How should I know?  Oh, you want me to *cook*?  I need to find a website that answers the question “what the hell can I make with THIS?” – and gives me options to enter in cheddar cheese soup, French bread, chicken nuggets, and Pop-Tarts.  Because that’s what I feel is in my pantry most days.  How do people come up with two weeks worth of meals to cook to keep their families fed, healthy, and interested?  Harder yet is the fact that the baby (who is almost technically a toddler at 11.5 months old) is eating real food, and not just mush in a jar.  I’ve never seen a human being get so excited over chicken breast and broccoli (our dogs are another topic).

I’m stalled on my diet, mostly because I choose to eat evil chocolate-peanut butter snack cakes my mom has been making.  I’m still down 10 pounds, but weight loss is stopped until I can stop eating these snacks.  Here is the evil, but very simple, recipe.

Mock Peanut Butter Tandy Kakes

  • 1 box pound cake mix (prepared, but not cooked)
  • 1/2 large bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 jar natural peanut butter
  • milk (about 1/4-1/2 cup)

Spread mixed pound cake batter in a 1″ deep cookie sheet.  Bake 20-25 minutes until done.  Let cool 15 minutes, then spread a layer of peanut butter on warm cake.  Let cool completely (refrigerate if necessary to harden peanut butter).  Melt chocolate chips over double boiler, and add enough milk to thin.  Pour over cake/peanut butter, cool, and cut into squares.

And don’t get any ideas about me becoming Rachael Ray or anything.  I’m still not a great cook at all.

[tags]dinner, cooking, tandy kake[/tags]