Current Treat Obsessions

We love a good treat and we currently have 3 that we are obsessed with! Bonus: all of them are pre-made and involve no cooking. Hip hip hooray. (This is especially great for people like me who are in middle of a kitchen remodel!)

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  1. Dark Chocolate Covered Mangoes: I have loved the plain dried mangoes for years, however, the chocolate definitely takes this treat to the next level. I like to keep them refrigerated for a cool, crisp taste. They are Kirkland brand from Costco. DSC_0009
  2. Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Snappers: These just have a way of hitting the spot. They include smooth chocolate, a pretzel crunch, chewy carmel and a rich, sweet/salty contrast. They seem to taste especially good after a long day at work with a cup of milk. You can only get them at Costco, which is a great thing because their snacks only come in extra large bags! (Bonus: Right now at Costco they are $3 off for the next couple of weeks)                                                                           chocolate marshmallow milk
  3. Chocolate Marshmallow Chocolate Milk: This can only be found at Target stores. I was introduced to this specialty by my brother Chris. We both have the taste buds of a 5-year-old. It is better than any chocolate milk I have ever tried! If we are being honest, it is pretty much a melted milkshake that they have labeled as milk :)

There you have it! Let us know the treats that you are loving right now.

Fun Food at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii

 

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We had such a blast “working” in Hawaii! We spent four days at the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa on the island of Oahu. It exceeded all of my expectations. Brooke told me it would be amazing, and it really was! One of the highlights was the food. It was different from what you can find at the Disney parks, but also had a fun Disney touch. Here are a few of our favorites:

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This photo is from our “fun food” segment during the shoot. I was forced to try each item and they were all delicious! From left to right:

Spam Musubi: this is a hawaiian delicacy. All of the locals we talked to loved this and regularly ate it. I had never tried spam, and thought this particular dish tasted sort of like sausage, in a good way.

Kalua Pork Bratwurst dog: this was Brooke’s fave. She loves kalua pork and they put it in quite a few of their dishes at Aulani. A much more fun take on the regular old hot dog.

Malasadas: donuts without holes. These are little balls of heaven. I could have eaten all of them. They taste like a glazed donut covered in sugar.

Fried squid: I loved the saltiness of crunchiness of this one. Paired with one of the three dipping sauces, you can’t go wrong.

Sweet Maui Onion rings: I’m not an onion rings lover, but these taste very different from the ones I’m used to. They have thick slices of sweet Maui onions with a thin breaded and fried shell. I’m not sure what they put in the dipping sauce for these, but it is what makes the whole thing work.

Tropical juice in a pineapple: just as good as it sounds! It just tastes like Hawaii and you can’t go wrong drinking out of a pineapple when you’re on the island.

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This is not your average snow cone. They fill the bottom with your favorite flavor of ice cream, then add the flavored ice — I got lychee flavor and it reminded me of a sour starburst, then they top it with sweetened condensed milk!

IMG_6728 This is the Crunch Berry Crusted French Toast from Ama Ama — to die for! It has so many unexpected textures and flavors, I loved it.

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Things to Know about Food at Aulani

– There’s Dole Whip! It’s only available in one spot in the pool area, but you fill up the cup yourself, which was SO dangerous for me trying to pile it four feet high!

– Ama Ama is one of the fancier restaurants and it is delicious. You can tell everything is made fresh, it is my first choice of place to order fish at Aulani. I ordered the catch of the day (and took a dark flash photo that is too ugly to show you) and was really impressed by the quality.

– Minnie Mouse rice krispy treats: Brooke survived on them last time she was at Aulani and they are SO good! Available in some of their quick restaurants.

– They have mugs available to buy for $18 or $19 where you can fill them up an unlimited amount of times during your stay. If you’re into soda or lemonade, this is a great option because there are filling stations all over the resort.

– Their restaurants have live music in the evenings, so even when you are done eating, you have great entertainment.

If you ever get the chance to go to Aulani, GO! It is a total dream!

The 8 treats you should buy at Trader Joe’s

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As most of my friends and family know, I {Brooke} am a Trader Joe’s junkie. I allow myself 2 new items to try each week during my regular shopping trip. By doing this I have discovered some pretty amazing products! I decided I should share, in hopes that some of you have some secrets you want to share as well.

1. Milk Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups: Hands down, best item in the store.

2. Overnight Chocolate Croissants: My dear friend told me about these. All you have to do is let them rise overnight and pop them in the oven in the morning. Voila! Fresh pastries for breakfast.

3. Miniature rose bush: these are a treat in the “treat yo self” sense. Mini flowers that come in a tiny pot. Doesn’t get much cuter. (The hydrangeas are also gorgeous!)

4. Chocolate Milk: I’ve searched long and hard and this is the most chocolatey, satisfying drink you will ever find.

5. Strawberries: Always fresh and pretty. I get all my produce at Trader Joe’s.

6. Greek yogurt guacamole dip: A lighter option for guacamole that still tastes delicious.

7. Chocolate covered pretzels: No explanation necessary.

8. Cat cookies: No these are not for your pets, they are just delicious, chocolate, graham crackers that are a tad addictive.

I still have a few things I want to try like their cold pressed watermelon juice, uncured bacon ganache bar, and salted caramel bread pudding.

What are YOUR favorites?

Quick Treat: Smores Rice Krispie Treats

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After making these 3 times in the last week I decided this recipe was worth sharing. Britt and I are no experts in the field of baking… BUT we are obsessed with treats and like to share recipes when we think they could be beneficial to someone else. There are a few things that make me instantly love this recipe.

1. It takes under 10 minutes to make.

2. You can take it, share it, eat it… or all of the above.

3. No turning on the oven.

I have seen a number of different recipes for these online but just decided to do my own because I am more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of baker. They are ridiculously simple, yet a crowd pleaser. My husband regularly requests them as his favorite treat. I took them to a youth group activity and a dozen, hungry teenagers devoured them in minutes. These are especially yummy fresh out of the oven when the marshmallows are lightly browned and ooey gooey!

Smores Rice Krispies

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of rice krispie cereal
  • 2 cups of Golden Graham’s
  • 4 TBS of butter

Melt butter in pot on medium heat. Slowly add in 3/4 bag of marshmallows. Stir continually until well blended and melted. Take off heat and add rice krispies and Golden Graham’s until desired thickness. Last add 1.5 cups of chocolate chips. Quickly pour into pan. Cover the top with remaining marshmallows and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. Broil in oven for 2 minutes. Voila! You are done!

 

 

Our Weekend Favorites

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Here in Utah it is snowing and temperatures are dropping so we are planning on cuddling up with our husbands and staying indoors! Brooke is moving this weekend and has a few DIY projects in the works. If any of you have tips for using chalk paint – let us know!

Here are a few fun things we loved this week:

– Recipe for crab cakes: Brooke and I were lucky enough to go to a blogger event at Oakwood Homes showroom where we learned how to make these with chefs from Whole Foods. They just hit the spot and transport you to an East coast beach house! If we can make them, anyone can do it!

– Britt wrote the story of a power couple that lives in Huntsville and hosts music superstars like Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban in their home to write hit songs. Fascinating!

Salt Lake Magazine’s article on local watch company Arvo. We love wearing their watches and always get compliments on them.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Weekend Escape: Sundance Resort

 

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We were lucky enough to be invited to stay at Sundance Resort up Provo Canyon, so we decided to turn it into a little weekend getaway with our husbands!
Here are our 10 favorite things about Sundance:

1. The feast we had at Foundry Grill, the most enchanting restaurant you have ever seen. It has the most picture perfect ambiance and as you can see our food was to die for. We feasted on roasted chicken, pasta, filet mignon and ribs. We also got the truffle mac & cheese and it was some of the best ever. Melt in your mouth good. Thanks to our cute waitress’ recommendation we ordered the peach crisp with homemade blackberry ice cream on top. Hands down the best dessert I have had this fall!

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DSC_0039 photo 5 (2) 2. The gorgeous mini cabins that they call rooms. We both were given suites to stay in and they did not disappoint. We both married tall guys that like their space and the king beds are ginormous! I am pretty sure they are made of clouds because we both slept like rocks.

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3. Haunted Lift Ride: This spooky little ride is as beautiful as it is fun. The lift offers stunning views of the mountains and the night sky. We loved the star gazing. Since you are above the action it is really great for all ages. At the bottom of the lift they have Hocus Pocus playing on a big outdoor movie screen, corn hole games, and teepee’s. Definitely our kind of Halloween haunts!

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photo 2 (3) {of course the guy in the gorilla suit came and scared us while we were getting a picture. and of course we screamed and jumped about 10 feet}
4. The general store is pretty much the cutest thing on the planet. They have so many fun local products, it is really fun to take a look at everything.

5. Handmade Soap & Beauty Products: they make them on site and they smell amazing. Every room is fully stocked with a bunch to choose from.

6. Glass blowing: Sundance brings in world renowned glass blowing artists from Guadalajara, Mexico to create one of a kind pieces. You can even take a glass blowing class at the Sundance Art Studio. They also decorate a lot of the rooms with the hand crafted glass artwork.

7. You can build your own fire in your room. As Sam said “they give you all the supplies, so it is fail proof.” There is nothing quite as cozy as a warm fire on a cold night up the canyon.

photo 4 8. Location: Sam and Britt went on a canyon run in the morning and said it was absolutely beautiful. Sundance is located on the Alpine Loop and it is stunning. And this is Sam’s go to pose…. if you weren’t already aware, he works out :)  We also happened to choose the best weekend of the entire year, it was 78 degrees!

DSC_0004 9. Perfectly crunchy and crispy cookies for breakfast. Yes, we sometimes have dessert before we begin our day :) They pair perfectly with a pumpkin steamer or hot chocolate.

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Thanks to Sundance for treating us so well this weekend! It was one we will always remember! If you want more information, you can go to www.sundanceresort.com

Costco Top 3 Treats

While Brooke and Parker are having a blast on their honeymoon, Sam and I are enjoying trips to our favorite store, Costco. We’re obsessed with Costco and we don’t care who knows it. It does seem kind of ridiculous that a couple would grocery shop at a bulk wholesale store, but we have found the quality of almost all items is better at Costco. We have been pleasantly surprised by how many hidden gems there always are and let’s be honest, nobody hates the abundance of amazing samples. So we are sharing our three favorite sweet treats with you, we apologize in advance because you will get addicted.

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Cake balls are such a great party dessert, but they take a serious amount of time and commitment. You have to bake the cake, cut it up in tiny pieces, mix it together with frosting and then roll it into balls and dip them in chocolate. Then a genius created Cakeballz. Already made and already packaged. You may have seen them on Shark Tank. Now they sell 30 packs in Costco and each cake ball ends up costing $.35 That is amazing! And so much cheaper than you can find anywhere else. They come in red velvet, chocolate or birthday cake. Red velvet is my fave, but they are all super tasty. Best part, each one is under 100 calories so you don’t even have to feel guilty.

#2 Snappers Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Pretzels 51CF6X0iqlL._SX425_

We just discovered these a few weeks ago and they are amazing! The best part is you only need to eat one because they have so much flavor and so rich. If you like chocolate dipped pretzels, you will love these!

#3 Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds
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These are like chocolate dipped almonds turned up 25 notches. The only problem is that you can’t just eat 1 or 2 or 3… let’s just say the bag gets emptied really quick. But they are so tasty! Definitely a must if you are a coconut fan.

So there are our three favorites, now we want to know yours! What’s your favorite thing to buy at Costco?

In case you need to stalk us on the weekends, we are usually at one of these three locations:

Murray, UT
5201 Intermountain Dr, Murray, UT 84107
 
Salt Lake City, UT
1818 SOUTH 300 WEST
 
Sandy, UT
11100 AUTO MALL DRIVE
(There are also locations in Spanish Fork & Orem)
Have a great weekend!

The Best Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

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Homemade ice cream has been a summer favorite forever. We love classic flavors like raspberry, cherry chocolate chip and peach but have been wanting to try something chocolatey (duh). So our lovely mom surprised us by making the most heavenly homemade Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream ever! It’s better than any store bought or restaurant made ice cream I’ve had. It’s so creamy and rich without being super overpowering. It is also best when made in my mom’s ice cream maker, which is literally from 1975. For some reason, it mixes so much better than the new kind do. So, I have now made it twice in two weeks. You’ve got to try it!

Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

4 eggs

2 1/4 Cups sugar

5 Cups milk

4 Cups heavy cream

4 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

Add sugar gradually to beaten eggs. Continue to beat until mixture is very stiff (you will beat for about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into gallon freezer and add 1/3 Cup of your favorite chocolate syrup. Makes 4 quarts.

*There is not actually any marshmallow in the recipe, it just tastes like there is. Try it and let us know what you think!

Enjoy!

Park City Weekend

DSC_1118  We had such a fun girl’s weekend in Park City celebrating our best girl Lauren’s birthday.

It wasn’t until the weekend was over that both of us realized that some quality girl time is so good for the soul.

There’s nothing like talking about boys for hours while eating your weight in chocolaty treats!

We are lucky to have such fabulous ladies in our lives.

We started the weekend with dinner at a new Main Street favorite Rock’n’Reilly’s. It’s a fun pub type of restaurant with unique twists on American dishes. If you go, you need to order the nachos (seriously, they are gourmet) and the veggie burger (explosive flavors of amazingness). Then, we partied the night away at the Stein Eriksen. So fun to have a hot tub on our own balcony!

We ended the birthday weekend with brunch at the Little America hotel downtown.

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Heavenly Peanut Butter Bars

Get ready for some mouth watering peanut butter heaven! Our mom whipped these up the other night and we immediately freaked out because they were so good!
Sam, who is not really a sweets kinda guy, tried one on the drive home and maybe had a few more before we pulled into our driveway. They are that good. You will love them!
We also feel fine about eating them because we swapped some of the butter for applesauce, which is totally unnoticeable.
Enjoy!
Heavenly Peanut Butter Bars
Bars
1 1/2 C flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 C quick oats
3/4 C butter (I used 1 cube and 1/4 C applesauce)
1 C packed brown sugar (I reversed the measurements for brown and white sugar)
1/2 C white sugar
1 1/2 C peanut butter – DIVIDED
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate Frosting
1/2 C butter (I used 1/3 C and it was fine)
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1/4 C milk, preferably 2% or whole (I used skim)
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 C powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk flour, salt and baking soda together, then add oats, set aside. In mixing bowl whip together butter, both sugars on medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Blend in 3/4 C peanut butter. Stir in eggs one at a time, mix in vanilla. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Spread mixture into an even layer in a 15 by 11″ cookie sheet (it will be fairly thin). Bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes, then dollop remaining 3/4 C peanut butter over bars. Allow to rest about 1 minute, then carefully spread peanut butter into an even layer over top. Prepare chocolate frosting and spread over peanut butter layer. Allow to cool (if you can wait) before cutting into squares.
Frosting
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then whisk in milk and bring mixture just to boiling. Once it reaches boiling, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add in powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Immediately pour frosting over peanut butter layer and spread. (She said hers set up very quickly, but mine didn’t, maybe it was less butter)
Let set up and cool, cut into squares.
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