Did I scare ya?
A likely theory after my extended absence here. It’s already October! Thanks to my yet-to-be-diagnosed illness, I’ve been spending a lot more time with my pillow and a lot less time with my stand mixer. I wish my cupcake-creating could be higher up on the priority list…but sorry. Sleep takes precedence over baked goods.
Fortunately the top-notch Mayo Clinic is not too far from my stomping grounds, so I was able to visit a few weeks ago for some very in-depth testing and consultation. So far I have learned that:
A) I am low on sodium. (Who is low on sodium?! Me, apparently. Surprising for a girl who doesn’t even buy unsalted butter!)
B) I need to be drinking at least two liters of water per day. (Two. Liters. And here I thought I was golden with the 70 ounces I consume just in the office each day…)
C) I am “slightly out of shape.” (Well no duh. If I have to choose between resting and running, I’m clearly going with the former.)
So I guess this means I will be drizzling on more Frank’s Red Hot, taking frequent trips to the ladies’ room, and dragging my tired self to the back row of Zumba more often. And praying none of these throw off my system any further out of whack than it already is.
I do have to give Mayo major props for its professionalism, kindness, and clear expertise. Each person I encountered was helpful, knowledgeable, and present in the moment, unhurried to cram in the next patient. I had plenty of opportunities to describe my symptoms in detail and ask questions. I’d highly recommend the Mayo Clinic for any and all health concerns.
And the number one thing I learned?
If someone at Mayo asks you if you’d like a warm blanket, the answer is ALWAYS “yes.”
Although I’m still sitting here sleepily without the concrete answers I was hoping for, I’m thankful for everything that was ruled out. Cancer, Lyme Disease, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Celiac (though I do have the gene present, I thankfully do not have the disease itself!), POTS, heart disease…I could go on forever and I have the long list of normal test results to prove it.
I’m sorry that I can’t be in the kitchen as much and that my lack of energy still prevents me from doing everything I’d like to here, but I know how much worse things could be, and I have a new respect for those with chronic health issues. Those of us with a clean bill of health are so much more blessed than we know!
Tired or not though, I think most of us appreciate a quicker meal or snack. For me, s’mores fit that description. You can take advantage of nice temps and build yourself a campfire if you’d like, but I’m a pro at roasting the 30-second marshmallow over the stove. Smash that baby between some crackers and a healthy portion of chocolate, and voila! Sweet snack time.
This is my autumnal take on the summer classic. (Make that one of my fall s’mores adaptations.)
The very best part of the Halloween season, in my humble opinion, is the Reese’s Pumpkin. Almost as life-changing as the Reese’s Egg, the Reese’s Pumpkin is a cute, pumpkin-shaped mound of soft peanut butter filling dipped in smooth chocolate.
Even better? They come in white chocolate, too!
Jumbo marshmallows meet their match in creamy white chocolate. The two flavors combine to make the perfect texture and sweet flavor, especially when you add peanut butter and graham crackers into the mix! Creamy and dreamy.
Plus, the Halloween ones are extra cute because the white chocolate pumpkins are bright orange. So fun for fall!
Go with whatever peanut buttery flavor you love most, and get your kids involved! They love smooshing the marshmallows between the firm crackers and licking the marshmallow mustaches off their sticky little faces. For that matter, so do I. :)
I hope your fall season is filled with fun, candy, and a clean bill of health! (Those last two may not exactly go together, but I wish you both nonetheless. :))
Happy October, and I will see you back here again as soon as I can! Promise.
In the meantime, recipes may continue to be slow, and nutrition info might not show up right away. Thanks for your understanding!
P.S. This cute polka dot kitchen towel came from Kate Spade! Her accessories make me swoon, and her sales are calendar-worthy! :)
- 1 honey graham cracker, split into two squares
- 1 white chocolate Reese's peanut butter pumpkin, unwrapped
- 1 large marshmallow
- Prepare a fire or light your gas stove to a low heat setting.
- Set crackers nearby and place the chocolate pumpkin on one of them.
- Spear the marshmallow with a s'mores stick or a long fork. Roast over the flame, rotating slowly for evenly browned edges.
- Remove marshmallow from flame. Place on top of the graham cracker with the pumpkin on it. Cover the top of the marshmallow with remaining graham cracker and squeeze crackers together while pulling the utensil away.
- Let s'more cool slightly and enjoy!