Food

Butterfinger Cookies

Apparently Butterfingers are an embarrassing habit. I am not talking about being caught with your hands in butter, because that would be kind of embarrassing. I’m talking about the delicious peanut buttery chocolately goodness that is formed into a candy bar and used to be hocked by Bart Simpson.

Tucker likes Butterfingers.
Tucker likes Butterfingers.

I wasn’t aware of it, but apparently Butterfingers aren’t “cool.” Hence Whitney not telling me until we’d known each other for some twenty odd years that BUTTERFINGERS were her favorite candy bar. That girl. Love her. Anyway, after we got that “getting to know your candy tastes” talk out of the way, I introduced her to these, Butterfinger cookies.

Whitney, enjoying her new favorite cookie dough.
Whitney, enjoying her new favorite cookie dough.

This recipe is a funny thing, because I have no idea where it came from. I know my mom found it somewhere, sometime between the day I was born and today. I do have an idea of how delicious it is. And how it could probably bring about world peace. I’m not even exaggerating.

Butterfinger Cookies

  • Servings: 3-4 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Bag of Fun SIze Candy Bars (or 5 full size Butterfingers)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unwrap Butterfingers (clearly) and load into a Ziploc bag.
  3. Smashy smashy those Butterfingers!
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix sugars, eggs (remember just whites), vanilla, peanut butter, butter, and baking soda.
  5. Whip for 30 seconds.
  6. Add flour, mix until just combined.
  7. Add crushed Butterfingers. Again, mix until just combined.
  8. Spoon onto a cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Life, Travel

[mommy] therapy

I love my mom.

A few months ago we got a Living Social voucher for a facial and massage at The Spa on Oak in Gold Coast. When we went we had a really good experience (warning: rooms are TINY) and they were having a special for five hours of services + a cranberry facial for $150! So my mom being the best mom ever bought it and I have had a massage almost every week leading up to the Bar exam. We also scheduled two massages for Sunday so that I could have a “Mommy Therapy Day” before the Bar Exam. I needed it.

I had a massage with Daniel (who was great!) my favorites at Spa on Oak are Andre (I very openly love him) and Logan as well. Andre’s Hot Stone will cure any ailments you may ever have. Ever. I have had a lot of massages in my life (my Aunt is a masseuse – I am not spoiled – well actually, I guess that makes me spoiled) – and Andre is Top 5 for sure!!!

She came in on the train from Michigan… (is that a song title??) and we met at Trader Joe’s (which I suspect may have been her other main reason for coming down) and stocked up on some groceries! We then set out on a Boot Adventure (more on that later). We stopped by Nordstrom Rack – where we didn’t find any boots – but we DID find two delicious pairs of ballet flats. (Sparkles and Purple – two of my favorite things!)

We then went to one of my favorite places in the world THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY! Okay judgment done? Did you know that they have a Skinny menu now? And by “skinny” I mean under 600 calories. Anyway after munching on delicious noms we headed over to Water Tower where my Boot Adventure concluded! YES. We skedaddled over to the Spa (it is right off of Michigan Ave.) and  began our relaxation. My only complaint about Spa on Oak – is that my massage ended like ten minutes early! I understand that they have to get the room ready for the next person – but my massage ended up only being about 40 minutes because I didn’t get into the room until 3:10. Regardless, Daniel was wonderful and my mom had a good massage too! After our massage we took a cab (luxury) to Union Station where I let her leave. Barely.

She left me with a bag of goodies including Butterscotch Rice Krispies and Applets!! I will try and make both of these in the future – but for now I’m giving you the recipe for the Krispies via another site. She also left me with the biggest container of Dunkin’ Donuts ground coffee you have EVER SEEN as well as lots of hugs and motivation and love – which is what I need more than anything right now. I then went home and well, I did work. Because the Bar Exam is never-ending (Just kidding! 5 days! Heart attack!)

Sometimes the only thing you need in life is 5 hours off – and I got that with my Mom!! To all of the Bar Examiners out there (or just busy people in general) remember that the most important thing is to take care of yourself!

Amanda

P.S. That picture is of my grandma (Nancy), my mom, and me… yes, we all look alike, and we also make the exact same facial expressions. When Charlie first met Nancy he said it was like meeting an 80-some version of me. If that’s what I’m like when I’m a grandma – I am a-okay!

Food

Post Workout Recovery… or Chocolate Mousse

I dedicate this to my dear friend over at Meggabytes who is grappling with overcoming her fear of spandex and exercise. In support of her new dedication to spinning on a stationary bike for hours and not actually achieving any distance, I am giving her the recipe for my Mom’s Famous Chocolate Mousse! “But Amanda!” (you say) “That’s so cruel!!!” AHA! This is where you are wrong because where my $150,000 investment in law school may not have prepared me for the Bar Exam… it did prepare me to analyze everything to my benefit. Here we go…

Recent scientific studies have shown that drinking chocolate milk post-workout actually helps exercisers regain energy and build muscles. This is because of the protein ya-da ya-da ya-da. So here are my thoughts on this. Chocolate milk is what… milk, sugar, and chocolate. One of the biggest benefits of it is the protein… want to know what else has protein? Eggs. Want to know what has a lot of eggs as well as the majority of the aforementioned ingredients? Chocolate Mousse. Therefore, Chocolate Mousse is the perfect recovery snack.

Not convinced? Look at this…

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Convinced now? I thought so…

Martha’s Chocolate Mousse

(so stinkin’ easy but super impressive looking with a little extra effort)

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 c chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c sweet butter
  • 8 eggs separated (protein hey-yah)
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 T cognac (uhh might want to skip out on this if actually eating post workout… or maybe get it on the side)
  • 1 t vanilla

Instructions:

  • Melt chocolate and sweet butter
  • Beat yolks (the yellow part of the egg) and sugar until a creamy yellow color
  • Beat whites (the non-yellow part of the egg) until stiff
  • Mix melted chocolatey goodness and vanilla with yellow-I-wouldn’t-eat-that-yet-mixture
  • Fold in stiff whites until you get lazy and then stir
  • Portion out accordingly
  • Put into refrigerator to chill for several hours or overnight.

Make it look impressive:

Whip up some homemade whipped cream. (Whipping Cream + Kitchen Aid) put into a frosting bag (or Ziploc bag with corner cut out). Right before serving drop some fresh raspberries on top of the mousse and then decorate the mousse and raspberries with the fresh whipped cream. This looks so impressive even Italians are amazed. Seriously, it happened.

So my dearest Meg, remember protein post-workout = good. Mousse = protein. Therefore, mousse post-workout = awesome.

Always looking out for you,

Amanda