Posts tagged ‘cookies and cream’

August 2, 2011

Happy Place

On our last day in the Outerbanks I headed out with 2 of my cousins to do a little shopping! I remember oohing and aahing while reading Courtney’s blog from a couple of weeks ago when she was in Corolla so I took it to twitter to ask her for the exact stops.

We checked out a couple of surf shops and then headed to the good stuff. First stop was The Fudgery.

I think the girl who worked there was bored because she kept begging me to try another sample. I clearly didn’t say no.

I tried chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream and extraordinary chocolate. I ended up buying a pound of extraordinary chocolate because I’m a sucker….

We then went into the Outerbanks Popcorn Factory.

This place has only been open for a month but they REALLY know what they are doing. The girls who worked there were so sweet and we had a long talk about blogging and popcorn of course. They gave me lots of samples to try before I decided on my final flavor.

Vanilla Almond Crunch

Pirates Blend

Old Bay

S’mores

It was a toss-up between S’mores and Old Bay! They were both SO delicious.

During Sweet vs Salt tooth – Sweet won! I couldn’t deny this popcorn. Chocolate covered popcorn, graham crackers and marshmallows. I opened it immediately and couldn’t take my hand out of the bag. It’s truly addicting. Good thing they ship them now because I am already out 🙂

While walking around we saw a Donut shop called Duck Donuts and it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before.

They make all of their doughnuts plain

Then you pick the toppings

Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Sugar, Coconut, Chocolate Icing, Sprinkles etc. I didn’t try one but my cousins said they were the best they’ve ever had.

When we passed an Ice Cream spot we knew we had to stop in… I’m not one to pass up HOMEMADE ice cream. Big Bucks Ice Cream was like a 50’s pop shop. They had so many great treats.

We all picked the peanut butter cup and fudge ice cream in a small waffle cone.

There is nothing like homemade ice cream. Nothing.

I also picked up a bagel the next morning at Lighthouse Bagels that was basically dessert.

Um hello Cinnamon Burst. Best bagel i’ve ever had.

How many times have I said this was the best thing i’ve ever had? It’s true. I love Corolla! I want to marry it!

My cousins and I also chatted about our “Happy Place”. Your happy place is where you feel most comfortable – where you are at peace. Some people chose the beach, running, reading, the mall and their home. I chose the grocery store… I could spend hours and hours in there and be completely content.

What’s your Happy Place??

April 4, 2011

Love is Sweet (French Toast Casserole)

Happy Monday! Let’s make this week a good one 🙂 I’ve been on the go since Friday and finally have a chance to get back to my computer – 3 days without a computer is unheard of for me! I’m ready to take it easy and get back into routine.

Weekend recap:

Friday – Sushi & Fro Yo with my friend Jenn

Can you guess which fro-yo is mine??? I’m a toppings kind of girl!

Saturday was spent getting together last-minute things for  a Bridal Shower for my friend Ali aka running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I’m happy to say everything turned out successful and just the way I imagined, beautiful! Here are a million pictures to prove it 🙂

The Dessert Bar 🙂

Some of the food before my camera died :/

Some of the decorations

The girls

The favors

I want to open up my own wedding/event planning company. Who wants to hire me 😉

Are you ready for the easiest and yummiest French Toast recipe you’ve ever come across? This is perfect for two reasons. 1. You make it the night before and just stick it in the oven when you’re ready. 2. It feeds a small army. 3. I’ve never loved a breakfast food more than I love this. I know I said 2 reasons but I had to add the third.

Warning: This is NOT healthy. But it is tasty. A little piece goes A LONG way.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 24 eggs
  • 32 pieces of white bread
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 HEAPING tsp of butterscotch instant pudding
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • dash of nutmeg

Directions

  • Grease a 9×13 inch pan
  • Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in bowl.
  • Dredge bread in egg mixture and layer in pan (makes 4 layers)
  • Pour remaining egg mixture over slices of bread
  • Mix brown sugar, melted butter, butterscotch instant pudding, syrup and cinnamon.
  • Pour paste over bread like icing.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Next morning stick in oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 degrees
  • Serve immediately!!

If you have company over this is the meal to make – All you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning and serve your guests a warm, fluffy, sweet breakfast casserole. MAKE THIS!! That is a demand 🙂

I’ve been feeling extremely blah today – Hope I’m not getting sick!! See you tomorrow 🙂