June 28, 2012

A little hello.

Last night Scott and I randomly made a little vlog. As weird as trendy as it may sound, that is indeed what this movie is. A video... on my blog.

 I'm wearing pajamas and sometimes have a not-so-normal laugh, but here it is!

Have a great weekend!

June 26, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

I love anything with red velvet in the title. It's becoming a bit of a situation. Even in the terribly hot months of June and July, I still love baking a warm, red velvet brownie. Sometimes a girl just needs her sugar.

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I made this a few days ago for some friends. After I posted it to instagram and twitter, a few of you wanted the recipe. So, here it is.

Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
(recipe adapted from here)

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for pan

Red Velvet Brownie Layer:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking pan, and set aside.
Brownie layer: In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter. Remove the butter to a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Stir in the walnuts and pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter for the top.
Cream cheese layer: Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

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June 18, 2012

Scenes from the Weekend

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We voted! We had to do all of that fulfilling our civil duty stuff.
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We bought the cutest toy for the kitty at Target. Yeah, I realize how pathetic I sound. But this is my life. If you're sick of the crazy cat lady-ness, you can read another blog. :)
 
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This is a still from a little video we made for my dad for Father's Day. It's a fun little way to keep in touch while we're far away. Hahaha I love those little heads we made.
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 And then I made some mini german pancakes for breakfast on Sunday. You just make german pancake mix and bake it in a cupcake pan. Isn't that genius?

Life is pretty fantastic.

June 12, 2012

Meeting Jack

I'd like to introduce you to my newest nephew, Jack. These pictures are from only a few hours after he was born. Oh, babies. Will they ever stop being adorable?

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June 6, 2012

The Best.


Can I just say that my birthday was the best ever? Why yes, I can, because this is a blog. And it is mine.

First, while I was up with my family, they threw me a little party with red velvet cupcakes, balloons, and presents, of course!

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 And my mom got me some Dr. Seuss pajamas! Ha ha could that sentence make sound any more like a 5 year old?
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And right before I left Utah, I got to see my newest nephew, Jack! He was adorable.

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And then that husband of mine. He spoiled me. The whole day. I came home to find beautiful flowers and balloons. And even a wrapped present, which for him, is a big deal, haha.

We saved up a few gift cards and movie tickets so we were able to have a pretty ritzy, guilt-free day. We saw Snow White and the Hot Hemsworth Brother (phrase coined by this lovely lady) and I was really impressed! I went into it thinking I would have nightmares for a long while, because I don't usually do well with scary movies. But wow. This movie was so good! And just for the record, Kristen Stewart wasn't THAT bad. She did really well!

We ended our night at IHOP (by the way, IHOP > Denny's, always.) with delish red velvet pancakes! Amaaazing.

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And this was my happy face at the end of the night. It really was the most splendid, perfect day spent with my Scott after a week of separation.

Thank you so much for all the kind birthday wishes! I couldn't have asked for a better day.


Oh, and P.S. I'll be taking a break from sponsor swapping this summer. I'd just like to focus on spending time with friends/family and not spending as much time here on the computer.

June 4, 2012

Birthday.

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Aaaand it's my birthday. :)
21 years... crazy sauce! I'm officially an adult now.