Yep! It’s another Sunday, and the Ryan is stuck at work for yet another weekend. This coming week should prove to be rather ridiculous for us both, as I start school again, and from what I’ve gathered so far, he will be pulling even longer, more ridiculous hours than normal. He may or may not even come home from the base this week, we shall see. Blah.
To cheer me up and make me feel a little better about our life being so tentative and subject to change on a minute-by-minute basis, I’ve taken it upon myself to do something nice for the Ryan’s co-workers. As much as I am sad that we are hardly seeing each other, I have to remind myself that he is not the only person working – his whole team is. One of them has a very pregnant wife, and the others have wives and children at home that they, too, are missing out on. Since the guys love my pumpkin bread so much, I decided to oblige and make them the bread recipe in the form of muffins, and then make homemade cream cheese frosting for said muffins. If their week is going to be as insane as it is looking like it will, they will need the comfort food in a big way.
The other day, I also found this awesome looking no-bake peanut butter bars recipe that claims to taste just like Reese’s peanut butter cups. Let me say that again: it’s supposed to taste like Reese’s. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the man who invented the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, for he should be revered as a god among men. If the claim laid down by this recipe is, in fact, true, I could be revered as a goddess among the Ryan’s co-workers. Not only do I send them homemade pumpkin muffins with icing from scratch but I send them homemade Reese’s-esque bars as well? Someone get my man a promotion, yeah? 😛
So, this morning, with my now-traditional Sunday Starbucks in hand, I went a little bit crazy at the grocery store and am ready to get my bake on! And no-bake, in the case of the peanut butter bars. 🙂 The house will smell awesome when the Ryan gets home, and I will have done something besides laundry and cleaning with my Sunday. We’ve got a few “severe storm” warnings rolling around as well, so it’s all an excellent excuse to stay inside. Maybe I’ll pop in the extended edition of Lord of the Rings while I get all of this going…because who doesn’t still fangirl over Aragorn and Legolas? Hellooooooo, sexies!
Reese’s bars, courtesy of Bakerlady:
1 & 1/2 cups semi-sweet morsels, 1 cup and 4 tbls peanut butter, 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, and 1 cup butter, melted.
In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, 1 cup of peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and graham crackers. Stir well to incorporate.
Spread the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 bake pan, or 8×8 for thicker peanut butter.
In a double boiler (or, if you’re me, with two pots the same size), or a metal bowl over boiling water, melt the chocolate morsels with the 4 remaining tbls of peanut butter.
Spread the melted pb/chocolate combo over the graham cracker mixture.
Pop it into your fridge. Voila! So easy! Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting. 🙂
Quite delicious! Pre-cutting for the Ryan’s crew. Use a sharp knife, and don’t saw into it or it will crack and crumb everywhere and the chocolate will splinter. And now that I’ve eaten a piece of it, I can say it reminds me of a treat very similar to this that my Mom made my brother and I as kids. 🙂 What a nice surprise to have that memory pop back up because of a piece of confectionery! Enjoy!!
Oh yeah, eye candy for dessert…Yum! *drool*