January 2011

My favorite vintage piece that I own is my pink Remington typewriter.

I love love love it!

A few years ago, I had been wanting a pink vintage typewriter for quite some time and during a trip to visit some old friends in the Bay Area (California) in the summer of 2009, I made plans to have dinner at Berkeley with some friends.  During the two block walk to the restaurant from our parking spot, there it was!  This adorable pink Remington typewriter circa 1949 in mint condition was sitting on the window display of Berkeley Typewriter & Clark Business Machines on University Avenue.  It was fate.

Even though I was already late for dinner, I knew I had to go in — I felt destiny calling!  When I saw it up close, I knew it was meant to be.  It was in pristine condition.  All the keys worked and it was exactly what I’ve been coveting for months.  Plus, with a price tag of about $350, I couldn’t say no.  A typewriter this old and in this condition sold for around $500 online.  It also came with its original vintage carrying case, which made it an easy carry-on during my flight back to Philly, yay!

Totally love at first sight, and it’s definitely one of my prized decor pieces in my apartment.

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Cheesecake Cupcake with Cherry Filling Topping

Mmmm.   Cheesecake.  Need I say more?

Unless you’re lactose intolerant (and maybe that won’t even stop you), how can you possibly say no to cheesecake?  So, if you like cheesecake like the majority of the population, you will looove me.   Why?  Because I’ll tell you something that’s even better than regular cheesecake: cheesecake cupcakes!  Let’s take a moment while you experience that aha! moment.

Okay, so cheesecake cupcakes are basically cheesecake but made in individual portions in a cupcake liner, making them easy to pack, eat and share.  Plus, they’re so easy to make!   Does it get any more perfect than that?

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this recipe would be a great and easy end-of-the-meal dessert that will be sure to impress your Valentine.

Cheesecake Cupcake with Cherry Filling Topping Recipe

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Yields 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of crushed graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners
  2. Crush the graham crackers and mix with butter.  Place 1 tablespoon of this mixture in each cupcake liner, and press down on the mixture to make the crust.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat room temperatured cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Fill each cupcake liner with the cream cheese mixture, almost to the top.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.
  6. Top with a teaspoonful of cherry pie filling.
  7. Remove cupcake liner before serving (optional).

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Chocolate Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love to bake, especially cupcakes.  I mean, cupcakes are just the perfect dessert, don’t you think?  They’re cute, portable, and just the right size/serving for a person.  Cupcakes just make me happy (what can I say, I’m easy to please).  During law school, I started making these chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for many fundraising events different student organizations held, and these cupcakes sort of became my signature cupcakes during those dark years of my life (okay okay, as much as I disliked law school, I had some great times there … outside of the classroom).

These cupcakes are delicious.  If you like light cupcakes, however, you should walk away now, because I will warn you, these cupcakes are on the dense side. They taste like moist chocolate brownies, which goes really well with the smooth cream cheese frostings.  Mmmm.  Cupcakes are a weakness of mine, and with these, I’ve been known to have two (or three, shhh) in one sitting – back to back – don’t judge!  Lol.  Plus, these are pretty easy to make and are always a hit with friends (for a recipe that yields 30, I really hope you’re sharing these! … at least 2 or 3 of them).  Regardless of how you decide to distribute these delicious bites of goodness, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.  And, if you have any leftovers (and I doubt you will), mail them to me! :) {continue reading…}

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Let me introduce you to …

January 27, 2011 · 1 comment

in Mini

Oreo.

the car, the legend, the beast (... okay maybe not a beast)

Isn’t he adorable? But, don’t let his appearance fool you. He’s a trooper. I purchased Oreo a little over a year ago and he’s gone through a lot, including driving through several snow apocalypses, and unscathed at that. He’s the perfect car for me. I live in the heart of the city, street park, and commute 60 miles a day for work (I get about 37 miles/gallon!).

So, one thing Oreo doesn’t like is snow.  But recently, there’s been quite a bit of it on the east coast. He definitely wasn’t happy this morning:

Poor thing …

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