Friday, July 24, 2015

A Delicious Bite of the Big Apple

I am so very excited that this weekend is upon us! A few years ago my husband sent me to NYC for culinary classes and I had an absolute blast and learned so much. He surprised me with a class again this year and I am finally going up today! I will be spending the weekend with a good friend of mine and it is funny how things come full circle as I took her to NYC and played tour guide for her first ever trip to the city, a little over 4 years ago. Now I am anticipating seeing the city through her eyes now. I am also so pumped to see my friend Megan who blogs at Fashionista Momma, I haven't seen her since last year at Blog U!

I am going to eat and eat and probably eat some more. We are having Beechers Macaroni for lunch and basically, that's all I really care about at this point. We're gonna have some rooftop libations and then tonight we are headed to a comedy show.

Tomorrow is my class and I am excited to learn but also a little bit intimidated and nervous! Wish me luck that I do well and mainly have fun. I am very confident and self assured in a kitchen, but this is a little different.  After I am done, we are heading for drinks at The Bowery Hotel before heading off to a birthday party for one of her friends. Who happens to be the first person we met up with when we visited last time.

Sunday we are headed to Brooklyn to take in the food haven that is known as Smorgasbord. I die. I am already so hungry that I may die of anticipation before it gets here. I have followed them on instagram for a while and I plan to do some damage!

The rest of the weekend will be planned my favorite way while in NYC, by ear. I just love stumbling into places and gaining new experiences while there.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peanut Butter Gelato, Brownie & Oreo Pie

I have made quite a few peanut butter and oreo pies. This was my first using gelato and a brownie base over the graham cracker crust. Oh my word is it rich. And delicious. Oh, and did I mention rich? The best thing about this peanut butter gelato, oreo and brownie pie (other than the taste. because, hello!) is how simple it is to put together! It took about 5 minutes of prep and ten minutes to make. 

You could also switch up the oreos to match any flavor of gelato and ice cream. The possibilities are really endless. I am looking forward to making a peppermint version towards the holidays. You can use homemade graham cracker crust and brownies or use pre made version of both


graham cracker crust

1 cup chopped brownies

1 cup chopped pb oreos

1/4 cup caramel sauce

1 pint pb gelato/ice cream

oreos/reese's for topping

Place chopped brownies and oreos in graham cracker crust. Melt the caramel and pour over the oreo brownie mixture. Set the gelato out and let soften for about 15 minutes. Scoop onto the brownie/oreo  mixture and spread out evenly over the crust. Top with oreos and reese's cup. Caramel sauce is optional. Freeze for at least 2 hours. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekending is Fun

and exhausting! As I mentioned in Friday's post, the mister was out of town. My mom came down and after a quick meetup with my former neighbor, my mom and I had dinner and then headed over to my usual Friday spot in the summer, the NCMA for their outdoor summer movie series. To Kill A Mockingbird was this week's movie and it was packed! They made an announcement that it was one of the largest crowds in their history and it showed!

I also got to chat with my girl Meghan for a few minutes! I also think that half of my facebook was there too!

Saturday I hit up the new Ross that opened up down the street and man, dangerous! My mom headed out and I got busy making goodies for a birthday party. I made a few sangrias, a beer cheese macaroni with a pretzel crust and a peanut butter gelato, brownie and oreo pie. It was all really good!

Yesterday I headed to Durham to get some shopping in and celebrated National Ice Cream day in grand fashion with a creme brulee milkshake that had a little bourbon added in for good measure. I also may have paid a little visit to Sephora and Nordstrom. Gift cards for the win!

Then last night I finished cleaning and caught up on Sense8. I am addicted to this show, so freaking good!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

linking up with Meghan and Ashley

Friday, July 17, 2015

I'm Not Jealous Or Anything

Or maybe I am the exact definition? My mister is in San Diego right now for one of his best friend's bachelor party and I am trying to not be bitter. I mean, I am glad he's having fun, but...I am countering this by having my mom down here and we are having a good ole time. 

While he is away I am concentrating on a few of my favorite things of the week to make me quite happy! 

One of my biggest squeals of the week is when I found these Toms on sale for 30% off at Nordstrom and they arrived in a jiffy and oh. my. gosh. They are so comfortable, even more so than regular Toms!! I think my little piggies just prefer a little height!

Tonight is another outdoor movie at the Carolina Art Museum and it is To Kill a Mockingbird. I am so freaking pumped. Especially since my book club is reading her new book, Go Set A Watchman this next month. There are a lot of opinions about this book and what she wanted or didn't want. I am just really intrigued and my thought process is if you don't want to read it, then don't!

I am counting down to a week from today when I am back in NYC for my culinary classes that Wiki got me for Christmas. It's been almost a year since I have been to the city and that is the longest drought I have had in probably ten years. I usually make it at least once and usually twice a year. I am getting to hang out with one of my close friends who moved to the city. Four years ago I played tour guide for her as she had never been before, it will be so fun to now see it from her "local" eyes. 

Bras, yes, that's over the shoulder boulder holders have been on crazy sale at Dillards and I have bought 11. And I spent less than a hundred bucks on them total. All over 80% off. I still cry with each purchase bc my boobs have reached an all time hugeness and let's just say I am longing for the days when I thought a size G was too big. I have cruised way past there and want that size back, but hey, at least these beasts have plenty of new bras to keep them in check. 

Our weather has been perfect lately! Upper 80's/lower 90's and blue skies for days. This is my favorite part of summer. The mornings of walking outside and just breathe easy because it is so lovely outside. I snapped this picture on my way to work the other day and it just makes me realize how much I love my commute to the country each morning. 

What has been your favorites of the week, anything you are looking forward to?

Linking up with Amanda

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Caramel Russian

One of my favorite drinks is a mudslide and I have tried to like White Russians, but..they're not my favorite. Enter the Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Milk drink (I mean, is it a milk, is it a cream, is it a beverage. or all of the above. what do I know?)  The caramel twist of the popular drink has now become my go to. I have made it a couple of different versions already and decided this is my top pick. 

For now at least;)

I chose to make ice cubes from the caramel macchiato so to lessen the taste of it being watered down. It is really tasty and I think it only enhances the flavor. 

4 oz SCM milk
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz whipped vodka
crushed oreos (optional)

Dip the rim of the glass in some milk and then rim it in the crushed oreos. Fill with coffee cubes. Pour in the Kahlua and vodka first and then pouring in the SCM milk. I prefer to stir it and sometimes I even add a little cream, this is only bc I prefer a creamier taste. And I'll be honest...I usually double this recipe, but you know, for work nights and all, we'll leave it like it is. 

I will also note this is a very sweet drink and so you may want to use regular vodka to cut down on the sweetness a tad. 

I will also note that this freezes quite well if you only use 1 oz total of the Kahlua. 

Very delicious. I promise!