Posts tagged ‘milk’

May 7, 2011

Fiesta Fiesta

Happy Friday! Anyone have a food coma/hangover out there? I paced myself so I could wake up at 5am for spin! I’m on a train on my way to New Jersey for a wedding filled weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Last night my family got together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and also to welcome home my baby brother who is now 21 years old and home from college for the Summer.

He’s all growed up now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My family is totally normal.

Our spread included lots of my mexican favorites

Salsa & Guacamole w/ Chips (too interested in eating to take a picture)

Mexican Lasagna

Chicken & Steak Fajitas

Southwestern Egg Rolls

SkinnyGirl Margaritas

Fixin’s Bar

and of course a Mexican flag triple layered cake. No party is complete without cake.

This festive cake was REALLY easy to make and super delicious. Check it out.

Mexican Colored Triple Layered Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 8 oz fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Food Coloring or Decorating Paste (red and green)

Directions

  • ย Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • With an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, oil, water, yogurt, eggs and pudding mix until well combined; about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Divide batter evenly into 3 bowls.
  • Add red and green to two of those bowls.
  • Once mixed, pour each colored batter into well greased 9 inch cake pans (3 total).
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cakes are cooked through.ย  Cakes will be thin.
  • ย Once cooled completely, remove from pans and place first layer of cake onto a cake stand.ย  Spread frosting over top layer then place second layer of cake on top and continue this pattern until all layers are frosted.ย  Frost top and sides once layers are frosted.
  • Add decorations as you see fit. I’ve added pepper toothpicks to the side and a sombrero in the middle.
Ok so maybe it’s not the easiest cake ever… But it’s pretty darn simple. I like to serve this with ice cream.
Or a glass of milk
Hey, I’m allergic to it all so really, whatever is worth the pain!
It’s Favorite Friday!! In the winter I’m fine with a movie and dinner (at home) because I hate the cold…But when it gets warmer I love to go out on dates. Creative outings are always fun – It keeps the spark in your relationship strong.
Top Date Night Ideas
  1. Attend a cooking class
  2. Go for a hike
  3. Head to the Zoo or Aquarium
  4. Attend a concert
  5. Miniature golf, bowling or arcade at the boardwalk – Make a fun competitive bet
  6. Have dessert for dinner. Make sure this indulgence is worth it!
  7. Take a drive to a city in your state you’ve never explored
  8. Fill up a picnic basket with goodies and share your feast
  9. Go camping
  10. Participate in a wine tour at a local winery
  11. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity or something similar
  12. Take a hot air balloon ride
  13. Watch the sunrise/sunset
  14. Head to a local comedy club
  15. Learn a foreign language
  16. Get a couples massage
  17. Take ballroom dancing lessons
  18. Go to a farm where you can pick apples, strawberries or whatever is in season
  19. Play a game of tennis, head to the batting cages or one on one volleyball
  20. Attend a sporting event
I really could go on, but this is getting a little wordy!
I’m almost to NYC where my boyfriend is meeting me at Penn Station. Wedding weekend (not ours, duh) here we come ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favorite date idea?ย 


April 4, 2011

Love is Sweet (French Toast Casserole)

Happy Monday! Let’s make this week a good one ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The Dessert Bar ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been feeling extremely blah today – Hope I’m not getting sick!! See you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚