I Took a Walk

Take a Walk….

Take a Walk…

Take a Walk…

 

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The BOY and I invited our Dad’s over for tomorrow’s Indiana game.  We had high hopes of landing ourselves tickets and when that didn’t happen we thought it’d be fun to host our Dad’s.  Lunch is burgers and for dessert, I wanted to make this wonderful looking peanut butter truffle on the back of the Keebler box.

 

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I had all of the ingredients already in the house leftover from the holidays.

 

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The peanut butter mixture requires 1 hour in the fridge before forming into balls.  And although after last night’s excitement (I stayed up until midnight which is almost unheard of on a Friday), a nap sounded wonderful.  However, so did some fresh air. 

 

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This week has been beyond stressful, and I knew that I needed some time to clear my head.  I absolutely love what I do but the long commute, office politics, and emotions at my job take their toll. 

 

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I know that taking care of myself is important, and I can’t continue to have weeks like this.  They affect my health and my relationships, so with the Passion Pit song ‘Take a Walk’ running through my head, I walked towards the path for some active therapy.

 

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With such exhausting weeks, my weekends have been spent catching up on sleep and relaxation.  This gives me less energy for activities that I like (ie tri training).  So I was happy to get out for a walk today, and I have plans to attend Hot Yoga tomorrow.

 

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Sixty minutes walking along this peaceful path later, I had some clarity and solid ideas to decrease my stress levels and restore work/life balance.

 

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And I was ready to get going on dessert.  I’m not sure why but the mixture was way too crumbly.  However, with my hands, I was able to form a few ugly looking mounds.

 

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I wasn’t sure if they would be able to stand up to the chocolate coating, so before dunking them in chocolate, I stuck them in the freezer.  This step was totally necessary!

 

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The first few turned out great.  But as predicted, they started falling apart which made for some messy chocolate coatings.

 

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The benefit was that I was able to sample some broken bon bons.

 

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The crunchy peanut butter combined with the chocolate coating was delish!  Trust me…it tastes much better than it looks!

 

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My suggestion would be to drizzle in some agave or coconut oil to help hold everything together.  I’m sure the guys will enjoy them tomorrow no matter what! 

 

I’m grateful for a quiet night at home.  The BOY and I have been craving sushi, so we are picking some up for dinner and the Lorax just arrived from Netflix.  Sushi and a movie = awesome Saturday night!

 

Do you like to walk?

 

 

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

From Keebler

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies® cereal

1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter

1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 cup powdered sugar

12 ounces white or dark chocolate confectioner’s coating

 

Directions

In a large bowl stir together cereal, peanut butter, graham crumbs and powdered sugar. Note: I found that mixing with my hands was the best way to do this.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Shape crumb mixture into balls, using one level tablespoon for each.  Freeze for at least 60 minutes.

In small saucepan or microwave melt confectioner’s coating over low heat. Dip each ball in coating, letting excess drip off. Place on wax paper. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.  Refrigerate at least 20 minutes or until set. Store in airtight container.

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13 thoughts on “I Took a Walk

  1. It looks like you had quite a lovely walk! Sometimes it’s difficult to bundle up and go outside when it’s cold, but it’s always worth it. Also, I totally sample all the “broken” or “ugly” baked goods. They don’t count that way, right? Hehe.

  2. What beautiful scenery. I love to go on walks, particularly when I’m stressed because they are great for clearing the mind. Office politics absolutely suck, and I actually go out of my way to cut that shit out of the workplace or just disengage from it. I have a professional come in quarterly and do team building seminars with my department, so we can focus on building and not dividing.

    • Man, we need that big time right now! Sounds like a wonderful way to build rapport and trust. Until then I will be taking walks and clearing my head…continuing to come up with strategies to avoid the craziness!

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