Monday, September 30, 2013

Perfect Trio (Cookies, Brownies, & Reese's)

1 roll of cookie dough
14 Reese Cups or Oreo's
1 box of brownie batter

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Make the brownie batter according to the box directions (do NOT bake).
3) Place baking cups in the cupcake pan (paper or foil will both work).
4) I sprayed the baking cups with cooking spray just to be on the safe side.
5) Smoosh the cookie dough into the bottom of each baking cup.

6) Place a Reese cup (or Oreo) upside down on top of the cookie dough.
7) Top with the brownie batter, so that each baking cup is about 3/4 full.

8) Bake for 18-21 minutes.
9) I let them cool in the pan because they were difficult to get out. Here's the end result...super yummy!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Roller Derby

My new friend Katie and I went to roller derby this evening!! It was sssoo much fun!! If you've never been to a roller derby bout you should go at least's quite the experience. I'm not quite sure what all of the rules are, but it's so entertaining. Basically there are two teams of girls...yes that's correct it's a female sport!! GIRL POWER!! Each team has a "jammer". The teams have one starting point and the jammers' have another starting point about thirty feet behind the teams. Once the buzzer rings everyone starts racing around the track. The teams are trying to help their jammer pass the other team...while stopping the opposing jammer from passing. While racing around the track the team is body slamming, elbowing, and shoving the other team to stop them from passing. Once the jammer has lapped their opposing team twice they get a point!! Very interesting!!

Here's a photo of the track they race on. The first white line  is where the teams start and the third white line is where the jammers start.

If a penalty is called on a player they have to spin this wheel, which determines their punishment!! Does that say pillow fight?? Yes!! Like I said roller derby is quite entertaining...the crowd is dressed up, there's a concert at half-time, there's a bar, the roller derby bout itself is practically a chick fight with a plan, and there are even judges in bright colorful suits. If you'd like more information on the Austin Roller Derby team visit their website:

And here are some photos from the bout we went to:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Circle Brewery

Today some of my friends and I went to an open house at the Circle Brewery in Austin, Texas. The Circle Brewery is a small local brewery with some very yummy beer. I'm normally not much of a beer drinker, but I really liked their Blur Texas Hefe. 

The open house ran from 1-5pm and was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. When you enter the brewery they provide you with three tickets. You can use the tickets to get a sample of beer or you can buy a glass ($10) and get a full glass of beer. Once you've got your beer, you can relax and enjoy the company of those around you. 

They also provide a tour of their brewery. Here's a picture of a part of our tour:

If you're interested in trying some of their beer head on over to your local Spec's or check out their website for more information:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ultimate Cheesecake

2 cups finely ground graham crackers (about 30 squares)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 dash vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl combine the graham crackers, cinnamon, and butter with a fork until evenly moistened. Pour the crumbs into the pan and press the crumbs into the base and 1-inch up the sides. I like to wrap my hands in a sandwich bag or use a glass to press the graham crackers down. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs one at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add the sugar and beat until creamy for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the sour cream and the vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. The batter should be well mixed but not over beaten. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Set the cheesecake pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan; the foil will keep the water from seeping into the cheesecake. See image below:

Bake for 45 minutes. The cheesecake should still jiggle (it will firm up after chilling), so be careful not to overcook. Remove the cheesecake pan from the roasting pan. Let the cheesecake cool for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. 

Strawberry Topping Ingredients:
1 pint fresh Strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Wash and prep the strawberries. If the strawberries are large make sure to cut them in half. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continuously. Juice will begin to form, continue stirring and mash the strawberries with the side of the spoon. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate. You can also puree the sauce to get rid of some of the strawberry chunks. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bites

1 cup finely diced chicken breast
4 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank's brand)
2 tbsp ranch dressing
2 cans of crescent roll dough

1) In a small bowl combine the following: chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and ranch dressing.
2) Separate the dough into triangles. Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture on a triangle. Wrap the dough around the chicken mixture. Repeat for the remaining triangles and place on a cookie sheet.
3) Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned