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I’m really sad about writing this post, I was in denial for a while when the talk around SportsCenter and on Phillies news was about Chase Utley’s contract. I really REALLY can’t believe he will no longer be a Phillies player- that really hurts especially when I got to meet him and see for myself what a nice person he and his wife are.
I think the city will definitely miss Chase and his wife Jennifer a lot! They both do so much for the ASPCA and are very active in the city. It’s going to be weird going down to a Phillies game and no longer recognize the second baseman.
But, I am very happy for him too, he is going back to LA where he is originally from, he attended UCLA and then started playing for the Phillies. I also think it’s going to be amazing getting to see Jimmy Rollins and Chase be back together! The dynamic duo will be back in tack and that is something that really makes me smile.
All I know for certainty is two things 1) I’m surely going to miss Chase on our team and 2) I’ll be buying tickets to a Phillies vs Dodgers to make sure I get to see the dynamic duo back in action:)
***I don’t think the video is loading so here is the link http://youtu.be/J0ePUlNWNsQ
Over the weekend my family and I went up to Hershey to see Maroon 5 play on Saturday night. Can I just tell if you ever get a chance to see them GO! Adam Levine is incredible in concert, he is very energetic and is all over the stage constantly moving. At one point in the concert it was so hot on stage he told the people in control of the fog to turn it down because he was sweating!
I was really happy that he sang a mix of both old and new songs because I’m more a fan of his older albums, he sang “Sunday Morning,” which is my favorite song. We also had really great seats, which my sister got for us (well she ordered them) we were row 55 on the floor so while my phone didn’t take the best pictures of the band, I could see them perfectly!
They played for roughly two hours, at first they stopped an hour into it at around 10 and everyone was bummed, but then they jumped back on stage and started playing again for another hour. I guess I should have said this in the beginning, but Nick Jonas was the openner- and tbh I only know two of his songs from the radio. So while all the young girls (and 40 year old moms) rocked out I sat and waited for Adam to get on stage:)
The stadium was packed and I’ve never been to that stadium before, but they do NOT know how to properly get people in and out of the venue! The traffic was horrible getting just in the parking lot and getting out of the parking lot. I’ve been to many concerts and events before with more crowded venues and have not had problems like this, but that is one thing Hershey sure does not know how to do properly. I guess since I’m used to Philadelphia’s crowds and how we all are and act after sporting events, I wasn’t prepared for that. We all will run you over if you don’t move! Of course we will wave and scream “Go Phillies” if it’s a baseball game, but we want to get home after all:)
Hopefully my phone let’s me post more videos soon!
So you know how you pin a million things on Pinterest either a craft or a meal, but don’t actually do it? Well I have some exciting news I made a cookie cake that I found off of Pinterest and it was delicious and so cute that I really didn’t want to eat it…but I did because my gosh it was delicious!
Here is the recipe below if anyone is interested it honestly is super quick and easy to make- and this is coming from a girl who uses the kitchen as a walk through so that should tell you something about my level of skills in the kitchen (or lack of).
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk1
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups (190g) spoon & leveled Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2/3 cup (120g) white chocolate chips
1/2 cup (80g) rainbow sprinkles (not nonpareils)2
VANILLA ALMOND FROSTING (I just used store bought icing and it was just as good!)
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 and 3/4 cups (150g) confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half3
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract4
salt, to taste
extra sprinkles for decorating on top
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch pie dish or cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Make the cake: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough is quite thick. Once combined, gently fold in the white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup sprinkles using a rubber spatula (or by mixing on low speed).
Press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until very lightly browned on top. You want the cookie cake to be extra soft in the center, so careful not to overbake. Allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack at room temperature before frosting. The center will slightly sink – that’s normal.
***Important to note I would take the cookie cake out around 20ish minutes because the bottom and sides of mine were a little for brown and I set the timer for 25 minutes.
Making the Frosting:
With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla and almond extracts with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if frosting is too thick. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet. I usually add anywhere between 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Frost the cake as desired, I used a Wilton 1M piping tip to decorate the edges. Using a very sharp knife, cut into slices and serve. This cake goes wonderfully with vanilla ice cream! Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.
That same night I also tried a chicken lettuce wrap recipe to try that supposively tastes like P.F. Chang’s Lettuce wraps and I gotta tell you it was spot on! I had a lot of left overs so I was able to heat it up and top it on a salad which was really good too. All in all I think I’ll have to look up recipes more on Pinterest because anything new is fun to eat!
Does anybody have any summery recipes to try?