Quick and Easy Mini S’mores Tarts

Do you ever have days when you just crave something sweet and decadent?

Okay, that’s a really bad question. But sometimes sweet and decadent can be a sweet and slippery slope to an empty bag of Oreos. Don’t ask, don’t ask…

This week I have been craving S’mores and came across a great recipe on Pinterest that had me craving them even more. But I started a new eating plan last week and this recipe could get me into trouble. Granted, sweet and delicious trouble. So I decided to modify it so it would satisy my S’mores craving while not sending me down a sugary rabbit hole.

The mission was a success! My recipe for Mini S’mores Tarts is easy- only 4 ingredients!- and quick to assemble. Before long, you will be sitting down to a warm tart of awesomeness.

Mini S’mores Tarts

Ingredients

1 6-pack of graham cracker tarts

2 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars- king size (2.6 ounce each)

1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup of marshmallow creme

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tarts on parchment lined cookie sheet. Break chocolate bar, placing 4 chocolate pieces into each tart. Melt peanut butter in microwave for 20 seconds (my microwave is a high-wattage, so I did it at 60% power). Drizzle peanut butter on top of chocolate (about one tablespoon per tart). Spread marshmallow creme onto each tart. No need to worry about covering tart completely with creme- it will spread as it melts in oven.

Place cookie sheet into oven. Cook for 20 minutes. To be safe, check it after 10 and 15 minutes to check “doneness” of marshmallow creme- don’t want it too dark!

Once done, let tarts cool for at least 20 minutes. You can go ahead and eat them at this point, but prepare for some gooeyness (is that ever a bad thing?).

 

 

4 ingredients. 10 minutes of prep work. 20 minutes cooking time. I mean, seriously, simplicity at its ooey gooey best. Enjoy!

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True Blood: Season 5

Is it really that time already?

True Blood returns this Sunday and this Truebie couldn’t be happier! I recently did a marathon recap of season 4- really did a lot to get me fired up for season 5 (wow- has it really been 5 years already?!?!). Very excited that Christopher Meloni is joining the cast this year. I am hoping that Tara survived from season 4. And Russell is back?

Check out this trailer for season 5. And cue the goosebumps!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vJdU3XrS_Q

Digging Up Some Dirt

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Growing up I was never one to do any gardening. For several reasons: it gets hot outside, there are bugs, and (eww!) worms. Plus having spent most of my adult life in apartments, I never had the space for gardening (yes- I know I could have done container gardening on my balconies, but that didn’t appeal to me back then). But when I bought my home in 2010 I wanted a space where I could plant my own garden.

I remember looking at my empty 18×26 courtyard and thinking “What the heck am I going to plant back here?” I was also convinced that my lack of a green thumb meant any plants were doomed to a quick death sentence. Abandon hope all plants who enter here, and all of that. But my mother assured me that gardening needn’t be rocket science- just find veggies you’d want to eat and flowers you’d want to look at and simply go for it.

So I did. After a lot of trial and error I discovered what plants would work well in my backyard and what to avoid. I also learned that I hate- no despise- digging with a shovel. After a few minuts I always convined myself that I really didn’t want that plant anyway. Plus there are spots in my backyard where after about 3 inches you reach gravel, so it’s kind of funny how many “half-holes” there are on my courtyard!

This year I expanded my garden to include more veggies, herbs, and flowers. I have a hydrangea plant that is doing great, two African Marigolds that I adore, 4 mum plants that will be amazing come fall, and much more. I am especially happy to watch my hot peppers and tomatoes start to come in. Should be a great harvest this year!