Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

We’ve been on a chocolate kick for the last few weeks. It all started when I bought a Costco-sized container of cocoa powder. Now every baked good I set out to make ends up having a chocolate component. For example, we’ve been munching our way through chocolate cupcakes, chocolate Mexican wedding cookies, and fudge.

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But perhaps a standout recipe out of all the things I’ve made were these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (like Reese’s but healthier)

Bottom layer ingredients:

-2 TBS melted coconut oil

-4 TBS smooth peanut butter

Bottom layer directions:

Stir coconut oil and peanut butter until smooth. Set 10 mini muffin paper liners onto a tray or plate and pour 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Place in freezer on flat surface. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

Top layer ingredients:

-2 TBS melted coconut oil

-4 TBS smooth peanut butter

-1/4 cup cocoa powder

-1 tsp. stevia (or 1 TBS sugar)

Top layer directions:

Stir ingredients together until smooth. Remove the bottom layer from freezer and pour 1 Tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into each liner on top of the peanut butter. Place back into freezer for at least 20 minutes and then enjoy.

If you don’t eat them all at once you can store the remaining cups in the freezer.

Shifen Day Trip

Last weekend I was invited by my language exchange partner to take a trip, with her sister and her sister’s language exchange partner, to Shifen (十分).

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Weather-wise, we couldn’t have picked a better day. It was gorgeous! Shifen is accessible by the Pingxi Railway Line. The area is well known for it’s lantern festival. The railroad tracks actually cut right through Shifen Old Street. There are shops and places to eat along the street as well as a number of vendors that sell lanterns that you can write your wishes on and send off into the sky.

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It took us over and hour to reach Shifen so we stopped for a quick snack of roasted corn when we arrived.

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After our snack we found a place we could have a bit more to eat before we set of exploring.

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After lunch we walked to the Shifen Waterfall. It’s famous for having a circumference that resembles the mighty Niagara Falls.

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We spent a good twenty minutes here admiring the falls.

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The area around the falls has quite a few Buddhist statutes.

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As well as a small petting zoo with goats and ‘beautiful Japanese chickens’.

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After the falls we goofed around on the railroad tracks.

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But soon realized our goofing around was tame in comparison to others…

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To top off our Shifen experience we decided to get our own wish lantern.

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We each took turns writing our wishes. Mari’s was in Japanese,

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Jessica and her sister, Eva’s, were in Chinese,

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And of course mine was in English. (This family was watching on as I painted so I took a photo with their daughters after I was done).
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After we were done writing we lined up on the railroad track alongside others

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Lit up our ballon and let it go…

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It was magical watching all the wish lanterns fly away. After a long, amazing day we made our way back to Taipei.