Some More S’Mores…

BBQ with friends was the perfect excuse to bake.  S’Mores Bars is a go-to recipe for me, care of my sister.  I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this before.  It’s a kid and adult crowd pleaser.  The adults loved it and I got quite a few “wow these are great”.  Cutting them is a bit messy so it’s best they are cooled.  If only I had gotten a picture eating one, but they were gone too quickly.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

10 Honey Maid Grahams, broken in half (20 squares) divided
3/4 cup butter or margarine
4 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
2 Cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
2 1/2 cups- Jet Puffed miniature marshmallows
1 cup Baker’s semi-sweet Chocolate Chunks
(aluminum foil and cooking spray)
Directions:
Heat oven to 350
Line:  13×9 inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.  Place 15 squares in pan, with sides overlapping slightly.  Break remaining grahams into pieces.
Microwave:  butter and chocolate squares in large microwavable  bowl on high 2 min.; stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla; mix well.  Stir in flour.  Pour over grahams in pan.
Bake :  30-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.  (Do not overbake).  Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chunks.  Bake 3-5 min. or until marshmallows begin to puff.  Press reserve graham pieces gently into marshmallows.  Cool.  Use foil to lift brownies from pan before cuting to serve.
How to easily cut brownies:
For ease in cutting, dip knife in warm water and wipe dry between cuts.

Getting out with the little guy

Our little guy is 3 weeks old!  It’s already hard to believe.  But we’ve all needed to get out, which I think scares the people that see us more than we think about it.  He had a request for Chick Fil A on Day 3 (ok, so that was his sister).  Coffee, Ikea, Costco, Whole Foods 365 (needed to check it out), coffee and the farmer’s market.  He’s been a good sport.

Sea Ranch: Twofish Baking

A much needed getaway last weekend to Sea Ranch, north of San Francisco and right on the coast.  It was so quiet, you could hear the ocean and there was no TV.  And it was great.  Came back refreshed.  Both mornings we went to Twofish Baking at Stewart’s Point.  TripAdvisor said – Sticky Buns!  And so we did.  They were so good.  Warm and out of the oven.  Not the least bit dry.  We also had a bear claw and morning buns.  Mom and Dad really liked the Equator coffee.

We did lunch here as well – turkey and tuna sandwiches on their homemade bread.

Guests in The Bay

Had a great time with the White family who came to stay with use for a few days last week.  I’ve known Briana for…20 years??  Loved the 2 days off as well, was as being a total tourist in my own town.  We were busy, saw SF, Sonoma and Marin!  We decided we need to be like the Whites and get in the car and do drives to national parks.  Rodney documents their trips on Whynotjustgo.  Give us a few years, first.

Thursday:  San Francisco
We ventured into SF for our big Alcatraz tour, then ended up with lots of stops along the way.  Philz Coffee in the morning, lunch with Briana’s cousin, Ghiradelli square for ice cream, Lombard Street and the Painted Ladies.

Alcatraz was great and I was pleasantly surprised by the audio tour.  Highly recommend that.

Friday: Benzinger Vineyard in Sonoma
This was a find.  It’s a biodynamic vineyard, was really quite, had a great little tour on a tractor and beautiful views.

We all went out for dinner to Gott’s and then frozen yogurt.  There were actually 2 stops for ice cream because 2 of the girls wanted the place with the candy and gummy worm toppings.

Saturday:   Marin and Sausalito

This was the day we all ventured out.  After a stop at Philz for coffee and pastries to bring back home.  Mandatory stop at In n Out (this was the 3rd burger for someone on the trip – and no, not me!), then to Sausalito for ice cream, and a stop in the Marin Headlands were we parted ways.  Lesson learned, when S wants the sprinkle cone, she is really not going to want to share yours.

 

 

Randy’s Donuts: LA Century City

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A bit delayed with this one.  When I saw the Randy’s Donuts kiosk at the Century City mall in LA, I had to stop.  Just one.  Always looking for a good donut, and life is too short to say no.  I got some sort of crumb one and brought it back to the office.  I didn’t eat the whole thing, impressed?

Gingerbread House: 1st One Ever!

We made a gingerbread house, a new holiday activity.  Granted, we bought a kit with the pieces already made.  Care of Trader Joe’s.  I did have to make the icing, so that counts for something.  Decorating left to Miss S.  I was curious what it tasted like so broke off the top of the tree one night.  Someone noticed.

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And the finished product, prior to the tree piece going missing…

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SF: Museum of Ice Cream

IMG_6944What a treat!  Had a last minute opportunity to join a special tour of the Museum of Ice Cream on Friday, care of work.  It’s very pink!  More than few treats to sample:  peach bellini ice cream, soft serve, mochi, cotton candy…and one final scoop of pinata flavored.  I think the sprinkle pool was the best part.  It’s hard not to get in there (the sprinkles are plastic).