My new Ariel tattoo! It came out so good! I went back to the artist who did my infinity anchor tattoo and she did a great job yet again (: I grew up loving the little mermaid and always admired her adventurous spirit. Before I moved to San Francisco all i wanted to do was leave home. I was miserable and bored of the people. (besides my family) So I moved to San Francisco, I didn’t know the city or anyone in it. 4 years later I have some amazing people around me, I am supporting myself and studying what I love to do. So this tattoo is a reminder to be adventurous. To try new things no matter how scary they seem, could get something good out of it. (; Artist: Andi Evrard @ Brave New World Tattoo in Upland,CA.
12 Days of Nerd-Mas: Team Red Rules Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Bits
You know what rules? Team Red. You know what also rules? RED VELVET COOKIES. What happens when the two meet? You get the best cookie the world has ever seen.
I have yet to find a place to sell red velvet cookies with cream cheese. So I decided to cut those nerds out and make my own.
Feel very, very lucky because Ant gives you precious recipes that have been in her family since last Tuesday.
What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 large egg
1/2 Bar Frozen Cream Cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
What To Do, Son:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Which is only slightly hotter than I am.
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, set aside.
With electric mixer, or the strength of hercules and a wooden spoon, whip together butter, sugar and vinegar until pale and fluffy, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add egg. Add vanilla and red food coloring and mix until blended.
With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine.
This is important, so listen up. Or read twice. Cut up frozen/cold cream cheese into tiny bites. When rolling your dough by spoonfuls, (About 1/4 of a cup.) add bits to desired spots OR press into tops of cookies after baking. Whichevers you like.
Bake 9 - 11 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Or eat them hot as hell because you a strong independent baker who don’t need no safety regulations MmmmHmmm.
This is seriously one of my favorite cookies. It’s super soft and cake-like with a crackly top and I think I ate 14 of them just by myself. I regret nothing. Except not eating more cookies.
And yes, that is superhero themed wrapping paper that I had my team hunt for. Yes.
12 Days of Nerd-Mas: Dean Winchester Style Apple Pie Taquitos!
The day after Thanksgiving, Cricket and I were going to the mall and I was like “Oh wait, there’s pie left?! Let me get some o’ dat for the road.” and he said I couldn’t eat a slice of pie in a moving car. FOOLISH MAN.
So I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had all the deliciousness of pie in a convienent and easy to hold shell?’ and SHAZAM! The Apple Pie Taquito was born.
What you’ll Need:
2 Pre-made ready to roll Pie shell Dough
4 Large Apples (Granny smith works best)
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
2 Tsp Pie spice
1/2 cup water
1 stick butter
1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice
3/4 cup Sugar
Flour to sprinkle on your cutting board
What to Do:
Roll out your thawed pie dough and sprinkle 1 tsp of your cinnamon on the centers. Pre-heat your oven to 375 Degrees.
Cut up your apples in small bite-sized pieces. Like, small enough to roll up in your taquito.
Melt your butter in a medium saucepan and combine with your lemon juice, water, spices, sugar and your remaining cinnamon. Toss your chopped apples in the mixture and cook over low flame for 8-10 minutes or until spoon comes away in a syrup consistency. Ha. I got that word in there.
Let filling cool. Cut up your pie dough into 5” by 3” strips. Place 1/4 of a cup of your apple mixture onto the centers and roll up, small sides in first.
Let bake on greased cookie sheet for 15-18 minutes in center of your oven.
You could either top with whip cream or sprinkle mini chocolate chips over them to class them suckah’s up.
Dude. It’s pie. ON THE GO. They are super easy to make and oh so delicious! Maybe I will give y’all a recipe for a variation on this? Either Pecan (My favorite) or pumpkin.