Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Frozen Chocolate Cookie Cake
Recipe adapted from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Desserts.
Ganache and Filling:
- 1/2 gallon cookies and cream ice cream, softened
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate morsels
- Butter, for pans
- Flour, for pans
- 1 (18.25-ounce) box devil's food cake mix
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
Line 1 (9-inch) cake pan with plastic wrap, with 3 inches overhanging. Spread softened ice cream into lined pan in a smooth, even layer. Freeze for 3 hours, or until frozen solid.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour 2 (10-inch) round cake pans and set aside. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Using a spatula, divide batter between the 2 prepared cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each pan to loosen cakes and remove from pans.
While cakes are cooling, heat heavy cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbling around the edges. Remove pan from heat, add chocolate morsels, and stir with a whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, until cool and slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Spread ganache on top of and around sides of both cake layers, keeping layers separate and not fitting together yet. Refrigerate entire cake for 1 hour, or until ganache is set.
Place 1 cake layer, ganache side up, on a serving platter. Remove ice cream from pan, peel off plastic wrap, and place on top of cake layer. Place second cake layer on top of ice cream, ganache side up. Freeze until ready to serve, but let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before seving.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
All American Rejects !!!!!
and my new bf Tyson Ritter :D
We were more than excited to start our day when we woke up Saturday morning after a long Friday night- different definitions of (long) to each of the four of us hehe.
Parties and Boys and Fun Fun :)
Yet the upside it was Saturday afternoon and we were ready to start our Adventure !!!!
A fan of Documentary Photography hahaha.
I documented EVERY move ! Down to the gas stations we stopped at.
(Not Kidding, I have three pictures)
Yet aside from the 86 photos/videos I took yesterday I will only make you suffer through few.
Just so you get the feeling of our tremendous day !!!!!
Erin and John hoppin in the big truck for the long drive.........
But it wasn't as long as I had anticipated......
And we just happened to be going by my home town so we stopped in to my place of employment for lunch.
Mac's is a 50's style drive-in restaurant :)
And I have never loved a job as much....and what makes it best is my BEST FRIENDS work with me :)
Morghan my BFF, Brandon, James, Chett and recently Prince Charming.
Mac's is a Seasonal restaurant and curently in its 49th Season :)
We're so excited.
And the girls were super excited that we were stopping :)
With a menu full of choices we had a beautiful array of food :)
Delicious Root Beer Floats and Fries ! :)
They Loved It !
(Oh, they have 2 Root Beer Spigets)
Food's here ! Time to dig in ! :)
Fish, Burgers, Fries, Honey Buns :) and Root Beer Floats
courtesy of my little friend and co-worker Andrew.
Sydmiester and John outside of Mac's before we depart again to continue our Journey to AAR !
1 1/2 Later we Arrived in Geneseo !
Woot Woot !!!! :D
At the concert :)
Sydmiester and me (my arm) rockin out !!!!!
We were so excited to be there and completely impatient for it to start !
Syd and I equally LOVE this picture !
It has great balance and I love the compliments of the stripes :)
And the fact that our faces are missing.
Countdown to AAR- about 2 hours !
Vedera our new found favorite !!!!!! Absolutely incredible band.
Kristen May vocalist for the group has an amazing stage presence and a truly amazing voice !!!!!!!
See them here.....
the above song is called Satisfy.......listen to Forgive you, We sing (our fav !!!) and Loving Ghosts :)
After their performance Kristen was giving out free sampler Cd's and her autograph :)
Here she is...........
Kristen May of Vedera---- seriously listen to them :)
After Vedera.......we were given the pleasure to see Ace Enders and a Million Different People and Shiny Toy Guns....
Not a fan of Shiny Toy Guns--but Ace Enders was pretty good......
Bittersweet Symphony and Reaction!!!!! Excellent songs :)
Then at promptly 9:52-odd huh.
Bethoven and Bach stopped blaring and AAR appeared on stage to bright Neon flames and red white and blue strobe lights !!!!!
And again, Tyson Ritter !!!!!! So Sexy.......
There he is !!!!!!! Tyson !!!!!!!!
Dirty Little Secret !
I can't forget, Kristen May joined Tyson on stage to sing a
NEVER PREFORMED song......
Together they sang AAR's
Another Heart Calls
which by the way......was 10x better than the version above.
The version with Kristen doesn't exist YET !
But her voice with Tyson's is WAY better.
So I'm hoping that somewhere someday I can find the version of Another Heart Calls with Tyson and Kristen :)
It's still a great song....
The girls and I being crazy----Rockin/CHeezin out to the beats :D
WOOT WOOT !!!!
At about 11:15 we hit the road back to school- wishing instead we were crashing a party in hopes of seeing my beautiful Tyson :)
Wouldn't that be great !
..........about 2 1/2 hours later we arrived back.
Super tired and WAY EXCITED about our day !
All in All we had a fantastic day- full of memories and lots of pictures ! :)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Suri Cruise and Violet Affleck.
Both with gorgeous mothers and decent looking semi sain fathers.
These little angels are strutting in the limelight.
But like every little tod. they are just so competitive to look their best.
So who's cuter????
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I mean EVERYONE has been raving over this and I'm not one to be jumping on a lot of bandwagons....hahaha who am I kidding- I LOVE BANDWAGONS !
Anyway so for weeks now I have not wanted to watch this movie, like literally NO INTEREST.
I thought Edward was geeky and strange.
SO last night sitting in the ever popular A and D, where we tend to spend most our nights lately.
We were wasting time, time of which I could have been enjoying my sleep.
I was watching my new addiction, vh1 Tough Love.
I love that show.
Anyway so I was getting bored and blogging of course about my new aformentioned obsession.
When Syd said that we should watch Twilight.
Well then we should watch a really like deep love passionate movie, like really, she said.
Now, the movie-totally.
The love, O-M-G yew.
But now Twilight. No way.
After about 10 minutes of small talk argument.....
Syd just started it on YouTube.
Much to my dismay, I began watching it.
Oh no ! I was actually watching it, I was being sucked into the vortex of Teeny Bopper World.
I was watching Twilight.
Mind you each second I even peered away from the screen, Syd snapped at me.
HAhaha- she's crazy.
Well Whew....Actually we should take a break now, I'm tired.
It is now 12:27 adn we had just begun watching this movie.
Again, I could have been sleeping !
Mind you I needed sleep because the following day, or actually the current day because of the time was Dolphy Day.
Which is a day of complete mischief, an entire college campus closes,
I mean SHUTS DOWN TOTALLY.
Not juicy pink lemonade.
Yes Beer and Vodka Mixes.
Haha and because Prince Charming attends this lovely academic institution of higher learning and because last year I couldn't attend.
I was going damn it !
Bet Your Cute Little Tooshie !
I would be there.
Well so again it was 12:27.
And yes we were just beginning Twilight.
Can I just say.
Never say Never.
It was within the first 12 minutes and complete supervision of Sydmiester that I was completely
hooked. Not just enticed. I mean hooked.
I had fallen in love with Edward Cullen and his sexy stare and bold jaw structure.
He's sexy as hell !
Don't we agree???
I mean WOW.
I think the fact that he's a Vampire just turned me on more.
Not a lie !
So the movie continued and I really don't want to give away any key plot lines or cute parts to anyone that has not seen it......
So at this point I would like to suggest you go Youtube the movie, (click on the link above) Parts 1-12 can be found ( 6 and 7 are a bit harder to find)
But the whole movie is there.
Or go rent it.
If you have not seen the movie and wish to
STOP READING !
Because below is where I vent and express my eternal love for Edward !
So STOP !
Spoilers Below !
Ok... so here we go.....
Sydmiester and Al at this point are talking/laughing/giggling through the whole thing dang it !
Mentioning every 4 minutes that I can't miss the next part, it's the best part.
Or just let out a tiny shriek that the following sceen is the best.
So if youc an't tell the whole movie is just dolphin back flippin phenomanal BATMAN !
(I say that alot when I get excited)
Much like Holy Cow !
But BATMAN !
Anyway.....ahhhh my baby hamster batman died this summer, i loved her. RIP Batman :(
And my fishie Sushi :(
Ok so Edward.......he's sexy.
Did I mention that :)
Ok so the girls were just distracting me major but I was completely hooked.
I couldn't sit still long enough to contain my happiness.
So stinkin cute :)
Ahhhhh to be Bella........
So this ^^^^^ is one of my fav parts.
Go to 8:48
When Bella needs to be taken away so shes not found by James....the bad vampire.
Edwards sister* Alice takes her with her because james knows that Edward will not leave Bella.
They had to throw him off.....
"Nothings gonna happen...theres 7 of us and 2 of them....when everythings done I'm gonna come back and get you..... Bella your my life now...(ah and then he grabs her face)
and wow (popular trend here) ....wow.
I feel his pain--the look in his eyes....you can feel his pain.
(I love his passion for her)
I love the way he looks at her.
I love that she is absolutely intoxicating to him !
So gorgeous. Ah so sexy.........
I love that shortly after Bella and Edward split up to throw James off track he calls her to tell her they lost him and to be careful.
When he says he'd do anything to protect her, have her safe again.
My heart melts.
I mean really, it makes him so much sexier that he's so passionate.
Go to 3:28
Bella's Lullaby :) I love it.
"I like watching you sleep....its kinda fascinating to me"
Ahhhhhhhh so sexy- his voice is sooooo sexy.
And their kiss ! :)
I love that he has the strength to pull himself away.
I love that he loves her that much.
The fact that he can't lose control with her is so special. He watches her sleep.
And that's why he's sexy.
Go to 8:13
"I'll make it go away Bella"
An amazing metaphor.
The fact that he needs to suck the venom so she remains a human
yet to him, shes the most intoxicating, irresitable thing he's ever experienced.
Is so powerful.
He has to, to save her life. But because its the best thing he's ever had
he's afraid he won't have the strength to stop.
It's so wonderful he doesn't have the strength to stop.
Bella is hospitalized
Refuses to leave the love of her life.
Stays with him.
And they Dance.
The begin their life together. Human and Vampire.
And now I'm infatuated. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
I'm still amazed and absoultey heels over head for Edward Cullen.
Much like every other female ranging from 10- 65 in the world.
But I can share.
And I can't wait to start reading the second book.
All thanks to Sydmiester. Love you Babygirl !
You'll miss out.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Now what do you think........
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against her. I think Faith is absolutely breathtaking.
has never danced in the rain"
Monday, April 13, 2009
Ahhh My Favorite Things.
More today than ever, I've really been thinking about my future, and you know what, it scares me. It scares me that I'm going to be a Junior next year and again sooner than I want, I will have to say goodbye to a few people that literally mean the world to me. I'm scared I'll loose them....I'm scared that I'll end up in the wrong place. Looking out the wrong window, or at the wrong people, or even living in the wrong town. Looking out the window right now the sun is setting and I hear everyone in the background speaking of their past and where they're heading. I know where I want to be, but what if I can't get there? What if I'm not good enough to make it ???
I went home this past weekend for the Opening weekend of my summer job and more than ever I want, No, I Need to be home. I'm over school.
But I can't leave these people.
These girls are my life.
I would never get through it without Colleen, Sydnie, Erin, Ali and Ashlee.
It wouldn't happen. I'm scared.
And soon, sooner than I want- I'm going to have to say goodbye again.
Goodbye to the girls that I call my best friends and hope with all my heart that I won't lose them like I did a few in high school.
Life is getting more and more "real" everyday now
and my mind isn't comprehending what to do and how to handle the situation.
Being alone scares me, and I know I won't ever be alone really but like without help. Without someone to turn to when I need that help.......
I talked to my best friend 3 times today.
I miss her like crazy and I just saw her yesterday, I hate being away from home.
But these girls make this place home.
And I find so much happiness and joy in my work, I couldn't imagine myself in another major. Art IS my life. I could breathe it forever.
And not just my art, but ALL art.
But lately I keep things to myself. I have a lot on my mind. I can feel the tears in my heart that need to spill right now and I need the time to let it go.
So the minutes are ticking and they couldn't move slower.
So I move to my safe haven.
The sun is a light orange and just setting beyond the lake and I wish I could be enjoying it, Spring is arriving closer everyday now and it comforts me.
The greens and crisp air remind me that my summer is creeping closer.
But then I will be leaving my home.
My home that may not be where I spent my childhood or where I was brought into the world.
But the home that I have learned to accept, not because I have to, but because the girls that have become my friends are becoming my family and life wouldn't be the same without them.
My home where I can expect the same things day after day and know that when I need them they will ALWAYS be in the bed next to me, 4 doors down the hall, or a building shortly across the campus.
I'm in love with my life and in love with a wonderful person.
And I have the greatest memories in the form of thoughts and photos.
I'm just terrified that I'm not going to end up where I want to.
"You can't get by on talent, you have to have the passion".
Your talent is useless without the passion !!!
My professor Tom Hite told me tonight, something that I will never forget.
There is so little time in life and I want to make the most of it.
I want to start my own business someday, travel, take photos, and be happy in life, everyday.
I want to finally get my book published, but that would require finishing it first.
I find inspiration in the small things in life and this is my greatest joy.
I told my dad this fall as we were driving through a small town near home toward a pumpkin patch. The sun was setting in the country and the hills were rolling for what seemed like forever. The air was beautifully crisp and the sites went on for ages.
The sky was a creamy orange shade and was glowing for what seemed like eternity.
I found serenity.
It was absolutely incredible, something that I will never forget.
The feelings that I get from the small things, like our drive through the country that day are the greatest things to me, things I can hold close to my heart, forever.
Memories that I find in movies like My Girl, And A River Runs Through It,
Benjamin Button and Father of the Bride.
That feeling of peace and happiness, beauty and comfort in films that will truly touch your heart <3 style="color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Another day not to long ago, a few weeks ago actually.
Prince Charming and I went for a drive in effort of taking photos for my photography class, we didn't go far from home and stopped at many places that we both have been before,
but we actually saw this time, really saw what each place was and meant.
We weren't just looking anymore.
We were seeing for the first time the beauty of the town we live in.
A town so rich in history. Important history. And thats something to be so thankful for.
It was a beautiful slightly cool Sunday afternoon just before sunset. We took beautiful shots near the canal and fountains and water ponds, monuments and breathtaking historical sites that were visited in years past but never fully understood, nor appreciated.
Now in my aging, I can appreciate the qualities of these special places.
The true history that can be found in my small town and how important it was just a few decades ago.
The Simple Things, My favorite things.
If you haven't been, plan a trip.
The Sound of Music. Not just a musical, not a movie.
A true historical story that can be relived and visited today.
Vermont is one of my favorite places of all time.
The views are the greatest in the world.
The trails and gorgeous areas that can be seen from miles are wonderous.
The wildlife, will leave you speechless.
And the memories that you will create, you will hold for a lifetime.
The simplest of events that have occured within the 3 times I have visited Vermont I still remember 10-12 years later. I remember the gorgeous Inne. The sunsets. The brick paths and amazing gardens. The bubbling brooks found in the middle of mountains or off the edges of paths. The conversations of fudge in a local early 1900's type shop visited with my dad. The polished brook rock that I grabbed from a hotels trickling wall fountain in the bright green grass front yard that I later carved the word "Believe" into. (You see how much Believe occurs in my life??) (Tattoo, not a mistake haha) Gorgeous. I remember the fantastic bike trails that we rollerskated on for hours and hours before sunset. The Fox Inn with the best chocolate chip pancakes I have ever had ! The Alpine Slide with my dad. Gondala Rides. Strolls through town late at night where you can smell cherry wood and fires burning. The adorable little mountain shops. Friendly faces and the memories.
The Vontrapp Lodge.
Beauty in the mountains.
A story unfolding differently everyday.
History that should be realized and appreciated by every visitor.
A Mountain Resort in European Tradition.
Harmony. A simple word that captures much of what makes Trapp Family Lodge so special. Here, you will discover so many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your alpine escape. And yet all this remarkable variety lives in perfect harmony. A vacation at one of Vermont's premiere resort will leave you rested and refreshed. Recharged and reconnected. But most importantly, it will remind you of what’s truly important.
Don't forget to read the Trapp Family StoRY.
I have always dreamed of having my wedding in Vermont and the Trapp Family Lodge couldn't be more beautiful.
I can't imagine my parents being excited about the blessed event being held 6 hours from home but we'll see, Prince Charming won't be proposing anytime in the near future I would hope. Hehe.
Anyway....This place is just the ultimate. I hace been there many times and I just don't see anything but the English Beauty in the middle of the mountains.
I want to live here more than anything in the world. But the thing is I haven't seen half the world so how do I know? Of course, its beautiful. But is it right? And how do I find that place???
And I'm afraid to settle. I want to see everything the world has to offer.
And never miss a single thing.
I would love to live in NYC for a year or so,
and a North Carolina port town so I can live a real life Nicolas Sparks novel.
Then again I've always loved Virginia in it's history and class....another place absolutely full of breathtaking memories, never to be lost.
Or Georgia, to live the true life of Paula Deen....and be a genuine Southern girl :)
But Penn. there I could find peace, in the open air of the country that surrounds everything.
I'm not a citygirl. But I love the city. I could spend every weekend there and be happy.
But my heart lies in the country and the smallest things in life are there.
the things that make me laugh, make me smile and make me cry.
They're all there.
I waste my days by the canal in my backyard, sitting on my dock with my dog.
Writing my book.
The smell of fires burning and kids laughing and fireworks.
Campfires and marshmellow fights and ghost stories.
The quite buzz of the road a thousand yards or so away.
The peace of hearing the fish jump as the sunsets and the boats slowly passing by.
That's my home. That will always be my home.
I can't find that in the big cities.
I can find the true me in a place liek Vermont. The rolling plains, the peace, the wildlife.
I can enjoy my baking. Find time to read near the fire.
Sit on a porchswing.
Finish my book.
Bake in the kitchen and start my business.
There I can find yet again a new home.
A place to sleep at night and enjoy life in a new way.
Because to me, my home will always be in the hearts of these girls and my family.
My best friends at home and the LOVE of my LIFE.
These special people will always* be home to me.
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things............
and then I know that I'll make it through the tough times.
I know that I will end up where I am supposed to be. But sometimes the road to that place is scary.
And I think I may need a few more years before I'm ready to completely handle it.
Good thing I'm only a Sophomore.
Thinking of you jake <3>
Everyday. Forever my Angel.
You'll never walk alone.
"Wherever I am, There You'll Be"
Thursday, April 9, 2009
You know what..... if you haven't already realized this.... I'm completely obsessed with Post-its.
Like allllll of them. Hearts, stars, neon, black, double stickies, Hello Kitty.
I mean obsessed.
I have this drawer that is roughly hmmm....
maybe 2 1/2 feet wide by 1 1/2 deep and maybe 8 or so inches high.
Well it is completely FULL, like to the top, not able to open anymore stuffed with post it pads, stickies, page markers in EVERY COLOR, shape and size.
I just love love love em.
(Good Luck Chuck Quote haha, great movie by the way)
Annnnyhoooo.... I bought these super cute ones the other day from designhergals.com
after of course making myself a gal look-alike who I might add is astonishingly similar looking to a cartoon version of a Clueless girl, which may or may not label me as a ditzy girl with no care in the world other than herself and fashion- hahaha sooooo not me.
It's just a striking resemblance, hehe.
They are awfully cute notepads though and being so obsessed I couldn't pass them up.
So I scooped up 4 or so magnetic fridge pads and about 2 post-it size packs :)
And at Target often referred to as Tarjeee :) the other day I scooped up a few cute Curious George ones :) No particular reasoning behind this decision no fascination with the little fella or anything. Just the simple fact that they were in the $1.oo bin and I had some spare change and a DIRE NEEEEED for some monkey notes in my collection :)
Writing this now, I sound a bit crazy.....
HAHA but I warned you...I'm obsessed