Crush Mondays

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1. I need this hibiscus strawberry rhubarb iced tea

2. Chocolate cupcakes with Matcha icing!

3. special burger buns… mmm

4. homemade sports drink… that’s very cool

5. move over taco bell!

6.  foot condoms haha

7. you go girl!

8. Rob Lowe is a beautiful writer.

9. I want to live here

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Thirsty Thursdays: Raspberry Iced Tea

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It’s been raining in Baltimore, 5 blocks down from me the street made a giant sinkhole…

I’m sure it made national news I’m kinda tired of hearing it already…

so with being said. Let’s make raspberry iced tea

taste much better than the fake flavored bottled stuff.

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you first start making tea like any other kind… and making simple syrup with raspberries.

it’s very easy you can do it with your eyes closed but I wouldn’t suggest it.

you most likely would end up burning your hand or something.

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so you know let’s kick this rainy day blues…

here to sunny summer days ahead!

Raspberry Iced Tea

4 quarts water

10 tea bags

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sugar

10- 12 ounce bag frozen raspberries

1 1/2 cups water

Boil 4 quarts of water take off heat, steep the tea bags in the hot water. let cool and set off to the side. Place sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium pot let sugar  then add raspberries, let simmer.take off heat and let cool. Add lemon juice to the tea and pour into a pitcher than strain raspberry simple syrup into the tea stir and then chill in the fridge.

for a boozy raspberry tea add raspberry liquor or raspberry vodka.

Charlotte and Greg’s Wedding

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So I’ve been neglecting you… with good reason… Work and preparing one of  two weddings…

Greg and Charlotte got married in Fredrick, MD over the weekend and tree nursery with a nice area where they hold weddings.

So in preparing, going to work and making a few trips to BJ’s I finished the cake and all the desserts!

So let’s see Tuesday I baked everything, Wednesday my little Mary came by to help me scoop over 200 Oreo balls and dip them in chocolate. What a trooper?! Also she helped make the icing for the blondies and iced those!!

Thursday I finished dipping the Oreo balls, and made the butter cream for the cake and brownies.

Friday was assembly day! So I got flowers for the cake and table stopped at Micheals for some boxes, Mary also came Friday to help me to fill and ice the cakes while i made more icing and made ganache.

Saturday I was a guest and so was my friend Catherine. So we went together and she helped me set everything up.

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Naked Oreo balls…

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The bottom tier it’s fake shhh…

random wedding raspberry tea 038Cant help but really laugh out loud at this… For Mary’s sake… That’s how you get disco dust on a cake

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Very Berry Vanilla Cake…I feel more people were more impressed with the berry cake then the actually wedding cake, people are suckers for fruit…

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I only had bees bothering me the whole day…

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Irish Car Bomb wedding cake and brownies, very berry vanilla cake, Oreo “truffles”, and peanut butter blondies with chocolate icing…

all in all everyone enjoyed the day and the desserts, they couldn’t have had better weather!

CONGRATULATIONS CHARLOTTE AND GREG!

Mango Avocado Salad

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So on the east coast it’s technically spring!

In the last week we have been getting a mixture of 40 degree weather, a sorry excuse for snow, rain and 60 degree weather!

I’m just ready for warm weather, so why not get in the mood with tropical-esq fruit?

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Instead of drinking booze, I went the healthy route…

Mango, avocado, I made a vinaigrette dressing with coconut oil, and a touch of honey.

it makes you feel fancy or feel that that you can afford a nice fancy trip…

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The sweetness from the mango, and the creaminess from the avocado makes this a very enjoyable salad…

I would have just posted me eating an avocado, and the 8 billions ways you could eat the dang on thing but no would be interested in that post, well I don’t think so…

I mean I could just tell you how I’m watching Will and Grace but what’s the fun in that?

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Mango Avocado Salad with Coconut Honey Vinaigrette 

Makes 1 big salad or 2 side salads (easily can be multiplied)

2 yellow mangoes (they run smaller than regular mangoes you can use those to, just 1  of those)

1 medium avocado

season with salt and pepper on top

Add extras if you want…

1 banana

roasted pistachios unsalted

(I added these 5 minutes after I started eating it)

Coconut Honey Vinaigrette

1/8 cup coconut oil melted

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1-2 teaspoons honey

Slice and pit mangoes and avocado, if adding the banana peel and slice as well. Arrange fruit on plate, set aside. Melt down your coconut oil I put mine in the microwave for 30 seconds let cool for a few seconds, add the vinegar and honey whisk until well combined. Drizzle over fruit, Now add the salt and pepper and pistachios if you are… I always toss a salad around on my plate before I start eating it so that is why those go last.

Thirsty Thursdays: Chocolate Guinness Floats

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Gimme a chance…

Ha this sounds like a plea for a love life… actually my love life isn’t that sad. (yeah that’s right I got my eye on you big red!)

Anyhow this is awesome, we all know how I love my irish car bombs which tastes just like a chocolate milk shake… I mean who doesn’t like slamming shots right?

Oh wait a minute that’s not lady like…

This is what I made this float, yeah lets just go with that…

guinness floats 002I could have been a jerk and only made one big one but I shared…

I like being a jerk. (Not really)

But this takes 1 minute to make and like 30 seconds to inhale…

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YUM!!

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Rather have something minty? Try my boozy shamrock shake

Chocolate Guinness Floats

serves 2

14 oz can Guinness

1 pint of chocolate ice cream

Extras if you dare

whipped cream

chocolate sauce

brownie bits

Take your chocolate ice cream and divide it between both glasses. Now pour the Guinness on top of the ice cream do it slowly it gets creamy and foamy. Now you enjoy it!

Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze

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It’s gotten to the point if I open the freezer door I have bananas fall out onto the floor.

I buy bananas eat like half then they get super ripe so I freeze them and then use them for smoothies and such…

It’s been super cold so I don’t want a smoothie, I’m also planning my best friends bridal shower and making a menu that doesn’t really involve bananas so sorry for the neglect bananas!

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yesterday was fat Tuesday, I usually eat pancakes or have a doughnuts on fat Tuesday.

I mean who really needs an excuse to eat a doughnut?

I can’t have beignets so doughnuts are a close second…

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have a doughnut yesterday so I made banana bread with peanut butter glaze so it reminded me of a doughnut sorta.

I can pretend its a long john doughnut from Mississippi except extra-large and not yeast risen.

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No surprise there!

well not from me anyway…

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Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting

(recipe heavily adapted from Racheal Ray Magazine)
This is a full recipe so don’t cut this in half unless you want a short loaf like mine.

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • hot water

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and the oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out dry, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool completely on a rack.

Put the salted butter in a small pan and heat over medium-high heat until melted and nicely browned, about 4-5 minutes. Place the peanut butter in a small bowl and microwave until melted & smooth (about 15-30 seconds). Add the browned butter to the peanut butter and slowly stir in the confectioner’s sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of hot water into the mix. Pour down the center of the loaf and then smooth out with a butter knife or spatula.

Hey Jamie Bakes Notes:

if you have a doughnut pan or a muffins pan. Use that it would be fun to do! The cooking time should be pretty similar, give or take 5 minutes (more).