Oreo Cheesecake

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It’s all sorts of cheesy 🙂 This past week being the week before Prom, I got to see all sorts of creative and adorable askings by hopeful boys and acceptances by excited girls. Excitement was in the air. Being a sophomore, I didn’t expect to go to Prom this year. But seeing the all the askings was adorable and heart warming, especially admit the stress of AP test. Since baking always relieves stress, I decided to take some time off of studying and bake this cheesy cheesecake 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
-2 8oz packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese(room temperature)
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-3 eggs
-Oreo Pie Crust(I bought mines at Stater Bros)
-about 9 Oreos, crushed (more to taste)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325
1. Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl on low with hand mixer
2. Add eggs, one at a time, until mixture is incorporated
3. Fold in chopped Oreos
4. Pour batter into Oreo pie crust
5. Bake in oven at 325 for 40 minutes
6. When finished, let cheesecake cool completely
7. Put cooled cheesecake into refrigerator for at least 4 hours
8. SERVE AND ENJOY!

Chocolate Egg Cupcakes

Okay, so in complete honesty, this was not the recipe I intended to post. My original idea was to do Cadbury Egg Cupcakes, but of course, all the markets around me weren’t carrying them. Extremely frustrating. But I had all the other ingredients on hand already, so I just grabbed a bag of plain chocolate eggs instead. They literally just ended up being chocolate cupcakes with pretty buttercream and chocolate on top. Sigh…

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I had a three day weekend, and I decided I was going to take some time for myself. With the craziness of school, sports, and the upcoming testing, I’ve been all over the place and haven’t had time to take care of myself. So I decided to stay home rather than go out with friends, turn off my phone, and take the time to the things I usually don’t have the leisure to do.

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It was actually really really nice. I thought I would’ve gotten bored after a couple hours, but there was just so many things I realized I wanted to do. I painted my toenails, went on a run, got my eyebrows done, made cupcakes, made biscotti, listened to new music, and caught up with all the food blogs I follow. I haven’t been this productive in quite a while, and it was so refreshing to just do what I wanted to do. It was a good recharge for the old batteries, and now I’m confident that I’ll be able to face the week coming up! Happy Easter to all of you that celebrate it, and enjoy the cupcakes! They’re super easy to whip up, and they’ll be a crowd pleaser for sure!

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 (P.S Excuse my inability to frost cupcakes, its been a while..)

CHOCOLATE EGG CUPCAKES

24 dark chocolate cupcakes (box mix or homemade, its your call)

1 package of chocolate eggs

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Bake chocolate cupcakes and allow to cool.

2. Beat together cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer. Then add powdered sugar one cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla extract. Add food coloring if desired.

3. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and top with chocolate egg!

 

 

 

Chocolate Funfetti Cupcake Puppy Chow

I’ve never been the type to take chances. I like planning things out, organizing all the aspects, and weighing my options. I always stay on the safe side, and being spontaneous has never been my forte.

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However, recently I’ve been realizing that as much as I’d like to have control over everything that happens to me, it’s impossible. More and more I’m learning that sometimes, things aren’t going to work out the way I planned, and I have learn to deal with it and go with the flow of life. Even the most ‘for sure’ things are going to fall through, and that’s just life

 

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And more importantly, I’m slowly learning how to recover from these disappointments. Not only to shake it off and get back up, but to understand that there’s a purpose for why failure happens and that there are lessons to be learned. I’m learning just “wing it”, not stress over the trivial things, and just trust that God has a plan.

Taking chances isn’t all that bad, so I think you should all take a chance and try this Chocolate Cupcake Puppy Chow. Puppy Chow is rampant over Pinterest, with so many different variations, but I haven’t had the chance to try it out until now. And let me say, it did not disappoint. No joke, half of it was gone within the first day. It’s addicting. And ridiculously easy to make.

 

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE PUPPY CHOW

16 oz. milk chocolate

6 cups of Chex cereal

1/2 box Funfetti cake mix

Rainbow Sprinkles (the more the merrier!)

1. Pour all the chocolate into a large, microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments until completely melted. Stir until smooth.

2. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Pour in chocolate, cake mix, and sprinkle. Mix gently until all the cereal is coated.

3. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

RECIPE SOURCE: http://backforsecondsblog.com/2012/07/cupcake-muddy-buddies/

NOTES:

– Be careful not to burn the chocolate! You will be really sad to see chocolate go to waste!

– Work fast! Especially if you’re not using melting chocolate. You want to coat the cereal before the chocolate hardens again.

 

 

Monthly Favorites: March 2014

We’ve decided to add a dash of personal posts into our recipe-filled blog, starting with these monthly lists of favorites. I’ve seen this done mostly on fashion/beauty/DIY YouTube channels, but I thought it’d be a super fun way for you guys to get to know us a little better and for us to share some of our very favorite things with you! BECAUSE WE JUST LOVE YOU GUYS THAT MUCH 🙂 Our favorites could be books, clothes, foods, restaurants, blogs, or pretty much anything else we’ve been into during the month. Hopefully it’ll create some common ground between us and you guys (our lovely readers), or introduce you guys to some great you stuff that you’ll love just as much as we do. So here are our favorites for the lovely month of March!

CHRISTINE:

1.Herschel Supply Co. LIttle America Mid-Volume Backpacklittle america

 

photo via Royalcheese

It was about time for me to get a new backpack this month, and so I began doing some searching online for the perfect pack. I was looking for something both stylish and durable, and after much debate between the Little America and the Classic, I went with the Little America. And all I can say is that it has not disappointed me in anyway! Since I got the Mid-Volume version, it is slightly smaller than the original, but it still fits everything I need for school and looks super cute at the same time! The cinch opening does is a bit of a hassle at some times, but hey, everything good has a price, right?

2. Nike Flyknit Trainer+Nike Flyknit Trainer Nike Flyknit Trainer | Squadron Blue & Blue Glow

 photo via eukicks

I have a rather large obsession with shoes, I probably have one too many pairs for my own good to be completely honest. But I’ve had my eyes on a pair of Flyknits for a while now, and when I saw they were on sale at Roadrunners, I made the splurge and copped a pair. I really can’t resist a good deal… They’re light, comfortable, and perfect casual wear athletic shoes. I’ve gotten so many compliments on these shoes, it’s ridiculous. But at full price, they’re definitely a bit of a splurge (150 dollars, yikes!)

3. Joe’s Italian Icejoelatti

photo via Phoenix NewTimes

 I finally got the chance to try Joe’s out, and I have to say it lives up to the hype! When I visited during the night, the line was around the corner and the place was bustling, but it definitely not as busy during the afternoon. Their most popular item is the Joelatti, which is Philadelphia-style Italian ice layered with vanilla soft serve. Sounds weird, but tastes so so good. I’ve had the pomegranate, pineapple, and strawberry Joelatti, all of which are flavors that I would totally recommend. However, they change their flavor menu daily, so there’s always a new flavor to try. And if you are one of those indecisive people (me), do not fear! They offer samples!

4.Cannella Vita

Erica’s blog has been a favorite of mine for quite a while now, and it is about time I share her with all of you. Her photography is clean, her recipes mouth-watering, and her posts are always relevant. Since she herself is a junior in high school, I’m always amazed at how she’s able to manage such a great blog and keep up with everything at school. She’s a inspiration of mine, so check her out at: http://www.cannellavita.com/

5. Acai Bowlsacai bowl

 photo via OrganiGrowth

Thick blended acai, banana, strawberry, and blueberry base topped off with granola, agave nectar, and sliced fruit. Full of antioxidants, and pretty darn good too! I was first introduced to acai bowls at Nekter, and boy was I hooked. I made regular trips at least once a week, and after a while of watching the workers blend, I realized it wasn’t that hard. So I stopped by my local Sprouts, picked up a bag of frozen acai, and got blending! My homemade recipe is almost perfect, so keep an eye out for a post in the near future!

6. Pom-pom Trim Shortspineapple shorts

 photo via Pinterest

My entire being is screaming for summer’s arrival, and these shorts just embody the sunny, fun vibe of summer. I just adore the pom-pom trim, it adds a interesting texture to an otherwise pretty plain pair of shorts. I’ve been prowling Etsy and the Internet in general for the perfect pair, but have yet to meet my match. Sigh…