Monday, September 29, 2014

Mixed Berry Dumpling're welcome :-)

Its quite simple really, as much as I love DIY's and other colorful projects around the house, my true passion lies in baking. I love a good dessert/meal but most of all I love sharing it with neighbors and friends (well, if it passes my TLC criteria: Taste, Look, Consistency). I can't be giving out nasty, ugly desserts?!

The smells, the colors, and the memories of making something that everyone can enjoy through tasting really just razzles my berries, if you know what I mean.

Speaking of berries, this dessert is always a go to when Fall is around the corner! It's a major "comfort food cobbler" perfect for the season. It never disappoints. Well, unless served without ice cream; but I mean, you probably already knew that?!

The colors are amazing with this dessert too (actually we may have eaten it for breakfast too...hey don't judge, it has bisquick and berries so it's absolutely justifiable).
 ^^^it never lasts long...never, ever^^^
^^^this is just to prove that I really do share...sometimes?!^^^

-2 pkg. frozen mixed berries (without strawberries, they're too chunky)
-2 cups sugar
-1/4 cup butter
-3 pkg. 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 2 1/4 cup Bisquick
-2/3 cup milk
-3/4 cup oats

In saucepan bring berries, 1 cup sugar and butter to boil---stirl gently until butter and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth than add 2/3 cups milk. Stir in Bisquick and oats. Press 2/3 of  batter in the bottom of a greased  9x13 pan. Than pour berry mixture over and dollop the rest of batter on top. Cook at 350 for 35 minutes. Serve warm with icecream!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the color brown...chocolate crunch brownies

Whatever image you have in your mind about the color brown...erase it and insert this photo into your noggin'  because it's probably one of my (and my families) favorite brownies to date. Well, besides my moms brownies, but anything that comes close to my moms is and should be at the top of the list.

So with that said...feast your eyes on this milk chocolatey, delectable, moooooist and richly brown brownie. Than, right before your taste buds are about to burst with envy go bake it! Have today be your "cheat day"...and tomorrow and the next. What the hells-bells you only live once, right (YOLO) !?!

***I owe this post to Candace, who was the first person to bring me a plate of these back in college. I never looked back. Thanks Candace for adding a little more junk in my trunk for many years now, and for many more to come! muah.
-1 cup margarine (I used butter but I'm a butter snob so if you like margarine than more power to ya)
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 6 TBS cocoa
- 1 cup flour 
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt

middle layer:  7 oz. marshmallow cream

top layer:        1 cup peanut butter
                        2 cups chocolate chips

First mix butter and sugar. Stir in cocoa, flour, vanilla and salt.  Cook at 350 for 25 ish minutes. Depending on how your oven cooks you might want to cook it a bit longer, but don't overcook! An almost clean toothpick is what we're lookin' for here. 

Take out of oven and LET COOL. Than lather on a nice layer of one 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream. Lastly, in a bowl microwave 1 cup peanut butter with 2 cups milk chocolate chips. (about 45 seconds should do the trick) stir until it's all melted...than add about 3 cups rice crispies. Spread over marshmallow cream.

Chill for about an hour or so and enjoy.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

New Orleans Part Uno

We ventured out to Albamas Gulf Shores a few weeks ago and than at the end of our trip we drove the three hours and stayed in New Orleans for a day and a half (than flew out of New Orleans). It was the perfect ending to our family vacation.

I have never been to New Orleans. To be honest the only thing that I thought of when we had finalized our traveling plans was The Princess and The Frog. I know, you can tell I have an almost four year old. Actually, that movie was pretty on the money when it came to how it portrayed New Orleans and the bayou. A lot of music, a lot of color, a lot of interesting people (bourbon street...yikes), and a lot of good food. Oh, and lets not forget that wonderful heat and humidity! I loved the architecture and the artwork on every corner. It was a fun place to visit, but I am not sure I'll go back (at least not with kids?!)

We even ventured out to the bayou and had ourselves a little alligator tour, which was pretty ah-mazing! Gators were coming out of every nook and cranny, it was a bit eery actually. Our tour guide would throw marshmallows out in the water when we spotted beady eyes, and sure enough more would follow. Who would've thought gators liked mallows?!

Anyways here are few pics of the first part of our outings in New Orleans and the bayou...
 ^^^I think this wood post has seen a few ads and posters in its day^^^
 ^^^this about sums it up...Miss hungry & sweaty grumpy pants with little nose picker
But hey, lets talk about this hot dog was mighty delicious!
 ^^^see, all she needed was a little grub in her belly. Oh, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree^^^
 ^^^back when hurricane katrina happened, this cemetery right on the bayou was completely flooded. As the water slowly receded it took with it layers of earth and left caskets uncovered and completely exposed. People had to come and bury them again. This has happened multiple times!
 ^^^ wouldn't trust your two year old next to a completely predictable gator?!?^^^

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Virgin PInk Strawberry Pina Colada Popsicles

Since it's so blasted hot around these parts...we decided to make homemade popsicles because well, why not? I have a pile of popsicle recipes to try out and so this is the one Sage chose for our first trial run. It tastes like a virgin pina colada with strawberries so, I mean, you can't really go wrong with that!

Virgin Strawberry Pina Colada Popsicles
-4 cups chopped pineapple
-1 cup strawberries
-3 TBS lime juice
-1 15 oz. can coconut cream or milk (I couldn't find cream)
-1/2 cup sugar (try the mixture first, if it's sweet enough don't add the sugar)
***blend in blender and then divide into popsicle molds. Freeze. enjoy.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Wanna Hang Out?

As promised...I am posting about my all time favorite restaurant I have ever gone to while on vacation. I have to confess something...we (aka josh and I) base our vacays around the food. It's sort of the highlight of our get aways; and so a good find is the best thing ever!

Anyways, we went to this place with all of the family (cousins, in laws...the whole crew) called the Hangout. The food was good, but what was even better was the entertainment and the restaurant itself.

If you're looking for a quiet romantic dinner...DON'T go here. But if you're looking for a fun place to take kids this is the place. It has a huge sand mound for them to play on and the there's a DJ up in some box high above everyone who plays music and gets people on tables dancing and singing. Plus the decor is amazing...every wall I looked at had a collection of new things (ex: old school lunch boxes, pez dispensers, rubber duckies...)

One of Sage's favorite things was the wishing wall. You write your wish on a small piece of colorful paper, roll it up, and stick it in a hole on the wall. It got me thinking I wanted one of these in my house one day! :-)

 ^^^how Sage felt about the humidity...she is my child for sure ha^^^
 ^^^Sorry the photos for the wishing wall are so blurry...I was holding a baby and taking a picture at the same time...c'mon that's a good excuse right?!

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