Oreo Cupcakes | Munchies

1 11 2011

I fell in love with miniature Oreo cupcakes a couple years ago at the Cupcake Smackdown.   I’ve always wanted to make them so I finally decided to do it.  Turns out they are super simple and you can make them a ton of different ways.

You will need:

*White cake mix

*Vanilla Frosting

*Miniature Oreos

First I placed a couple handfuls of Oreos in a plastic bag(easy clean up)

Then I got a little country.  I didn’t have a mallet so I used…a hammer to break up the cookies. Yep, a hammer.

Then I made  the cake batter as instructed by Pillsbury.

When the batter was nice and smooth, I added the cookie crumbs.  I found it better to use more cookies but you can add to your taste.

I poured the beautiful batter into the cupcakes wrappers, about 3/4 full.  Then baked them at 350 for about 20 minutes.

While the cupcakes were cooling, I got the frosting ready.  I mixed in the cookie crumbs.  Then I used a plastic bag as a make shift pastry bag, all I had to do was clip the corner.

And to top it all off I placed a miniature Oreo cookie on top.

Ta-dahh!  On some I used plain vanilla frosting, sprinkled them with crumbs and topped them with a cookie.  I prefer the cookies mixed in the frosting though.

Give it try!  Let me know what ya think!





P is for Pancakes | Munchies

22 06 2011

I woke up this morning with a craving for some sweet sweet pancakes…only problem was I didn’t have pancake mix.  So I thought to myself, it can’t be that hard to make them from scratch.  While it wasn’t hard to make them it was hard to eat them. I was totally disappointed with the recipe I got online.

Do not be fooled by their golden edges. They. were. terrrrrible.

I tried adding more sugar, that didn’t help.

I tried adding more milk, that didn’t help.

I tried adding more flour, that didn’t help.

Martha Stewart would be disappointed.

Feeling defeated, I threw them all out.  I ended up having blackberries and toast with peanut butter and honey instead.  Smooth recovery.

Should you want to try the recipe yourself(although not recommended):

1 1/2 c Flour

1 Egg

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tbsp Oil

1 1/2 c Sweet Milk

Mix together and enjoy with your favorite syrup(or not…just sayin) 🙂

If you have a better recipe please fill me in!  I’m still craving some good pancakes…





Darcie + Josh | Weddings

12 06 2011

 

Darcie and I have been friends since we were in 5th grade.  We’ve been through all the awkward stages of life…body suits, braces and glasses.. then we graduated to loving boy bands and dancing to the Spice Girls…in college we learned a lot about life, love and rootbeer schnapps…and now we’re learning that miles are simply miles and true friends don’t mind traveling(especially to the beach) 🙂

I remember when I first heard about Josh.  Darc was totally smitten.  She didn’t want to leave his side.  And I completely understand, he is her compliment in every way.  If she’s stressed, her calms her.  Is she’s hungry, he cooks for her.  If she needs anything, he doesn’t hesitate to make sure she’s happy.

Their wedding was absolutely beautiful!  The ceremony was on the beach at sunset.  The reception was perfect down to every detail, from the starfish/sand dollar name plates to the sand castle center pieces.  The band kept everyone on their feet and we danced the night away.

My new favorite accessory, fake eyelashes.

Beautiful.

Time for a little bridesmaid fun 🙂

I love these girls!

From Left to Right: Rose(friends since 7th grade), Me, Erin and Jess(all friends since 5th grade)

To Darcie and Josh,

Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day! I love you both so much and wish you years upon years of happiness.  Also, I plan to visit again in August so get excited!!  Love and miss you guys!

To see their wedding photos visit Michelle Castle Photography





More Cowbell | Personal

11 06 2011

“Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!” 

I had a blast at Darcie’s and Josh’s wedding!  The whole event was amazing, from the beautiful beach ceremony to the kick ass reception.

We ended the night with Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline…with the crowd singing at the top of their lungs Darcie was dancing center stage, Veronica was tappin her tambourine, Kirsten was shakin her maracas and I was rockin out on the cowbell.  In the words of Barney Stinson, “It was Legen — wait for it…Dary!”.

Side note: If you don’t watch “How I Met Your Mother,” start immediately!

Check out those killer dance moves! 🙂

Congratulations Darcie and Josh!  I love you guys!

Keep an eye out, their wedding post is coming soon!

Photos courtesy of Michelle Castle Photography





Arrangements by Anne | Nature | Floral

6 06 2011

 I am so blessed to live in the Tree house and be surrounded by such creative roommates.  Katie and I are both photographers and Anne is super talented in the floral department.  Just check out her work.  Beautiful.

Decided to have a little fun and turn this last pic in to a painting. Thoughts?





Week 47: Fruit

1 01 2011

So I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for this week’s assignment.  I didn’t want to do the traditional fruit in a bowl pic or fruit at the farmer’s market pic.  Lucky for me, I live in Austin so I’m always surrounded by the unusual and artistic nature of others which I find inspiring.  I came across this giant piece of fruit at Yard Dog on SoCo.  It’s an amazing piece of art created by Dakota Pratt and it is appropriately called Strawberry.  Well done Ms. Pratt!  That’s the best lookin strawberry I’ve ever seen.





TYP Austin Oct. Event | Networking

27 10 2010

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TYP Austin partnered with the Young Professionals Council of Susan G. Komen.  YPC brought great materials and even had a representative tell everyone about the signs and risks of breast cancer.  It was a night full of socializing and tasty food.  If you haven’t eaten at Parkside yet, I highly recommend it!  Their food is delicious!

To learn more about Texas Young Professionals, visit our website http://www.texasyoungprofessionals.com.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars! Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure is on November 7th.  To register for the race as a TYP team member or to make a donation:

Go to www.komenaustin.org
Click on ‘Komen Race for the Cure’ : Register
Click on ‘Join a Team’ on the right hand side
Type in ‘Team Name’: TYP Austin
Click on the team name to join and continue with your registration.

For more details about breast cancer and how you can help raise awareness please visit www.komenaustin.org.








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