Posts tagged ‘sweets’

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??

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May 17, 2011

Sweet Surprise

I don’t know why I named this post “Sweet Surprise” because it’s no surprise I am baking something sweet AGAIN.

What did I make you ask?

Ingredients included: Dark Chocolate. Double Stuf Oreos. All wrapped up into a cupcake. I think I’m in love. Sorry, Adam.

The Easter Bunny knows me well… When he placed this beautiful can of Sprinkles cupcake mix in my basket this year I was brainstorming ideas on how to make them my own. I had leftover Double Stuf Oreo’s from some type of event a while back and thought this could be the perfect pair. Actually, I lied. Peanut butter would’ve been the perfect pair but my family might be sick of my PB & Choc combo? I’m only here to please you people.

These cupcakes were actually very simple.

First you have to buy one of these (or your favorite chocolate boxed mix)

Next follow the directions to a tee.

Bake them

Let them cool for 15 minutes.

While cupcakes are cooling you will prepare your filling.

Cookies and Cream Filling

Ingredients

  • 12 Double Stuf Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbs sugar
Directions
  • Place Oreos in Food processor and chop. (If you don’t have a food processor – smash them in a bag)
  • Place whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in bowl and beat for 5 minutes or until soft peak forms.
  • Mix in cookie crumbs

  • Place in refrigerator until you are ready to fill.
  • Take a paring knife and cut a cone shape out of your cupcakes.
  • Fill cupcakes with mixture

  • Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes
  • Carefully spread frosting of choice (I used store-bought Triple Chocolate Fudge Chip) on top of cupcakes
  • Top with half of an oreo
Since I only made 12 cupcakes I had A LOT of extra filling left… What I didn’t eat by the spoonful went on a couple of the cupcakes as frosting.
Rumor has it the filling frosting was better than the triple chocolate fudge chip. Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten so much of it by the spoonful?
Neh, everyone got a taste of it on the inside. There’s always next time.
I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic but I’m not a big chocolate cake lover… These were absolutely delicious though. Fluffy, soft, flavorful and just the right amount of sweetness. Kind of sounds like me.
You can find me at the gym. Happy Tuesday!

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite cupcake flavor!? Mine is funfetti…DUH