Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread – i’ve never had such mixed emotions about chocolate and peanut butter!

I’ll admit it. I am SO not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I hate pink, for starters.

Have you ever researched the roots of Valentine’s Day? There are some interesting articles. Everything from Roman men getting nekkid and hitting the ladies with whips made from goat skin…. to the most interesting story of forbidden love and the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love. Unfortunately it’s become a forced day of roses, chocolate and chalky candy hearts.

Ok so I’m getting off topic. Thanks to the lovely folks at Influenster and Reese’s  – they sent me some Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread to try out. Chocolate and Peanut are a marriage made in heaven. Reese’s peanut butter cups are usually my impulse buy as i wait in the overly long lines at Target. Reese’s also brings me back to when I was 12. I went to my first Faith No More concert and Mike Patton was wearing an orange Reese’s tshirt. *sigh*

When I opened the jar I was enticed by the smell of Reese’s peanut butter cups. YUM! First taste – a bit underwhelming. It was more sugary than chocolate peanut buttery. Slightly grainy and not so peanut butter creamy. Of course I’m comparing with Nutella.. which tastes like what it is.. chocolate hazelnut spread. While it does fill a craving for all that is sugary sweet, I think I would use it more frequently if the ingredients started with peanuts instead of sugar. My other gripe is their use of the petroleum based preservative, TBHQ. I don’t want to eat something that is found in cosmetics and pet food.

When I review – I always try to use it a few ways to get a feel for it. In this case.. i added what makes EVERYTHING taste better – BACON. I cooked up some super delish, nitrate free Applegate Farms Good Morning bacon. It’s made from pork shoulder instead of belly reducing 60% of the fat. Let it cool completely before using. Then a pan on low I added the Reese’s spread and a few splashes of coconut milk to thin it out a bit. Once it reached a creamy, pourable texture I took it off the heat. Dip the cooled bacon into the Reese’s spread and place on a sheet of wax paper. I crushed up some shredded bacon and sprinkled it on top. Then I threw them into the freezer because I wanted to firm up the chocolate.

About 20 minutes later you’ll have this:

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If you’ve never had bacon and chocolate you really haven’t lived. So all in all I’d give the Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread a 5 out of 10. While it has a good flavor, it’s nothing I could see myself keeping in the house regularly.

I received this product for free to review via Influenster & Reese’s. All my words and opinions are my own 🙂

Sacred vegetables!

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Today, my son, Remington and I
made a Sacred heart out of our garden harvest!!! Remington, even at 22 months, is a huge help in maintaining our plants. He’s a pro with a hose!!

I also used this for today’s Matching Mummies July photo challenge on Instagram!

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Enjoy!

– Clare

More than refrigerated cookie dough… Chocolate + Coconut = Immaculate Cupcakes

Sometimes you want tasty confections without wasting away in the kitchen. I’m still waiting for the day we all eat little food pills like in The Jetsons. Since we’re not there yet, we do what we do to eat tasty morsels in small amounts of time. Enter: Immaculate Baking Company! IBC has been making yummy sweets since the early 90’s. The best part is that they’ve partnered with the Non-GMO Project which is a huge win in this household. For those of you that live under a rock GMOs stand for ‘genetically modified organisms’ – basically food that has been bioengineered to be larger, heartier and resistant to pests. I’m not sure about you.. but I don’t want MY family eating food that has been created in a lab. Definitely check out the Non-GMO Project website for more info!

The lovely folks at IBC sent us a care package filled with refrigerated goodies (Check out our latest blog for a recipe for Sausage CinnaSwirls!) including their 2 latest refrigerated cookies: Coconut Macaroons and GLUTEN FREE Peanut Butter cookies!

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I decided to kick it up a bit and made:

Immaculate Cupcakes!

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1 cup milk alternative, we used Coconut!
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4oz cup of applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose unbromated flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder – I used Valrhona
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package Immaculate Baking Coconut Macaroons

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Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin cups!

Whisk together the coconut milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the coconut milk mixture and beat well.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add little by little to the wet ingredients.

Pour tasty looking cupcake batter into liners filling 1/2 way. I experimented adding the coconut macaroons whole or in pieces and hands down adding them whole was WAYYYY more satisfying. Put them in the batter and then top with the remaining batter. You should have enough to make 12 cupcakes!

Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Put them on a cool surface and have them cool completely.

For the frosting I made a simple Chocolate Ganache:

8oz Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. I transferred mine to the refrigerator to help it cool quickly and stiffen up.

Once everything is cooled, frost the cupcakes and garnish with shredded coconut!

TADA! Tasty, decadent cupcakes in a reasonable amount of time!!!

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disclaimer: Immaculate Baking sent me free product to review on our blog. Also note that matchingmummies does not accept any liability from the purchase or use of any products reviewed on this blog.

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Foodie Friday – Sausage CinnaSwirls

The lovely folks at Immaculate Baking sent us some fab samples of their latest cookie creations. They were also kind enough to throw in a can of their tasty cinnamon rolls!

I was looking for a different way to use them, Pinterest had some awesome ones! I wish I had a waffle iron because throwing some flattened cinnamon buns on the grill looked great. But I digress.. Nothing screamed out awesomeness to me. So I thought.. Sweet & Savory.. Cinnamon buns and pork sausages!!

Think pigs in a blanket.. But using cinnamon rolls. Brilliant I know! All you need is Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls and frozen cooked sausages. I chose Wellshire maple pork sausages. Neither item has anything artificial, preservatives or colors. Super important when I’m cooking for the Fam.

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Anyone else love popping open cans of rolls?! Love it.

-Preheat the oven to 350°
-Unroll 1 cinnamon roll and cut in half
-Roll each piece of roll around a sausage link
-Depending on what sausage you use it might be better to cut each roll into 3rds.
-Throw em in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
-After 20 minutes keep a watchful eye every couple minutes. Make sure they’re not browning too much but also check to make sure they’re not too doughy.

My boys LOVED these… So did the Husband. These Sausage CinnaSwirls would be perfect for a family brunch or early AM tailgating.

xo Sarah

disclaimer: Immaculate Baking sent me free product to review on our blog. Also note that matchingmummies does not accept any liability from the purchase or use of any products reviewed on this blog.

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First attempt at mason jar overnight oatmeal!

Tell me THESE don’t look tasty!!

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Today I made a conscious decision to eat healthy and work out. Part of the big struggle for me is always meal planning! So clean out a mason jar and head to the fridge.

Whatcha need:
Pint sized mason jar
Rolled oats (1cup)
Coconut milk (1cup of whatever milk alternative you prefer)
Chia seeds (1-2tbsp)
Vanilla (dash)
Almonds (handful)
Blueberries (handful)

So it’s easy – add oatmeal, add coconut milk and then everything else! You could add flax seed, dried cranberries, banana slices, apple slices etc etc! I held off on any sweeteners – agave, honey, maple syrup. Those could totally be added in the AM.

Refrigerate overnight and mix it before you eat! I’m excited to check it out tomorrow!

Sweet dreams!!

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