Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Recipe: Cheese Ball

A few months ago, I discovered a recipe for a Cheese Ball on tumblr.  I had no idea what a cheese ball was, and man was I missing out.  I wrote the recipe down and a little while later I tried it out.   It was simple and amazing.  I then decided to introduce the recipe to my friends. 
Over the weekend I made the recipe again and brought it to the annual Christmas party. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 8 oz Softened Cream Cheese
  • ½  cup of butter
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¼  tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Pecans, Chopped 
In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until it is smooth. 

Add in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, and the vanilla extract. 

Stir in chocolate chips.  (This time around I cut the amount in half, because I felt like there were too many the first time around.) 
I don't have a picture of the chocolate chips stirred in, but this is one of those to tastes steps.

Cover and chill for two hours. 

Shape into a ball, re-cover, and let chill for another hour.

Roll into pecans, or chocolate chips, before serving, and enjoy.  
I split the ball in half and did both peacans and chocolate chips because I have friends who are allergic to nuts. 
I spread it onto ginger snap cookies.  It’s so delicious. It tastes just like a cheesecake.

**If you really want to be adventurous, add in 1 ½ cups of Red Velvet cake mix to make a Red Velvet version.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

My Jewelry Collection:

Recently in the past few months, I have expanded my collection of Jewelry.  Instead of just necklaces, I now own three bracelets, one ring, and countless earrings.  When I was younger I wore  earrings a lot, but it kind of died down once I got into high school.  I had a ring when I was little, and I used to wear it everywhere, but I eventually lost it.  I now own this beautiful bow ring that I got from JC Pennys on sale for $16.

The smile bracelet, $9.50, and the bow bracelet,$12.00,  are both by Lauren Conrad.  I got them both on sale from Khols. 

 The set of six earrings I got on sale from Peebles for $8, and the set of four earrings I got from Target for $7.  That set came with more, but I didn't like the style and I gave them to my mom.  

The four necklaces I got from a fairy festival that I've been going to for the past three years. I got the heart one the first year and then a year later picked up the other three.  They were all $8 each. 

They also each mean something:
  • The Celtic Heart:  is the sign for universal love; the most romantic of symbols, representing souls in a visual continuity.   
  •  The Triskele Shield: The three branches are positioned in such a way as to make the symbol appear it is in constant forward motion.  
  • The Moon Lady:  Intuition.  The goddess with the moonstone symbolizes the immanent life force, as Mother Nature, the Earth, the Cosmos, and interconnectedness of all life. 
  • The Crescent Moon:  Power.  The word “Crescent” derives from the Latin creare which means to create, and so the Crescent Moon is linked with the creative powers of the Goddess. 

The "Ooh-Laa-La" dish I got on mega sale from Wal*mart, it was .75 cents.  I use it for when I'm too tired to put all of my jewelry (or bobbie pins) back into their correct space.  It keeps things from getting lost, and I love it.

My favorites out of my collection are the smile bracelet, the bunny earrings, the pink rose earrings, the bow ring, and the Heart necklace.

A few jewelry pieces are not pictured, three necklaces, and three pairs of earrings.  Two of my necklaces do not currently have chains and the third is a marine tag which has personal information on it.  The earrings that are not pictured are plain balls smaller than the first set on the smaller earring holder. 

Which piece is your favorite?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How I stopped my Cold!

Yesterday I woke up with a stuffy nose and an itchy throat.   I instantly knew that I was getting sick and I kind of freaked out a bit because this weekend is my friend’s Christmas party and I didn’t want to miss it.  I instantly googled “how to prevent a cold” and I couldn’t do everything on the list because it wasn’t in the house, but I did as much as I could, and now I’m cold free. 
 On the site it told me to stay hydrated, get some vitamin C, gargle salt water, keep your nose clean, skip work, eat soup, do some light exercise, and eat protein.   I didn’t have soup, or vitamin C, and I’m not a fan of gargling salt water, so I just put in my own way of getting them. 
 What I did was drink Green Tea with Mint with a tablespoon of honey.  I had three cups.  I also drank four cups of Alka-Seltzer. (Recommended dosage is 1 cup every four hours.)  I also had 3 bottles of water throughout the day.  I was very hydrated.  I kept my nose clear by blowing it every so often, and I also slept pretty much all day.  I also had two servings of protein by eating eggs in the morning and fish at dinner. 
These steps worked for me because I caught my cold before the worst started to happen.  I’m so happy that I did catch it in time, not only because of the party I’m supposed to be going to this weekend, but because I always get sick this time of year and it takes me weeks to get over the cold.  When I was still in school, I would get sick right before finals and stay sick through all of the holiday break and then get better about two weeks in to the new semester.   
Now I know what to do next year. 
So, just remember to stay hydrated, keep a clear nose, and have some kind of medication like alka-seltzer, or emergen-c, or even an allergy tablet.  And hope you catch it in time. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

If the first of December doesn't help, then another way of getting into the spirit is listening to Christmas music.(Unless you're like my family, who has no interest whatsoever...)
  Here is a short list of my go-to music! (Some repeat because they have different artist.)

  1.  Carol of the Bells by Tras-Siberian Orchestra.
  2. The Christmas Waltz -- Frank Sinatra
  3.  Winter Wonderland -- Aretha Franklin 
  4. Carol of the Bells -- Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
  5. Christmas Canon-- Trans'-Siberian Orchestra. 
  6. Wonderful Christmastime -- Paul McCartney
  7. Santa Claus -- Harry Connick Jr
  8. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree -- Brenda Lee
  9. Sleigh Ride -- Jack Jones
  10. Blue Christmas -- Elvis Presley
  11. The Christmas Song -- Nat King Cole
  12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- Frank Sinatra 
  13. Sleigh Ride -- Ella Fitzgerald 
  14. Let It Snow -- Dean Martin 
  15. Home for the Holidays -- Perry Como
My very favorite song is Carol of the Bells by Tras-Siberian Orchestra and a very close second is Christmas Canon by the same band.

This is also just a start, I have so many more songs that I love, I just don't want to list 1,000 songs, so lets keep it at 15. 
Also, I'm open to any suggestions!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mixed Drink: Buttery Nipple

This drink I always get confused with a Fuzzy Navel, but they have nothing in common except for schnapps (It's not even the same flavor of schnapps), but I’ll post that recipe later.  A buttery Nipple has two ingredients: Butterscotch Schnapps and Bailey’s original Irish Cream.  You can also add a cherry for the “nipple” effect. 

I used both a shaker and just pour and mix; I liked the shaker better because it got it a lot colder, but from what I’ve read about the shot, it’s supposed to be a layered drink, but I wouldn’t exactly know.  Anytime I’ve even seen one ordered in a bar it was all mixed together, but now that I know that it’s supposed to be layered, I’m going to try that the next time I make the shot. 


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