So right now, I’m dog-sitting a neighbor’s cutie pie poodle mix while they’re out of town.
Just so you know, they live in a Better Homes and Gardens house. It has accent vases, a suspicious yet pleasant lack of dust, and a perpetual sugar-cookie smell.
Since I’m hanging out with his pooch, sometimes I have pretend day-dreams that it is my house and I handpicked all of the artwork from small dealers and bought my hand-painted plates from a lavish vacation in Italy.
Plus, it’s hard not to want to imagine living in a place where dog hair, dust and weird fart smells are virtually non-existent… especially when I walk in my door and am greeted by not only my two real-life dogs, but the small cluster of miniature fur bunnies that have collected from their stray hairs. Or the trail of ants now currently residing in my pantry. Or all those pantry contents spread out on my kitchen table, rendering it virtually useless and cluttered and messy and gross and OH MY GOD WHY CAN’T MY HOUSE SMELL LIKE SUGAR COOKIES?!
Do you ever notice other people’s house smells? So weird. My best friend’s house always smells like warm vanilla. And Jessie’s house smells like food has been cooking away all day, even though his room smells like boy.
But I walk into my house and smell… nothing. I desperately spritz Febreeze and light candles and even bought those fancy wall smelly plug-ins but no matter what, it still smells like… nothing.
Suspicious? I think so.
Maybe I’m not meant to live a life of clean houses and luxuriously sweet smells. Maybe I’m bound for a life of sordid things, like living with 57 cats and year-old nachos bell grande strewn about the place. I’m not meant for a home that constantly smells like baked goods or perfectly polished wood furnishings.
I guess I became a little depressed at this revelation and made some Inside-Out Oreo Peanut Butter Cups because if I can’t have exotic home furnishings and fur-free floors, at least I can have some highly addictive, super awesome candies.
1 pkg white chocolate bark
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
24 Oreo cookies
1. Line two muffin tins with 24 paper liners and set them aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, microwave the chocolate according to package directions, stirring until melted and smooth.
2. Stir the peanut butter into the white chocolate mixture to combine. Pour about 1 Tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture into the bottom and lightly up along the sides of each paper liner.
3. Place an Oreo cookie snugly on the bottom of each lined cup. Top the cookie with another Tablespoon of PB mixture, covering the entire cookie and allowing the excess PB mixture to drip over the sides of the cookie to “seal” the cup.
4. Place the cups in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden, then bring them to room temperature before eating. Store any leftovers airtight for up to 3 days on the counter, or about a week in the freezer.
Have a great Tuesday!