Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Storm Warning!!!

    Here in Southern Indiana, we are preparing for a big winter storm.  Well, at least our family has our fingers crossed!!  :) 
    I'm sooo sorry I haven't written in forever!!  Life has completely just swept us away this year.  We have been sooo blessed to have Ronnie come home and now own our own business.  We first bought a rollback in March and then a little later in the year we traded it for a wrecker.  Ronnie quit his job and came home and opened a garage and towing service.  So as you can see, we are hoping for some snow to keep us busy ;)  So in preparation for the "big snow" we're supposed to get, Leah and I decided to make Daddy some midnight snacks!  
Daddy's favorite - Peanut Butter Balls!!!


Or as Leah calls them, "those turner things". 
(You know, round, circle, turn, all the same thing ;)


   So here's our Peanut Butter Ball recipe from Ronnie's mom, Susie.  She taught me how to make these along with lots of other recipes that are Ronnie's favorite, when we were dating, so that I would be able to take care of her baby boy ;)

Peanut Butter Balls
1/4 bar of paraffin wax (1/3 cup)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
6 Tbsp butter
2 cups powered sugar (sifted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium until mixture starts to stick together.  You need to be able to roll into balls with your hands and the mixture not stick to your fingers too bad. 
Melt paraffin wax in a double broiler pot.  I use mine from Pampered Chef, but my mother-in-law uses a glass bowl over a regular saucepan.  After wax is melted add chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.  I have to keep my burner set on a 3 or lower so the chocolate doesn't burn. 
Roll peanut butter mixture into balls and lay on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.  Gently pick each ball up with a tooth pick and swirl around in the chocolate mixture.  Set back on cookie sheet to cool.  Once you have covered each ball with chocolate, I take the remaining chocolate and drizzle it over the whole cookie sheet.  When all finished, store the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate hard. 
Enjoy with a glass of milk :)
How about you?  Do winter storms give you a yearning to bake?  What are some of your favorite recipes this time of year?


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