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Boston Highlight- Coolidge Corner

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One of my absolute favorite spots close to me is Coolidge Corner. You’ll find this delightful corner off the C line of the Green Line (the stop is called Coolidge Corner). This delightful place has a Trader Joe’s, approved Panera, ailment an awesome bookstore called Brookline Booksmith, and lots of other really fun shops. And as a fun side note, Yogurt Land (this great frozen place) is apparently moving in! But by far my favorite place in Coolidge Corner is Paris Creperie. This delightful cafe is tucked away and even though it’s on the main road, it’s a little hard to find because it’s really small. But oh my goodness it has the best crepes!

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I went to Paris Creperie for the first time in November or December. I walked in and saw one of my co-workers there with her family and she said these words: You just missed Emma Watson! Oh my gosh! Emma Watson dates a guy who goes to my school and they had been in Paris Creperie! It was tragic that I missed her but I sat in her chair while I was there, so basically I was her for a little while ;)

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This past week my sister came and visited me and I knew I had to take her to Paris Creperie. That’s her in the picture above drinking Nutella Raspberry Hot Chocolate. So delicious! Paris Creperie loves Nutella just as much as I do, and that’s saying something!

Celina Boston Trip-1We got two crepes to split. The first one is a Nutella Chocolate Crepe with Strawberries and the second one is a Smores Nutella Crepe. They were both amazing! I have also gotten their Nutella Canoli crepe before which is amazing, but it’s a little too rich for an actual meal :)

Celina Boston Trip-2Paris Creperie also has a wide selection of savory crepes that look awesome, as well as more sweet crepes. They have a large selection of drinks as well including more hot chocolate, coffee, lattes, and smoothies.

Price-wise Paris Creperie isn’t too bad either. My sister and I got two crepes and two hot chocolates for $24. Their crepes average from around $6-$8.

Top 10 Recipes of 2012

I can’t believe it is actually 2013. I will write another post reflecting back on this past year (and share some photos from my fun New Year’s Eve), symptoms but for now, here’s a look at the top 10 most popular recipes from 2012 :) Enjoy and happy baking!

1. Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecakes- For two years in a row these delicious mini cheesecakes have been number one! I made both a peanut butter and nutella variety, and they were both delicious. These cheesecakes are not only tasty, but they look so cute they are sure to impress anyone!

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2. Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites- My sister still talks about these and wants me to make them again. The recipe is incredibly simple and results in small, amazingly fudgy, and nutella-filled brownies.

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3. Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting- Usually I’m a chocolate girl, but these Vanilla cupcakes were so good! I also had a lot of fun piping on the frosting and I think they turned out so cute :)

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4. Gooey, Delicious, Incredible S’mores Bars- These might actually be number one in my book! They are so gooey, sweet, buttery, and delicious. Possibly one of the best things I have ever made :)

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5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies- These cookies intrigued me from the moment I saw them! I think the best part of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the raw dough, and these cookies let me eat cookies and dough all in one! Brilliant!

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6. Healthier Banana Bread- This Banana bread tastes just as good as my non-lightened-up favorite. A delicious, flavorful, and healthy banana bread is always wonderful to have around the house!

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7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Truffles- This is a combination of all my favorite foods! Pretzel, peanut butter, and chocolate :)

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Honorable Mention: Felt Hairbow Tutorial- These were really #8, but since they aren’t a recipe, I won’t count them. They are a really fun craft project, though, and I often wear the bows I made :)

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8. Gooey Peanut Butter Reese’s Bars- These are at the top of my list of favorites, too, right up there with the s’mores bars. These are so gooey and so delicious!

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9. Swedish Meatballs- I’m so glad these made the top 10! Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite foods and I always love it when my mom makes them :)

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10. Mini Corn Dog Muffins- I have made these several times this year and my family absolutely loves them. They are so cute, tasty, and easy to make.

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And, because I can’t resist, here are a few of my favorites that didn’t make the list :)

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls- These will forever be one of my favorite foods. I would eat them everyday if I could :) I would wager that you will never have a better cinnamon roll than these.

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Pumpkin Deliciousness Cake- I may or may not have stood in the kitchen, eating piece by piece of this cake straight out of the pan ;)

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Gooey Nutella Bars- These, along with the s’mores and reese’s bars, are in my top 3 favorite desserts of the year. So tasty! My kitty thought they were great, too :)

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Gooey Nutella Bars

You know it’s a good day when you have apple pie and ice cream for breakfast and then go shopping for butter, ophthalmologist eggs, viagra cake mix, decease and cream cheese ;)

Our oven has been broken for the past couple of months, which is why I’ve been making mostly no-bake recipes lately, but this week out neighbors are out of town and offered me the use of their oven. Woohoo! So yesterday I headed over there to bake these delicious gooey nutella bars in their fully-functioning oven.

The original recipe for these bars calls for Biscoff instead of Nutella. Have you had Biscoff yet? I’ve only heard great things about it but haven’t been able to find it in our store. After making these bars I found out from my parents that our Kroger keeps the Biscoff by the bread, instead of by the peanut butter and Nutella. What the heck? That does not make sense! But at least now I know where it is and can buy it next time I go to the store. But I certainly don’t regret making these bars with Nutella- they are incredible! I brought them to a 4th of July get-together and everyone was raving about them- I love it when that happens :)

These bars do require a little bit of planning- they take 40-50 minutes to bake and then need to cool completely before serving them- but it’s worth it! They’re sweet, gooey, and nutella-ey.

Penny really wanted to try them, too! She is such a trouble-maker ;)

Gooey Nutella Bars 

Ingredients

For the Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup Biscoff Spread OR Nutella
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter, melted
16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 egg, and stick of butter with an electric mixer until the dough comes together. You may need to use your hand to mix it up completely. Press the dough into the bottom of a lightly greased 13×9 inch pan.
  3. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and nutella until smooth in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat until combined. Add the powedered sugar and continue mixing until the filling is smooth. Spread the Nutella filling over the cake layer and bake for 40-50 minutes. It’s a little hard to tell when the bars are done because you want the center to be gooey. After 40 minutes, the center of my bars wasn’t set at all, so I left it in for another 10 minutes and it was perfect.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Live Love Pasta :)

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie


This is not an award-winning dessert <– Imagine if I started all my posts like that….I don’t think it’d be a very good way to convince you to make the recipes I post!

Unfortunately, infertility this pie is not an award-winning dessert, approved but it totally should be.

My church always has a big chili cook-off on Superbowl Sunday and it is awesome. Tons of people bring chili and there are tasty sides and desserts. I like trying all the different types of chili, dysentery but my mom’s is always my favorite (she won several years ago and I think that she should win every year!)

A couple of years ago, our youth group started doing a dessert competition at the cook-off. My sister and I both entered this year and we were doing all sorts of smack-talking. I made this Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie and, I have to say, it was really incredible. It should have won, but it didn’t- clearly the judges were crazy ;) My sister made Heath Bar Cupcakes and she won first place! Even though I wanted to win, I was really proud of her because her cupcakes tasted and looked really good. Stay tuned for that recipe coming soon :)

But back to this should-have-won-first-place-pie. It is incredible. It has a chocolate graham cracker crust, a layer of fudgy, gooey, chocolaty brownie, and is topped with a layer of creamy, heavenly nutella mousse. Honestly the nutella mousse could stand on its own. I really enjoyed this and everyone who tried it did, too. I made two pies and they were both gone really fast. I will absolutely make this again and totally think you should, too!

Alright so…I have to ask. Were you happy with the Superbowl outcome? What did you think of the half-time show?

I used to live in Massachusetts so I was rooting for the Patriots. But I thought the game was really good and intense! I don’t ever watch football but I enjoy the Superbowl. As for the half-time show, I thought it was really good. I don’t know why so many people didn’t like it!

Brownie Nutella Mousse Pie

Ingredients:

9 chocolate graham crackers
5 tablespoons melted butter
1 box brownie mix and whatever oil, water, and eggs the package calls for
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Nutella, plus more for drizzling
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare chocolate crust: Crush the graham crackers (either in a food processor or in a ziplock bag with a mallet). Put the graham crackers in a 9-in pie pan and pour the melted butter over it. Use your hands to mix the butter and crumbs together. Press the mixture on the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the brownie mix. Pour it into the now-baked crust and bake for 35-45 minutes. The brownie will be set (not giggly) but it will still be a little gooey. Set the brownie aside (or in the fridge) until it cools completely.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  5. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, mix Nutella and cream cheese until well combined.
  6. Spoon in 1/3 of the whipped cream and gently fold it into the Nutella. Slowly fold in all the whipped cream (it takes a little while but it is important that you don’t just stir the mixture).
  7. Chill the mousse until the brownie layer is completely cooled.
  8. When the pie is cooled, spread the mousse evenly over the pie.
  9. To make your pie taste extra yummy and look extra fancy drizzle some Nutella over the pie. To do that, microwave a few spoonfuls of Nutella for 10-20 seconds, put it in a ziplock back, cut a small opening in the tip of the bag, and go to town!

Makes one 9-in pie, 8ish pieces (depending on how big you cut them).

Recipe adapted from Sing For Your Supper :)

Enjoy!

Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecakes

One of the perks of being a student (and right now as I’m in the middle of college applications and interviews there don’t seem to be many) is that you get a long Christmas break. This is what I’ve done since Christmas:

  1. Stayed in my PJs all day. I got new pajama pants for Christmas (a tradition in my family). They are red with pink polka dots! My middle sister got the same ones so we’ve been matching for 4 days in a row.
  2. I got dressed briefly yesterday to go to the movies with the middle sister. We saw New Year’s Eve which was cute! It’s just a fun chick flick or as Celina said a “fluffy” movie.
  3. I painted my nails with the nail polish I got in my stocking. They are super sparkly and purple.
  4. I have eaten cinnamon rolls for breakfast and dessert for the past 3 days…but this morning I had to have cereal because they were gone :(
  5. I’ve worked out. Yesterday I did Jillian’s yoga meltdown with my mom. Today I am very sore.

Today I am hoping to finish up my second to last college application (maybe both of them! how cool would that be???). I have a meeting with an alumni of University of Pennsylvania for my college interview…I should probably shower and get dressed for that…meh.

But that’s enough about boring college stuff! On Christmas Eve, tablets we had dinner at my grandparents’ house. I brought these mini cheesecakes for dessert and they were a hit! They’re really easy to make and look so pretty and fancy. I made peanut butter ones and nutella ones. The overall consensus was that the nutella ones were better, healing so if I make these again I’ll just make them all nutella. But they were both great and this would be a great dessert to bring to a New Year’s party! I can’t believe it is almost 2012…it’s insane how quickly this year has gone by.

I just have to point out the adorable little snowman cupcake wrappers! I was so excited to get a chance to use them. I love cute things like this :) I hope you have a fantastic last week of 2011…I would encourage you to stay in your pajamas all day at least one day this week. And eat cake for lunch. Not that I did that yesterday…but if I had, gynecologist it would have been good. Very good.

Peanut Butter/Nutella Mini Cheesecakes

Adapted from Snappy Gourmet.

Ingredients:

1 cup finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted
2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter or 1/2 cup nutella or to make half a batch of each, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup nutella
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

For the Ganache:
Note
: I had a ton of ganache left over. You could easily halve these ingredients.
1 (12oz.) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the graham cracker (or cookie) crumbs and butter. Press crumbs onto the bottom of the cupcake liners.
  3. If you are making all peanut butter cheesecakes or all nutella cheesecakes: In a large mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, 1/2 cup peanut butter or nutella, sugar, flour, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Beat in eggs until well combined.
  4. If you are making half peanut butter and half nutella cheesecakes: In a medium mixing bowl, mix together one 8 oz. package cream cheese, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon flour, and 1/2 tsp vanilla until well combined. Beat in one egg until mixed in well. In a second mixing bowl, mix together the 1/4 cup nutella and the remaining sugar, flour, and vanilla until well combined. Beat in the remaining egg until mixed in well.
  5. Spoon cheesecake filling onto tops of crusts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until set on top but still soft. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  6. When they are cooled completely, place chocolate chips and cream in small microwave safe bowl in microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. Spoon the chocolate on top of each cheesecake.
  7. Refrigerate cheesecakes for at least 3 hours or overnight. Store cheesecakes in refrigerator.

Note: Make sure the cream cheese is softened when you mix it in. If you’re using it straight out of the fridge, you can microwave it for 10-20 seconds to soften it.

Makes 12 Mini Cheesecakes.

Enjoy! :)

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