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Inspiring Blog Award & Chocolate-Covered Reese’s-Stuffed Oreos

So as it happens, I’ve been nominated by Domestic Diva, M.D. for an Inspiring Blog Award.
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Full disclosure: I had no idea such a thing existed.
But I think it’s pretty cool, nonetheless!

I’ve been told that the rules for accepting a blog award are as follows:
– Display award image on your blog page.
– Link back to the person who nominated you.
– State 7 facts about yourself.
– Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.
– Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to their posts.

Therefore…

7 Facts About Myself
1) I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember, but I never even thought to give myself a “brand” until it was suggested by a 2011 graduate of the master’s degree in Divinity program I myself will complete in May.
2) I’m in the United States Navy. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually mentioned that on here, but I am, in fact, an Ensign in the US Navy Reserve, and am scheduled to be promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) in August of this year.
3) I love, love, LOVE reading fiction. Unfortunately, since I started my master’s degree in August of 2010, I haven’t really had a great deal of time to read it, so I basically picked one author – Terry Pratchett – and have been doing my best to read through his entire line of Discworld novels. I’ve gotten through about two-thirds of them.
4) Even when I was in middle school, I always sort of suspected I’d end up in the military. However, I NEVER figured I would become a minister – that realization didn’t come until college.
5) I hate needles. I can’t stand ’em. I will never get a tattoo or a piercing for that reason.
6) I’m a highly educated, liberal mainline Protestant Christian soon-to-be-minister. I am also a ridiculous NASCAR fan. Demographic contradiction, thy name is me.
7) I tend to be a fan of television shows that are smart, well-written, fun, and tend to find their way off their air relatively quickly because they aren’t dumb enough for the general public.

Blogs I’m Nominating
1) The blogger who nominated me, Domestic Diva, M.D. I don’t know if that’s “allowed”, but then, I don’t particularly care. Her recipes are insanely good, especially this recipe for Cornish Game Hens that left my fiancee and I in a state of gastronomic bliss.
2) My friend and soon-to-be-fellow Wake Forest University School of Divinity alum (I say soon-to-be because she graduated last year, and I have not yet), the author of Bird’s Nest. She recently decided to follow her dreams in terms of employment instead of just taking the first thing that came along… more people need to have the courage to do that!
3) Life Is Short, Eat Hard is an Australian who stomps about my home, the vast wasteland that is the Salt River Valley – Phoenix, Arizona. Again, she has a cooking blog, and some of her recipes – such as this one for herb and garlic BBQ lamb that I am determined to try in the VERY near future – are absolutely astonishing.
4) Another chef, this one British – Homemade With Mess comes up with some recipes that actually start to engage more senses than just my sight. Some of her recipes, I swear I can taste, such as her milk chocolate fudge cake – which does, by the way, taste JUST as good as you might imagine.
5) Bucket List Publications is a blogger here in the Tar Heel state. Her blog is nothing BUT inspiration, to live life to the fullest, and her post about her family’s new home reminds me of just how close I am to taking on such a responsibility myself!
6) A Lot on Your Plate, while not entirely a food blog, has a lot of food to it. One post in particular, entirely about turning BACON into candy, is enough inspiration for me to get out of bed every morning from now on.
7) Finally, there’s The Jiggly Bits. Not a food blog AT ALL, she instead is all about humor, satire, and real life. One post in particular, which highlights the utter futility of New Year’s resolutions, had me rolling on the floor – but then, so does most of what she writes. (Reader take warning: this is definitely a R-rated blog, at minimum!)

Anyway, with that done, I would like to also present to you this week’s recipe. It’s an INSANELY easy one, and it comes with pictures.

Chocolate-Covered Reese’s-Stuffed Oreos

INGREDIENTS
60 Double-Stuf Oreo Cookies
30 Snack-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
6 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS
Take two Oreos. Slice off one side of each cookie, making sure that all of the cream remains on the other side.
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Place the Reese’s PB cup, upside down, on one Oreo half. Place the other Oreo half on top of it, and press down gently to make it all stick together.
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Repeat with all of your remaining cookies and Reese’s cups.
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Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips, two cups at a time. Dip Oreo-Reese’s sandwiches into melted chocolate, one at a time. You should be able to dip ten sandwiches in two cups of melted chocolate.
Place chocolate-covered sandwiches on wax papered cookie sheet. Refrigerate overnight.
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