My Winter Survival Guide

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are asking, “Is winter over yet?” Oy vey. At one time I liked winter, but this year has been an entire new level—frozen pipes, frosty indoor windows, busted tailbones—enough already! It’s easy to fall into a bout of Cabin Fever. Here’s what is currently keeping me sane.

Trying new recipes. To accompany my tried and true Croque Monsieur, a Kale Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking (one of my favorite sites). This weekend I made this delicious Mexican Quinoa Casserole. I think both will become staples in my kitchen.

Wool pants from Banana Republic. A winter wardrobe must if you ask me. These were especially nice when the heat wasn’t working in my office last week!

Hot tea. My personal favorite is the Safari tea from Zen-Cha Tea Salon. It’s addictive!

The West Wing. My current binge show, now when I watch the news I can’t help but wonder WWPBD? (What Would President Bartlet Do?)

Planning fun times for spring. I start to get anxious when I don’t have travel plans, so I’m looking at a spring break trip to L.A. and a birthday trip for the summer.

Treats. When in doubt, a good treat will always help. Last week I had this amazing cherry and chocolate macaron from The Angry Baker, one of my favorite spots in Columbus.

 Macaron from The Angry Baker

How are you surviving the winter?

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Buckeye Bars

It’s fall and if you live in Columbus it’s better known as Buckeye football season. This city lives for this time of year. Football season also brings an excuse to eat fantastic snacks. Our claim to dessert fame is the buckeye, a chocolate and peanut butter treat that resembles the nut. Just as tasty and way easier are Buckeye Bars. I’ve made these for years and they’re one of my most requested treats.

Buckeye Bars

Buckeye Bars

Ingredients 

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cup powered sugar
1 bag chocolate chips (I use cacao 60%)
3 tablespoons cooking oil

1. Soften in microwave and mix together peanut butter and butter.
2. Stir in graham cracker crumbs and powered sugar. Mix well.
3. Pat mixture into bottom of 9 x 13 pan.
4. On low heat, melt chocolate chips and stir in oil.
5. Pour over crust and refrigerate for several hours.
6. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Cheer on the buckeyes with these!