Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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Peanut butter pie has always been a favorite of mine. This is my first time making this type of pie, and I’m really happy with how the pie turned out. There are a variety of ways to make a peanut butter pie, but for my creation, I used the same peanut mixture I used to make my peanut butter balls, and just added in the cool whip and coated it with chocolate to make a Peanut Butter Cup pie. This recipe is super easy to make, and is great for desserts and bringing to a gathering.  I look forward to reading all your comments!

Things you’ll need:

2 mixing bowls

Melting chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chocolate)

Peanuts

1 9 oz graham cracker crust. (You can also use an Oreo crust)

1 ½ cups of peanut butter

½ cup of butter (softened)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 cup of Cool whip

Instructions:

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract together with the Kitchen Aid mixer.
  2. Slowly pour the powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, but making sure to mix well each time.
  3. Once the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, add in ½ cup of Cool whip.
  4. Melt two-three bars of Ghirardelli chocolate and coat the crust until crust doesn’t show.
  5. Place both crust and peanut butter mixture in freezer for ten minutes, or until chocolate is hardened.
  6. Next, spread peanut butter mixture into crust.
  7. Melt some more Ghirardelli chocolate and spread on top of peanut butter mixture.
  8. Finally, crush some peanuts and sprinkle on top of chocolate.
  9. Place in freezer until chocolate is hardened.
  10. Enjoy!!!!!

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The Great Lost Bear (Portland, Maine)

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The Great Lost Bear is an American pub restaurant located in Portland, Maine on 540 Forest Ave. I’ll admit when I first looked this place up online, I became skeptical because of the way it looked on the outside, but I was truly surprised with how good everything was. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of food and over seventy beers to choose from. This can seem overwhelming if it’s your first time at this restaurant, because I know I felt overwhelmed.

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When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room, bar, and outside patio. Inside the dining room, customers will find beautifully etched glass that separate the bar from the dining room.

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The food is a reasonably priced and very delicious. We had the Peanut Thai Chicken sandwich with Coleslaw, a Cheeseburger, and a Spinach salad with feta cheese and added the marinated portabella mushrooms on top. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and for dessert we shared the Toll House Cookie Pie. Best cookie pie I’ve had. I definitely recommend trying it.

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I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s in the area looking for a great place to eat. If you are interested in checking out The Great Lost Bear online, click here: http://www.greatlostbear.com/glbmobile.html

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Top six to do in Paris🇫🇷

  1. Eiffel Tower/ Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel
  2. Seine River dinner cruise on La Marina
  3. Roué de Paris (Ferris Wheel)
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris
  5. La Cuisine cooking class
  6. The Louvre

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Bonjour everyone, and welcome to Paris! The city of Paris also known as the city of love, is filled with so much excitement, and plenty of attractions to see. Some of the attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Roué de Paris, and the Louvre. While visiting Paris for the first time this past spring, I instantly fell in love with the city and the food. Even though pastries are big over in France, my favorite was the escargot. I know escargot sounds crazy, but these were in a basil pesto sauce which made them taste unbelievable! Definitely worth trying when visiting Paris.

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My first favorite attraction in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the busiest landmarks in Paris.

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On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. This restaurant has wide open windows allowing customers to view the beautiful city from up above. The food that was served was very delicious. My favorites included the seared prawns for the appetizer, roasted chorizo stuffed chicken supreme for the main course, and the profiterole with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce for dessert. I highly recommend trying this restaurant if you’re looking for a special night with your loved one, or you just want to experience something new. Unfortunately, when I booked my reservation on their website, it said the restaurant was on the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it was actually mid-way on the second floor.

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After dinner was finished, it was nice to take a ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and be able to watch the sunset and see the whole city lit up. The view was breathtaking! Then, to make it even better, they lit up the Eiffel Tower every hour. This really made my stay in Paris so much more memorable.

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Secondly, a gourmet dinner cruise on the La Marina cruise ship down the Seine River through Paris Cityvision is a perfect way to view the city at night. During the cruise, customers enjoy a gourmet meal with a bottle of wine. The seating is set up for each party to enjoy their own individual table with a view through the large windows that continue through the ceiling. After being seated at our table, we were offered a glass of champagne and given a brochure with the map of our journey with all the highlights along the way. The three course meal offered a sampling of four appetizers and desserts with a choice of four entree options that included chicken, beef, fish, and vegetarian. The food was very delicious. My favorite included the thick steak with green pepper, potato rosette, and seasonal vegetables.

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Roué de Paris is a giant Ferris wheel in Paris that allows tourists to view the city of Paris from a new height. When viewers reach the top, they will be able to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. One of my favorite ways to view a city is by Ferris wheel, if the city has one. Riding the Ferris wheel definitely gives viewers a different perspective on the city. It allows you to truly take in the gorgeous city and the famous landmarks. As a person who loves to travel, I feel it makes you appreciate where you are and what amazing things the city has to offer.

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Notre-Dame de Paris is a famous cathedral in Paris. You will also recognize the cathedral in the animated Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. When we arrived in the cathedral, there was a choir rehearsal in progress. The acoustics in the church were unbelievable. It sounded absolutely beautiful. The intricate stained glass and woodwork as well as the history of the cathedral made the visit worthwhile. There were many tombs and statues around the outer perimeter of the cathedral that documents the history. It was definitely well worth the visit.

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Since France is known for their pastries, I decided to take a pastry cooking class at La Cuisine Paris. There are a variety of different pastries that can be made, but in this class we were taught how to make a Mille Feuille. A Mille Feuille is a Napoleon French pastry that can have either a vanilla or custard filling. It was the most delicious French pastry I’ve tried. You can eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert. For anyone who visits Paris, I highly recommend taking a French cooking class at La Cuisine Paris, and trying all the French pastries you can.

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Finally, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. It is also the busiest museum you’ll find. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find a variety of famous paintings and statues throughout the grand halls of the Louvre. In fact, the painting of the Mona Lisa was quite a sight. The room was so crowded that we couldn’t even get close to see the detail. This photo is with a zoom lens on my smartphone as I was holding the phone above everyone’s head. The museum has an abundance of history and art that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, this isn’t a museum that takes 2 hours to discover. It’s a museum that will take you a full day to go through. Beware of the massive crowds and try to find a time that is not so busy.

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I have truly enjoyed my time in Paris visiting all of the exciting places, and experiencing new things. Paris has truly been a dream come true! I definitely look forward to many more travel adventures in the future!!

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Osteria del Proconsolo (Florence, Italy)🇮🇹

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Buongiorno Florence, Italia! Today’s blog is on Osteria del Proconsolo. Osteria del Proconsolo is an Italian restaurant located in Florence, Italy on Via del Proconsolo, 59. In fact, we call it Florence, but locals say Firenze. There are many other restaurants to choose from in the city of Florence, but my favorite restaurant was Osteria del Proconsolo. This restaurant is a great place to stop at for lunch or dinner. We sat in a wonderful open atmosphere next to the large full size window that opened to the street, so you’re sitting inside, while enjoying the activity outside.

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Finally, customers have the option to pick between a variety of delicious desserts. My favorites included the Tiramisu and the Crème Brulee.

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I look forward to visiting Florence again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, are one of my favorite cookies, especially when they have a hint of cinnamon. This is my first time making these types of cookies, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. They are healthy, great for a snack, and super easy to make. This recipe is also a great way to get kids involved, especially during the mixing process. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Makes approximately: 40 cookies

Things you will need:

2 mixing bowls

4 baking sheets

Parchment Paper

1 cup of butter (softened)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

1 ½ tsp of ground cinnamon (Optional)

3 cups of oats

1 cup of chocolate chips

 

Instructions for Cookies:

  1. Using your mixing bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time into the butter mixture before mixing in the vanilla.
  3. In a septate bowl, add/mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, until all the flour mixture is incorporated.
  5. Next, mix in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Place cookie mixture in fridge for 1 hour until firm.
  7. Once the hour is up, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Scoop cookie mixture and roll into balls and place on lined cookie sheet.
  9. Once all the cookie mixture is rolled into balls, take a fork dipped in sugar and flatten each cookie.
  10. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let them cool down before transferring to a plate.
  12. Enjoy!!!!

Note: I recommend lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper to stop your cookies from sticking to the pan and becoming hard.

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Pineapple Fruit Bowl 🍍

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A healthy dish that I enjoy for breakfast or as a dessert is a pineapple fruit bowl. This is a simple dish if you’re looking for a healthier alternative, which is super fresh and great for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. I love that I can use any fruit I want inside the pineapple. The fruit that I used in this one included blueberries, nectarines, and sliced pineapple for the inside, then used the outer bottom half of the pineapple as my bowl. It is a great idea that I highly recommend. I have listed the recipe down below. I look forward to reading all your comments.

Things you will need:

Pineapple

Blueberries

Nectarine

Cutting board

Pineapple corer slicer

Carving knife

Instructions for Pineapple fruit bowl

  1. On the cutting board, slice off the top of the pineapple.
  2. Take your pineapple corer slicer and spiral slice the inside of the pineapple until all the fruit is out from the inside.
  3. Slice the pineapple into bite size wedges.
  4. Next, cut the pineapple shell about 2/3 of the way down to create your bowl.
  5. Wash and slice additional fruit into bite size pieces. I sliced up nectarines and added blueberries in this one.
  6. Then, mix up the pineapple slices and the other fruit you wish to add and place them inside your pineapple bowl.
  7. Enjoy!!!

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Miscele e Fuoco (Rome, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Rome is filled with a variety of restaurants, but my favorite was Miscele e Fuoco. It is located a few blocks from the Colosseum on Via Cavourright down the street from Hotel Romano. Miscele e Fuoco serves everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and cocktails. They have a variety of seating both inside and out. The food that I ordered was very delicious. My favorite dish was the chocolate waffle. It was super moist with tons of whip cream, and cut up strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was by far the best waffle I’ve ever had!!!! This is a meal I would recommend to anyone who eats at Miscele e Fuoco for breakfast. If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, I recommend their bowl of fruit. The fruit was amazing and super fresh. It consisted of pineapple as your base with strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon inside.

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Customers who sit inside will find the atmosphere very comfortable, and those who sit outside will find it a little busy on the street.The staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. I definitely look forward to coming back to Miscele e Fuocothe next time I visit Rome.

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