No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Who doesn't like a no-bake recipe? And when it's this good, you can't help but love it. Whether you're preparing something for your family, friends, a potluck, or a big gathering, this dessert is always a hit. And leftovers are pretty much non-existent so don't plan on bringing any home from your work party!
The ingredient list is short and simple too. Here's what you'll need to make these delicious chocolate peanut butter bars: 

To start, combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup of peanut butter in a large bowl. Stir these together to combine thoroughly.

Press the mixture into an ungreased 13 by 9 inch baking dish.
Add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave using 30-second intervals to avoid overheating. Once the chocolate starts to soften, add the 1/4 cup of peanut butter and blend completely. Spread this mixture over the peanut butter/pretzel layer.
Refrigerate this fo…

It's A Sign

Most of my adult life I've looked for "signs."  I felt like if I saw a certain sequence of numbers, heard a certain person's name, happened upon a certain object, that that was a "sign" that something related would happen. I never knew what, but I always knew something. I don't look for signs too much these days but every so often the thought crosses my mind, "what does this mean...?"
Well there's nothing mysterious about this sign here but I still consider it a harbinger of great things. I got the one pictured from which is a company that specializes in all kinds of quality signs.

This one is made of metal. Without being too heavy, it's not lacking in weight either. There are holes in each corner so it can easily be attached to something but it's fine to just sit propped up on this shelf too.  The signs come in various shapes, sizes and orientations, at a great price. It was easy for me to upload my image to the…

Slip Into Something a Bit More...Cute

I'm sure royalty is working fine for Mrs. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. She has great clothes, nice taste in fashion, and is usually spotted looking well-adorned. Even before her marriage to Prince Harry, Ms. Markle had a blog, The Tig, that was all about food, travel, beauty and fashion. From what I hear, the site was popular and Ms. Markle had a great eye for fashion, but let's talk about her attire on USA's hit show, "Suits." Specifically this outfit here. Markle can be seen in this scene talking to Rick Hoffman who played the smart and sensitive, Louis Litt, about being dumped by his girlfriend. 

It looks like a wardrobe malfunction if you ask me. One in which the unsuspecting woman, has a slip on that may have a loose elastic, causing said slip to slide down past the hemline of the skirt. And this was the look the show's design experts were going for? The sloppy look of this caught me completely off-guard. Why someone thought this was attractive sti…

Entryway Update

Our entryway needed an update. The exposed original brick is great for some but was not-so great for me. The walls are paneled white wash and everything in the room was bright except this area. The desk was added as the catch-all and with the amount of red and brown in this corner, it caused the room to appear drab.

In an effort to brighten things up, I painted the brick with some leftover paint that we had laying around in our basement. I didn't do any research, just grabbed the paint and got to work. It's been several months now and it looks great. The paint happened to be some old drywall paint but it worked great on the brick and only required two coats. 
I updated the desk too. The. video and post for that can be found here and here.
A little paint can go a long way, as I've said before, and will continue to say. Our entryway is much brighter and inviting. This was a definite success.

If you're interested in the video of this entryway update, check here.

10 Things Found on the Show "Mad Men" that I Remember from my Childhood

1. Floor TVs

When Peggy Olson decided to move to the city to be closer to work, she gave one to her mother. Her mom didn't want to accept it because she figured it was a "make-me-happy-so-I-can't-be-mad-at-you" gift. My grandfather had one and his only had one knob. It got basic channels and of course had to be changed by hand. Which probably explains why for years, it was always on channel 7...

2.  Black and White Box TVs

Along with the floor TV, was the TV with no color. It's amazing to recall having a black and white TV in our home. Even more amazing was that a friend of mine brought one to our college dorm. It was a 2-knobbed one like we had as kids. You turned the 1st knob to the U space and then used the 2nd knob to get to the higher numbered channels where only about 2 or 3 channels actually existed amid a bunch of static. And should the attached antenna inevitably break, not to worry, that's what the wire hanger was for!

 3.  This glue

Before the infamo…

Let's Talk Gilmore Girls (Spoiler Alert)

I watched "Gilmore Girls". More like I experienced "Gilmore Girls".

It's not a show that I would normally tune in to but I started watching on recommendation from a friend who thought one of the mother/daughter relationships reminded her of me and my mother. Now thinking back, I'm not sure if it was Lorelai and Rory's or Lorelai and Emily's. (Note to self to confirm this, as the former would be cool, but the latter might mean some changes need to be made).

So I would put the show on when I was cooking or cleaning up in the kitchen. I didn't catch every line and I would go out of the room without pausing it or worrying about what I missed. But soon, before I knew it, the show, with its quick-witted, annoying banter, and oh-so corny jokes had grown on me. I started to put it on to actually watch rather than wash dishes to.

I began to develop a fondness for Rory and her love life. I came to love Emily and her sideways remarks. I found humor in her…

Unusual Ornament Bowl DIY

The way this DIY came was meant to be. I'm certain of it. It was after Thanksgiving and I was cleaning up. While attempting to put away a box of plastic forks and spoons, the box slipped from my hand and landed with a crash and a squeak. ~You know the squeak plasticware makes when it rubs against other plasticware :) ~ ... Out poured half the spoons onto the kitchen floor.

My first thought was that of annoyance at having to throw away this fistful of otherwise perfectly good spoons. Then I had a second thought; save the spoons...make something out of them...anything.

Funny thing is I had these leftover ornaments that I recently purchased and didn't have a place for yet. I wanted them displayed somewhere and figured the best way to do that would be to put them in a decorative dish of some kind. I had searched retail stores and hadn't found a price for said item that I was willing to pay. I would always leave disappointed. I tried my thrift stores too, which actuall…