Ted's random photo from Christmas Eve dinner w/ my daddy Maurice. We had ham. Do you stil have left overs from your holiday feast? Here's a recipe you can do with all/any leftovers...
Ted's stuff in a pan:
On his plate.. cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and ham..Grab a large pan, sray pam it/ or butter of margarine... brown up the cornbread and mashed potatoes in the pan and then add chopped up ham. Add your favorite seasonings.. garlic, pepper, whatever you like... cook up until a bit crispy w/ the potatoes.. put on a plate to eat. You can add your veggies, sweet potatoes, whatever your leftovers are to the pan.. cranberry sauce is good to add after it's on the plate on top..or the side which you like.
You could also do the Layered Stuff in a Pan..grab a baking dish and spray pam the bottom to prevent sticking. Layer the stuffing, then a layer of mashed potatoes, and add the chopped up ham...Veggies/sweet potatoe whatever else you have could go on top. Adding cheese inbetween and on top can rock too! Bake until a light golden brown on top/warm in the middle, since they are already cooked. ENJOY! If you're not into STUFF, then click here for some more leftover ideas!
Kerby Lane's Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are back for a limited time. They are AWESOME. I heard you can request Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll too! I know where I'll be getting some Happy Holiday Yummies in this weekend! My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. They really are AWESOME! Now we need to get them to make this a staple pancake like their yummy Gingerbread pancakes. MMMM..GOOOD!!!
Attention PIzza Hut LOVERS! PHP is offering a $10K Valentine's Day romantic package proposal: a ruby engagement ring, limo service, a bouquet of flowers, a personal fireworks display, a professional photographer and videographer and, of course, a Pizza Hut $10 Dinner Box for that special someone in your life. There are only 10 available. You've got until February 14th to grab it!
What do you think?
I didn't have pizza with my proposal...
My proposal from Ted was on St. Pete Beach, Florida, after driving around with friends. Ted was trying to find the perfect beach area to propose. He almost did it on 'Redneck Beach', but he decided to wait and see if we ended up somewhere different. Good Call on his part.. LOL!!! He asked me if I wanted to walk on the beach with him, which I looked at him strange, because he's not a big fan of that. Once he got to an area where we were alone. He got down on 1 knee and asked if I would marry him. My 1st answer ...'Are you serious?' Okay, that seems wrong at first, but here's the back story. We had been together, for the past 9 years, and I knew he wasn't big on marriage. I didn't care either way. So when he did the one knee thing and popped the question with out passing out, I was shocked! I said 'Are you Serious?'.. He said 'YES'.. so I said 'YES'.. 10 1/2 years ago (18 1/2 since we met) ... We're still each others' Valentine and Rock'n it!
Well, I would certainly eat a P.D creation. Not sure if I'd wear one?Â Paula Deen is working on a clothing line.Â Could be great holiday wear. Maybe have a bit of wiggle room after eating a big holiday dinner.Â Figure the lady who Rocks a stick or more of butter in just about every recipe, would allowÂ some comfort room. Have to wait and see what P. D creates.
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[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/TTs-BmLOGWQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The un-diet drink for men. I'll have to test this out on Ted.Â So since their take is 'NOT FOR WOMAN', of course I want it now, since I'm being told it's not for me.Â Will you try it?
If you didn't know, 3 Musketeers has switched up their recipe a bit to make it even more 'Chocolaty'. You have a chance to find out how much more tonight, between 6-8pm, for the big tasting at 'The W'! Click here for more on the 'Like-up' 3 Musketeers Happy Hour!
Big You Rocks to Susan, MichaelÂ ,Â DJ & the crew at Opal Divine's, Kathleen from BCRC and Tim w/ Personique! Hope your B-Day ROCKED too Tim!!
BTW: Kathleen from BCRC told me that 'Scare for a Cure' haunted houseÂ is just about ready for the scares and $ goes to local charities that helpÂ fight cancer.Â Click here for a Huge Scare. She said you can even make it 'Extra Bloody'. You will have to go to find out what that is. I don't want to ruin the SCARE for you!
I took a little ice cream break today whenÂ Cool Haus dropped by inÂ the parking lot!Â Ice Cream cookie sandwiches you create your own.Â Â Â I popped mine in the freezer for later. A Chocolate Cookie and Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream sandwich. Of course I tookÂ a bite or 2 before it was freezer bound. OMG! YUMMY!Â Check it out on S. Lamar! Â Also ask about their traveling truck I ran into today.Â The extra cool thing is the paper they serve your Ice Cream goodieÂ in is made out of paper, edible and environmentally friendly. No paper/wrappers to toss out. You can eat it! Brilliantly Yummy!
Ted & IÂ hit the road over the weekend to Fredericksburg. My mission was to get some 'Sweet Potato Butter' and a 'Sweet Pretzel'.Â We got those and even discovered another YUMMY!Â We had the pleasure of meeting Martin & Angela Santamaria, the owners of Santa Maria Cellars in Fredericksburg. I bought a bottle of Muscat Canelli. It is very sweet and smooth.Â A fantastic after taste with no harsh burn going down.Â If you like Asti Spumante, you will love Santa Maria's Muscat Canelli.Â I also tasted the CabernetÂ Sauvignon. I'm not into Cab wine to much, because many times it's either too dry/ and or has that harsh,what I call the 'Wine Burn', when it's going down.Â Santa Maria's Cabernet Sauvignon blend was nothing but a full robust flavor and very smooth. I LOVE THAT TOO!
Check out what they have. The prices are good too, for a really yummy bottle of wine.Â Martin signed my bottle, which I thought wasÂ very cool.Â Perfect for a chill night, with dinner, holidays coming up. It would make great gifts!Â I really enjoyed it.Â Awesome wine right in our backyard. :)
If you enjoy Starbuck's and shopping at Barton Creek Square Mall, then you'll be excited like I am about this news!
Starbuck's Grand Opening of their new store in Barton Creek Square Mall is tomorrow 8am!Â I can get my Starbucks and Auntie Anne's pretzel while I'm shopping all under one roof! Life it Good! :)
The BCS Mall grand opening is tomorrow/Friday. Barton Creek Square is excited to announce the addition of Starbucks Coffee to their tenant lineup. This Friday, September 30 at 8 a.m., Starbucks will open its doors at Barton Creek Square with a host of celebratory free coffees. The first 100 customers in line at the newly opened Starbucks will receive FREE drinks for a YEAR! More 411
I can see the line already.. . FREE STARBUCKS FOR A YEAR! THAT ROCKS TOO!
Arch West- the Creator of Doritos( chips that have keptÂ my sandwiches company over the years)Â Â passed away at the age of 97.Â His family plan to sprinkle Doritos over his grave before he is buried. I think that's pretty cool.
ThisÂ seems like a good factoid to keep in the brain for future use. I can see aÂ pop culture trivia question pop up on this.Â
10. Chocolate Covered Corn Dog â The OrangeÂ County State Fair:
Don't waste your time with strawberries! Grab a deep fried hot dog, dip it in chocolate and don't forget to compliment it with rainbow sprinkles!
9. Deep Fried Kool-Aid â San Diego County Fair:
We can't explain it any better than the name does, but it looks like this.
8. Deep Fried Butter On A Stick â Iowa State Fair:
Apparently this fair wasn't the first to do it, but it was the first we've ever heard of it. It's a stick of butter, stuck with a stick, dipped in batter, then deep fried for three minutes. Don't forget to garnish it with a sweet glaze.
7. Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack â Texas State Fair:
It's a chicken strip coated in pancake batter and jalapeno bread crumbs, then deep fried to perfection before being served on a stick. We think the next logical evolution in deep fried foods on sticks is to include edible deep fried sticks!
6. Red Velvet Funnel Cake â Florida State Fair:
Red velvet cupcakes are a delicious treat, so naturally we bet red velvet funnel cakes are too! As long as they don't skip out on the cream cheese icing, we'd actually give this a try! It doesn't have a stick though. Bummer! Maybe on the side?
5. El Bananarito â Texas State Fair:
Translates to "roll a banana in a flour tortilla, deep fry the whole thing, then top it with whipped cream, powdered sugar, and chocolate sauce."
4. Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Poppers â Minnesota State Fair:
Deep fried jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheeseâ¦then dipped in chocolate? Genius! We're willing to bet these will be coated with a layer of peanuts by 2012.
3. Deep Fried Salsa â Texas State Fair:
These bad boys are described as "jalapenos, roasted garlic, onion, tomato, and pepper rolled together, dipped in masa, covered in crumbled tortilla chips, and fried, with queso dip on the side."
2. Breakfast Lollipop â- Minnesota State Fair:
It's kinda like a McGriddle with a stick. To be honored as a "breakfast lollipop", a sausage patty must first be dipped in corn muffin batter, deep fried, then covered in maple syrup.
1. Fried Ice Cream Burger â Florida State Fair:
Yes, it's that big nasty burger pictured above that made you read this post to begin with. A mouth watering bacon cheeseburger with the works, which includes a scoop of cornflake-battered, deep fried ice cream.
Season 9 of Top ChefÂ premieres on Nov 2nd at 9pm on Bravo from the Lone Star State. Top Chef Texas has special guests like Charlize Theron and Pee Wee Herman. It might be Top Chef Texas, but there are only 2 chefs from Texas competing.Â They both come from ATX!Â
6001 W Parmer Lane, Austin TX 78727, 512 249 0400
I caught some Big Love to 'PB2' on Perez's blog. I've been eating it the past 1 1/2-2 years when I discovered it at the Hy -Vee in Omaha, NE!
I am surprised ATX doesn't have it anywhere... not even Central Market or Whole Foods, which PB 2 would fit in perfect with these stores.Â It's peanut butter (powder) without the oil. It's powdered peanuts and sugar (cocoa if you get the chocolate flavor which Rocks too). 2 TBs serving is only 1.5 grams of fat and really low in calories and has great protein.Â For most things you eat, the recommended serving works. You just mix it with water (Perez says oil and water, but you just need to add water) . You can make it as thick or as thin as you want. I eat it at least 4 times a week! I Love it! I had it with my waffles last night....
It's about $4 a jar online , if you buy several plus shipping, and I paid about $4-$5 a jar in Omaha. You can have your peanut butter and get all the health benefits without all the oil. 85% Fat free a serving. It TASTES GREAT!! I was excited to see Perez blog about it! Maybe we'll get it in ATX grocery storesÂ soon (hint, hint Central Market/Whole Foods/HEB/Randalls...), and it can make it's way all over. It really does ROCK! Something Healthy that TASTES GREAT!!
Texas State Fair Sept 30th -Oct 23th. Who will the Fried food winner be?
Last year the Fried Beer.. This year Fried Bubble Gum?
It's one of the contenders of the top 8. The Winner will be announced Labor Day/Monday 9/5
Fried Bubble Gum showcases bubblegum-flavored marshmallows dipped in batter, fried and decorated with icing and powdered sugar.
( I was wondering how they would pull off frying bubblegum. This shouldn't be called Fried Bubblegum, but Fried marshmellow)
Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack, in which a buffalo chicken strip is coated with flapjack batter, rolled in jalapeÃ±o bread crumbs and deep fried. It's skewered and served with a side of syrup.
Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake, featuring pineapple rings dipped in cake batter, fried and topped with a glaze made of caramel, sugar and cinnamon. It's served with a cherry on top.
Deep Fried Texas Salsa features a medley of jalapeÃ±os, roasted garlic, onion, tomato and pepper rolled together, dipped in masa and covered in crunchy tortilla chips before it's dropped into the deep fryer. It's served with queso.
El Bananarito is a deep-fried banana rolled in a flour tortilla and topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. It's topped off with hot caramel or chocolate syrup.
Fried Autumn Pie features a puff pastry filled with pumpkin, cream cheese, powdered sugar and fall spices. It's deep-fried and rolled in ginger, cinnamon and sugar. Fried Bubblegum showcases bubblegum-flavored marshmallows dipped in batter, fried and decorated with icing and powdered sugar.
Hans' Kraut Ball melds browned pork sausage, onion, garlic, sauerkraut, mustard and seasonings into a ball that's covered with bread crumbs, deep fried and served with spicy mustard, raspberry chipotle or ranch.
Last but not least is the Walking Taco, which features seasoned hamburger meat, lettuce, onion, fresh tomato, grated cheese, sour cream and salsa served up in a nacho cheese-flavored Doritos bag.
Judges will announce the winners Monday.
Other past winners include Deep Fried Latte, Texas Fried Cookie Dough, Fried Banana Split, Chicken Fried Bacon and Deep Fried Butter.
Maroon 5 has as snapple flavor that hits shelves starting today (depending on where you read it today or tomorrow Sept 1) . 'Tea will be loved' Iced Tea it will help raise money for Feed Amercia.âTea Will Be Lovedâ â a delicious blend of healthy green tea and tasty black tea with notes of pomegranate and berries. Tea Will Be Loved will benefit Feeding America, helping to provide 1,750,000 meals to those in need. Inspired by the unique personalities of the band members and named for their smash-hit âShe Will Be Loved,â this limited release
Adam's take on the experience:
âIt was fun, it was really cool,â Levine told E! News. âSome flavors we made tasted like sât, some tasted amazing. The whole thing was a fun, charitable idea.â
Kiwi could help curb IBS attacks. HHHMMMM.. might have to try it and see.Â Thought I would share this new tibit with you, if you suffer from IBS like me. 'Foods' and 'Stress' are a big factor for me.Â Ever since I was a little girl, I would get stomach aches when I had extreme emotions.
I just thought I was looking forward to getting some where, so that's why. Of course growing up, they got worse, especially during my time of the month.Â I didn't get diagnosed until I was almost 30.Â It wasÂ Â relief knowing it wasn't something more serious, because IBS doesn't lead to anything, butÂ it also means you really can't be rid of it, you have to deal with it. Some days are good and others..not so good.
Looks like the Kiwi helps more of the IBS/constipation sufferer, so keep that in mind.
"IBS suffers who ate two kiwifruit a day for four weeks had less constipation and a general lessening of symptoms than those who didnât." Check out the entire story
From a story about how the FDA wants serving size nutrition and info to be updated.Â THE ACTUAL SERVING SIZE that the majority eat rather than what it recommends!
'PAM' the non-stick cooking spray can advertise that it containsÂ '0' calories andÂ '0'Â fat because the serving is 'a fraction of a second' spray.
A full 6 second spray is around 50 calories and 6 grams of fat!
Wow, I did not know this, I will have to watch the 'Heavy Spray Finger'!
She takes Italian pomodoro tomatoes ("the ones that have long stems"), slices and cores them and sears them in a pan with salt and pepper. To this base she addsÂ star anise and fennel, which she tears by hand, and mixes the ingredients until they're "pasty." She then adds "a ton of olive oil," thyme, basil, a bay leaf and the fragments of a garlic clove she "smacks" with her hand on the table. That's her secret? "Well it's not a secret anymore!" Gaga laughed.
Lady G and $$$: Â Gaga insists that she doesn't "give a f--- about money at all," mentioning that she's just happy she can afford her $1,100 a month apartment. In fact, according to Mother Monster herself, the only things that she's bought with her money are heart surgery and a car for her dad.
The Edge of Glory song was inspired by Lady G's Grandparents Love: ...on the day her grandfather died: She said to her father, "Grandpa's about to cross over into his glorious moment. It's hard now because he's on the edge." And: "When my grandma was saying goodbye [to my grandfather], there was something so intense that happened for me that I saw ... as sad as the moment was, they both were acknowledging that they had really won in life because they had each other.
*Makes me love the song even more! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/QeWBS0JBNzQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
So HP& DHP2 is open and estimated $ so far around $88 Million....
It's rough being Harry huh...Â HP's such an inspiration you are finding 'The Power of Harry' everywhere, even in interior design.
This is just one of theÂ HP inspired rooms...
Gryffindor Room looks like it has a bit of 'Hook'em Horns' spirit' too!Â It's called red, but looks closer to burnt orange to me>
Don't forget, now thru Sept 6th, every Tuesday night Round Rock Express home
game is' Kraft Singles Ticket Tuesday'. You bring a Kraft Singles package wrapper
to the Dell Diamond box office, and get buy 1 get 1 free tickets!!Â Tuesday 6/28
is another 'Kraft Singles Ticket Tuesday' when theÂ RR Express take on the OK City
Redhawks. Don't forget to bring the Kraft Singles package wrapper and save BIG
$$ for a night of BIG FUN!!
My Honey Ted joined the 40 club, so he decided to hack off 20 inches of hair. He donated it to 'Locks of Love'.Â He did the same things 8 years ago.He figured while he had hair that would still grow, he'd help out.
After... (Crappy Blackberry pic but it gives you the idea)
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveiled the new icon: MyPlate, a plate divided into four wedges to represent the basic food groups â fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Next to the plate is a cup standing in for the dairy group. âWeâre all bombarded with so many dietary messages that itâs hard to find time to sort through all this information,â Mrs. Obama said in a press conference. âWhen it comes to eating, whatâs more simple than a plate? This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that weâre eating.â
Will you miss the 'F.P'?
*Gone are the days to 'Eat More Carbs'.. :(
I guess National Donut Day doesn't workÂ for the plate huh!!
Over the weekend, I was at Gardenridge and Ted & I ran across the row of
'As Seen on TV' products. So we thought we'd try the 'Jumbo Doughnut Cake Kit'.
3 easy steps ( I guess mixing, baking and decorating...but there were some other steps in between,
so expect a bit more time than it takes for just 3 steps) to make a cake that resembles a doughnut.
Was it worth the $9.99?Â Check out the video as I created my 1st
'Jumbo Triple Chocolate Cake Doughnut....
*Thumbs Up onÂ Yummy... looking like a doughnut... could be fun w/kids making/decorating it
Thumbs Down- the decoration kit. I was bummed because I was really excited
about the 'injecter', but in the video you see what happens. All in all, fun and the pans actually did a Good Job . My 1st success baking
with the silicone type pans.Â Folks at work seemed to like it too. It definitely
is a hearty piece of cake when you cut into it. Really no small pieces.
It's a must have for the Ultimate Cake Fan who is a fan of doughnuts too!
*Secret to more moist cake. Add a package of similar flavor pudding mix (dry) to the cake mix. :)
*Yep, my Kraft Singles that has the 'Minor League Baseball' logo
on the wrapper. You see it saysÂ 'Buy 1 ticket get 1 'FREE'.
That happens today and all the Round Rock Express Tuesday night
home games. Tuesday's are 'Kraft Singles Ticket Tuesday' @
the Dell Diamond thru Sept 7th!Â Tonight the Express are
taking on the Reno Aces.Â First pitch at 7:05pm. Just bring thisÂ Kraft Singles
wrapper to the box office tonight to get 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free Game Tickets'. Thanks
to Kraft Singles.Â So swing buy your HEB and grab a pack
of yummyÂ Kraft Singles for the 'Fantastic Deal'!!
GO RR EXPRESS!!!
...Oh-don't forget to check out Kraft Singles.com
for lots of cool 411 including yummy Kraft Singles recipes.
You could light up the grill for the 'Kraft Singles BBQ Burger'!
Also, MIX Friends with Benefits can register to win
the 'Kraft Singles-American Dream Team Giveaway'.
The ultimate summer fun for baseball fans!
Keep an eye and ear out for one of my Favorite
Kraft Single recipes coming soon. :)
Up close shot of a scoop of Blue Bell's
newbie flavor 'Homemade in the Shade'.
It's a mixture of their #1 selling 'Homemade Vanilla
w/ chocolate fudge swirl' and 'YES" those are little
slivers of chocolate fudge that melt in your
mouth with the ice cream. OMG- It's
Heaven on the taste buds. NEXT to try 'Coconut Fudge'...Â MMMMM
Here's a Good idea: Ice Cream Social Hour at least 1 day week during the work day!!
I found out thatÂ todayÂ 5/11/11Â is 'Eat What You Want Day'.
It seems to be a mystery where it came from, butÂ I'm digging it!
It's right up there with 'Chocolate Cake Day'! Yep January 27
Is National Chocolate Cake Day! Which I think sounds
good for 'Eat What You Want Day'.Â This would
work for me...
It was a Hot weekend, but a good one! Thank goodness
for my complex pool.Â A must have when temps are
over 90 in May!Â Over the weekend, I ran into this at Sams Club...
*Grab it if you don't have it and want to know
what was in Stephanie's heads..more about the characters,
their story and history..Â A little something to tied us over
until November 18th!! Breaking Dawn Part 1.. Can't wait!
I was craving 'Lemon Cake' over the weekend, so I made myÂ 1st one.
It actually turned out yummy. My Honey Ted isn't a huge
fruit tasting cake fan, but he admitted it was YUMMY!!
I added to the box recipe to put a bit of flair
to it! It'sÂ Easy & YummyÂ to make! :)
Cake 1 Box of Lemon Cake Mix
1 Box of Lemon Pudding
3 large/jumbo eggs
1/3 cup of margarine (melted- 5 1/3 TBs) 1 cup of FatÂ Free Milk
1/3 cup of Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer
1/4 tsp Lemon Extract (could also use real lemon juice) 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
Frosting/Topping 1 container ofÂ (Classic) Vanilla frosting
1 cup of white chocolate chips (I had to get chocolate in there .. LOL) 1 square ofÂ Bakers White chocolate
1 TB spoon of the Italian Sweet Creamer
1 TB spoon of Fat Free milk
Cake: In a large mixing bowlÂ mix together cake mix, pudding mix, 3 eggs,
1/3 cup of melted margarine (5 1/3 TBs),1 cup of milk & 1/3 cupÂ of the
Italian Sweet Cream with the 1/4 tsp of Lemon Extract in it and
1 tsp of Vanilla. MIX for about 1 minute..then beat for 2 minutes!
I used a bundt pan that has the side come off- I sprayed it w/ Butter flavored Crisco/Pam and then coated the sides with sugar (Ted suggested Lemon Zest mixed with the sugar next time).I also lined theÂ bottom of the pan with parchament paper (cut out the circle in the middle to fit the pan).Â Â Put in a pre-heated oven 350! Take about 35-40 minutes to bake. Golden brown on top and clean tooth pick comes out.Â Shake some more sugar over the top of the cake before it
cools! Â Let it cool on a rack if you have one. within 1o minutes take the
side of the bundt pan off for it to cool completely.
MeltÂ the white chocolate square and 1/2 cup of the white chocolate chips
in the microwave starting with 30 seconds..then a few here and there each time
adding a splash of milk and creamer to make it smooth.Â Let it cool a bit
then add it to the Vanilla frosting.Â If the frosting seems like it's more melted, put
in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes just to set back up, not get cold.
Once cake it cooled, take out of the pan and on a serving plate or where you are
Keeping it.Â Frost and finish up with the rest of the white chocolate chips scattered on top!
It's pretty Easy & Yummy!Â Good Cake to go with the Texas Heat. Serve it
Â up with a bit of Lite Cool Whip or you favorite cool whip topping!Â :)
Mine Rocked hanging with Ted & Huey!
Got plenty of Sweets from the Big Bunny,
in fact some of his goodies made it on
our Easter Cake!
Cinnamon swirl white chocolate chip toffee cake
with Buttercream white chocolate chip frosting
and some Easter fun with Spiced Jelly Beans (Brachs kind Yum)..
It was a Yummy, Happy Easter!
Cinnamon swirl white chocolate chip toffee cake
with Buttercream white chocolate chip frosting
with Spiced Jelly Beans recipe:
1 box of Cinnamon Swirl cake mix
-Instead of 1 cup of water use
1/3 cup of cinnamon vanilla coffee creamer
w/ 2/3 cup of milk (I usedÂ skim/Fat Free..but even richerwith 2% or Whole milk)
-3 large eggs (like the box says) mix as box directions.
-1 cup of Heath Toffee bits and 1 cup of white chocolate chips
Add these after you stir in the cinnamon swirl packet.
Don't mix to much, you don't want all the chips to go
to the bottom of the cake.
-350 to bake.. you can use any pan like box suggests, but
I used Bundt cake pan. Took about 40-45 minutes to bake.
Toothpick comes out clean when it's ready and top golden
-If you have a rack to put the cake on to cool, that Rocks.
if not no worries. Let it cool about 15 minutes then
take the side of the bundt pan off, if you have a removable.
Continue to let it cool.
-Once cake it cool, transfer it to whatever plate/holder
you are using.
-Melt about a cup of white chocolate with a
splash of the cinnamon vanilla coffee creamer.
Put in microwave on :30 seconds to melt. Stir
keep doing the short microwave meltings with
the coffee creamer until it's melted to drizzle/spread
on the cake. Put a light coat on the cake. Let set a bit
Then frost with 'Buttercream Frosting'. I got store
bought cause I like the taste of it better.Â I mixed
in about 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips.
Frosted the cake!Â Took about cup of Brachs
spiced Jellybeans the Easter Bunny left for me
and I decorated it a bit. You can use regular jellybeans,
but the spiced ones go Great with the cinnamon swirl cake.
I sprinkled/tossed some more Heath Bits on the cake. :)
Put in the frig for about an hour to set a bit more.
Take out to serve! Yummy!!
Sylvia sent this to meÂ , so I Â wanted to share the luv.
Important Women's Health Issue:
* Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
* Do you suffer from shyness?
* Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
* Do you suffer exhaustion from the day to day grind?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or Â
pharmacist about Margaritas.
Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident Â
about yourself and your actions. Margaritas can help ease you out of Â
your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing Â
to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Margaritas Â
almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can Â
overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want Â
Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will Â
discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start Â
living, with Margaritas.
Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or Â
nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn't mind Â
nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.
Side effects may include:
- Erotic lustfulness
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of clothing
- Loss of money
- Table dancing
- Dry mouth
- And a desire to sing Karaoke
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering Â
when you are not.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over Â
and over again that you love them.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically Â
converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas.Â Â
One of the Best parts of a movie, especially if the movie ends up
sucking, is the 'Movie Popcorn'!!Â The Feds want to make
sure you know what's in your Movie Popcorn. There's a reason
it tastes Good, the reason you may not like..Â Brace yourself?
- A Large Movie popcorn has aboutÂ 1,200-Â 1,600 calories & 55-Â 60 grams of saturated fat
Depending on the Company/theater. The higher number is added butter
Â That's the equivalent of '3 Big Mac's'-
Looks like Cinemark has the healthiest popcorn option The center's survey of the nation's three biggest chains found that a large popcorn
at Regal packed 60 grams of saturated fat and 1,200 calories (260 calories more with butter topping),
and the equivalent size at AMC theaters had 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat.
*A large popcorn at Cinemark, which uses canola oil, had 910 calories and 4 grams of fat.-Some circuits are planning to add more-healthful items to their menus.
Next month AMC, for example, will introduce AMC Smart MovieSnacks in all of its theaters,
featuring fruit chips, popped corn chips and trail mix. Â
- The Feds want to pass a law that movie theaters, restaurants, concession stands, pretty
much anywhere withÂ food has to have the nutrition info up and visible. They want
you to know how many calories you are consuming.Â
-Lots of the movie companies are saying that would be to much of an expense, but
I don'tÂ see them having a $$ problem. I didn't realize how cheap a $6 popcorn
is for them...Â a $6 bucket of popcorn costs 15 or 20 cents.. I don't think putting
nutritional value for peeps to see would break them?
So do you want to know what all your guilty pleasures you endulge in from time
time have in them?Â
Â Sometimes it's just best to be left in the dark with your
buttered movie popcorn and a Good movie. :)
Yep, the well known - talented artist known for his
beautiful paintings and murals that show Big Love for sea life... dolphins...turtles....
W.O.B has a CoolÂ vibe to it. Serving sustainable
seafood and steaks with a few other dishes
in the mix.Â Click Menu
Ted & I started with the crab fritters. Ted had
the flat steak w/ mashed yams and onion strings
The steakÂ really seasoned with a good tasting
reduction sauce. The Tempora Shrimp with Grilled
Pineapple was tasty. The Triple Chocolate Brownie w/
Chocolate Sauce with a hint of Espresso was a good cap to the meal!Â
Ted and IÂ had some AWESOME BBQ! Mr. Bones
is in the Mueller Shopping Center off 51st & Airport!
Mr. Bones knows how to make a beef rib so
tender the meat just slides off the bone.Â
Thumbs up on the brisket, sausage and pork ribs.
TheÂ dirty rice Rocks too!! The sauce has a
smooth Kick to it!
Mr. Bones has been at it since '89 in ATX!
HisÂ new home in the Mueller Shopping
Center! It's yummy Southern Style
down home BBQ!Â Go try it out!
We saved a bit of room for some 'Yo So Cool'.. Frozen yogurt that
actually tastes like soft serve ice cream
from non-fat to low fat choices and even
sugar free & dairy free! Thumbs up on my mix
the new Dulche de Leche and Chocolate!
Go say hey to Joe!
I know to unbelievable things today.. 1st Paris APP.. Now you can get your own 'Tiger Blood'
A Fruit punch energy drinkg that has 80mg CAFFEINE. Check it out!Â Wondering what Charlie will say about this?
I'm sure we shall hear soon!
NO LIE... the Paris Hilton APP!
It has 'BFF'- a picture ofÂ you and Paris together like BFFs can be created
That's Hot...and more !! I don't want to spoil all your Fun! Click Here to be 'BFFs' with Paris!
Or you could Celebrate Starbucks 40th
during 'Tribute Days'-Â Thurs March 10-Saturday March 12
Between 2-5pm get aÂ 'Free Sweet Petite'Â with your drink
Think I'll save my ParisÂ App$ for my Tall Apple Cider!!
I'm liking this idea better! :)
I'm allergicÂ (bad allergies)Â to flowers, but not chocolate. This
could be the BEST of both! Something to
try for your Sweetie for Valentine's Day!
Cool thing is if it doesn't pan out, you can eat the
evidence, or just melt it down again & dip
some cherries or strawberries in the chocolate.
No one has to know! :)
How to make Chocolate Flowers?
SUGGESTED MATERIALS 1 cup Godiva 72% Dark Melting Chocolate (chocolate chips)
1 cup Godiva Milk Chocolate Covered Cashews (small candies of your choice)
3 Godiva 72% Dark Chocolate Bars (chocolate bars)
8 Godiva Midnight Swirl Chocolates (any similar chocolates)
1 Godiva White Praline Heart (similar chocolate w/ contrasting color)
1 electric skillet
1 ASI clear acrylic vase
1 rubber spatula
Various paint brushes
BOTH... *Just in time of the Big Game! Fantastic cause pizza and cookies are together! Scary cause pizza and cookies are together! All you need is a pair ofÂ Pajama Jeans are you're set for the Big Game!!
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StarbucksÂ Â White Hot Chocolate with whole milk & whip- Venti 28g Fat/ 640 calories
6.) Cosi Arctic Mocha (120z) Â 22g Fat/ 434 Calories
5.) Dunkin Donuts Mocha Spice Latte (large)Â 12g Fat/450 CaloriesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
4.)Â StarbucksÂ Â White Hot Chocolate with whole milk & whip- Venti Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 28g Fat/ 640 calories
3.) Starbucks Venti Chocolaty Chip Frap with wholeÂ milk & whipped cream
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 23g Fat/ 520 Calories
2.)Â Â Mcdonalds Frappe CaramelÂ Â (large) Â 29g Fat/ 680Â CaloriesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
1.)Â Â 90g FAT/ OVERÂ 1700 CALORIES!!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
I broke @ the Starbucks off William Cannon & Mopac yesterday. The Girl Scout was
doing a dance while selling cookies!Too cute not toÂ Â grab a box of the Peanut Butter Patties.
Click to find your 'FAVS', if there isn't already somebody selling them @ your work!
*Â LORD HELP OUR BUTTS & THIGHS DURING THIS
TROUBLED YUMMY TIME!!
Muffie from the Beauty Store said she'dÂ email me her
Grandma's Chocolate Cake recipe. I'm going to have to try it !
Chocolate Cake is soft on the mouth right? :)Â Â I could not find my copy , so I asked my mom for hers and she had to call an aunt, then found hers. Here it is, somewhat edited. It was brown and taped together. A very loved recipe.
Quick Cocoa Cake
1 1/2 cup flourÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6 T wesson oil
1 cup sugarÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 T vinegar
3 T cocoaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 t vanilla
1/2 t saltÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 cup cold water
1 t soda
*Sift and mix all dry ingredients together. Level and make three holes in dry ingredients. Pour oil in one hole and vinegar and vanilla into the others. Pour water over all. Stir until smooth. Pour into ungreased square pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.They used to melt two chocolate bars on top of warm cake. I like butter cream frosting on it. It is also great with no frosting.Â Â Â Muffie :)
Yep, I did! Most New Year's resolutions don't include 'Chocolate Cake', which
I think is a shame! No 2 pieces of Chocolate Cake are the same.
Why not do something that is outside the norm of 'Hitting the Gym' for 2011.
How about the hunt for the 'Best Chocolate Cake' in ATX for 2011!
Here areÂ some Contenders (no particular order)Â to start with:
* Carinos' Italian Chocolate Cake: (I've had it several times! YUM)
Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip... (On my Must Try list)
Mozart's Chocolate Fantasty Cake
(I've had it - Delish)
Â Zoot Restaurant-Flourless Chocolate Cake (I've had it-OMG YUMMY..I'm not a Big Flourless
Chocolate Cake Fan! Big Time for Zoot's)
*Nothing Bundt Cakes- Chocolate Chocolate Chip! (OMG- I tried it for the 1st time during the Holidays!
*This is just some of the many places toÂ find the (your) Â 'Perfect Chocolate Cake' in ATX!
Don't be a quitter this year during 2011! Â Please feel free to share
other 'Chocolate Cake Haven's' that should be & need to beÂ hit!! :)
'Perfect Brownie Pan'!! I tried it out over
the New Year weekend!Â The Brownies Rocked!
I even tried a more CakeÂ like bars, they Rocked too!
Cooking time was quicker. The bars were way
more evenly cooked.Â You can cool and serve all with the
same pan! Washes great in the dishwasher!
Love this Pan!!!
*Ramen Noodles & Hamburger Helper were staples
for me in college when I moved to my first
apartment with my friend Sheryl!Â Ramen Noodles
with a bit of garlic powder and black pepper withÂ s0me
Campbells Mushroom soup and a scrambledÂ egg was
a gourmet dinner (It's actually prettty tasty, give it a try). Anyway, there's a study saying you could get a 'Chronic
Illness' from Ramen noodles.Â
@ Shoreline Grill..Thanks to Jeff, Mike, ChefÂ Britt!
One of the Best Meals we've hadÂ since living in Austin!
From the Fresh Seafood to Prime cuts of Beef,Â Chef Britt
is a Master in the Kitchen. It shows in presentation &
BIG TIME TASTE! YUM! Our 2 ultimate Favs..
The MD Blue Crab Cake and the Tenderloin Steak w/
this sweet Cab Sauce! YUMMY!
*Of course,Â I had a bite of 2 or 3 of a ScrumptiousÂ chocolate creationÂ
&Â cheesecake.Â Perfect ending to such an Awesome Yummy Meal! :)
JeffÂ , ChefÂ Britt & the Crew @ The Shoreline Grille Â wanted me to let you in on this: Â ââ¦you can be sure that none of the fresh seafood on our menu comes from over-fished waters, environmentally unfriendly fish farms, or politically controversial sea zones.Â in this way, Shoreline Grill is taking small but earth-changing steps to serving food that is not only delicious, but safe for the environment.â
*Click here for details http://www.shorelinegrill.com/index.php?page=seafood-watch
*Just heard about this on CNBC(of all places)...
*Whipped Lightning- alcohol infused whip cream... 18.25 % alcohol!!
It's only sold in places where liquor is found!
You can find it in ATX!! Carmel Pecan & German Chocolate
sound really Yummy to me! Little bit goes
a long Yummy way! I'm gonnaÂ have to do a taste test
I don't eat much pie any other time of the year. But for some reason,
after my Holiday meal digests, a little pie seems to hit the spot. (Click the picture for ear candy that popped in my head while I was
doing this blog...)
*IfÂ you're not much of a pie maker, that's okay. These folks are!
Big 'You Rocks' to Virigina @ the Austin Chronicle for putting
this 'PIE LIST' together...
Annies Cafe & Bar (319 Congress, 472-1884, www.anniescafebar.com): pies, signature rum cakes, cheesecakes, dinner rolls, and full dinners to take out
Chez Zee (5406 Balcones, 454-2666, http://www.chezzee.com/): pies, cakes, tortes, cheesecakes, and savory side dishes
Wheatsville Food Co-op (3101 Guadalupe, 478-2667, http://www.wheatsville.com/): pumpkin and pecan pies, vegan pumpkin and coconut cream pies, full meals, and side dishes
Cake & Spoon (426-7697, http://www.cakeandspoon.com/, email@example.com): Order small or regular tarts online to be picked up the Saturday (at the Downtown or Sunset Valley farmers' markets) or Wednesday (farmers' market at the Triangle) before Thanksgiving.
*Drop by Pluckers on 3909 S. Lamar
todayÂ (Mon 11/15), tomorrow (Tues 11/16), & Fri (Â 11/19),
Menton the Capital Area Food Bank,Â and
20% of your purchaseÂ Â will help families
in AustinÂ fill their tummies for the holidays
*'The Roll I made had chicken, mango and Mandarin orange in it.
Huey gave a 'Paw up' for the left overs I brought home
(he even liked the Seaweed wrap).
This is the 'I want more Chicken Sushi..PLEASE!' pose...
Patrick sent an email w/ the Proof according to
Mens Health Magazine...Â 'NEW AMERICAN DIET'..
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Dark Chocolate was also on the list of the
'Superfoods' that can help you lose weight.
Check out the 'Slide Show'!
Ingredients -1 stick unsalted butter(room temp) -1 cup of waterÂ Â (Variation: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup fat free milk) -1/2 cup of peanut butter
-1/2 cup of vegetable oil (Variation: 1/2 stick of butter flavored Crisco) -1 tsp vanilla
-2 cups of sugar
-2 cups of all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup milk (Variation: 1/2 cup fat free ilk & 1/2 Cup Sweet Italian coffee creamer) -2 eggs (room temp) -1 tsp baking soda (Variation: 1/2 tsp baking powder & 1/2 tsp of baking powder)
-My Additions: 3 TBs dark chocolate Cocoa added w/ the flour... 5 bite size butter finger candy bars & 2 cups of chocolate chips added to the ingredients in the saucepan after it's taken off the
-Other types of chocolate candy would work too.. Reese's peanut butter cups.. Milky Ways.. -If you can't have peanut butter-use 1/2 cup of Sour cream w/ 3 more TBS of dark cocoa...
Frosting -1 stick of butter(room temp) -1/3 cup milk
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 lb confectioners' sugar
My variations: -1 TBS light butter
-4 cups of chocolate chips
-1 container of Buttercream frosting (store bought)
- Sweet Italian coffer creamer
-1 tsp vanilla
For the Cake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bring a stick of butter, water, 1/2 cup peanut butter
and vegetable oil to boil in a saucepan. Pour this mixture into a bowl & rinse out the saucepan to
use later for the frosting. In the bowl of the boiled mixture, add the vanilla, sugar, flour, 1/2 cup milk,
eggs, baking soda & salt (same if you do the additions/variation ingredients). Mix together
until smooth & pour into a greased/sprayed 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 325 for about 25-30 minutes.
My Variation: I used a bundt cake pan/sprayed it all over w/ Butter flavored Pam/Crisco... took about
50 minutes to cook- Keep an eye on it.. Don't want to over cook..Â
When top looks done it will be pulling away from the edgesÂ & the toothpick comes out clean, but still seems very moist. When it
cools it will set up more...Remove it from the pan... Get ready to frost when it's cooled completely
Frosting: -In the rinsed out saucepan, add 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup milk & 1/2 cup of peanut butter-bring to
a boil. Remove from heat and add the vanilla & confectioners' sugar. Blend w/ hand mixer until
smooth and spread over the cooled Cake! READY TO EAT!!
My Variation: -In the rinsed out saucepan, add 1 TBS light butter, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of chocolate chips
Â & a touch of Sweet Italian coffee creamer- keep adding the 3 cups of chocolate chips one at
time as it's melted & use more Sweet Italian coffee creamer when it gets to thick for frosting...
take off the burner & add Butter Cream frosting (store bought)... MIX til smooth.. let it cool enough
so you can frost the cake and it will stay!
Additions: 5 snack size Snicker bars cut in thin pieces, 1/3 bag of Brach's pumpkins cut in 1/2
& chocolate chips for Decoration.. you can use whatever candy you love that would taste great
w/ this either Peanut Butter Cake...or My creation- Chocolately Peanut Butter Candy Cake!
Great cake to share!!
My MIL Barb found PB2. It's a Powdered Peanut Butter
that is very tasty and has WAY LESS FAT than regular PB!
1 Serving is about 1-1.5 Grams of Fat about 43 calories..
Take 2TBS of PB2 w/ 1 TBS of water..mix it up!
You're ready to Rock! I found this about year ago in
the grocery store in Omaha, NE when I was visiting family.
Haven't seen it in ATX yet!
So yesterday ,I had a nice surprise waiting for me...
Regular PB2 &Â Chocolate PB2 (w/ cocoa powder)....
Had some Choco PB2 w/my pancakes for dinner last night!
*I've been a 'Coca Cola' girl ever since IÂ can remember.
My Daddy had nothing but 'Coca Cola (Classic)'
Â in the house. His Dad, My Grandpa used to drive
aÂ 'Coca Cola'Â Truck for years, thenÂ he opened his
own Store in the small town of Weems,VA. He of course
sold 'Coca Colas'!Â I alwaysÂ had 'Coke & Ice Cream' when
I'd visit my Grandparents...Great Memories w/ Coca Cola...
So when I was askedÂ if I wantedÂ try out the
'Coca Cola Freestyle' Fountain Machine, my Answer was a
BIG GIDDY 'YES'!!Â It's Â AWESOME that Austin was picked to
try out the 'Coca Cola Free Style' Fountain Machine andÂ a couple
are in one of my Favorite Sandwich places 'Schlotzsky's'...
DOUBLE YUMMY BONUS....
You've got to stop in the Schlotzsky's on S. Lamar
or the 'Original' Guadalupe LocationÂ and 'PICK YOUR MIX'!
The only 'HARD PART' is trying to decide which Flavor
to choice... 106 FLAVORS... YES, 106!! You'll
find your Favs & then get to try Flavors never available
in the US 'til now w/ the 'Coca Cola Freestyle'...
-Raspberry coke/Raspberry Diet Coke
-Sprite w/ Grape- Diet Caffeine Free Coke w/ Orange- ...The List goes on.. THERE'S 106!!!
The Weekend was Fantabulous for Football..
GO LONG HORNS, HUSKERS & DA BEARS...
ALSO FOR 'FOOD'...
*Ted & I kicked off the Weekend w/ 'Date Night"
Friday night @ Zoot in Bee Cave!! Chef Stewart, Charolette, Casey, Carlos &
the Crew @ Zoot ROCKED IT!Â We had such a great
time tasting & trying different things. Dinner
@ Zoot was '1 of the Best' we've had
in ATX in the 3 1/2 years we've LIVED here..
Here's a couple of the Favs..
Chef Stewart's/Zoot 'Roasted Chicken w/
Polenta & spinach... the Chicken was so Tender,
Juicy &Â NOT Greasy at all.. One of the BEST
Roasted Chickens I've had inÂ a LONG TIME! FLAVOR
FANTABULOUS.. Polenta, first time I've tried it
LOVED IT!!! The portions you see are are 1/2..Ted
& I split them to try them.. .Really Great way to try
several different things.. FUN TOO!
*Zoot NY Strip w/ a YUMMY Potato Side... THUMBS UP!
*Can't forget dessert, although it was hard to save room... (Took the Pix a bit after we dug into the Dessert sampler
but gives you an idea of the YUMMIES!) Flourless
Chocolate Cake IS AWESOME! The Cranberry/Orange
Bread Pudding Scumptious... The Mixed Berries Cobbler
AMAZING!! Ted isn't a cobbler/fruit fan, but he went back
for more after trying Chef Stewart's Cobbler/Zoot! BTW,Â a dish you must try is the Zoot Â Macaroni/appetizer, but
could eat it as a meal... OMG.. IT ROCKS!Â You'll have to
see & taste it yourself to BELIEVE IT! :) The dishes are simple, yet full of Yummy Flavor!Â Everything
is Fresh & you can definitely Taste it! You can tell Chef
Stewart Loves what he's doing & wants to share his
Yummy Talents w/ ATX! He's been w/ Zoot for 20 years
& the past 1 1/2 at the Bee Cave location!Â Â Zoot is more on the
Finer Dining end of things as far as Price, but the portions are
Healthy and the Food tastes FANTABULOUS!Â Worth EVERY
PENNY!! You can be dressed from everything to Formal Wear
to Casual/dressy.. Chef Stewart wants you to Relax & Enjoy the
Zoot Experience!Â IT SO ROCKS!!!
Extra Bonus for you: This Friday at Noon you can
grabÂ MY ATX PERK:Â $40 GC for $20 to Zoot's !Â Â Make sure
you get in on that & check it out for yourself!
*Also over the weekend, I got my Betty Crocker on..
*Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake w/ Chocolate Chip Glaze!! Ted almost didn't let me share w/ peeps at work this morning!!
I was also VERY EXCITED when I was in Randall's over the weekend...
THEY HAD MY FAVORITE HALLOWEENY CANDY OUT...
*IT WAS A GREAT FOODIE WEEKEND!!! SO I HAD TO INCREASE
MY WORKOUTS.. BUT ITÂ WAS WORTH IT!!
1st Try at a Red Velvet Cake (Homemade)Â w/ Buttercream Frosting (Store bought...I know cheating a bit) w/ mini Chocolate chips...(I'm a Chocolate Girl) Turned out Pretty Good... still want to tweak the recipe a bit...
It certainly Looks Loved huh... gotta work on presentation too.. *Perfect Halloween Cake just add candy eyeballs & other scary
Goodies to decorate! :) On the search for: -....theÂ right mix for HOMEMADE FROSTING!!...
Many times it tastes like Confectioners sugar...WAY TO MUCH!
Which leaves a weird sick sweet after taste.. not like Pro
Bakers or the store bought!!!!
*Not sure howÂ ProÂ Bakers keepÂ away that taste.. I need
to know that secret!!! ANYONE HAS IT.. PASS IT MY WAY!
I'll give it a try!! :)
Â VMA's were a bit boring to me this year.. Chelsey Handler was alright hosting it (Being nice)...Other's WEREN'T SO NICE!! OUCH!! -'FAV Highlight'... Cher is her ''89 Turn Back Time' outfit & still looking 'FAB' in it
(She's 64... Need to know her Up Keep DOC)
... holding The Queen of the VMA'sÂ Lady GaGa's Meat purse
as sheÂ accepts Â another Moonman for Video of the year
for Bad Romance!!Â Â THAT ROCKED!!!
It wasn't just for stage..I saw her sporting
it next to Katy Perry whenÂ the camera kept
showing Katy's reaction (1/2Â pout forced Smile)
when Lady GaGa kept winning in theÂ categories they
were both up for!!!
Update 1:10pm: Heard that Katy has a Bad Cold,
But didn't want to miss the VMA's.. SHE still Rocked it...
I Dug her ' Olympic Ice Skater meets Henna Tattoo' Dress Cute & Sassy Sexy... Colored Hair Highlights cool too!
Update 9/14/10 :
I was wondering where Russell was?
He could be with her, but he was in 'Nail Spirit'...
PRETTY COOL....Â BIG AAAAAAWWWWWWWW
*This is Nutrition Professor Mark Haub...
Started a 30 day Junk Food Diet to prove
that you can still lose weight eating Junk Food. Getting paid to eat 'Junk Food'.. not a Bad gig... Since Aug 25th..besides eating one portion of
Veggies each day.. rest of his diet consists of
'Powered Doughnuts, Twinkies, Nutty Bars, sticky Buns..
Foods that peeps think will make them gain weight..
He's lost 7 pounds so far... Check out why he's doing it!!
..I ran acrossÂ onÂ Facebook... ...Thanks to SHAD &
his Sis-in-Law Keri-The Mad Scientist of
these Sinful Yummies... *Cake-Frosting-Cake Sandwich...YES PLEASE!!! *Whoopie Pie- Fat Witch Whoopies Love the name... They allÂ sound DELICIOUS!! I WANT ONE!! :)Â MAYBE AN ALL CHOCOLATE ONE!!!
Â is a Huge Fan of Trailer/Cart Food Vendors...
I've run across a few myself that I have 'LUV'
for w/Â Hey CupcakeÂ hitting high on the list of
LUVS... But I didn't realize ATX had so Many
'FOOD CARTS/Trailers'Â check out this Map!
Â Along Came a Spider: 'Chicken Fried Guac'- Different?!! *Menu looks Interesting & Yummy just wish their
Logo/Signing didn't have a Spider on it, I passed it
up the first time I saw it cause all I recognized was
Spiders... I'm not a Fan of those...Don't really like
mixing my Food w/ idea of Bugs.. But I get the
OR how about a 'BUS'...' RED DOUBLE DECKER BUS'... #19 E.Austin Corner of 6th & Waller Street...
You can enjoy an authentic 'Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich'
on the Top of #19!!!Â PRETTY COOL!!
Cheesesteaks & Burgers
10" Amoroso roll & thinly sliced beef from Philly! With roasted peppers, onions, sauteed mushrooms & white American cheese. Add queso for a Texas twist! +.75Â¢. Add sweet peppers by request only.
10" Amoroso roll loaded with roasted peppers, onions, sauteed mushrooms & white American cheese. Add queso for a Texas twist! +.75Â¢. Add sweet peppers by request only.
A huge 8oz with mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes & pickles. Add bacon, grilled onions, mayo, sauteed mushrooms, blue cheese +.50Â¢ each
Ketchup, mustard or relish. Add kraut, grilled onions +.50Â¢ each
Mustard, neon relish, tomato wedges, sport peppers & pickle spear.
Sides & Drinks
Miss Vickie's Potato Chips
BBQ, Jalapeno, Salt & Cracked Pepper, Salt & Vinegar
Maine Root Soda, Mexican Coke, Topo Chico
Maine Root Soda flavors: Root Beer, Blueberry or Orange Mandarin
*I also hear Tim the owner has 'Movie Night' on Tuesdays flashing you back to the best of the
'80s Big Screen Goodies!!
*Just a Couple of the Many 'FOOD CARTS/TRAILERS/BUS'Â YOU CAN GET YOUR GRUB ON
OVER THE WEEKEND!!Â Drop me a comment or email if/when you tried some out!
See which 'AUSTIN FOOD CARTS' ROCK THE MOST!!!
Pink just wrapped up her 2 Year Fun House Tour...
One of the 1st things she did when she got back to
LA w/ her Honey Cary...
Â Â "Â ... Batter blaster. Weird name about 21 hours ago via UberTwitter in reply to LilyHarfouche
it is weird to be home. i slept 10 hours and @hartluck is making pancakes out of a can. now what do i do? "
*Going to the movies this weekend...
End up at AMC Theater on Sunday (7/25)
you can grab 'MOVIE POP CORN & SODA'Â ANY SIZE
for $1 Each.. Spend only $2 for Goodies to go w/ the
movie... GET THE DEAL w/ THIS COUPON.
1 per Person- so much such you print off
coupons for the Whole Family/Group!!! :)
BTW: Don't forget to put this on your Calendar
AUG 5th : NATIONAL UNDERWEAR DAY!
thanks to Freshpair.comÂ
(Had to throw ya a bit of Eye Candy..
Kellan LutzÂ looks GOOD in his underwear) Â AUg 1-14th You can Win a Free Pair of Panties:
Here's some Stats from their 'Underwear Poll" -80%Â Adult Â Peeps don't change their underwear style
-60% don't wear underwear that fits
-Married men change their underwear twice as much as single men
- 34% of women match their bras to their panties
-24% men have a Lucky Pair of undies
BIG YOU ROCKS to Reva, Jeremy & the Crew
@ Edible Arrangements/W 6th St-Â sending me
some 'Happy' for the Day. What a Yummy Way
to do it! THANKS A BUNCH!! ...Don't forget @ 12pm on FridayÂ Fantabulous ATX PerkÂ w/ Edible Arrangements- $50 GC for $25!!
GUARANTEEDÂ TO MAKEÂ SMILES! Â
July is National Ice Cream Month & Also Baskin Robbbins 65th Anniversary Year.... to 'Celebrate' Baskin Robbins is retiring 5 of their 31 Flavors to
add '5 Newbies'..
They will be put in the 'DEEP FREEZE': -Caramel Praline Cheesecake (1970)
- Campfire S'mores (1975),
-Apple Pie a La Mode (1976)
Â -Superfudge Truffle (2007)
& Also their Classic/Staple Flavor "FRENCH VANILLA" been around since 1945!!! *Final Tubs of these flavors have been sent out & will only last
until the last scoop out of them..THEN GONE! :(
The 5 Newbies will pop up this FALL! :)
*Not sure why ditching 'French Vanilla' many peeps aren't Happy about that
one.. so there is a Facebook Campaign to try & save 'FRENCH VANILLA"...
Become a Fan to try & KeepÂ Â 'FRENCH VANILLA' OUT OF THE DEEP FREEZE!!Â
Â * Facebook Friend Cyndi says she's found some...
I'm going to investigate & get back to ya!!! I'm still on the Hunt to see if I can find any near
my neck of the woods...
IT's been a Fun Weekend 'Hunting w/ My Friends'... and Joel Carrillo like this.
'No Certs'Â (S.Â & N AustinÂ Stores-Round Rock) @ Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, HEB, Randalls, Central Market, Cracker Barrel, Tigermart,Â Quickmart, Â World Market, T.J Max(never know, they have that odds & ends section in the back of their store..one off Brodie)
i'm looking today also!
Heather - ..... Im still going to hunt for Certs bc it never occurred to me that these were hard to find items. Who woulda thunk it?
Heather - you started something.... I was in Target in Harker Heights (North Austin, South Dallas, whichever you want to see it) and nada..... so then I Google'd and it doesnt say they areint being made anymore anywhere, however, I got a link for National Candy Wholesale and you can buy them by the case. I almost bought you some($14 plus $7 shipping haha), but I like the thrill of the hunt better.
ok ok i thought i had them but they were only breathe savers ive call several stores HEB (most helpful!!) WalMart, Tiger Mart, Quick Mart,Target,Randals and last but not least ???? will let ya know soon!! OMG I made double sure they are certs and am on my way to go pick them up!!!! DING DING DING now I really found them will post a pic!!
*Ginnie (@ Work)
...Heather, have you tried Office Depot? Sometimes you can find candies there that you never see in grocery stores any more.Of course, youâll have to buy a largish box of them if they have âem... ANOTHER GREAT IDEA TO SCOPE!! U ROCK!!
WORLD CUP IS OVER... CONGRATS TO SPAIN!!!
It's now time to ditch the most annoying thing
about the World Cup...
...KFC is offering peeps a Free Chicken Sandwich if you send them something
in return... those annoying Vuvuzelas... There's ideas roaming around KFC to melt them down & turn them
into Ear Plugs. Get ready Early for 2014/Brazil...
*Mail them in Post marked Thursday 7/15...
Might need to save a fewÂ Fireworks to bust open the Clogged Arteries....
Â "the KFC Doublicious "combines a savory boneless chicken filet
with a sweet Hawaiian Bread bun for a one-of-a-kind sweet and savory taste.
" It consists of an 'Original Recipe filet,' bacon, monterey jack and the infamous
'Colonel's Sauce' that debuted with the Double Down.
There's also a grilled version."
"The Grilled Doublicious is a grilled filet topped with Monterey Jack cheese,
lettuce and honey mustard BBQ sauce!"Â Less clogging...
*What you are not shooting for when you
get Botox... 'McDonald's Arches' *Brief Subject Sway? Have you tried the New
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade? It's like a
Sweeter Sweet Tart...Very Tasty & Refreshing!
Would go great w/ some FRIES!!!... Okay..back to Botox!!
*Around 12 Million Shrek Glasses being recalled
due to traces of Cadmium in the paint! Cadmium
has been a substitute for lead in paint by several
Chinese Manufacturers... Cadmium is a Heavy Metal
in Big doses is harmful to children. There are only
traces in the paint on the glasses, but to be on the
safe side a Recall on them has been made..
You can return it for a refund... *You got one of these: "Cadmium was found in the characters on the glasses: Shrek, Fiona, Puss n' Boots, and Donkey. Anyone who has the glasses is urged to take them away from children. Long-term exposure to cadmium "can cause adverse health effects," the CPSC said.McDonald's restaurants across the United States since May as part of a promotion of the movie. Anyone who has the glasses can get a refund."
all day long you have good luck." ... & Spend it...
"Krispy Kreme stores in select Texas cities...
Austin, Cedar Park, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso...
are celebrating with $.99 Original Glazed dozens!
This special $.99 price is available one day only - May 23rd." ***LOCATIONS!!!*** *99Â Pennies for 1 Dozen Glaze... might have some spare change
left over to try some other KK Goodies... I didn't realize they
had Cake Doughnuts... CHOCOLATE CAKE EVEN BETTER!!
My Office Bud Shane passed this Very Yummy
idea along... Great Way to make a Cloudy Day
YUMMIER!! *THE CAKE JAR- *Created by 'The Cake Plate'Â Chef Scott Calvert...
Makes Grandma's Pickling Jars a whole lot
Sweeter!Â Cake you eat w/ a spoon..BRILLIANT!!
...Layer after Layer of Cake, Frosting, Filling...
OMG!... I'm gonna have to get some of this
Check out all these flavors:
Now problem- Which one to try 1st:
Cake Jar Flavors
Toffee Mocha â chocolate cake layered with coffee mousse and Heath toffee pieces
Chocolate Chambord â chocolate cake soaked with Chambord liqueur and layered with raspberry cream
Joyful Almond â layers of milk chocolate cake, creamy coconut filling, and almond Florentine
For The Love of Gretchen â carrot cake, caramel, and cream cheese icing
Armadillo Jar â southern red velvet cake with layers of chocolate mousse
Austin Cream Pie â golden butter cake, vanilla bean Bavarian cream, and chocolate ganache
Lemon Drop â lemon cake, zesty lemon curd, and lemon buttercream
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bomb â layers of peanut butter pie filling with Reeseâs peanut butter cups, chocolate mousse, and milk chocolate cake
Italian Cherry Jubilee â Italian cream cake, chopped maraschino cherries, and cream cheese icing
Texas Pecan Praline â pecan caramel layered with chocolate cake, and chocolate buttercream
Dreamsicle â orange blossom cake, orange liqueur, and vanilla buttercream
Salty Cindy â rich chocolate cake with sea salt caramel and chopped bittersweet chocolate
Pancho and Lefty â Mexican vanilla cake with pastry cream and strawberries
Fuggedabodit!(Forget about it!) â chocolate Italian cream cake with espresso mousse and milk chocolate cream cheese icing
*I had the pleasure of Meeting Christian Howard & His Family
@ Tiffs Treats last November...
Â It was the Grand Opening of The Tiff's Treats in Westlake
& of course they Celebrated w/ Dozens of Cookies proceeds
going to the 'Make a Wish Foundation...Christian & His Family'
to get a Well Deserved Family VKÂ to Disney World!!!
Â *Got an email from Christian's Dad Keith today wanted to share w/ you! :)
Hi Heather! We had an incredible time in Florida a few weeks ago.Â Here is small selection of photographs to show you just how much fun.
Â *Christian is feeling very good and packed in a lot of action.Â He really loved all of the roller coasters.Â Â Weâre truly blessed to have gone this trip and to have it go so well.Â Heâs responding well to his treatments â heâs really been amazing through everything and this trip was such an amazing gift to him and his family. Thanks again for all of your help along the way!Â Keith Howard
** HUGE YOU ROCKS TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT COOKIES THAT DAY FROM TIFF'S TREATS. KNOW THAT WHILE YOU GOT A TREAT THAT DAY YOU FILLED A FAMILIES' LIFE WITH SOME MUCH NEEDED HAPPY!!! YOU ROCK!!!
...I can 'Hear' the arteries clogging already..
Carb Free (bunless)
The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real and it's coming April 12th! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original RecipeÂ® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, thereâs no room for a bun! The Double Down comes in two versions â Original RecipeÂ® or Grilled and the nutrition information is below.
KFC Original RecipeÂ® Double Down
KFC Grilled Double Down
*Sandy might dig this if he could get his 'Extra Crispy' w/ it!! Maybe Budha can Hook Him up!!
*Last night, I had the pleasure of hanging out w/ Sarah
& the Crew @ Carinos in Cedar Park...
...Help Celebrate Boys & Girls Club of Austin Day...
BIG YOU ROCKS!!!... to Everyone who ate @ Carinos
yesterday in honor of the B&GCA.. They raised
lots of cash to help them out...:)
...BIG HEYS to my new friends...
Reggie, Chris, Sarah, Jim, Reny, Cybil, Adam, Garrett & Robert
(Reggie won the Pampering from Halina's Day Spa..YOU GO GIRL)
..Oh yeah, there was also a 'FIRE WAR'Â w/ the Chefs in
Definitely FOOD, FIRE & FUN @ Carinos in Cedar Park!!!
...'Girl Scout Cookie'Â Time...
Â Â A Time for Eating, Enjoying & Selling
for many Girls & Their parents....
I ran into Lainey & her parents Elizabeth & Mike
@ my Neighborhood South Austin Starbucks...
Lainey has one of the most Entertaining &
honest Sales Pitches I have ever run into...
She's a top Cookie Seller & her goal this
year 2000 Cookies...
Check out Lainey's Pitch...
Lainey wanted me to make sure you knew you
could order cookies from her via email... firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ (Moderation will avoid the Thin Mint Butt) *You can also donate $ that will go for Cookies
for our Troops... A little piece of home from
the Girl Scouts... THAT ROCKS!!! :)
*Got a call from Brenna reminding me that yesterday was the Kick off
for Girl Scout Cookie Sales.Â It would be her daughter Lena's 1st year doing it,
and even though she is a bit shy, they were going to hit the pavement in South
Austin going door to door sharing the 'SUGAR RUSH HAPPY'... Funny how
we tell our kids don't talk to strangers, but IT'S ON when it comes to 'THE COOKIES'..
Since I was a 4-H Girl... "I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service,
and my Health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world."
...No Livestock/animals or farming kind of things(even though I'm from Nebraska) .. Sewing, cooking, Speech, Singing...woodworking (althoughÂ my Daddy got a
lot more ribbons for his handywork...SSHH DON'T TELL)Â Never sold stuff for
competition... Although a friend & I made stuffÂ like FriendShip Bracelets & those
Friendship Safety pinsÂ w/ beads Â you'd put on tennisÂ shoes...sold themÂ door to door
around the neighborhood on Saturday afternoons when we wanted $ for Candy!!! Â
...As my mouth waters for it's 1st Thin Mints...
Thought I'd get ya ready for the 'BIG 2010 GS Cookie Season'...
Here's some interesting Tibits about 'THE COOKIES'
according to Wiki:
Girl Scout cookie varieties include
Thin Mints: Thin, mint-flavored chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolate coating. Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos: Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies. Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs: Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating. Shortbreads/Trefoils: A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil logo.Â
Â Samoas are also called Caramel deLites.Caramel DeLites/Samoas: Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes. All Abouts/Animal Treasures/Thanks-A-Lot: : Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed thank-you message in one of five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Swahili. Lemon Chalet Cremes: Cinnamon sandwich cookies with lemon creme filling. Cinna-spins Introduced in 2008 by ABC Bakers, Cinna-spins are cinnamon-flavored cookies that come in 100-calorie packs. Cinna-spins are shaped like miniature cinnamon rolls. Retired and replaced by Daisy Go Rounds. Daisy Go Rounds: Very similar to Cinna-spins, this cookie replaced them for the 2009 sale. They are advertised as low fat and also come in 100 calorie packs. They are cinnamon flavored and shaped like daisies. These cookies are only available from ABC Bakers. Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips Introduced in 2008, they are small sugar- free cookies. Dulce De Leche Introduced in 2009, these are Latin caramel cookies. Lemonades Round shortbread cookie with lemon icing. NEW FOR 2010: Thank You Berry Munch Introduced in 2010,has Cranberries and white fudge chunks.
The best selling Girl Scout cookies are: Thin Mints (25% of total sales) Samoas (Caramel deLites) (19% of total sales)
Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties) (13%)
Do-si-dos (Peanut Butter Sandwiches) (11%)
Trefoils (Shortbread) (9%)
The other varieties combined account for the remaining 23%.
*YOU GOT ?S about the Cookies..Click the
Cookie Finder for the answers & how to
Locate your Favs...
*So now you should be prepared for the 'Girl Scout' Go -Getters ready to hook you up w/ the 'Ultimate' Cookie Sugar Rush... Watch out..if it's like last year & years past, you will run into the temptations everywhere outside every Starbucks, CVS, HEB, Walmart, Target.... Once you make
'EYE CONTACT' THEY GET YA... THE HARDCORE G-SCOUTS will follow you almost to your car
while their Mom's are making sure they are okay to get you to buy just '1 BOX'...Does that work?
Well, it did last year for aÂ G-SCOUT w/ ME & My Hubby Ted...'Thin Mint Butt'Â was satisfied...
Â Again, goes back to the 'Don't talk toÂ Strangers' idea that goes out the window...Â Safety isn't always the first thing on theÂ brain either Â this time of year when Cookie Competitions are on...
Â Mom'sÂ & Dad's of G-Scouts... REMEMBER SAFETY 1ST!!!
& HAPPY COOKIE EATING!!!
Â *I was in the 'Betty Frick'n Crocker' mood over the weekend..
Baked up a few goodies:
(Left) Peanut Butter ChocolateÂ Â Chunk Caramel Cookie Cake,
(Middle) Â Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
& (Right)LOW FAT Granola Cake...
Here's the recipes if you wanted to give them a try..
Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe -2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
-3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 eggs -2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
The Dark ChocolateChunk Chocolate Chip Cookiesâ¦ used Â Nestle recipe and added a bag of Dark Chocolate Kisses that I chopped upâ¦ and about 3ish BIG Handfuls of Nestle Chocolate Chipsâ¦The chopped up Dark Chocolate had some shreds so it gets in the batter and makes in a bit more chocolately!!
The Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Chunk Cookie Cake was the Nestle Recipe
w/ 2 heaping Tablespoons of Peanut Butter added to the wet mixture of the recipeâ¦
Once it was all mixedâ¦ added about 3ish BIG Handfuls of Nestle Chocolate ChipsÂ w/ 1 Bag of Chopped up Chocolate Bells & 1 Bag of Dove Caramel Chocolates.. Poured the batter in an 8ish inch Spring Form Cake Panâ¦Let it Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes.. Check periodically after about 30 minutes of bakingâ¦ may have to turn the temp down a bit.. so the edges donât get to over done before the middle bakes.. Itâs very Thick & Dense.. Let Cool.. I top w/ about 15-20 Dove Caramel Chocolate Bites you saved back.. once they melt spread over the top.. Once coldâ¦Suggest heating it up about 20ish seconds in the microwave.. A bit of Chocolate Sauce/Caramel Sauce..even Hot Fudge would ROCK w/ IT! :)
LOW FAT Granola Cakeâ¦. Definitely the âANGELâ
of the 3 desserts I made this weekend..
-1 Cup Sugar
-4 Oz Apple Sauce (used Organic Cinnamon.. itâs Â½ cup) -1 Ripe Banana
-2 TBS Cinnamon
*Use mixer to mixÂ these ingredients together Really Good
-then Add 1/3 cup of Egg Whites (Equals 2 Eggs)
-1 Â¾ Cups of Fat Free French Vanilla Yogurt (Stoneyfield is Yummy)
-Mix together keep using Mixer.. while addingÂ dry ingredients:
-2 Cups of UnBleached Flour
-1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda -Keep mixing w/ Mixer tell well MIXED!!!
*Then stir in 2 Cups Low Fat Granola (Your favorite brandI used without raisins..Your preference)
Bake at 350..
- around 25 minutes.. spray top w/ Butter Flavored Pam
then cover w/ Cinnamon Sugar Mixture.. -1/2 cup of Sugar w/ 4 TBS Cinnamon.. make to your liking.. Sprinkle over the top of the Cake..bake till done..
Makes a nice coffee cake like coating on top.. (Think next time I might add some Granola & use a bit of
Brown sugar for topping see how it goes) -Serve warm.. tastes good w/ a bit of Honey or Maple Syrup too!! :)
*Today, I'm trying to unwind after the past couple of days of 'Holiday Shopping', plus try to get my 'Sizzling Credit Card' a chance to 'Cool Down'... My niece sent her 'Christmas List' the day after Turkey Day, I had been asking for it for the past 2 weeks. Of course there were things on there, that would be a challenge to find once 'Holiday Shopping Â Season' Kicked it... But Ted and I went all over the place & found what we needed.. I don't want to say what it is, in case she reads this. Want it to be a surprise...but we did end up finding it at Wally World in Round Rock... I found something else inside... OMG.. MY FAV..
...Whenever I go to Barton Creek Mall
I have to get a pretzel.. not a mall outing
without 'AA'... But ifÂ I lived in Round Rock,
then a trip to Wally World wouldn't be complete
without a 'Pretzel'.. Why Can't 'Wally World'
off 290 in South Austin get an 'AA'...
Think we should petition for one...
"SOFT BAKED PRETZELS" ROCK!! :)
*TedÂ & I are looking forward to another Fabulous
"HOLIDAY" 'Wine Dinner' @ Carinos/Southpark
Meadows location. It will be our first time eating
@ this location... Can't wait to meet David &
The Fabulous crew there & try out their Yummy
Â Dishes.. (Click Pix ..Make Reservations) Last month, we Had a Blast @ 'Our Carinos'(one closest to
where we live) Brodie location in Sunset Valley w/ Tray,
Louie & the Crew.. CHECK IT OUT!!
*The Holiday Â Menu is the Same @ All the 5 Fantastic Austin/Metro Area
location Carinos..You can make your reservations for TONIGHT
@ 'Your Carinos'.. IT REALLY DOES ROCK!!!
*Thanks Giving is less than 2 weeks...
Can you believe it!!!... :)
I'm not a Big Turkey Fan, so past Thanksgivings I've had
everything from TG Ham, toÂ TG Â PizzaÂ Â ...
even TG Â Mac-N-Cheese...
But I've never had this...
..Yes, that is Bacon -Apple Pie...
My honey Ted always says everything
would taste better with Bacon....
Although it's definitely not Good
for your 'Girl-ish Figure'...
Well, you've got to check out
some of the many 'Figure Haters'
on this site...
..Oh yeah..I forgot about the 'Heart Attacks'... -Yep..You can even order the book for
recipes...Â (SSSHH Don't tell Ted lots ofÂ Recipes w/ Bacon...LOL)
..Some of them are just disturbing
and some of the dishes, I have to admit
look Pretty Darn Tasty..
*I had a Blast w/ Tray, John, Carter, Scott, Matt, Heather & the Whole Crew
@ Carino's Italian Restaurant (Brodie & 290) Â yesterday for the
'BIG STUFF THE BACK PACK DRIVE' is going on 'til Aug 30th.Â
Drop off School Supplies for Elementary School Kids
around the area..You'll get aÂ 'Kids Eat Free Coupon' & 'Free Dessert' Coupon
for the Teacher...Nothing says you Rock Teach than a piece of Carino's
Chocolate Italian Cake!!! Drop by any participating Carino's Now &
Get those Back Packs STUFF!! :) (Brodie/290, Parmer, Slaughter, Cedar Park & Round Rock Locations!! ) ....While I was there.. Tray taught me a very handy Carino's Skill.. :) [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Xx2jZSQlq48" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
...Something else that ROCKS... 2 Can Dine for $19.99 is BACK!
*BIG YOU ROCKS to Michelle from North Austin.. Debra &Â All
the BIG HEARTED Peeps who dropped off School Supplies yesterday!!! :)
...'Miracle Berry'??? Or Miracle Fruit..
Grown in parts of Florida, Asia Â & Africa..
Limited amounts of it, so it's pricey..
But very interesting from what I'm finding out...
Suppose to make things that taste sour/or bitter
'SWEET' for a few seconds..
Example: Lemons will taste like "Lemonade"
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Guiness Beer will taste like 'Chocolate'...
...This find/break through is said to be 'GREAT'
tasting options for diabeticsÂ Â to be able to have 'Sweet'
without hurting their health...Or even Cancer patients to eliminate
the post metallic-chemo taste in their mouth...or just make foods
taste better to you!!!
... The lastest 'CRAZE' w/ the 'Miracle Berry'
are 'Flavor TrippingÂ Parties'... where you can give
the 'Miracle Berry' a run for it's $$$
There's a 'Flavor Tripping Party' in Austin:
@ The Belmont Tomorrow (Wed) @ 6pm!!!
*Idea to have fun Tripping your Taste Buds!!*
*Before hitting the road to see family in the 'Big O' (Omaha, Ne)..Kicked off the 'Holiday Weekend'Â in
one of the fastest growing cities in the US... ROUND ROCK!!!
I discovered... ...Fantastic 'Italian Cuisine'...Chef Cody &
his crew created a 'YUMMY MARGARTIA PIZZA'...
went great w/ an Ice Cold DosXX....
*Whether you are looking for a quick
bite or a Full on Dinner..Pizzeria Corvina
has IT ALL....Plus an extensive 'WINE LIST'...
*Pizzeria Corvina is right off 35 exit 250 -Louis Henna Blvd...Next to Target/Best Buy
in the Round Rock Crossing Shopping Center.. *Get your 'Italian' On...YUMMY THUMBS UP!!!
... *Ashley, Marty, Jennifer, Paul,
Chef Cody & the Crew ROCK!!! :)
The Next Food Network Star
Â is NOW CASTING Season 6 in Austin!
Do you think you have what it takes to host your own show on the Food Network?
Calling all Chefs, Line Cooks, Home Cooks, Caterers and Culinary Enthusiasts!! WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Strong Culinary SkillsÂ Â Â Personality that Pops
Â Â Â Passion for CookingÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Food Knowledge
Lots of Energy and Enthusiasm Austin Open Casting Call
Friday, July 17, 2009
Hyatt Regency Downtown
208 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704 What to Bring:
1. Two recent photos
2. A copy of your resume
3. A filled out application (found at www.FoodNetwork.com/star)Â Â
...You're chance to try outÂ Some 'Yummy Food' @ a Fabulous Price
@ Some of the Top Restaurant's in Austin...
But don't pull a 'Madonna...or Jeremy...Paul McCartney or Tiger Woods'..
some of the many Celebs that are considered 'Bad Tippers'..
Be a 'Johnny Depp'... Great Tipper..among other things!!! 'Staind Apron'
'VOD'...I was at aÂ Preview Party @ Estilo on 2nd Street last night... ...GUEST OF HONOR 'VOD'...
*Trey... one of the Creators is modeling 'VOD' for ya... ..'VOD' Â isÂ coming soon to AUSTIN...
You will want to add this on your 'Shopping List'...
...LOVE WINE, COSMOS, MARTINI'S...
YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE 'VOD'!!! :)
...I've got more details coming SOON..
PLUS WATCH OUT FOR 'SVETLANA'!!!
*Jody sent me a heads up about a place in
Chandler, ARIZONA...Â ....Stories have been done across the country & even the World..
Japan, France, Germany....ABOUT THIS 'HEART STOPPER'.. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/zbKRSYAuSNg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
...Put a Coke machine on one side & an M&M machine on the other...
Your meal is set...especially duringÂ thoseÂ times Â when youÂ are traveling & you get
to a hotel late & everything is closed (NO Whataburger, Denny's of IHOP in site)...
& you can't find anything other than "Stale Peanut Butter Crackers" ... THIS WOULD BE A "4 STAR MEAL"... (5 Star would be pushing it!)
*It happened.. My Honey Ted actually had a Meal that he couldn't complain about. He's 'VeryÂ PICKEY' when it comes to 'Food, Service & all around dining experience' and really I can't fault him, since you are paying to have a 'Good Meal'..soÂ 'Yummy Food & Great Service' is Very nice to go Hand in Hand...
We went out w/ our Friends Steve & Randy...
The conversation was AWESOME, when we weren't stuffing our Mouths w/ Fabulous "Food"...
It was at....
*We made a reservation for 7pm & was seated immediately. Reservations are a good thing, because they were pretty hopp'n on a Wednesday!!Â I so know why.. THE FOOD ROCKED!!! From the Moment 'Leo' came to take our drink orders & showed us the 'Massive Wine List'..It was Better & Better each minute. First, the 'Cheese Type Rolls' were amazing...It was like Cheese & butter melting in your mouth...They kept bringing them...Â The 'Salad Bar', was Amazing, from Fresh Mozerella to Fresh Peppers & many things I have never tried before were on the Salad bar w/ many favs too. You can go as many times as you want!!!
If you are a "MEAT LOVER"... THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE... OVER 15 different meats fixed 'Brazillian' style, which I found meant juicy, succelent & the SEASONING ROCKED on most of the meats...2 of my Favs.. the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breats & the 'Fogo Special...Pincanha'.... Ted made it thru trying 11 different Meats! You can eat as much as you want & you are 'NEVER WAITING' for anything.. TheÂ Service 'ROCKS' always making sure you have a Full water glass, need a new drink, more food..even a Clean plate exchange from time to time(which can be dangerous because you aren't sure just how much you ATE!! LOL)...
*It's a very comfortable, not stuffy environment. But be prepared to pay more$$$.. Lunch is around $24 for ALL YOU CAN EAT.. DINNER IS around $45 Per Person!! Yeah, seems high(I understaond I have a BEER BUDGET& CHAMPAIGN TASTE...GOTTA SAVE UP FOR THE CHAMPAIGN FROM TIME TO TIME :)),but once you go, you will see why... TOP NOTCH FOOD, SERVICE... IT ROCKED!!! Great for a special occassion, family /friends getting together, or just wanting to spoil yourself... BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT!!! :)
*May Friends & Hubby & I HAD A GREAT TIME. I look forward to doing it again!!! :)
*WARNING: "Yummy Meat OVER LOAD" is a BIG POSSIBILITY!!!Â VEGETARIAN.. "VEGGIE OVERLOAD" IS A BIGGIE TOO!!! ... I hear they have a 'Chocolate Molten Cake....I'll have to see if I can save room for Dessert NEXT TIME!!! :)FOGO DE CHAO (Shown...put here in Austin.. CHOW) ROCKED!!! BIG THUMBS UP!!
*Crack open a can of "Unagi Nobori" (AKA: Surging EEL)..
Yep.. EEL Rocks in Japan & they just unveiled a new 'FIZZY (Yellow)Â EEL' drink
that's suppose to help the body deal w/ 'Hot Days' by getting the nutrients it needs...
Contains: 5 Vitamins....plus the head and bones of EEL...
*2nd Street District is having the 1st "Summer Sale' tonight thru Sunday(7/24-7/27)...
*Tonight from 5-9 is the "Preview Party"..filled w/ Food, Drink & Giveaways & in order to buy grab a 'VIP' pass for $10. The proceeds benefit the 'Austin Ballet'... The rest of the weekend you can SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP on 2nd w/ AWESOME savings from 20%-50%Â off great Designer Goodies... Click Pix for 'THE SHOPS' where you can find 'A 'LIL HAPPY!!!'
*Thanks to the heads up from Jordan...
Chance @ ACL Fest Tix from DELLÂ @ Carlo'sÂ n Charlie'sÂ on the Lake in Lake Travis
Tom. (Sat 7/26) from 10am-Noon:
Dell will launch its six-festival Summer Rocks tour with a mass installation of thousands of towels at CarlosâN Charlieâs.This Saturday July 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m Following the installation, onlookers will be invited to take a towel with them. Â Towels are super soft bamboo fabric, about sheet size and the perfect festival or beach blanket.Hang tags on the towels provide details of the Dell Summer Rocks Fly Away SweepstakesÂ which offers passionate music fans the chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sept. 26-28 in Austin, Texas. (Click on Pix for more 411)
Â *Saturdayâs towel installation is part of a nationwide event taking place in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Seattle.
*I was just mentioning something like this to my Honey last weekend...
Some Local DIVAS (Austin'sÂ 'Viva Divas')Â have it going on @ THE DOMAIN....
The 'Ultimate Pairing'...YUM-MEEEY!!!
New Album : "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal things..." Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â BIG HIT "I'm Yours" Proud Owner of a 5 acre Orchard.. Speciality "Avocados" Â Jason's "Chocomole" recipe (CNN): Mraz's Chocomole Recipe: (Healthy Chocolate Mousse w/ Avocado): ???
Note: This will make a huge bowl big enough for a family of four. You'll want to share this with friends. -Mash up 5 ripened avocados -Add 1 - 2 cups of chopped or blended dates -1 soft cup of raw cacao -1 easy cup of raw carob powder -1 tbsp. vanilla
-Add a few long pours of agave nectar to sweeten to liking -Then add half cups of cocoa and keep adding until chocolate taste is right.Â Careful not to overdo it -- if you add too much, it can get bitter.
*Jason ROCKS, but I think I'll stick w/ my 'Chocolate Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae'...minus the Avocado!!! :)
The Mystery behind the 'Knife Pix"...& What Jason 'CRAVES'... (Click pix to find out more..BEWARE.. SOME ADULT CONTENT!!!)
*Starbuck's unveiled '4 New Drinks'...
"Vivanno"... Protein Smoothies...
-Depending on the drink:
*16g-21g of Protein
*5g-6g of Fiber *If you aren't a 'Banana Fan'..You won't like these...
HHHHMMMM...Gonna have to do a taste test to see...
..But I'llÂ Â probably still Â stick w/ my Peppermint Mocha (x-tra Mocha)...not the healthiest..but GOOD! :)
(AOL) An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S health officials said Tuesday.
Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.
... It's not the Scarf that makes the person do something "Bad", It's the Person!Â Don't see anything wrong w/ drinking some Iced Coffee? Do you???Â Remember if all else fails.. 'Blame it on the Stylist'....
*GotÂ the heads up on a New place to sink the taste budsinto...
The new Spicy Pickle will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 30th at noon with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 31st.Â Spicy Pickle will donate a portion of sales from the grand opening to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to help fund research and find a cure. (http://www.phassociation.org/)
*Spicy Pickleâs new Cedar Park locationÂ is open 7 days a week.Â Hours are M-F 11am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm..Â All major credit cards are accepted, and a complete catering menu is also available.Â Call the restaurant at 512 528-9900 or go to www.spicypickle.com for more information. WAY TO GO (Owner)Â CLAY RULE...YOU ROCK!!
Many popular chain restaurants lighten up their menus with some âlow-fat, low-calorieâ options targeted at health-conscious eaters. But are those meals really as guilt-free as theyâre made out to be? Not always, according to a new study...
The big shocker was Macaroni Grillâs âSkinny Chicken." The dish is supposed to be just 500 calories,but if you eat the bread that comes with it, it registers at 1,022 calories, at least at one location. The fat grams per serving are listed at six but actually are 49, the study found.