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Happy Easter!

Y’all’s Easter Bunny may bring cute chocolate bunnies.

Here in South Florida, the Easter Bunny brings chocolate crocodiles!

Choco Croco

How cute is he?  From Buena Vista Chocolate and Wine in Miami.

Hope you had a fun Easter weekend!

xoxo,

TPH

A little late in the day, but still Friday! :)

Well, here it is.  Probably the only cocktail that the Easter Bunny, should he partake of liquorous libations (and I am sure he must!), would be totally down for:  a carrot margarita!

I knew I had to try this as soon as I saw the recipe, just to see what it was like and say that I did.

Actually, it is quite tasty!  Mind you, I won’t be running out and replacing a tried-and-true “regular” margarita every time – I am a Texan after all – but this was a fun, certainly sure-to-incite-conversation Easter alternative.

Carrot Margarita

Maybe the Easter Bunny will leave you a golden egg or some really good chocolate if you leave him one of these? We’ll see, I’m willing to try!  :)

Carrot Margaritas

Yield:  4 margaritas

Lime wedges and Kosher salt

1 cup white tequila

1 cup fresh carrot juice (I used Bolthouse Farms bottled juice – near the OJ at the grocery store)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Cointreau

Ice cubes to serve

1.  Pour a thin layer of salt into a wide, shallow bowl or plate.

2.  Moisten the rims of margarita or cocktail glasses with lime wedges and dip into salt.

3.  Place prepared glasses into the freezer to chill while you prepare the drinks.

4.  In a small pitcher, pour the tequila, carrot juice, lime juice, and Cointreau.  Stir to combine.

5.  Remove glasses from freezer, place ice cubes in each, and divide margaritas into each glass.

6.  Give a toast and enjoy!

Source:  Adapted from Sweet Life (another Texan! Yay!)

 

Funk

I admit it.

As you might have noticed from the lack of posts lately, I’m in a bit of a personal funk.  Not in THE funk, like in a Prince with an afro, rocking guitar, bass notes, musical funk, but more of a blah, blue, sad funk.

So in an effort to work my way out of this, I googled some Prince funk and thought I would share with you a rocking link to one of my favorite, super-obscure songs called “She’s Always in my Hair.”  It is the B-side (How sad that my kids will never know what a B-side is??) to the single “Paisley Park” from the album “Around the World in a Day” released in 1985.  (And, yes, I have this cassette tape somewhere in my garage.  Hoarder, we’ve covered this already…)

Prince played the song on Arsenio Hall’s show last month and I missed it somehow…  It’s FAB.

Prince Arsenio

It’s sure to get you out of A funk and into THE funk!  Enjoy!

Today is a good day.

Actually, due to some unexpected news at work, today is a VERY good day. :)

Let’s celebrate with cake!  Easy, chocolatey, Nutella-cream cheesy cake.  I’ve shared my most favorite Butter Cake recipe before, and this one has a similar concept.  Start with a boxed cake mix, doctor it up with copious amounts of really delicious things (cream cheese, Nutella, powdered sugar, butter), and wait for the gooey yumminess to ensue.

I made this for a little barbecue at our house and everyone liked it.  A teenaged boy dug into it and cut the whole thing up into little squares before I could stop him, so the slice above is teeny…I had to point out that they weren’t brownies, but actually cake.  Oh well!  :)  And in case this isn’t rich enough for you, I think a scoop of ice cream with this would be heaven.

Hope y’all are having a good day too!

Nutella Gooey Butter Cake

Yield:  16 servings

For the cake:
1 package devil’s food cake mix

1 egg

8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the topping:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup Nutella

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Lightly grease a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan.

3.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix until combined to a moist dough consistency.

4.  Press mixture evenly into pan.

5.  In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter; beat until creamy.

6.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth (this will take several minutes).

7.  Spread the Nutella mixture over the cake batter.

8.  Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake – the Nutella mixture should sink into the center somewhat, leaving a firmer crust around the edges and a gooey center.

Source:  Let’s Dish

I’m going…

TX Home

Going to Houston today for a little fun on Friday at the Round Top Antiques Festival (specifically Marburger Farm, which I love – looking forward to it!) with my mommy. :)

Cutting Board from Maple Leaf at Home via The Accessory Place in Houston, Texas. (I’ll be going there too! :) )

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