We’re getting a head start on Christmas this year. Call us (well, maybe me, because it was my idea) crazy, but we set up our Christmas tree in October. Don’t hate. We needed the extra light in the living room. Or whatever excuses you’ll take, I’ll give them to you.
We made this bark a few months ago. I was craving mint chocolate and so we made some! Luckily Mr. Pribs was able to take it to work the next day so we wouldn’t consume it all ourselves and gain 50 pounds over the next week. One of his co-workers mentioned that it would make a good Christmas treat….almost as if to tell us in a sneaky way that we shouldn’t be making this stuff yet. Whatever. He ate it, so…that’s kind of giving us mixed signals there.
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
12 ounces white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips
1 cup mint m&ms
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1) Melt dark chocolate and pour into a square baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Place in freezer for 10 minutes…or until frozen.
2.) Melt white chocolate and stir in the mint extract. Pour on top of the frozen dark chocolate and scatter the M&M’s on top. Place in freezer until frozen.
3.) Remove chocolate from pan and cut until random pieces.
This is my go-to meal when nothing else seems right.
And the funny thing is that I never really liked pork chops until I made them myself.
Hope that doesn’t make me a narcissist.
Before this recipe I thought that all pork chops were dry and tough to chew. Not true. Not true at all. These porkchops are the perfect middle ground between dry and too moist (yes, I just said moist). And it doesn’t take forever to chew them up enough to swallow. It’s porkchop heaven.
Don’t trust me? Fine. Ask my husband.
The first time we ate these chops we both learned that neither of us had liked pork chops PRIOR to this meal. This recipe can turn pork chop haters into pork chop lovers. Find someone who doesn’t like pork chops and force feed them this and see what they say.
I’m gonna guess that they’ll say “Thank you for changing my life”.
And just to save us the time later, I’ll say “You’re welcome” now.
Shut the front door. I just made SUGAR FREE no bake bars. I know my blog is “technically” a “baking” blog, but I’m just gonna break it to you now – not all of my recipes are “baked” recipes.
Please don’t leave.
These are great.
You will want to consume the whole bowl before they even make it to your pan. But that’s okay – no one needs to know that you were even making them. Consume the dough and destroy the evidence. It’s THAT easy.
It’s what I would’ve done if I didn’t want to blog about them. Exercising my self-control around these things wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve had on my to-do list today. It may have been the hardest actually. Right next to “Get out of bed and go to bootcamp”.
Another great thing about these bars? It’s hard to mess them up. Especially since you don’t have to bake them. There’s no disappointment when you open the oven door and see that they didn’t rise to your expectations. Nope, you plop them on your cookie sheet (or in your hand) and they’re good to go from there!
Make them. Make them now.
I’m going to go ahead and apologize right now for the lack of pictures of this bread. It deserves much more. Trust me. I’m not going to lie. This bread was time consuming, difficult, and unpredictable. It also had yeast in it, which we all know I love. Not.
Growing up our neighbor behind us had an apple tree. Cute, right?
Not really. Its apples were disgusting.
The neighbor’s apples would always fall over the fence and into our yard, so finally one day I took a bite out of one. It was so bitter and distasteful. I chucked that thing to the other side of the neighbor’s yard and vowed never to eat one again.
The apples never stopped falling on our side of the yard though. And it really ticked me off because our yard was getting littered with bitter apples that no one was going to eat.
I wish I knew about this recipe when I was a kid, because maybe this recipe would have made those apples worth eating.
This recipe is too good to keep a secret.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) I was the only one home on the day I made this. And we happen to have only one apple left in our kitchen. So I did what any sensible hungry girl would do with a few extra minutes on her hands. I made something sweet.
And then, as soon as it came out of the oven, I dumped a bunch of ice cream and caramel syrup on top to make it even sweeter.
My hasty decisions were good ones. The combination tasted great together.
And I’ve decided that when I have kids someday, it will be an annual (or maybe monthly…daily?) tradition to have baked apples together as a family.