question.

what are at least 3 things that you want to do for the first time before the year ends?

me:

1. skydive.

2. do the bungee ride at the state fair of texas this fall.

3. eat at at least five 4-5 star restaurants that i have never been to.

4. ride the downtown trolley.

5. go to the big trade days flea market in canton.

 

random thoughts. a recipe. future plans. and stuff.

warning: this blog is not in any chronological order…or in any organized format. i’m sure it will be randomness that will bounce around from thought to thought. enjoy.

i realized that i didn’t post a picture of the decorations of those lemon cupcakes that i baked a month ago. they were done for a captain of one of my pool teams, penny. she’s the best. she’s one of the most thoughtful friends i have. she helped me during my juice fast by informing me about which store was selling their fruits and veggies at what prices. i’m terrible at shopping so she saves me a lot of money! she shoots on both 8 ball and 9 ball teams, so i decided to make little decorations! i know a lot of the guys were envious. too bad because i don’t replicate the decorations i create (don’t ask me why, maybe it’s because i want them to be exclusive for the person i’m making them for). here they are:

8 ball and 9 ball cupcakes!

alrighty then. the recipe for the mini nutella cheesecakes…here we go!

mini nutella cheesecakes, done on may 25, 2012

the recipe makes 12 mini cheesecakes:

for the crust:

-6 oreos without the cream filling. i throw away the cream filling. you can eat it. i actually don’t like sugar icing or filling.

-1 tbsp butter (i put 1 1/2 because…well…i love butter?)

—->preheat oven to 325 degrees.

—->crush the oreos until they are fine. my friend had a PAMPERED CHEF chopper, so i went to town with it and then threw them in a sifter so i could make sure it was VERY FINE…pre-PAMPERED CHEF CHOPPER, i was taking a hammer to the oreos in a ziplock bag. i. will. never. do. that. again. SHOOT ME.

—->after you crush the oreos, melt the butter and stir it in with the oreos. distribute them into the 12 muffin cups. i don’t like pressing the oreos with my fingers. i use the bottom of a spoon and twist the muffin cup around as i press down on the oreo crust. it works much faster. (i really should have taken pictures of this process, i’m sorry, y’all…)

for the filling:

-4 oz. of cream cheese which should be room temperature and soft.

-1 tbsp of sugar (i never really measure, to be honest. i just take a heaping spoon and throw it in)

-a dash of vanilla

-2 tbsps of nutella (i, once again, use heaping spoonfuls. why not?)

-1 egg yolk

—->with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until it’s creamy. mix in the rest of the ingredients, scraping the bowl in between mixing. use a little spoon to distribute the mixture into the muffin cups. it will be enough to fill each cup.

—->bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. i pull them out after 12 minutes.

my brother was my first taste tester. he loved them but he said he couldn’t taste the nutella. he’s ALL ABOUT tasting the nutella. so what i did was throw some nutella in a piping bag and zig zagged a design on the top of the cheesecakes…for more nutella goodness. and there you have it, folks! i did more nutella cheesecakes for my friend’s bridal shower this past weekend and although i love my new dozen pan, i had to run to the store to get a 24 mini muffin pan.

new toy!

i want to make more “mini anythings” with this now…yay!

rewinding a little bit…

i think i have a post-it on my forehead that says “HIT ON ME NOW” because i’ve been experiencing something unusual with guys lately. i got hit on by 2 different guys while just grabbing a drink in a gas station one night. i got hit on in the parking lot of a bar once but i think the guy was hammered off his butt and shouldn’t have been driving. i met a guy who ended up wanting to know where i was every night, and would invite himself over. no, i don’t hand my number out like candy. i was doing a friend a favor and that backfired on me. darnit. *glares…….then laughs* one of my guy friends had some epiphany in the middle of the night that i was “the one” and when i say “the one” i mean “the one he wants to be with because he knows that i think his kids are adorable and he wants to date someone to share his responsibilities.” yes, my friend said he wants to date because he wants someone to help him with his responsibilities, aka his kids, because their mother abandoned them. wow. that’s pretty…..crazy. and then he instantly fell in love with me around 2 a.m. of texting me during one of my late night baking adventures and i pretty much lost all my interest in being his friend. because you don’t do that. and you don’t get drunk and call me at 3 a.m. thinking it’s cute, either. another guy friend decided to be brave as well and try to transition from “guy friend” to “potential boyfriend.” that didn’t work, either. especially when i haven’t seen you in over 6 months, buddy. what are we going to have, a text message relationship? some of my guy friends have gotten pretty ballsy lately, and it has failed on their part. and it makes me sad sometimes, because it just….makes our friendship take an uncomfortable route. one of my married friends asked me if i thought he was cute. what!? what does it matter!?!? it was the way he asked it that threw the red flag up. i swear, some people…

people wonder why i’m single. it’s been almost a year. the answer is this. it’s because i have spent a majority of the year being hung up on a guy that won’t give me the time of day. story of my life. i’m surrounded by great guys and my dumb self is too fixated on someone who genuinely likes me but is not ready to commit. that’s who i am. i’m the girl that you can see yourself settling down with, but you’re not ready to settle yet because you still want to be a boy. the past year has really dragged me down because i couldn’t snap out of it. when you’re told by a few guys about how wonderful you are, but are also told that you’re the type of girl that shouldn’t ever be hurt…therefore they don’t want to pursue you…it kinda hurts for a while. but then it also saves you from wasting your time. i am fully aware that i am not perfect. i know that i may have those days in which i might blame my boyfriend for something he never even did, maybe because i’m just in a bad mood or i’m PMSing (fine, i’ve never done that before, but still). i am fully aware that i make mistakes on a weekly (or even daily) basis. i might have an argument here or there that shouldn’t have even be made in the beginning. i’m not perfect. but if you think i am, then fine. i’ll just find someone who is as “perfect” as i am. and i’ll most likely think of him the way the guys think of me. oh, story of my life.

i feel like deleting those 2 paragraphs, but i’ll just move along…

last week, i decided to get a kiddie pool, some bubbles, water balloons, water guns, and a slip n’ slide for the backyard so my nephew and i could have a wateriffic day after he got out of kindergarten. i ended up babysitting my niece as well, so we had a mini water park set up in my backyard and went to town. i don’t get to be a fun aunt as much as i want to-in fact, i don’t remember the last time i was a fun aunt, and that makes me sad…i must do it more often.

it’s not a slip n’ slide, it’s an army crawl mat!

on may 25, in between my late night baking adventure, i went bowling with a bunch of friends. i love bowling. i mean, I LOVE BOWLING. i don’t think i’m good but i don’t care. i even convinced duncan to wear his gray v-neck because i found a gray v-neck that i apparently bought sometime i-don’t-know-when that still had the tag on it…so we took a picture together.

the crew. we fight to be the worst bowler or the best bowler.

of course my name is CUPCAKE! our results after game 1.

we were v-neck twinkies!

after hours dining with….aunt jemima?

i enjoy hanging out with friends at least once a week and doing activities that don’t include shooting pool. i want to bowl every friday night now. woot!

i was going to post about the 10 day juice fast that i did, but it’s past 2 a.m. and i have to be up in 5 hours for work. that was the reason why i asked the question about the nicest thing you have done for yourself.

my friend is getting married this week. i am one of her bridesmaids. i am going to have one heck of a week this week. it’s going to be so much fun and so draining at the same time. but that’s usually what happens when you have fun. =) my friend, tony, will be my date, as usual. i blogged about him being my wedding date back in october, here is the blog. he will be my date for this week’s wedding, and i will be his date for a wedding at the end of june. it’s going to be fun, as always! i have a wedding in may, 2013, and guess who will be my date to that one!!!…..yes, tony. =)

i apologize for not responding to many comments posted on my blog. this month has worn me out. i thought i wouldn’t be as busy this year as i was last year, but it seems to be a repeat. hopefully things slow down enough for me to have a few days by the pool and a few chances to do more activities this summer!!

i really should go to bed now…

xoxo!

So juicy…

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Day 7 of 10 on my juice fast. This is my best friend when I am at work. This might even be the reason why I made it this far on pure juice and water. There is nothing like freshly squeezed orange juice or carrot juice…or both mixed together!

Sorry for my absence on here. I spent the first half of my fast sniffing food, watching Food Network, and working.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

baby shower madness…

it was a crazy weekend…

we (my friend, tiffany, and i) baked, piped, iced, floured, shaped, rolled, dyed, mixed, burned, and actually taste tested for 22 hours.

here’s another “blog in pictures” that i will caption for you all. i co-hosted a baby shower for a friend, and although a million things went wrong (i totally burned a batch of lemon cupcakes…what in the world!?), the best made it on the tables. haha.

oh, and if timing couldn’t be any better, our friend gave birth today! almost 24 hours after the baby shower, baby ashton was born. there was a miscalculation in due dates and how far along our friend was, but she was very aware of her body and knew that ashton was not going to make it another month. so i’m glad we all got to enjoy the food and fun and desserts, because if the baby was born during the shower…i don’t know what would have happened! haha!

enjoy!

good lemon cupcakes. burned lemon cupcakes.

figuring out a font for the sugar cookies…

attempting to doodle for the sugar cookies…

graham cracker crust for the reese’s peanut butter mini cheesecakes!

after this batch, i decided to cut the peanut butter cups in half, horizontally…

the peanut butter cups looked too tall in the mini cups…

strawberry cake pops!

these reese’s peanut butter mini cheesecakes were….so…..good…….

more cake pop prepping…

this was when i wanted to give up. just give up. we had a dipping disaster.

piped the lemon cupcakes with a lemon pudding down the middle, topped with white icing. i put less batter in the cups to give me a more flat top to write on.

the letter “A” for Ashton.

pink crowns!

baby’s first monogram!

oreo truffles with some drizzle…

mini nutella cheesecakes!!!…the only one dessert i had at the baby shower other than fruits! and they were AWESOME!

the mom-to-be’s favorite, old fashioned rice krispy treats! with some pink icing. =)

some “disaster dipped” cake pops that ended up looking good on the plate!

the cookies, ready to rock and roll…

ta da!!! the dessert spread!

we cut up some of my note cards with squiggly scissors and made little description cards, like at buffet restaurants!

the lemon cupcakes on what was a light fixture that our friend’s mom turned into a serving platter! it was insanely gorgeous!

here’s the light fixture, with a platter, with jewels hand applied on the ends, and doilies on top. isn’t this the neatest thing EVER!?

i noticed that no one touched these oreo truffles. i think it was because they were not in a good spot. so we moved them. and then they disappeared.

strawberries. they were to be dipped in sour cream (whaaaat!?) and rolled in brown sugar and chopped nuts. so good!

veggie tray, marshmallows, and oreo truffles.

baby’s got some napkins already.

our friend’s mom is such a creative genius..turning her kitchen bar into a dessert heaven using different heights and painting a hat box pink, turning it upside down, and decorating it to be one of my favorite things on that table!

the cookies and cheesecakes.

the delicious chips and dip spread….

our friend’s parents own a restaurant called COSTA VIDA. let’s just say that after my juice fast diet, i will be paying them a visit. the food was so good, it was…unreal.

cute plates!

we held a DIAPER CAKE COMPETITION!!!

a diaper tricycle cake!

a fun, sassy PRINCESS cake!

an adorable cake! it even had a little bible on top!!

a cute cake with the baby’s name on it!

a heart-shaped cake with the baby’s name on it!

little washcloth cupcakes!

the winner of the diaper cake competition! tulle, leopard print, and sofie the giraffe!

prizes for the diaper cake competition and games. they included stationery, cute magnets, jewelry, victoria’s secret scents, gift cards to victoria’s secret, bath & body works, and dinner for 2 at costa vida, and more!

the entrance to the shower.

a photographer was on site to take pictures and print them out quickly so we could take them home with us! how fun!

voting on the diaper cakes. hmm….serious face.

opening gifts before the diaper cake winners are announced!

after 2 hours of sleep, my partner finds some time to herself…and the diapers.