Cookies & Cream Cheese Cupcakes

I haven't really been baking lately. Working and planning a going-away party for a great friend has consumed most of my time this month! Here's a recipe from a blog that I follow called 52 Cupcakes.

Martha Stewart's Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes
Makes 30

Ingredients:
  • 42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

2. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.

3. Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

4. Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.







ps. all images belong to the author of 52 Cupcakes.

happy baking! xoxo vicky

Sweet Lighting!

What do you get when you cross a chandelier and gummy bears?

A CANDELIER.

At Jellio.com, they've make chandeliers out of gummy bears. Don't believe me? Check it out.



Their online store has a whole line of spectacular, funky, and quirky stuff!

Embrace the Suck.

a good friend of mine wrote this about his experience in the army and his tenure in iraq.
below are all his very own photography!




"i spent 5 months in a place like no other. a place that has no mercy on anyone or anything. a place that is unforgiving, no matter your sex, age, or race. i spent 5 months in iraq before going home for two weeks. the 5 months passed very quickly, but the 2 weeks passed by even quicker...it felt weird, almost unreal to be back home. those who have never experienced anything like this say i'm a changed man. in my eyes i am the same person i was before entering the military, the only difference now is that i have a different outlook on life and death, friends and enemies, joy and dissatisfaction, etc...it's funny how when a person is here in iraq all they think about is home, but as soon as that person is home all they think about is iraq. going to a terrible place isn't so bad if you don't know what to expect...but going back to that terrible place knowing exactly whats in store, that's the hard part. it's probably the hardest thing i have ever had to do mentally. as i was leaving home i thought about all the things i want out of life; get married, raise a family, help build a house, sail the ocean, etc...there are way too many things i want/need to do, but never ever will i have enough time to actually do any of it, at least that's what it seems like. the day i left, i woke up at 4:30 a.m., sat on the side of the bed and got the worst feeling in my chest...almost like i was sinking into myself. my dad and brothers are probably the only ones who understand me best and know exactly the things i've gone through. my dad spent 10 years in the marine corps, one brother is in afghanistan and the other in iraq. i waited for my dad to meet me at the airport, i stood there with a bag on my back with enough clothes for two days...not the smartest thing considering it's a 5-10 day trip back to iraq. my dad hugged me goodbye and all he said was 'life is what YOU make it...good or bad, it's up to you...only a few more months...all you can do now is embrace the suck'."

Chris Pikalek




"No Place to Go."


"Mile High"


"Camouflage"


"Exhaustion"


visit Chris' deviantart here.
enjoy life's sweetest things, people. no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.
xoxo vick

What is Success?

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived- this is to have succeeded." - ralph waldo emerson

REVIEW Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Madison & B-Boy Battle

So i was invited to a b-boy battle in Madison by the event's founder, Alex Hanesakda. I must admit, it was my first b-boy battle ever and I was super excited.



I brought my camera along and got some great shots of the b-boys doing their thing! It blew my mind! My favorite b-boy there was B-Boy Crumbles. He was the.. largest guy there but his moves were sick! Don't let this guy's first impressions fool you! He was as good, if not better, than the muscular/fit guys.

You can see the pictures from this event here.

i was surprised, though, at how mean/rude some of the b-boys were. i guess i kinda had certain expectations for them, which is a mistake. never judge people or expect people to act certain ways because of their background. i should've known that.

we also had brunch at Monty's Blue Plate Diner! this place is amazing! so if you're ever in madison, give it a go!

i had the salmon hash[browns]. it came with fruit on the side instead of fries or whatnot, which i really appreciated since i've been cuttin out junk food !

but i DID indugle myself by buying something from their wonderful bakery.



shabam! a lemon buttercream cupcake! bigger than your average sized cupcake, this thing was enough to feed 3 people!

and it only cost $2 !! 8 quarters!! *nummy*


greatest sign ever!

MONTY'S BLUE PLATE DINER; DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!


it was definitely packed with people and there was a waiting list! there were only 8 waiting chairs, so standing while you wait is required. we didn't know what to do when we got there, but a man was nice enough to show us what to do! everyone that we encountered in madison was wonderful and welcoming! after we signed in, the hostess told us the wait would be 10 minutes. i looked at the 20 people in line ahead of us and was like, yeaaaah, sure.

10 minutes later, we had a table! the wait was worth it!

portions were plenty and service was great! i`d be super siked to go back there sometime!

xoxo vick


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