Cake and Cookies

Cookie Dough CakeWhat happens when you take two of your favorite things ever and put them together? I decided to test this out with cookie dough and cake. What did I end up with? Complete magic. I took this amazing eggless cookie dough, and through it in the middle of a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. The result was better than I could have imagined… I can’t wait to mix and match more of my favorite foods. Cookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough CakeCookie Dough Cake

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

CDCCookie dough and cupcakes are two things that I absolutely love eating. When I found this recipe, I knew it was going to be my next baking project. These cupcakes are awesome, but they aren’t what I would call a quick fix, they take a little time. Luckily you will have some cookie dough to hold you over while you are waiting for cupcakes to be completed. Throw in a movie and make these on the side and you won’t regret it… they were worth the effort. cookiescupcakescupcakescupcakesCupcakecookiecupcakes

Crumb Cake

Crumb CakeOne of my first baking memories from my childhood was making coffee cake with my parents and younger brother. We used to buy this box mix that requires no clean up at all. It’s perfect for kids, because you put all of the ingredients into a bag and mush it all together to and it’s so fun, done in minutes and it’s very delicious. We buy it every now and then for old times sake, but this time I decided to make the real thing. I found this recipe and I’m completely obsessed. I clearly made more crumbs than the recipe recommended, and this was so simple and yummy!  crumbsCrumbsCrumbsCrumbsCrumbsCrumbs

Calzones

CalzoneI love all Italian food. BaDing and I had a craving for calzones the other day and decided to try to make some ourselves. We used this recipe and watched multiple youtube tutorials, but making the pizza dough into the shape we wanted was the biggest challenge! I have a whole new respect for the guys at the pizza parlors and I’m baffled by how easy they make it look to mold that dough into the shape they want. Our calzones came out so good (much better then we expected), but we definitely need to learn the proper dough techniques! Anyone have any tips?? ZoneszoneszoneszonesZones

Dylan’s Candy Bar

DylansDylans’s Candy Bar is like dying and going to candy heaven. With only five locations in the world, this buffet of sweets is right by my job, which means serious trouble. I don’t let myself go there too often, but when I do, oh my goodness! It is such a unique candy store… it combines two of my favorite things – candy and art. They have over 5,000 different types of candy here! From jelly bellys, to cotton candy, ice cream, chocolate fountains, vintage sweets, and any type of candy you are looking for, this is the place to go.  I clearly always find myself in the fudge & chocolate sections. Have you ever been to Dylan’s? What are your favorite sweets?stairwayjellysCandylollicolorCandy WallfudgeChocolate FountainCotton candyDylansice creamChocolate

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Cookie PieIn case you didn’t already know, I love chocolate. I need to eat chocolate every day. I was frantically searching my apartment for something chocolatey to eat, but all I could find was chocolate chips. There is nothing better than a warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie – and I had all the ingredients for the classic snack already in my pantry. But then I started fantasizing about one of my favorite restaurants and the best dessert on their menu, a deep dish, hot and melty, chocolate chip pie, a la mode, and I immediately starting searching for a recipe. I found this recipe that was prefect and so easy to make. They recommend letting it cool completely, but I obviously stared at it for 10 minutes, and then couldn’t wait any longer. I cut in even though it was still burning hot and melting everywhere. So yummy!CDPCDPCDPCDPPieCDP

Hubbas

Hubba’s is one of those hidden-gem dive type places in Westchester County that I’m just waiting to see on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives.  Even as a hole-in-the-wall type place, people flock from far and wide to fight over one of the 13 bar stools that are available to their guests. We try to go at off times. Officially known as Pat’s Hubba Hubba, they are known for their amazing and addicting chili, laid back atmosphere, and one of a kind decor. Basically any hour of the night your craving hits, Hubba’s won’t disappoint – you can show up to 5:00 am and still get all the chili you could ever want.  BaDing and his buddies are pretty much obsessed with this place, and half of their high school memories are based around late night trips for their favorite meal – ordering “the usual.” It’s not just a loved by locals, it’s also been recognized many times for having the best chili in the area. If you ever make it there, don’t forget it’s cash only!

What to order, according to BaDing: Chili cheese dog wedge, chili cheese fries, and Hubba water. IMG_8098IMG_8099IMG_8100rube stuffing his facehubbasphoto-24Signature-05

A New Year

oceanNew Years Eve is my least favorite holiday of the year…but luckily it’s followed with New Years Day, which is all about fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m excited to start new and see what 2013 has to bring me. Even though we are only a few days into the year, it has been a wonderful start with great news and a weekend getaway! There are so many things I have to look forward to. Here’s hoping for a great year, filled with success, love, food, and travel. Signature-05

Christmas

Christmas Tree[Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree]

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It isn’t just about the day, it’s about the entire atmosphere. This year, I went to my parents house and we had an extremely relaxing day… I couldn’t have asked for anything more. My parents handled all of the appetizers and entrees, and naturally, I was in charge of dessert [minus the store-bought yule log cake — I will throw a tantrum if my parents don’t buy it for us]. I made cheesecake, Oreo truffles, and almond caramel swirls.   I spent the day cuddling up with the pup, eating enough food to almost instantly put me into a food coma, and enjoying some of my favorite family traditions.

puppy[My little Christmas pup]Bading[Me and my Santa // BaDing]pinecones[One of my favorite ornaments]Yule Log[My favorite cake of all time, the yule log cake!]Presents[A few of the gifts starting to pile up.. before Santa came, of course]Yule Log[Finishing the night with the Yule Log, on demand]

How did you spend your Christmas?

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My [new] Favorite Christmas Cookie

cookieAfter spending the day baking cookies with my moms friends last weekend, [and naturally trying at least one of each kind they made] I found my favorite cookie of the bunch. Almond Caramel Swirls are definitely making an appearance at our Christmas feast dessert table. I can’t stop eating them.. I will be lucky if I have enough to bring to my parents house on Tuesday!
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