Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, errybody! This weekend was my birthday and I planned on doing two things: napping and partaking in an ungodly amount of cheesecake. Cheesecake is to me what cookies are to Cookie Monster. Seriously.

A week ago, my sister sent me this video on Facebook of Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake and I immediately asked her to make it for my birthday lunch at my parents! (Fruity Pebbles is my FAVORITE cereal!) Thankfully, she obliged and its today’s Try It Tuesday!

Here’s what you need:

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`4 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal, plus more for garnish

~1/3 cup melted butter

~1/4 teaspoon salt

~No Bake Cheesecake Mix by Jell-O (the original recipe calls for other ingredients, but we have folks in the family whose tummies can’t handle heavy whipping cream)

 

Process cereal in a food processor until it’s very fine. (Not like, “Dang, Benedict Cumberbatch is fine!” but like, “really small”.) Then, measure 2 1/2 cups of the cereal into a large bowl and set the rest to the side. Add the melted butter and salt to the cereal and mix well. Pour your crust into a pie pan and shape it to the pan, making sure to bring the mixture up the sides of the pan. Cover and freeze for about 15 minutes, or until firm.

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Mix the no bake cheesecake according to the directions on the box, adding in the extra cereal. Pour into the pie crust and smooth. Place it back in the fridge for at least an hour.

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When ready to serve, top with more cereal as a garnish. Then, dig in!

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I REALLY liked this! I mean, its cheesecake and Fruity Pebbles—what’s not to like?! Not everyone shared my enthusiasm. Let’s just say I took almost an entire cheesecake home with me. (And I was not complaining!)

 

Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, we celebrated January/February birthdays with my entire fam damily. When  I asked Huff the Hubs what he wanted as his “cake” his eyes got really big and he said: “MONKEY BREAD. Like the kind your sister made!”*

I bought all the stuff to make it like my sister, but Huff the Babe ended sleeping 0 hours the night before and unbeknownst to us had a DOUBLE ear infection, so the “monkey bread like Bridget’s” had to be put on hold and the “monkey bread from Pillsbury” stepped in!

Here’s what you need:

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½ cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup butter or margarine, melted

 

First, preheat the oven to 350. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and set to the side. In a gallon size storage bag, pour in the cinnamon and sugar. Then, pop open those biscuit cans and get the biscuits out. Cut them into quarters and toss them into the bag. After that, shake it, girl!

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Next arrange the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan.

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Then, in a small bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar.

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Pour it over the biscuits in the pan, pop it in the oven and let it bake for about 28-32 minutes.

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Cool it in the pan for about 10 minutes, flip it over, and serve!

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The bottom and very top pieces of this were SO good! So nummy! The middle/inner pieces? Not so much. They were super gooey. And I’m a gal that likes gooey cinnamon rolls but this was too gooey.  I didn’t want to burn the other parts, but I wanted the gooey-ness to go away. Anyone have any suggestions for that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Yes, I realize this is the second time I’ve posted about monkey bread on this blog. And, it was almost one year to the day of the past post! But, I wanted to add this one because it was a quicker fix than the Rhodes Rolls recipe.

Dirty Thirty

Well, everyone, my thirtieth birthday came and went.

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There were no fires. No floods. No volcanic eruptions.

Okay, I’m sure those things happened somewhere in the world, but in my tiny area of existence, no such things happened.

What did happen, you ask? I ate. And ate. AND ATE.

I basically ate anything and everything I could get my carb-lovin’ hands on from sun up to sundown! Doughnuts, cheesecake, Auntie Anne’s® pretzels, truffles, cupcakes, and more cheesecake. And you want to know something? It. Was. GLORIOUS.

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Sadly, I didn’t get everything completed on my 30 By 30 list. I’m one book away from finishing my classic novel reading list (why, oh, WHY did I leave Gone With the Wind until the very end?!), I still need to protest something (I really wanted to join the students at Capitol Hill this week but couldn’t) and I’m looking for some folks to go in halfsies with for a bottle of Cristal (I wonder if a rapper would just give me some. They still drink that, right? Or is that too “1990’s”?)

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BUT, I have accomplished quite a bit! Here’s a recap of my list:

  1.  Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies 
  2. Get a literary agent
  3. Work on a political campaign
  4. Finish my book
  5. Go to Italy with BB
  6. See Graceland
  7. Meet someone famous
  8. Participate in a protest rally
  9. Sew and wear a dress/skirt
  10. Read every Jane Austen novel
  11. Enjoy a bottle of Cristal
  12. Take Noah and Ellie to see The Nutcracker
  13. Go camping
  14. Finish my classic novel reading list
  15. Take a pole dancing class
  16. Run a marathon
  17. Get married
  18. Buy my parents something BIG
  19. Go to the Red Carpet to see a movie premiere/award show
  20. Go to every state
  21. Get a job I LOVE
  22. Have a baby (or two)
  23. Change the oil in my truck
  24. Buy a house
  25. Donate my hair to locks of love
  26. Make a meal from scratch
  27. Milk a cow
  28. Learn the guitar (one song all the way through)
  29. Go skinny dipping
  30. Pay off all school loan debt

 

Considering I’ve done all of these except eight (and I’ll be checking the classic novel list off soon!) I’d call this a success!  I told myself that I’d give myself a “grace period” to wrap up as many as I could by the end of the year. Those that do NOT get checked off will roll over to my 40 By 40 list!

I’ll be honest, I was sort of dreading this birthday. But now I see that my best years are ahead of me.

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Sure, my twenties were great! I ended a bad relationship (not Huff the Hubs!), found myself (and God) again, and then reconnected with the man of my dreams (yes, this time I mean HtH!). I went to Europe (three times!), got married, had a baby, and learned some important life lessons.

All of that—the heartache, the disappointments, and the wisdom I’ve gained—I think will be the arrows in my quiver I can use against anything that my thirties my hurl against me. To quote the prudent and zealous beet farmer, Dwight Schrute: “I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me!”

A lot of people say that getting older is the pits. I think it’s awesome! After all, it’s better than the alternative, right?

Besides, I love birthdays.

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Sometimes I set expectations too high, people don’t meet them, and then I inevitably take my ball and go home to cry in my birthday cake. But this year? My family and friends not only met the bar, but passed that bad boy in a blur! They really out-did themselves!

My sisters threw me a Downton-Abbey-esque Murder Mystery Dinner (and made me a sweet book):

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Huff the Hubs spoiled me all day. And even got a pedicure with me! (Look how excited he was!)

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But most all, I was shown love by those around me. And THAT, my friends, is what makes a great birthday.

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The Countdown is ON!

You guys.

I turn 30 in just a matter of days:

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And I still have SO much left to accomplish on my 30 By 30 list!

 

#14. Finish my classic novel reading list.

I still have two books left:

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#1. Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies.

There are just three left!

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#8. Participate in a protest rally.

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There have been A LOT of protests recently. None of which I feel so strongly about that I want to participate. My credentials for a protest are: they MUST be non-violent and they MUST be a cause I believe in. I’m hoping something will come up very soon!

 

There are a few other things that I know I won’t be able to check off by Thursday. Mostly because of financial constraints. But, I feel like if I can get most of them knocked off, I’ll feel pretty accomplished! Then it’ll be time to start working on my New Year’s Resolutions–ha!

 

How are you doing with your goals? Do you have a 30 By 30 List?

Fan Girl Thursday

I know its not Friday (full disclosure: I woke up this morning totally thinking it was!) but I couldn’t wait to share all of these geeky goodies to help you celebrate this Father’s Day weekend!

If you haven’t started shopping for your nerdy pop, have no fear! The monkeys over at Think Geek have got you covered!

 

Everyone thinks their dad is a superhero, but now every dad can feel like a superhero with this Batman hat! The bat signal even glows in the dark! (This way, you can find Dad while he’s waiting for his curfew-breaking teens on the front porch!) 1ba8_batman_glow_in_the_dark_hat

 

Now that summer’s here, show your dad he’s not just King of the Grill, but Ninja of the Grill with this tactical apron! There are pockets to hold anything and everything a true grill-master requires.

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If your dad is more of a gamer than a griller, you’re in luck! The largest collection of video games (certified by the people at the Guinness World Records) is up for auction!

video games The 11,000+ games have a starting bid of $750, 250.00, so you’ll need to dig in your pockets for this one. But, I think you’d solidify your favorite child status for the foreseeable future.

 

 

If you’re looking for a way to let your dad know he’s the best in all Westeros, take page from these parents! They threw their daughter a Game of Thrones-inspired birthday party! GoT Bday

I’m sure Dad would love such a celebration! Just, try not to make it as gory as the Red Wedding.

Read This Post Right Meow

Earlier this week, video hit the web of a little boy getting attacked by a dog only to be saved by a cat.

Yes, you read that right: a cat.

Now, I’m not so much a cat person. In my opinion, cats are the feline equivalent of the snooty Regina George-like heifers in high school that either completely ignore you or get close to you, only to claw your eyes out later.

That being said, this cat truly took care of business:

Poor kid is never going to want to ride his bike again!

(Sidebar: anyone have a problem with the fact that the mom just left her kid there? Maybe she went after the dog–which clearly would’ve been a mistake–but still…”Hey kid, I know you’re probably freaking out, but Mommy’s gotta go. Young and the Restless is on.”)

After I watched this video, my opinion on cats started to change (not too much; let’s not get crazy). And I thought, “Maybe not all cats are bad. Some may actually be cute.” Which led to an hour-long binge search of cats on the web. Which I will now share with you. You’re welcome.

 

"Excuse me, I was spying on the neighbor!"

“Excuse me, I was spying on the neighbor!”

 

"Wooo! A strike!"

“Wooo! A strike!”

 

"Try Schrodinger's experiment. I DARE you."

“Try Schrodinger’s experiment. I DARE you.”

 

"I mustache you to NOT get fresh with me, sir!"

“I mustache you to NOT get fresh with me, sir!”

 

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I didn’t get to blog yesterday…things were ca-razee! But it was my awesome dad’s birthday yesterday! Dad, thanks for being so kick-a, creative, funny, supportive, and loving. You’re the best! And no one can rock a ‘stache like you!

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