So this isn’t a food post, but I have some personal news I would like to share with you all. I have to confess, I was bursting to tell the news right away but I wanted to line all my ducks in a row first. This week has been a busy whirlwind and I desperately need some sleep.

The Boyfriend and I have been together a long time. A long time. 11 years to be exact. I always cringe when people ask the inevitable question of how long we’ve been together because people seem to have a really strong reaction to how long we’ve been together, along with a slew of opinions.

I’m pretty sure most of you know where I’m going with this…Or perhaps you’ve noticed the change in the banner…

After 11 years, the BF is getting a new name: fiancé. Actually on this blog I’ll be referring to him as FH (“future husband”) because I’m too lazy to type out fiancé every time. (Yes I meant to say FH, sorry to those who read the original post and it said FB. Apparently Mark Zuckerburg has influenced my subconscious.)

I’m pretty excited. I actually am surprised at how excited I am. I thought that since we’ve been together so long and we knew for a while now that we would go down this road, that this would dampen the excitement. But I’ve been giddy for days. I also am surprised at how smooth the transition has been. I actually had to make myself type out “BF” for these last few posts  because I now automatically think of him as my fiance. As despite never wearing any rings, I’ve had no problem getting used to this ring on my finger.

Now that we’ve reached this stage in our journey together, I’m pretty clueless as to the next steps. So if anyone has any advice of wedding planning or maintaining a happy marriage, please share!

Taiyaki

Taiyaki are Japanese pancakes shaped like fish. They are a common snack or street vendor item.  A while back I bought a taiyaki maker at my local Japanese market. Recently, I found out that they now sell it on amazon too. You can view it here.

Taiyaki are usually filled with red bean, custard or chocolate. The exterior is batter similar to that of pancake, though a little denser and chewier.

The taiyaki maker is easy to use and I use it whenever I’m in the mood for something cute. You put the mold pan on your stove to cook the taiyaki and flip it over every minute so that it cooks evenly on both sides. I’m still searching for the best taiyaki recipe out there. I tried one this weekend that looked promising but tasted all wrong, so I won’t link to it. You can use pancake batter, but the taiyaki I’ve had don’t taste exactly like pancake batter.

After my first failed attempt, I went back to pancake batter. I used some Bisquick mix.  I also filled the fish with Nutella because nutella makes everything taste better.

To make them, heat the taiyaki maker on your stove and spray with oil. Spoon in batter of the fish molds so it is 2/3 full. Drop a dollop of nutella in the middle. Then close the taiyaki maker. Let it cook for about a minute before flipping the taiyaki maker over so that it can cook the other side and brown evenly. Flip again in another minute. At this point you can take a peek to see if it is done or needs to be cooked some more.

 


I saw these two ingredient Reese’s peanut butter cookies on Picky Palate and knew I had to try making them out. I honestly would never had thought to combine a bunch of reese’s peanut butter cups with an egg to create a cookie.

This would be a perfect cookie to make during Halloween if you have a lot of leftover peanut butter cups. The cookies have a chewy texture and taste a little chocolatey and a little peanut buttery.

These cookies are so easy to make. It literally is just peanut butter cups and an egg. The longest part of the process is probably unwrapping all those peanut butter cups. And the hardest part is parting with 24 perfectly good peanut butter cups. I have to confess, I took a few bites of a couple. I couldn’t resist. All you need are a bunch of Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrap them, crush them, add an egg, and you have a cookie dough batter.

I wouldn’t make these cookies on a normal basis, but next time I have too many Reese’s, I’ll make them. Click here for the full recipe.