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Thanksgiving Acorns

I am home sweet home, and I know more than anything that that means good food. :) My mom always hosts Thanksgiving for our family and there are always at least 25 people in our little house every year. This year, my mom found this cute snack that she’d been dying to have me make with her, which she had apparently already made earlier in the month but my family gobbled them up.

These acorn treats are so simple to make, so cute, and so yummy that I had to share!

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Only four ingredients are needed:

  1. Hershey’s Kisses
  2. Nutter Butters
  3. White Icing
  4. Chocolate Chips

Acorns

First, we broke the Nutter Butters in half and layed the inside part face-up. You want the criss-cross side to be visible on the acorn.

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When you split them in half, usually the peanut butter sticks to one side. On those, you simply stick the Kiss to it. On the sides without the peanut butter, we added a dot of icing to act as glue for the Kiss to stick to.

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On the other side of the cracker, add a dot of icing and stick the chocolate chip to it.

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Tips:

  • Don’t be tempted to press the kiss too hard into the peanut butter, otherwise the cookie will crack! It only needs to be gently pressed and it will stick. Remember, you can always add icing if you are afraid of them falling apart.
  • If you don’t like icing, you can always melt a couple of chocolate chips to act as glue and dip the bottom of the kiss/chocolate chip and stick them to the Nutter Butter. We love icing though, so we went the traditional route. :)
  • If you want to increase your Nutter Butter to chocolate ratio, don’t split the Nutter Butters in half! Use a one whole Nutter Butter for the top part of the acorn instead. We split them in half because we have a lot of people coming over and wanted to make as many as we could!
  • Only use a minimal amount of icing, so that it can’t be seen. My mom loved to douse the Nutter Butters in icing because she loved to eat the icing – but the presentation isn’t as nice. You can tell which ones she did and which ones I did. :P
  • I put three of the acorns in my hand at once to ice the other side. It made the process take a lot less time!

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Voila! You have yummy, delicious acorns! :)

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Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ll be wearing my fat pants. ;)

A Taste of Kansas City: Pizza 51

I really don’t talk much about Kansas City, other than that this isn’t really my home and that I go to school here, so I wanted to start a little series of posts that show the highlights of this great city and to share some of my favorite experiences. :)

One of the hot spots to go eat near our campus is a little hole-in-the-wall place called Pizza 51. They serve some great, huge, slices of pizza from a former gas station. They converted it into a cute little pizzeria that’s affordable and fun.

What makes their pizzas so much fun is the sheer size of their slices. I love taking new people to Pizza 51 just to see their reactions when the pizza comes out!

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I’m not sure if this is a common thing to do outside of the midwest, but they serve honey with your pizza to dip your crust into. Is that common elsewhere? I have never heard of it before, and neither have most of my friends. I’m not a big fan, but Andrew is always on the lookout for honey now when we eat pizza there!

They have so many toppings for all of their pizzas that every time I go it takes me forever to decide what I want! Today I just ordered sausage because I just couldn’t decide what I wanted! They have everything from artichoke hearts to feta cheese to cream cheese to pineapple – they’ve got it all!

I love pizza – and I’ve had a lot of pizza from so many different places around the world. I wouldn’t say that this is the best pizza I’ve ever had, but it’s good pizza and I love the environment there. They have indoor and outdoor seating separated by a garage door (come one, how cool is that?) and on nice days, they lift the garage door so the indoor and outdoor seating is combined.

The location is perfect, too, because it’s situated just on the edge of campus. It’s convenient to meet friends there for lunch or to grab some on the way home. It’s also close enough that I can walk on nice days and I don’t feel so full that I might explode on the walk home, either. ;P

I went this afternoon with my old roommate and a freshman girl I had just met. She loved it! Alysha was, as always, very excited about the pizza!

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The slices are just large enough, too, that I always have something to take home with me and have for lunch tomorrow. :)