And when Hayley is having a bad day (or week) (or month) = LOTS of baking. Like, a super surplus.
Usually this is a good thing, and no one questions the excess in baked goods. When they begin to tell me to stop, it’ll be a miserable day in HayleyLand.
But so far, we’re good. Which is great news, because I keep cooking more and more stuff.
Sometimes I wonder if I should channel my stress into other outlets, like cleaning my stockpile of clothes off my floor or scrub the bathroom sink or maybe, just maybe start exercising to relieve my stress.
Exercising? Yeah right.
So instead I bake, and rarely eat any of it since I weirdly have no sweet tooth and would prefer a jar of pickles to a bag of cookies. Weird? Yeah, but what’s new.
Considering Valentine’s day is around the corner, and I hath no Valentine, I’m a little bummed. Yeah, I have some problems with the holiday, but in the end, I’m a girl which means I have the natural, instinctual love for Valentine’s day and all things sparkly, pink and floral-related (preferably Gerbera daisies, but I’m not picky).
So let’s do a little math. Lots of stress + lack of Valentine + bummed-out-ness from lack of Valentine = BAKING UP THE WAZOO. Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous.
That said, you’d think I’d be baking voodoo cookie men and sticking knives in their hearts or something, but I keep my hopes up that someday, sometime, I’ll have a super-sweet Valentine of my own. So until then, I keep it cheerful. No voodoo people yet. Notice I said ‘yet’, not never. We’ll see what next Valentine’s day brings.
But until then, it was time to branch out from the realm of cupcakes. I found this super amazing recipe on Bake at 350’s blog for Valentine Chocolate Bark and knew I had to make it. After all, they always say “If you find yourself Valentinesless, eat a bunch of sweets.” Well, I say that. But don’t question it.
[Recipe from Bake at 350]
Valentine Crispy Bark
2 c rice puffed cereal
2 bags white chocolate chips
2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sprinkles and conversation hearts
1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
2. In a large microwavable bowl, melt one bag of white chocolate chips for one minute, stirring at 20-second intervals until chocolate is completely melted. Careful not to burn! Immediately stir in second bag of white chocolate chips and stir until all of the second bag is melted as well. Stir in rice cereal until fully combined. Quickly spread onto a thin, flat layer onto baking sheet.
3. Meanwhile, microwave one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a large microwavable bowl approximately 1 to 1:30 minutes. Careful, again, not to burn. Stir in second bag of chocolate chips until those are fully melted as well. Quickly spread on top of bark.
4. Immediately after spreading chocolate, sprinkle with rainbow jimmies and conversation hearts, if desired. Let stand until hardened and cooled. Pop in fridge to accelerate this process, like I did.
And voila. Crispity, crunchity, sweeeeeeeet bark for you, or your Valentine. I don’t judge 🙂