Have I told you about the tragic years of my life where I lived in a country that didn’t sell Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? What about my crazy environmentalist phase in middle school where I boycotted them because they had too much packaging? The moral of the story is, any day without Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is not as good as it could be. Do you hear that Taiwan? Get on board. Also, England, I’m side eyeing you right now. Unacceptable.
This chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake is pretty much a peanut butter cup in cake form. It follows exactly the same principle as our pumpkin spice gooey butter cake, we just change up the cast a bit. We’re using a chocolaty devil’s food cake mix in place of the spice cake, and peanut butter in place of the pumpkin.
The bottom layer is dense and crumbly and intensely chocolatey, and the top layer is soft and well, gooey. The peanut butter chocolate combo is unstoppable. My coworkers devoured it in a matter of hours. I even heard a couple of people just went at it with a fork during a director’s meeting. It’s really that good.
I realize every culture has its favorite flavors and that diversity is beautiful, but I think the entire planet needs to get on board with the chocolate peanut butter combo. Let’s all make chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake and get to work on world peace.
I love my job. Learning a new position within my department has been extremely challenging, and managing the transition during our busiest season of the year requires a ton of energy. But I get to learn a completely new skill set and continue to help people be a part of improving their community and transforming the lives of those who are homeless. I’m extremely lucky. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m also super stressed. I’ve been working Saturdays and late into the evening. I have a feeling I’m not the only one. I’m sharing some of the easy ways I try to stay sane under pressure.
I’m not saying you should get sloshed every night. This will only make you more tired and more stressed at work. I’m suggesting you set aside a moment in the evening to appreciate the ritual of pouring a glass, sitting down in a comfortable chair, putting your feet up, and sipping slowly. Savor the moment. And for goodness sake, don’t check your email.
Now is not the time to take on a new intellectual challenge outside of work. Always wanted to read Dostoevsky? Maybe keep it on the shelf until things quiet down a bit. I find it comforting when I’m freakin’ out about work to read Harry Potter for the millionth time. Whatever makes you smile, or feels like a warm hug, go to that. Save the drab Russian literature for a calmer day.
It may be a while before you find the time to use it, but knowing that some pampering is in your future gives you something to look forward to. Coupon sites like Groupon and Living Social always have great deals for spa treatments, massages, manicures, even boat rides. You’re working a lot, so you can afford to take care of yourself.
Even if you’re one of those lucky people who actually gets paid for all those extra hours you’re working, sometimes comp time is the way to go. I love my job, but I feel like 40 hours a week is a reasonable amount of time to devote to it. When I have to give more, I’m happy to do so, but I plan to get it back one of these days.Work/life balance is important. Just keep a little corner of a notebook or marker board where you jot down your extra time. You’re earning that day you’re going to spend on the beach reading magazines. Don’t be afraid to ask for it when things quiet down.
This is probably one of the hardest things for me to do, but contrary to what the media might tell you, you can’t have it all. At least, not without a little help. There are so many hours in the day, and not everybody has as much staff as Beyonce. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, reach out to your supervisor and coworkers to help you get through. And don’t be afraid to get some help at home, too. It will actually make everyone around you happier if you’re not running around on the verge of tears every moment. I used to think that asking for help was a sign of weakness, now I know it’s just smart.
Take care of yourselves, kids. If you want to stay awesome, you have to take it easy every now and then. Let your friends and family support you. Get a hug and a drink, take a deep breath, and keep on conquering the world.
Our little hurricane out here in the middle of the Pacific turned out to be a tropical storm which has done no more than dump rain on us for well over 24 consecutive hours with no promise of ceasing until the middle of the night. With temperatures hovering just around 80, I’m finally getting a hint of Autumn weather, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve been working overtime this week, so I’m thrilled to have an excuse to do absolutely nothing but take a nap and hang out in my kitchen all day.
I’ve always been a cheese lover, but lately I’ve been upping my cheese game. I’ve graduated to slightly more grown up cheeses and branched out to more sophisticated flavor combinations. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll still going to eat a box of Kraft mac and cheese, but when I can get my hands on flavors that are a bit more bold, I’m ready to jump right in.
This Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese is a bit more luxurious than a lot of the food you’ll see here. The cheese and the jam together were about $12, which is a bit steep for just two ingredients in my opinion. Still, I felt it was okay to splurge this once, keeping in mind that I could have definitely spent $20 on just the cheese.
The smokey, creamy gouda and the subtly sweet fig jam go together beautifully. It’s like putting Fall between two slices of buttery, crispy grilled bread. It’s elegant, indulgent, and completely awesome. I feel like you could cut these sandwiches into triangles and serve them with wine (I know nothing about wine pairings, but I’d probably try a sauvignon blanc) at a party. It’s like fancy kid food. It’s pretty much where I’m at.
Up your grilled cheese game, put Fall on a plate, and make Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.