Mini Batch of Buckeyes

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Mini Batch of Buckeyes

This mini batch recipe for Buckeyes only makes about 16 pieces.  Yes, I am experimenting with cutting down recipes again.  Buckeyes are an Ohio favorite.   They are balls of peanut butter candy dipped in chocolate with a spot left to make them look like nuts from our state tree, the Buckeye.   At least that is what they are supposed to look like… mine don’t always turn out looking so nice.    The recipe version I cut down is one that has a lower butter to peanut butter ratio (one stick to a full jar) so if you prefer your Buckeyes to have a higher butter content, adjust and tweak to your own tastes.   You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter, substitute dipping chocolate or melt down candy bars instead of chocolate chips, and make the balls any size you want.  Okay, here’s the recipe.

MINI BATCH of BUCKEYES

1 tbsp. soft butter

1/4 c. peanut butter

1/3 c. confectionary sugar

1/3 c.  chocolate chips

Stir butter and peanut butter together.  Work in enough confectionary sugar to make a very stiff, yet smooth dough.  (I started with 1/4th cup and added a little more, so a third cup is an estimate.)   Roll into balls and chill for about an hour.   Melt chocolate chips.  (I used a small custard cup size bowl set into a pan of hot water to melt mine as I do not use a microwave.  There will be leftover chocolate as melting a little extra makes it easier to dip the last few.)   Dip each ball, rolling around to coat all but an “eye” spot, and set candy on waxed paper to harden.   I pop ’em back in the fridge as I like mine cold.

EDIT UPDATE:  

I woke up to a text this morning from Lady Jai: “they’re supposed to be buckeyes, not marbles” so if you make them the size of real buckeyes, you might only get six.  Mine are diet size.

If you are interested in making a full size batch, check out some of these other blogs…

Art Supplies?

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Every time I take the Buckeye bus up Poland Avenue, I always think “art supplies” when we roll past the hills of rusted savage.  Here’s another view.

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It always makes me smile.  I weld like a drunken sailor on dry land, so no worry of me raiding the junk yard.  I do like to make assemblages out of found objects, but on a much smaller scale.

I’m in rare form, bit happy these days tho I have moments when things go down that worry me.  Oh, just kids… par for the course to worry about them even when they are grown.

One of the decisions made in my moments of clarity is a bump that, why should I let some strangers in another part of the world discourage me from blogging on my own blog?  I have documentation of my use of “barnbees” on this internet dating back to 2009 so who cares if some rock-a-billy blues band changed their name to “barnbees” in 2012… if they don’t like me blogging as barnbees, they can buy me out, cut a deal and throw cash my way.  Otherwise, OH WELL. 

I did change my email addy, or rather just started a new one as I still cannot remember my password to access my “barnbees” email addy.  It will pop into my head someday.  But this blog AND my facebook shall remain barnbees.  Yes, OH WELL. 

Here’s one more shot of the junk yard.

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The sky is pretty, funny how the fence aligns with the horizon.  I shall miss riding the back roads into Youngstown when I move out of the burbs. 

Should I tell you where I’m going?  Or just wait and snap a view out the window?