 

More Valentine's Day Recipes:

I hope you guys have a great weekend! We are digging out here in the Northeast and it looks like more snow is on the way! That groundhog was right! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Super Valentine's Day Hodgepodge

This week's Hodgepodge is here! Thanks to Joyce! Come join the fun! It's a great way to get your mind working first thing in the morning! 

1. What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super? I made some "healthy" homemade almond butter cups yesterday. It was a snowday. The girls had hot cocoa and an almond butter cup after a morning of playing in the snow. They thought that was pretty SUPER! PS - Recipe to come! 
2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb? I made homemade guacamole on Sunday and it was SO good. I'm addicted to nachos lately and the freshly made guacamole is a big reason why! So good! 
3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. We just found out that the outdoor play that our community is doing this Summer is Mary Poppins. The girls are beyond excited so naturally my word  is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
4. Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is. I know I love those closest to me easily. I love them unconditionally and with all my heart. I think when you're willing to open up yourself and be selfless, it's easier to give love. 
5. Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? We do little things on Valentine's Day. Maybe a couple heart shaped pancakes for the family, and some sweet cards. We might go out to brunch this weekend, a fun way to celebrate it! 
6. What's something you are loving right now? I'm loving the longer days and seeing a bit more of the afternoon. I know that Spring isn't that far away, even if the most recent New England forecast reflects otherwise! 
7 Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  I LOVE DISCO ;)
8.  Insert your own random thought here. I came across these retro and very creepy Valentine's the other day. Too good to not to share!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Easy Valentines Day Treats

I always hear mixed feedback regarding Valentine's Day. Some people hate it and feel like it's just a commercialized holiday created to encourage people to spend money. I get that. Some people feel like it's a sweet way to show your loved ones just how much you love them. I get that too. No matter how do you feel about February 14th, I don't know anyone who wouldn't welcome a few sweet treats. Nothing crazy, nothing over-the-top but just a little something to put a smile on their face. That's where this simple treat comes into play!

This treat is super cute and requires very little effort. I literally made a bunch of these guys in under 10 minutes! I started off with simple bunny crackers - but any type of animal cracker or graham will work. We love bunnies around here so why not?
Sweet Bunnies 
  • Bunny crackers
  • Frosting
  • Tiny hearts (I found these at Target)
  1. Lay your bunnies out in a sheet of wax paper
  2. Using a small tip, place a dot if frosting on your bunny. We decided to try to make it look like the bunny was holding her heart but you could place it anywhere you'd like
  3. Top with your tiny heart and allow to harden
  4. Package and gift! 

White Chocolate Lemon Hearts
Chocolate Marshmallows on a Stick
Sweet Marshmallow Snowmen
Pretzel Wands
If you're interested in seeing any of the Valentine's Day recipes of the past, I've included the links! 

Have a great weekend everybody!

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