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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pumpkin Balls

Friday, November 29th, 2013

I was on dessert “duty” (oh no, twist my arm, lol) again this year for Thanksgiving. Here’s what I came up with. I’m happy to report it was well received. :)


(No Bake) Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pumpkin Balls

As requested, the recipe follows with apologies for the gram measurements; the digital kitchen scale is my friend as it ensures consistency versus volume measurements and allows for more accurate calorie calculations. I’ve tried to approximate standard measurements in parentheses.

• 240g oatmeal (3 cups)
• 300g pumpkin puree (1 cup)
• 130g peanut butter (1/2 cup)
• 140g maple syrup (1/2 cup)
• 10oz bag chocolate chips
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp nutmeg
• dash ground cloves

  1. Process oatmeal in a food processor or blender to rough flour texture and empty into a large bowl.

  2. In a smaller bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, peanut butter (I use chunky), maple syrup, and spices (adjust to taste).
  3. Combine wet into dry and mix well until no dry spots remain.
  4. Roll mixture into balls and place on tinfoil or parchment and freeze for an hour or two. (The ones pictured were made using 2 Tb worth of mixture and resulted in 18 treats.) After the freezing time, we can move onto giving them a luscious chocolate coating or eat as is.
  5. Using the double-boiler method, melt 2/3 of the chocolate chips.
  6. Remove the chocolate from the steam and stir in the remaining chips until melted.


A smaller batch of melted chocolate

  1. Dip the pumpkin peanut butter balls into the chocolate and set back on the tinfoil, chocolate side up.

  2. Now dip the bottoms, place back on the tinfoil, and return to the freezer.
  3. After an hour, you can move them to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Tiny Houses

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of tiny houses, pouring over pictures and stories of others who’ve downsized and simplified their lives in such dramatic and intentional ways. I find the concept both aesthetically and philosophically pleasing. :)

There’s generally a back-to-nature feel to these houses with the focus on lots of windows for natural light, the loft beds, and the cozy porches. Add solar power, etc. to get “off the grid”, and you’re clearly living more lightly on the planet.

Here’s a short PBS segment on the tiny house movement…

And a moving TEDx talk from Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings who was featured in the above story:

She’s inspired many people with her journey and perspective on life, including this couple who have found freedom by being debt-free and mobile due to their tiny home…

Definitely an attractive lifestyle, wouldn’t you agree? My dream would be to have a few friends join me in setting up a circle of solar-powered tiny houses surrounding a common area on a nice chunk of land with a big vegetable garden and time to live life unencumbered.


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