Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

peanut butter

Well, who doesn’t like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, right?  These are so easy to make, and I swear they taste exactly like Reese’s, even though they are a slightly different shape.  But with some nuts sprinkled on top, how cute are they?

INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter 4 Tablespoon Butter (cut into small chunks) 2 Cups Powder Sugar 8 oz Semisweet or Bittersweet (good quality) Chocolate for melting (chopped) 1 Tablespoon Shortening 

In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and peanut butter together in the microwave (start with 1 minute on high…  you just want the little chunks of butter to melt, but do not want the peanut butter to get too liquidy). Stir together until smooth.

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Cachi and the Orosi Valley

cachi

We took a short but sweet little trip to Cachi and the Orosi Valley, which are both just outside of Cartago.  Cachi is a small town, where our friends Mike and Michael are moving (from Dallas, TX) over the next couple of months.  It is a tiny town, population of only about 3,000, and set in the beautiful Orosi Valley.  Elevation of about 3,500 feet, and the temp’s seemed actually cooler than what we’re used to in El Cajon de Grecia. We loved it!  There’s virtually no loud motorcycles there, and the cars are few and far between.  The people are nice and wave to you, and they have LOTS of cute little soda’s and fabulous restaurants – even more so than Grecia, which was surprising!

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