Friday Favorites

It’s been a while, but here goes!  Happy November!

OMG, OMG, OMG Starbucks holiday drinks and red cups are back! Now I get to have those delicious little chocolate curls on top of my peppermint mochas again!

 

Spraking of the return of holiday drinks at Starbucks… Peppermint mocha and the new Taylor Swift RED CD!

 

The Vampire Diaries is one of the best shows on TV. I look forward to it every week! You can catch up with past seasons on Netflix if you haven’t already been watching. I HIGHLY recommend this show! It has tons of action, drama, lots of plot twists, and great character development. (Also, Damon is kind of, well, let’s be honest here. He’s hot.)

 

Chester and Bella were all tuckered out after greeting trick-or-treaters!

Decorating pumpkins this year was so much fun! I really enjoyed getting creative with non-caving options. Though I had fun carving a witchy Hello Kitty, too!

 

Gotta love Fedora Thursdays, which my friends and I made up. I got this one at Target, and I just love it! I got lots of compliments, too!

Hope you enjoyed!  What are some of your favorite things from this week?

 

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S’more Treats

I found the basic recipe idea for these on Pinterest… and actually made them! I brought them to a tailgate and they were a huge hit! I think they would be great for just about any event or potluck, or just for fun at home. You could easily make a small single-serving batch in your toaster oven, too.
  • Prep time: about 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 minutes
  • Total time: 24 minutes
  • Servings: 24

Ingredients:

  • 12 graham crackers
  • 2 Hershey’s chocolate bars
  • 12 S’mores marshmallows
  • 1 Dipping Chocolate
  • 1 pinch of Sprinkles
Steps:
  1. Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and a plate with aluminum foil or wax paper.
  2. Divide each graham cracker into the 1/4 pieces according to the scoring on the cracker. Spread out the pieces over the cookie sheet in rows. To make 24 of these treats, you will most likely have to make them in two batches.
  3. Cut a square marshmallow in half or thirds (I found that in half made the marshmallow squish out over the sides a lot, which was yummy but not as pretty, so you decide!) and top every other row of the graham cracker pieces with the pieces of marshmallow.
  4. Break the Hershey’s bar into each individual rectangle and top the remaining graham cracker pieces.
  5. Place in the oven for about 4 minutes. You may need to keep an eye on them for at least the first batch, they puff and brown pretty quickly!
  6. Once they have reached your desired toastiness, remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Turn the graham crackers with the chocolate over onto the ones with marshmallow and press. Be careful not to put too much pressure or you will make a mess or break the graham crackers!
  7. Move them to the plate and place in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.
  8. While those are cooling in the freezer, make your second batch if desired. Now is the best time to begin melting your chocolate. Make sure to follow the instructions on the chocolate you bought. I chose Dolci Frutta (http://sacofoods.com/products/view/dolci-frutta) because I have used it before, but you can use whatever kind you prefer.
  9. Once the chocolate is properly melted, take your treats out of the freezer and dip one half of each in the chocolate. Place them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with foil or wax paper and sprinkle with festive sprinkles, if you want. I used orange and black because it’s Halloween weekend. 🙂
  10. Allow these to set. I recommend placing them back into the freezer for at least 10 minutes, preferably a half an hour if you have the time. Once the chocolate has set, enjoy!
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4/27/12 UPDATE:

I made s’more of these s’more treats for the Blue and White tailgate last weekend! This time, I made three varieties: the original, some with peanut butter added, and some with nutella instead of chocolate.  (The ones in this picture are with peanut butter!)  Let me tell you, they were ALL delicious and were all a huge hit! I also really loved these pink and white sprinkles, via my most recent care package from my awesome mom! (See also these treats’ feature in the 4/27/12 edition of Friday Favorites)

Have you tried any variations on this treat?  I’d love to hear both the successes and the “maybe I won’t try that again” stories!

 

XOXO