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Chocolate Heaven

18 Aug

Birthday season is flying right on by!  Yesterday evening we spent some time with Jake’s family to celebrate his mom’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Miss Julie!

For dinner, Jake’s younger sister Becca marinated a mouth-watering Pork Tenderloin; it was grilled to perfection!

Jake’s dad threw some vegges on the grill that were delectable.  We also had one of my most favorite foods, cosume rice! It was so creamy that it resembled mac and cheese.  The food was great, but I still saved some room for my favorite part of every meal – dessert!

Becca picked out a peanut butter cup triple chocolate ice cream cake. Chocolate Heaven is no exaggeration.  I ate my piece, and even stole a bit (or two) of Jake’s.

Mouthwatering

We spent some time chatting away and looking at pictures taken so far this year. (sorry for the blurry photo below..I couldn’t keep a steady hand!)

Mr. Jake and his Mama

Eventually we headed home stuffed like turkeys and wanting nothing more than to hit the hay.  That is, until I saw this pathetic little face staring at me when I walked in the door!

Schweetness

Oh Please!

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Break-Ins and Birthdays

19 Jul

I have come to terms with the fact that I am overly dramatic, ridiculous, and out of control most of the time.  And get ready folks, ’cause it just got worse.

For once, Jakers and I decided to take the night off and hit the town!  We went to see our friend Darrell (aka Parelli Blu) perform at a local spot downtown. It was really great to be able to wind down, have fun, and spend some good time with our friends.

The last thing we were expecting after such a fun night was broken glass and torn wires.  You guessed it, we were robbed. We are no longer the proud owners of a flat-screen, and I have lost all my work/pictures/writing samples since they nabbed my laptop on the way out.  I guess I am the most naive person on Earth, because I honestly never thought it would happen to me 😦

Jerks ripped the TV out!

The buggars smashed in a window and let themselves out the back door.  Thankfully, the pups were locked up and were just fine when we checked on them. Now our main concern is getting outta-here!

In other, happier news, yesterday was my schweet little sister’s birthday!  She is almost legal (which means I’m almost an old geezer)! On Sunday, Jake and I spent most of the day packing up our house, and talking with the Landlord about breaking our lease early.  Fortunately, we were able to spend our evening with our favorite little Schmemily.

Birthday Pressies! (and hot dog buns)

Cute little Cup Cake

Happy Birthday Emily! Love you!

Sugar Coma Heaven

25 Jun

I have been busy-busy all day today! As usual, I put off most of my errands until the last minute, so have been on the move until just now.  Tonight is expected to be another fun and exciting night! We will be celebrating Jake’s cousin, Sophie, at her Bachelorette party.  Jake’s two sister’s have planned a fun fiesta-style party to help Sophie begin to celebrate her upcoming wedding and the following honeymoon in Cancun.  Arriba! This girl is ready to hit the town.

For tonights event, I received a request from the bride-to-be for my sinfully delicious cake-bites.  I made these little nuggets of heaven for one of Sophie’s bridal showers, and of course now she is addicted.  My cake bites are a revised version of other delicious treats like “cake-pops”, or “cake balls”.  There are a lot of recipes for these out on the web, but I had to do a little tweaking to get them just right.  This dessert is pretty time consuming, and since i’m short on time, I distributed the work over a few days.

Here’s what I did:

1 cake, baked (I used a vanilla boxed mix)

1/2 can cream cheese frosting

2 bags of melting chips – 1 chocolate, 1 vanilla (found at Hobby Lobby)

variety of colored sugar sprinkles.

Two Nights Before:  Bake your cake.  Let cool and keep in pan (covered) overnight.  It is really important that the cake is completely cool, or the consistency will feel more like play-dough than a treat.

The Night Before: Smash up the baked cake and transfer into a giant bowl.  Add the 1/2 can of cream cheese frosting to the bowl.  Using a mixer, blend the icing into the cake until the consistency is close to a dough.  Wrap the cake-dough in plastic wrap and let cool overnight.

The Morning Of:  Remove dough from the fridge and roll into one-inch balls. (sidenote: I would love to make these suckers bite-size, but I’m a lazy son of a gun at 8am on a Saturday, so I settled for big ones – teehee) The dough I made gave me about 40 bites total. Freeze for one hour.

The Afternoon Of:  Follow the directions on the package of the melting chips and make sure the result is a nice smooth mixture.  I started with the White Chocolate and moved onto the Milk Chocolate later.  Using a toothpick, drag the bites one at a time through the chocolate.  Set (carefully – these things are slippery) each dipped bite on a tray and allow to dry.  Once dried, dip one side of the bite into a little more chocolate, and then into a bowl of sprinkles and repeat.

These not only look fun, but taste amazing.  Beware: a sugar coma awaits you!