Monday, March 17, 2014

Peanut Butter Mousse with Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans


This treat is definitely not kind to your hips, but it's OK to splurge once in awhile right? Sometimes I get cravings for some sweet, creamy peanut butter...this is heaven. And the bitter coffee beans add the perfect complimenting crunch.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Mousse
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup coconut cream
2 T creamy peanut butter
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp granulated sugar

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup whole vanilla coffee beans

Directions:

Mousse
Whip all ingredients together in a medium size bowl with electric beaters until smooth and semi-fluffy. Pour mixture into individual cups and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. canola oil in microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Add more time if needed. Chocolate should have a drizzling consistency. 
Pour whole coffee beans into the melted chocolate. Stir with a fork to make sure the beans are evenly coated with chocolate. Scoop out the beans with a fork, tapping any excess chocolate off the beans. Place the beans on a lined {silpat mat or wax paper} cookie sheet.
Place chocolate covered beans in the freezer until hard.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Honeymoon Part 2: Monte Carlo, Monaco

--Part 2 of 14--
Honeymoon

For those of you who are just tuning in, Dan and I had an amazing month long European honeymoon and I'm just getting around to sharing the pictures of our epic adventure. We started in Barcelona, Spain where we spent a few days exploring the city before we boarded a ship and sailed to Monte Carlo.

What a beautiful place to wake up to! We spent the day at the beach and visited Prince Rainier's private car collection {Prince Rainier married the fabulous Grace Kelly in 1956, too cool huh? By the way, did you ever see her wedding dress? AMAZING!}. We had a perfect morning lounging on the beach, eating leftover croissants with jam and nutella that we smuggled from the ship. We found nice spot to set out our towels at the far end of the beach.


Beach Babe. And tiny shells instead of sand.^^^



^^^We decided to hike up to the fortress on the hillside for some great views of Monte Carlo.

^^^A nice couple offered to take our picture on the deck of the ship {sorry for the picture quality, we were using Dan's waterproof camera}.

^^^The Famous Monte Carlo Casino

^^^Is it weird that I like taking pictures of peoples windows? Yeah...it's borderline creepy, but I think they are lovely. Look at those shutters and lace! I would love to be a fly on the wall to see how people live here.

^^^It's crazy how these houses are built on the side of a cliff -- almost on top of each other.

^^^We walked through a tunnel to check out the other side of the city and found these pictures for sale posted on the tunnel wall. Grace Kelly you were one classy lady! 



^^^I found our boat. How magical is this? I dig the bohemian hammock. This will be our little putz around boat, we can dock it next to our giant yacht. Right Dan? No? We'll see...

^^^Pretty details everywhere you look!

^^^Prince Rainier's private car collection. So many gorgeous cars, immaculately restored to their original condition. 

^^^Love that red!

^^^Dan's in Heaven.

^^^ Some kind of snow cat used for polar expeditions.

^^^By the harbor with the palace in the background.

^^^Walking up to the palace.


^^^Picturesque old town Monaco.




^^^A view of Musee Oceanographique de Monaco

^^^A closer look of the rooftop garden and skate park from the previous picture.


^^^My favorite part of the day was when we were walking back to the ship {we had 30 minutes until departure}. We found these cool concrete stairs at the edge of the city that dropped off into the Mediterranean Sea; deep dark blue water as far as the eye could see. We both looked at each other and decided to run back to the ship and change into our suits for a quick swim. 

"Do we have enough time? Will the ship leave without us? We'll be soaking wet when we get back on!" 

So worth it. It was one of those moments that you want to freeze in time. We dove in and floated there. I clung onto my amphibious husband, a little terrified at what might be swimming around us but amazed at where we were -- surrounded by a palace on the hillside and Monte Carlo in front of us. How many opportunities do you get to do something like that? It was priceless.




^^^If you ever find yourself in Monte Carlo, check these out.



What a day!
P.S. We made it back to the ship in time!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

We Joined The Circus For The Day {Trapeze Adventure}




I thought it would be fun do something daring for my Mom's birthday this year. We were driving around town one day and we saw a circus trapeze near our local fair grounds. My mom said "Oh that looks like so much fun! Sign me up!" So I did. Was she bluffing? Nope. I got two lessons...one for me and one for Mom. We even invited my 70 year old step-grandmother. How awesome is that!? 3 generations joining the circus for the day. We loved it. Next comes sky diving.



^^^ Me learning how to catch. I got it on my first try {sorry I had to brag}

^^^^^^ Our hubby's came to watch us. Dan, Dad and Grandpa.

^^^They even let Daniel give it a whirl. What a trooper...and he's afraid of heights! He did a back-flip on his first try!
^^^Bette on her 70th Birthday! No that's how you do life! And below, My fearless Mom on her back-flip! All smiles. She amazes me.





What a fun day! Here's a little clip of my first time catching^^^