food

Oh nom! Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

I have a terrible weakness for sweets, all the more if they involve chocolate. So when I saw this decadent recipe from Amanda Rose at Sew Much to Say, I knew exactly what I would be making this weekend:

Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes! Or, if you will, nom in a cupcake liner. This recipe combines three of my favorite things into one little dessert; what’s not to love?

Get the full recipe here! The only change I made was to use one Oreo and one dab of peanut butter in each cupcake liner instead of two, which means a little more brownie batter in each cup. I just used a boxed brownie mix, which was enough to make 18 cakes. If that doesn’t sound like many, don’t worry–they’re super-rich, so you really can’t eat more than one at a time!

My Influenster Holiday VoxBox arrived!

I feel like I’ve been waiting for FOREVER for my Influenster Holiday VoxBox to arrive! It’s packed full of goodies, which I’ll be reviewing in detail over the next week or so. But for now, let’s take a look at the goods!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes. I was not reimbursed for this review however and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Here’s the full box. I’m going to get a proper unboxing video uploaded on my YouTube channel soon, once my lazy self digs out the mic for a voiceover, but for now let’s look at what I got in brief.

First, you’ll notice a card for Sole Society. I hadn’t heard of this site before Influenster, so this is sort of interesting. Through the end of January, you can get $25 off your first purchase through the site with the code “INFLUENSTER25”. (http://www.SoleSociety.com) I am of course a massive shoe addict, so I’ll probably find an excuse to use this code.

Next, there’s a package of Kiss Nail Dress stickers (retail value $6.99). I’ve never tried these before, but I love the design they sent! I’m super-excited about this product and will probably try these out next weekend when the hubby and I have date night.

The Goody QuikStyle brush (retail value $11.99) is going to be interesting. I got a “half-round” brush that’s supposed to give better blowouts and cut drying time thanks to the microfiber bristles, which absorb water from the hair. I hate the time it takes to dry my hair, so this will definitely be reviewed within the week.

The Quaker Real Medleys+ oatmeal ($1.79 per cup) is the wild card item. I know lots of people are not “oatmeal people” but I love it and I always need breakfast items to go. My one gripe with this product: it has a lot of sugar in each cup (22 grams) and I feel like it’s a bit pricey for regular eating. Still, it’s tasty (I already tried it!).

Then there’s the EBoost packet ($28/20 packets or $39/30 packets). I tried one of these in the orange flavor in my last VoxBox; this one is a Pink Lemonade packet. I’m not a fan of these fizzy packets per se but they DO give you an energy boost (essential for nutty multitaskers like me) and they’re not so bad mixed into a smoothie.

The NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine ($2.49) is the only item that disappoints me. Parent company Coty tests on animals and since I can’t get any definitive information on NYC’s testing policies, I have to assume that they test as well.This is a nice neutral shade (“Nude York City”) but I’ll be passing it on.

Finally, I qualified for a bonus item this time around (yay, me!). Montagne Jeunesse makes awesome face masques, and this Fruit Smoothie deep pore cleansing masque ($2) looks perfectly suited to my skin type. Oh, and did I mention that MJ is vegetarian and Leaping Bunny-certified?

Random Thursdays: My bizarre food combos…

Who’s glad that the week is almost over? Actually, mine is just beginning–but that’s okay, because I finally got some Christmas decorations up yesterday! Go me!
Okay, on to this week’s topic: bizarre food combos. I have a lot, all of which get me soundly teased…
  • Doritos and chocolate anything (syrup, sauce, pudding, ice cream) used as a dip.
  • Crackers with brick cheese and jam.
  • Crackers with brick cheese and apples.
  • Garlic bread with peanut butter or chocolate (or both) on top!
  • Pizza with pineapple and green peppers.
  • Salad with fruit in it. I’m talking mixed greens with Italian dressing and croutons, a few strips of vegetarian “chicken”, and then a serving of mandarin oranges, apples, berries, or some other type of fruit.
  • Scrambled eggs with ketchup.
  • Soft pretzels with mustard.

Sound bizarre enough for you? What bizarre food combinations do you like? Tell me in the comments section below!