The Baked Bear blogging event

Hey guys!

This week’s post is a little last minute… but I think you’re going to love it!

On Friday, I went to a blogging/media event at the new Baked Bear in Gilbert! One of my blogger friends whom I go to school with, invited me to come & I was stoked, because obviously, FREE ICE CREAM. We spent some time wandering around downtown Gilbert before going to the event & I never realized how cute it was! There are so many picture opportunities & lots of murals. Also, lots of cute restaurants! We went to a fish taco place & it was super yummy. If you live in AZ or are ever visiting, it’s a must-see!

The event was for local Arizona bloggers & media to come & try the ice cream & then talk about it! (This is why I love what I do so, so much.) I had been to The Baked Bear before & it never disappoints. It’s an ice cream sandwich shop where you get to build your own! They have cookies, brownies & sometimes even donuts for the “bread” part, & then all the different ice cream flavors you could imagine! I’m honestly such a kid when it comes to that stuff & always choose something like cake batter or cookie dough, but they have basic flavors & more sophisticated flavors too. They have toppings as well, & you can have it heated up, which I always prefer because it makes it a little easier to eat because the sandwiches are huge!

The new shop is located in SanTan Village in Gilbert at: 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. #118. They have shops located all throughout Arizona.

This event was a great reminder to me about why I do what I do. Some days I get really discouraged & comparison starts to creep up on me & I feel like I’ll never get to where I want to be. But this is a reminder to pursue your passions & reach out, put yourself out there, because sometimes the best things come of it. (like free ice cream) 😉

Check out my cutie friend’s blog at tressesandtulle.com & her Instagram Catherine Hathaway. She was the one who invited me after all!! She takes really cute pics & has such a sweet personality 🙂

with love,

jazz

*all photos courtesy of Catherine Hathaway & Jaslyn Ravenscraft

Better than Reese’s

I’m back this week with another recipe to share! I also found this one on Pinterest. I feel like at this point they should just sponsor me if that’s even a thing because I use Pinterest for pretty much everything in my life.

This recipe is literally heaven. They’re like super big, rich Reese’s & if you know me you know chocolate & peanut butter together are my weakness. They’re also super easy to make because I also don’t like anything really involved when it comes to the kitchen. When I’m hungry, I’m hungry.

Ingredients: 2 cups creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup salted butter (softened)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 packages (1 lb each) Chocolate Candy Coating

Prep time: 1 hour

Serves: 55(ish)

 

 

Mix the peanut butter, salted butter and vanilla together in a large bowl. Then add in

the powdered sugar, a little at a time. I know the recipe calls for a lot of powdered

sugar, but unfortunately, you’ll actually probably need all of it. I tried it with 2 cups &

then put it in the fridge to harden, but the dough wasn’t stiff enough so I ended up

using 3 cups & it was just right. Once you’ve added enough powdered sugar, make a

big ball of dough in the middle of the mixing bowl, cover & place it in the fridge to

harden for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take out the ball of dough & make into

smaller balls & place on a wax paper lined baking sheet & then place in the refrigerator

again for another 15 minutes.

You will want to wait & make the chocolate as soon as you’re ready to cover the peanut

butter balls because the chocolate will harden quickly. I had to reheat mine multiple

times during the dipping process. I used actual chocolate candy coating, but I’m sure it

would work with melted chocolate chips too. So once you’re ready, melt the chocolate

in 15 second intervals in the microwave & stir it after every 15 seconds. Then take the

balls & place them on a fork & place into the bowl of chocolate. Cover fully & place

back on the baking sheet. Once they are all fully covered, place in the refrigerator to

harden.

P.S. I don’t know why the spacing is off in this post! :/ I think it has something to do with how I typed it…

What’s your favorite type of chocolate? I think you all know mine…

with love,

jazz