Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chunky Monkey Popcorn

My husband and I are back from our venture to West Texas which means I'm back to normal MoFo-ing. (To all those who travel and MoFo - you're amazing!) We were in Lubbock for a few days documenting the unveiling of a statue of Tim Cole, the first person to be posthumously exonerated in Texas. I have a future post planned with more information on that, but until then please enjoy this ridiculous image of me photo bombing my husband's picture with Senator Wendy Davis.

I prepped lots of snacks for the trip including this Chunky Monkey Popcorn. First, can we just acknowledge how amazing Chunky Monkey Popcorn sounds? I don't remember when I first thought about making it, but at that moment I became obsessed. Chunky Monkey was my favorite Ben and Jerry's ice-cream in my pregan days. The smooth banana ice cream with walnuts and chocolate fudge got me every time, and I couldn't wait to taste something similar.

This popcorn holds onto the greatness of Chunky Monkey ice cream while basking in the delight of popcorn. It's a sweet and salty combo that's addicting, to say the least. Banana chips offer mild banana flavor and a wonderful crunch that is meant to be paired with popcorn while the chocolate holds everything together. Add some walnuts (or pecans) and you're ready to snack.

We totally polished off this batch, but luckily it's easy to make more!

Chunky Monkey Popcorn
  • 9 cups of plain popped popcorn
  • 1 cup banana chips, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup walnuts broken into pieces
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (half a bag)
1. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl combine the popcorn, banana chips and nuts. Set aside.
2. Place the chocolate in a small pot over medium low heat. Stir almost constantly until the chocolate is melted. Pour the chocolate over the popcorn mixture, and stir until everything is coated.
3. Pour the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet, and spread it out to a thin single layer. Sprinkle the popcorn with salt, depending on your taste. I used unsalted popcorn, so I added quite a bit. Place the popcorn into the freezer to harden the chocolate.
4. Once the chocolate has hardened break the popcorn off of the baking sheet and transfer it to an airtight container.
5. Eat!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Natural Vitality's Calm + Wendy Davis Is Awesome

Look. I am so tired. And I know this is around the time that people go crazy and abandon their MoFos, but I refuse. Even though I'm six hours from home in Lubbock, TX.

Lubbock is a weird city, which is something I'll talk about later, but until then lets talk about what's getting me through these late evenings in West Texas. It's all about Natural Vitality's Calm.

Have you ever tried Calm? It's incredible. It's a magnesium supplement that chills you out like nothing else. This is coming from a high strung, persnickety lady. This stuff calms you.

When I was packing for my trip to West Texas I was very careful not to forget my Calm. When you're prepping to meet a Senator or Governor, excitement can take a toll on sleep. I may or may not have (slash TOTALLY DID) meet a Senator today.

But the point here is Calm, right? Or is the point that I'm MoFo delirious? Well either way, I love this stuff. It helps my anxiety and makes me sleep better.

Anyway, I met a Senator today. I photobombed this picture of Wendy Davis with my husband, and it was awesome. She basically thinks I'm hilarious.

The handsome guy? My husband. The photobombing troll? Me. The smokin' blonde? Hopefully the next governor of Texas. She's awesome. Also look at her inadvertent tiny cowboy hat.

I promise my next post will be awesome. MoFo is hard.