Yes, I'm still obsessed with chocolate despite this being the month where everyone is supposed to be focused on eating more healthy or stepping up those weight loss goals.
You may have also noticed that all that Christmas candy has been marked down to 75% off !(lol) Indulge at your own risk, but if you decide to taste just one, I promise it will be fantastic! Thanks to Real Simple for these cool recipes.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1/2cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2cup granulated sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1/4cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2teaspoon baking powder
1/2cup milk-chocolate chips
1/2cup semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Lower to medium speed and add the egg and vanilla. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. On low speed, add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Form the dough into approximately 1 1/2-inch balls. Place on parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
Bake until the centers are just set, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
Chocolate Topped Crispy Bars
2tablespoons unsalted butter
110-ounce bag marshmallows
6cups rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
In a large saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter and marshmallows, stirring until smooth, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the cereal and stir until coated and combined. Press into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl set over (but not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Spread the chocolate evenly over the rice mixture.
Cover and refrigerate 45 minutes. Cut into 24 squares.
CARRYING ON A CONVERSATION ALL BY YOURSELF
Those who know me will tell you I'm a talker, and have a tendency to talk to strangers in the supermarket, at DMV, in the bookstore, etc. But I also really love to listen because there's a lot to be learned from others. What I don't like is the person who speaks non-stop and there's never a spot to jump in.
When you do, it seems as if the person's eyes gloss over and isn't paying attention before jumping back in with his or her own conversation. There's just no nice way to say this, but dang it, that's just plain rude and a little obnoxious to say the least. That tells me the person is self absorbed, and your opinions and comments, (or anyone else's for that matter) are simply not valued.
Yet in another conversation, this same person will tell someone else that you "talk too much". (lol) What's up with that blogosphere?