Tag Archive | chocolate

Website Recipe Update: Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies


You will need 1 batch of cake brownie batter (my favorite recipe is in my cookbook, you’ll have to decide which one you can use!) Make sure it can be baked at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes at least! And you’ll need the ingredients below for the Peanut Butter batter:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy for the peanuts)
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of peanut butter chips or Reese’s pieces
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips for the cake brownie batter


1. Make your cake brownie batter in a bowl, stir in the cup of chocolate chips, and set aside.

2. Begin making your peanut butter batter in a medium bowl by combining peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

3. Stir in flour and baking soda until you have a goopy glop in the bowl. Add peanut butter pieces and stir in.

4. Grease a large cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

5. Begin dropping large spoonful dallops of the peanut butter batter throughout the area of the cake pan.

6. Pour chocolate batter over the peanut butter dallops and, using a spatula, carefully spread the choclate batter around the peanut butter parts.

7. Bake for about 18-20 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the middle parts of the pan (in chocolate and peanut butter parts) comes out clean.

8. Let cool for a couple hours. I’m sure these would taste great frosted!


DIY Delectable: Mom’s Too Hot To Bake Cookie Mix- Website Update

I will never forget the taste of gooey peanut butter chocolate covered oats melting in my mouth on warm summer days. Mom was famous for her “no bake cookies” that she’d put together for us because they were quick, tasty, and didn’t need a hot oven to make. I remember mom putting some in my lunchbox when I was 6 years old and because they were so delightful, there would be bully boys in my class who would steal them and eat them out of my lunchbox before I’d get to eat them.  Oh I’d get so mad.

I like to continue the tradition of this sweet treat in my household too. As I was making them, I came up with the idea of putting a “mix” together and using it as a teacher appreciation gift for my daughter’s teacher. I’ve included instructions for you to use this idea too. A cookie mix makes a great neighbor gift, teacher appreciation gift, hostess gift, or housewarming gift (among other ideas). Enjoy!


What you’ll need to create this gift mix:

  • 1 half pint canning jar*
  • 2 larger canning jars* (you may want to experiment which jars you have that can hold the ingredients well)
  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup peanut butter candies
  • Cute small basket
  • Ribbons for décor
  • Recipe card
  • Fine line permanent marker

*You may also use recycled jars from mayo, pickles, spaghetti sauce, etc. Make sure they are super clean!

What to do to create this gift mix:

  • Pack the oatmeal into a quart canning jar.
  • Pack sugar into other quart canning jar.
  • Pour cocoa into the half pint jar and pour peanut butter candies over the cocoa.
  • Place all 3 jars into the basket and make a pretty ribbon handle to present it with.

Write the below recipe onto the recipe card with a fine line permanent marker:

Mom’s Too Hot To Bake Cookies

  1. In a medium saucepan mix together ½ cup butter, ½ cup milk, and the sugar, cocoa, and peanut butter candies included in this mix. Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for one minute before adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Pour in the included oats and lower heat to medium. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Lay out aluminum foil and spray down with non-stick cooking spray. Drop large tablespoons of cookies onto aluminum foil and let cool before eating.
  5. Will probably be gooey and chewy! Enjoy!

Include recipe card with jars and cheerfully gift your mix!

Check out my website for an easy DIY 4th of July table centerpiece: www.delightfullyperceptive.com

My Birthday Bash with Breakfast, Bouncing, Cake, and Candles

I am a little late on posting about my birthday bash with my husband, daughter, and son. But that’s the thing about getting older- all of the time that is supposed to be spent living needs to be divided around to dreams, goals, wants, and obligations too. But here I am now because I wanted to share. So- another thing about getting older- even though you know you shouldn’t junk out for a whole day- because your body just isn’t the same as it used to be- a birthday is one of the greatest excuses to just give in.

On my 25th birthday, oops- I mean 27th birthday, food junking started late. I wanted to have raspberry and whipped cream topped pancakes for brunch and I was set on making it. Well, my husband had to “run to the bank” (key words for last minute shop) and he took our daughter with him, so brunch was going to wait until they got back. That ended up being about 12:45pm… so this ended up being more like a lunch. Doesn’t that just look good though? It was too- a pancake buttered down and topped with raspberry jelly before placing a glop of thawed out frozen raspberries and topping it all off with whipped cream. I could eat these any time of the day.

Our next activity was to put together the trampoline we got as a Father’s day gift for my husband (and the family obviously). We couldn’t wait until Sunday to do it because it was such a nice day out- so up it went! Building it helped our tummies settle from brunch before we all bounced away!

So, while my husband was “at the bank” I baked a chocolate cake, as I had planned to, so my kids could decorate it for me and it would be like them “making” me a cake. How fun does that look? And a total satisfier of all the choclate cravings that have come up over the last year!

But of course, when my very thoughtful husband came back from “the bank”, he bought a cake so he could save me the trouble of making one. Too late. 🙂 Still- very sweet gesture. Or was it just because he didn’t want to eat my cake? I don’t even want to know… I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for just being sweet.

Later in the evening we had our little “birthday bash junking” with a bunch of snack foods and cake and ice cream. I had made these candle holders as a sample of a customizable item to sell in my gift shop, but after I started cutting the cakes up my husband insisted that I light candles up and blow them out. So I gave in and had him take a photo too. After the photo was taken I thought it should be deleted- but changed my mind. It will serve as my reminder that you’re never too old to junk out and have a birthday celebration- even if its mostly centered around breakfast, bouncing, cake and candles. Here’s to a great year for me! 🙂

Treats For Dad Only- Featured Do It Yourself and Food Artist

I don’t know how your household works, but here we do have a set of unspoken rules in regards to who eats some certain treats or snacks. Of course, everyone gets their fair share of craving satisfyers… but there are some snacks that go on the grocery list that need to be set aside for Dad only. My husband, in particular, likes Cheezits, Potato chips and cheese dip, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, chocolate chip cookies, oreos, and a few other items.

So… my Father’s Day do it yourself gift idea on the website this week is making Dad a container to hold his goodies and have his name label them. You can find the instructions for this gift idea on the website for this weeks theme: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/do_it_yourself_perceptive_delectable

Does dad like chocolate? You can probably find a great “Dad’s Goodies” jar filler at Seven54’s shop on Etsy. They are my featured food artist this week on on my website because they have GREAT chocolate items- even chocolate covered oreos that would be perfect to fill my husband’s jar! Take a look at my website this week for different ways to find them: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer

Food List Friday: Picnic Anywhere- And Bring Chocolate!

This week’s theme for my artistic and delectable creations is one of romance and all that mushy stuff. In regards to this, I had to be creative with a romantic idea of how to spend time together and eat too (without that restaurant bloated feeling of overstuffed). This idea is one that can be done at any time of the year and any place with a variety of different foods. Picnicing! How do you picnic in the rain you say? Here’s my list of places you can picnic with some ideas on what you can pack to enjoy time with your sweet one!

  • Where: In a park. Pack a basket with cheese, grapes, and wine! And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: On the living room floor. Pack a basket of small cheese sandwiches, sodas, strawberries. And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: In the back of a truck with a blanket on the bed. Pack a basket of devilled eggs, a couple of wine coolers or beers, and cherries. And don’t forget chocolate!
  • Where: On the shore of a beach (river, sea, lake, etc). Pack a basket of shrimp cocktail, champagne, and tangerines. And don’t forget chocolate!

And here’s where the chocolate comes in. My featured delectable artist on my website this week is Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates. You’ll see a sample image of her work below that I found in her Etsy shop. Check her out http://www.etsy.com/shop/nicoleleechocolates and you can go to my website this week to find other avenues of how to get in touch with her delicious delights! http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer