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Ben + Derek = BFF

by Meghann on October 30, 2010

Sometimes it’s scary how similar my little brother and Derek are. Especially when they show up wearing the same shirt. :)

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Notice the similar sunglasses placement on the back of the neck, haircut, and Rock ‘n Run t-shirt. Love it.

I actually love how close the two of them have become – or even how close I’ve become with my younger brother in general – this past year. Growing up Ben always seemed to separate himself from my other siblings and I. He was the youngest (there’s a 4.5 year age difference) and the most outspoken out of all of us. When I graduated high school Ben was just starting middle school and when Kelly graduated, he started high school.

There was this big gap where Ben was ‘too cool’ to spend time with any of us. While I was coming home to visit on the weekends, he was too busy being a teenager to spend time with the family. There were a lot of family outings Ben was absent for.

It took some time, but thankfully he grew out of that ‘teenage rebel’ stage and remains one of my best friends. He calls to randomly hang out, picked up an interest in running, and now has no problem staying in to spend time with the fam. He’s my little brother and I love him to death. :)

I think today was a good example of just how much our relationship has blossomed. around noon I got a random phone call from my brother asking if Derek and I wanted to go shopping with him and Ashley.

Shopping? You don’t have to ask me twice. ;)

First we needed fuel for shopping. Derek and i met Ben and Ashley at Crave right by the ball for a late lunch.

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I have driven by Crave a few times, but had never been inside before. I was impressed by the upscale casual atmosphere and delicious menu (all-american entrees with a modern twist).

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We started with a gorgeous basked of hot bread.

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Complete with spicy chipotle butter.

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I had a piece of warm foccacia bread with the spicy butter.

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The bread was fantastic. It was warm and doughy with the perfect amount of chewiness. :)

The Savory Chicken Chop Chop Salad sounded like it was the perfect pairing to my love for all things sweet and savory.

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Unfortunately when it arrived it fell a little flat.

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The portion was small and the toppings were minimal. The flavor was there, but the staying power was not.

I finished my lunch then had a couple bites of Derek’s amazing burger (and some fries).

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And stole a piece of Ashley’s pizza.

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Next time I’d order the burger…. or pizza. ;)

Shopping was a lot of fun. I did get a few things for myself, but I had more fun playing dress up with Derek.

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Argyle sweaters are SEXXXXYYYY! ;)

We shopped and shopped then hit up Starbucks for a little caffeine fix.

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Tall Awake Tea Latte with one pump of Pumpkin Spice please. :D

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Derek and I had plans for a nice dinner out, but were too exhausted by the time we made it home to think about doing anything else. Instead an easy dinner at home and an ABC Family showing of Hocus Pocus seemed so much more appealing. :)

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On the left: roasted brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and parsnips.

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On the right: left over Butternut Squash Lasagna filling heated with chickpeas and a drizzle of barbecue sauce (the barbecue was the winning ingredient in this combination)

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Of course no Halloween weekend is complete without candy!

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I know I’m sort of boycotting Halloween this year, but Hocus Pocus had me craving chocolate and what better way is there to celebrate than making your OWN candy? ;)

1. Melt half a bag of dark chocolate chips with a spoonful of coconut oil.

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2. Coat the bottom half of a mini muffin tin with the melted chocolate

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3. Freeze for 10 minutes.

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4. Add a spoonful of filling

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(I picked the Naturally Nutty Toffee Butter Peanut Butter)

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5. Top with the more chocolate

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6. Freeze additional 15 minutes or until set.

7. Enjoy!

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Now i just need some trick or treaters to share with. ;)

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Or not…..

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Good Night!

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evan Thomas October 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I made homemade almond joy’s tonight after seeing your tweet. They’re still drying, but I can’t wait to cut into one.

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2 Kiran October 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Me want some of this delicious chocolates :D

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3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Those peanut butter cups look so professionally made! You can be a chocolatier. So cute to see you and your brother hanging out and LOVED the matching t-shirts!

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4 Ash Bear October 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm

That’s a great idea! It’d make a great, and what seems to be, pretty simple Christmas gift for co-workers!!

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5 Meaghen October 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I made homemade peanut butter cups for my boyfriend when he was away training for work for 3 months. He loved them. It was Valentine’s when I sent them to him and I think I’m going to make it a yearly tradition!

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6 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I’m totally watching Hocus Pocus too. lol

Those peanut butter cups look amazing. I had a fun size pack of Reese’s Pieces and now some hot cocoa. :)

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7 Beth @ bride in the little white dress October 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I want to reach through my screen and grab one! They look like Reese’s and probably taste even better with addition of coconut butter and toffee pb.

Men & argyle make me swoon too! :)

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8 Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Those do look delicious! Too bad most parents wouldn’t let their kids eat homemade goods. :(

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9 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

That sounds DELICIOUS! And a PERFECT halloween night!

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10 Caitlin October 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Um, I immediately ran to my kitchen to make those treats. Luckily I had everything on hand, as I may have headed out into a rainy california night for the ingredients. YUM!

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11 emily October 31, 2010 at 12:36 am

Ack, those cups look awesome! And I’d say making your own pb cups counts for a big chunk of Halloween spirit :D

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12 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

Wow, I’m impressed with the homemade pb cups!! I’ll have to try out your method :)

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13 RunningOnCoffee October 31, 2010 at 1:18 am

Your salad looks small for the price – sorry it was disappointing! (This coming from someone who lives an hour from NYC and is used to high restaurant pricing). That’s awesome that your brother has come around and enjoys hanging out with you and Derek!

I love your homemade candies… I’ll have to pick up some coconut oil (where do you find that??) to try it.

I’m boycotting Halloween too, in that I did not plan a costume, had no Halloween party to go to, and as we did not get ANY trick-or-treaters last year, I’m not expecting any this year. We didn’t carve pumpkins this year either, but it was a crazy last couple of weeks for both me and my husband at work.
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14 Hope October 31, 2010 at 2:13 am

homemade candy?! Yes please!! You seriously could not go wrong with that combination!

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15 Shanna October 31, 2010 at 2:17 am

These photos turned out so wonderfully! And I love the faux Reeses!

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16 Stefanie @thenewhealthy October 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

Yum, those homemade peanut butter cups look so easy and delicious! And you could use so many different nut butters for filling!

My little brother and I have become best friends in the past few years! It’s wonderful! :)

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17 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 31, 2010 at 4:28 am

When I saw the first picture of those peanut butter cups, they looked so professional I thought you’d bought them! But they look so quick to make I may make some myself for those trick-or-treaters, if there are any left by the time they turn up…! :P

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18 Jen October 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

Those look so good…and easy!!!! I may just have to try making some :)

Jen

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19 Heather October 31, 2010 at 7:25 am

You really had a stomache ache from 3 of those? That is a little concerning!!! I really hope that you start upping your calories soon. I mean that in the best way out of concern for you!

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20 Alicia at Poise in Parma October 31, 2010 at 8:54 am

My husband is going to LOVE you for that recipe for homemade peanut butter cups!

My husband and brother hang out all the time. They are both big golfers, love the same sports teams and get a kick of making fun of me – so they have lots in common! Both my hubby and I are uber close with our brothers. My favorite times when the four of us are hanging out because we all get along so well.

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21 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather October 31, 2010 at 9:42 am

How fun shopping! That’s awesome how close you all are.

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22 Lacey @ Lake Life October 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

First off, the do-it-yourself chocolate idea is genius!

Secondly, I LOVE Hocus Pocus and pretty much watch it every day in the month of October. I guess today is my last chance so I better watch it twice :-)

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23 Alison (Ali on the Run) October 31, 2010 at 10:39 am

Love the peanut butter treat recipe! Thanks for sharing. I will most definitely be whipping up some of those this week. Happy Sunday!

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24 Jenny October 31, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I really love pumpkin-flavored anything. I think I’ll try your order and put the pumpkin spice in a tea latte.

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25 Fallon October 31, 2010 at 11:35 am

OOO now I must make homemade PB cups =P

Happy Halloween!

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26 Nicole @ running around the rock October 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Very cool! My neice would love to make those chocolate PB treats… and I would love them too :)

Happy Halloween!

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27 Beth @ Kitchen Minions October 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Nothing beats a quiet night at home, so peaceful!

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28 Kelly October 31, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Argyle sweaters are definitely sexy. Sounds like a fun day!

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29 Heather @ Dietitian on the Run October 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

The little pb cups turned out so cute!! Seriously want one of those – might be added to my afternoon “baking” list…

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30 Jenna October 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Yum! Those cups look so cute and easy.

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31 Julia October 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This inspired me to make some homemade pb cups too! Other methods always look so complicated but this looked easy and it came out DELICIOUS.

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32 Sana October 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I have never tired making my own candy! You made it look so easy! I am not sure I could wait that long!

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33 jenna November 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

yumm that savory chicken chop chop looks right up my alley!!

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34 Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats October 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’m making these dark chocolate pb cups as soon as I can get my hands on the ingredients. Or better yet the almond joy version as Evan recommended. Thanks for sharing!

PS – With no liners, are they easy to get out of the muffin tin?

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