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Parent’s Party

Holy weekend.  For the first time in quite sometime, I had a very active and busy weekend, and damn am I exhausted today.  It all started Friday after work with a bank breaking $315 grocery shopping trip (thank god that’s split between 3 people) followed by a run to Target, where not only did I buy the cupcake pan I needed but a “leather” jacket and some other crap I didn’t need.  Damn  you Target!  The roommates eventually headed out for the night, and I got around to preparing my desert for Saturday while waiting for my family to arrive.

I figured Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes were the perfect dessert for a crowd of 12 at a fall BBQ, and are personally one of my favorite things.  I finished up with the cheesecakes just as I heard the front gate to my house open, and greeted my family at the door.  They were all in desperate need of a drink after their long drive, so we sat around chatting and having some wine before they left for the night to check into their hotel.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to meet up with the fam for our 11 am lunch date.  We ended up at Rustico in Ballston, which was amazing, and the perfect pre-football game meal for me.  Yes, the roommates and I are once again involved in a sports league, this time touch football.  Sadly we lost our first game of the season, but I think with some practice, actual play calling, and our real quarterback we’ll be fine.

I parted ways with the family again after football and told them to be at our house at 6 for the BBQ, and then the roommates and I ran one last errand to Home Depot before hitting the showers at home to get gorgeous.  Well, at least slightly less sweaty and dirty than we were after football.

Roommates and siblings during the BBQ (missing: two sisters and one brother).  The BBQ went off without a hitch, our parents all got along wonderfully, I managed to cook the food without destroying it, and we never ran out of booze.  We stuck with a simple menu of burgers, beer brats, side salad, pasta salad, and baked beans.  Desserts were the mini cheesecakes and an apple pie baked by Adrienne’s mom.  Once dinner was over and people began to relax, we lit up the chiminea and sat around it chatting until 2 am.  Well us kids did, my mom and aunt were the last parents standing at 11 pm.

Thanks to all the fun on Saturday night, I woke up with one raging bitch of a hangover yesterday and was pretty much dead until noon.  I managed to drag myself out of bed (and off the bathroom floor) to say goodbye to my family, before crawling back into it until Adrienne and Dani made me get up for roommate fun day.  The Redskin’s game was monopolizing the TV, so we headed into Clarendon for some football watching.  We ended up at a pretty new place, American Tap Room, where we sampled pretty much the entire menu and enjoyed some beers.  We want to go back for dinner, asap.

I was in bed at 9:30 last night watching football, and sound asleep not long after that.  This is why I can only have exciting and eventful weekends every once in a while.  I’m too old, haha.  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

I am not a baker

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying their day so far.  I am insanely jealous of all the ladies out in Chicago at the HLS right now.  It sounds like ya’ll are having a great time so far!  This morning my sister and I woke up somewhat early despite our late night (which I’ll tell you about in a minute) and hit the gym for a workout.  I had an alright run, but was very tired and dehydrated.

  • 4.9 miles
  • 45 minutes
  • 9:11 pace (more like an 8:56 not including my 3 min walk warm-up)

After the gym, we finally made it to the local Athletic store so my sister could buy new shoes.  Her old ones were about ready to fall apart.  She ended up with a really pretty pair of Asics 2140s, and I got a new Nike sports bra and another pair of Nike tempo shorts.  Then it was time to pick the bf up from the train station because he is visiting for the weekend!

Alright, so last night.  My sister and I went out to dinner with our mom to one of our favorite restaurants, JB Dawsons.  They have some of the best ribs, mashed potatoes, and shoestring french fries ever.  For an appetizer we started out with the Crab Dip, which we devoured in about 5 minutes flat.

crab dip

For my main course, I pretty much order the same thing every time I go there.  It’s a giant meal that leaves me with leftovers, which I love.  The Texas Tenders and Rib Combo with mashed potatoes and french fries.

heavenly

chickens

ribbies

fries

taters

I shared a tender with my sis, as well as some mashed potatoes and ribs.  It was delicious and I was so full at the end.  I also ended up bringing most of the ribs home, which I ate for lunch this afternoon.  After dinner, my sister and decided to take on a baking challenge.  Now, as much as I love to cook I am not a baker.  Following a recipe exactly is not my thing, I hate to measure and I hate mixing bowls, but these Oreo Mini Cheesecakes that Julie made the other day looked too good to not attempt.

supplies

all mixed together with crushed cookies

ready for baking

finished, I think?

ngredients:

  • 42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature (I used 2 regular and 2 low-fat)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream (used low-fat)
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees (after my first batch I upped the temp to 325). 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.

Some notes:

  • After the cream cheese is blended, it might be better to just mix by hand.  I think my batter got overly mixed which meant too much air got into it.  Some of my cheesecakes collapsed when they came out of the oven.
  • Don’t forget to set aside cookies if you are going to have to reuse a tray to make  a second batch.  I did and 12 of my cheesecakes ended up without a cookie crust
  • Drinking tons of vodka while baking probably isn’t a great idea
  • They will still be a little jiggly when they come out of the oven
  • Don’t use a toothpick to test the center

These are all things I will keep in mind for next time.  If there ever is a next time.  Despite all my minor disasters with the baking, the cheesecakes turned out to taste good still.  So I guess it wasn’t a complete fail.  Ok, I’m off to shower my still stinky, gym body and then do something fun to entertain the boyfriend.  Have a great day!