MIMM // Marvelous in My…Tuesday?!

Okay, seriously, how did it happen that it’s already Tuesday?! Not only did I fail you not posting my Friendly Friday Suggestions, but I somehow missed the memo about Monday existing. Sorry about that! It’s so early on a Tuesday that I think I can still remember some marvelous-ness that would usually be shared on a Monday :P

Marvelous is…

Thinking I get to teach Zumba three times this week. Two for sure, but I’m still waiting to hear if the session I’m supposed to teach TODAY is going to actually happen. Kind of frustrating, but if it happens it will turn into being marvelous :P

Using my InDesign tutorial notes again! I found out that another instructor wants me to give a lecture for his class on InDesign. I’ll have to find a way to improve the tutorial to get the least amount of blank stares out of the class.

Eventually finding Biscoff’s cookie spread!! Since I’m not allowed to go to Trader Joes (long story short, it’s for a bet. A bet I refuse to lose.) I knew I needed to find the Biscoff brand. While I was home I stopped at Cost Plus and found it! Now I can start attempting the multiple recipes I have that require the stuff.

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Seeing the carpet in my bedroom for the first time…in foreverrrrrr. Just kidding I’m not about to break into song a la Frozen, but while this is a bit of an exaggeration, I finally had time and energy to begin the big spring cleaning of 2014! I just decided to name it that so it’d sound more important in order to motivate myself. I’m so sneaky.

Deciding to use a lot of this weekend to work on blog and craft related things! I have a lot on my mental to do list and I’m looking forward to cross them off one by one! And I’m looking forward to sleeping in…but I suppose I should make it through this week first :P

A 48 hours filled with seeing friends at a birthday dinner (technically the boyfriend’s friends, but shhh I’m stealing them one by one), line dancing place, and dinner and Dave and Busters with more friends! (those ones are legitimately my friends too. I promise.) It was a whirlwind weekend, but super fun.

Yay I was able to complete the idea of naming marvelous things that spell out Tuesday! :P That was more difficult than I thought it would be haha

I PROMISE I’ll see you tomorrow! Well, you know, in text form. ;)

~Arianna

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MIMM // The Weekend is Already Over?!

Time for another Marvelous in my Monday post! This post is being put up late because I had quite the busy weekend and then returned to a crazy work day, hence the quick captions.

Awesome boyfriend doing awesome things at an awesome fire academy family night:

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Donuts (self-explanatory):

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Finding out Bass Pro Shop is basically like Disneyland, complete with games:

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COOKIES AND CREAM CHOCOLATE BUNNY! So delicious. The Easter bunny is just too kind to me ;)

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And finally, I got to teach an InDesign Tutorial for a course on campus today. I don’t have a picture from that, but just imagine someone standing in front of 17 students who look the opposite of amused while the person in the front talks about layout design and llamas. That pretty much sums up the teaching experience.  :P

~Arianna

MIMM // Chocolate Crater Cakes

Let’s face it, I failed blogging last week again. My intentions are good, though, and I’m back for another Marvelous in My Monday! Of course this marvelousness connects to last week’s marvelousness with this:

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I originally found this recipe on Pinterest when my friend Nicole was visiting and we decided it must be made. After they bake, they end up kind of having a crack in the middle so Nicole insisted that they should be called crater cakes, therefore I renamed them Chocolate Crater Cakes.

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I found that they’re quite delicious both on their own and a la mode (oooo fancy) aka with some delicious ice cream. Once they’re baked, they’re definitely filled with chocolate-y gooey-ness.

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If you happen to have so many left over you reheat one the next day for 30 seconds in the microwave (I may be speaking from personal experience), the inside cooks a little bit more and it isn’t like lava anymore, but it’s still super moist and delicious.

#yum

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Recipe adapted from Everyday Occasions

Chocolate Crater Cakes

makes 6 medium cakes in ramekins or 12 small cupcake-sized cakes

2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa
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3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour

Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around.  Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa. I will warn you that this step creates quite the mess, but it’s necessary to have the cakes slip beautifully out of the ramekins. For our cupcake sized cakes we just went ahead and used cupcake liners to make it easier.

To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth.  When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs (make sure to temper them!), sugar, and flour.  Pour into prepared ramekins or cupcake pans.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least).

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes for regular 12/cupcake pan size and 15-18 for jumbo 6/ramekin size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny.  You can insert the tip of a knife to test.   You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture.   Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them.

Add ice cream or just get super anxious and eat them plain. I can guarantee both are delicious :)

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~Arianna

MIMM // Weekend Adventures

I was looking for a way to incorporate all of my weekend adventures into one post, and I came across Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in My Monday link up! A perfect way to put all the randomness together :) And I can’t think of a better way to start the week off than by remembering all the fun times from the weekend!

Marvelous is…having my friend Nicole come to visit for the weekend!

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This is a picture from her wedding a few months back where I was lucky enough to be her maid of honor. I still feel bad for messing up so many of her pictures with my crazy faces… :P

Marvelous is…going out to dinner and karaoke with Nicole and my work crew!

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We were trying to send a snapchat at dinner, but it just ended up looking like ridiculousness. Per usual :) Refer back to above where I reference messing up her wedding pictures with my crazy face. Yeah. Karaoke was fun, like always, and I call them my work crew, but really we’re all real life friends. After all, one of my co-workers is my junior mom, so really we’re like family!

Marvelous is…crafting statement necklaces.

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You can bet a tutorial of this necklace will be up this week! We may or may not have gone to Michaels three times in one day to complete our necklaces… :) Nicole’s necklace turned out SO PRETTY too, but I didn’t grab a picture of it! We made pretty different necklaces, but both awesome!

Marvelous is…Yogurtland.

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Frozen yogurt swan. Enough said.

Marvelous is definitely this chocolate molten lava “crater cake.”

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Stay tuned for that recipe soon.

And finally, marvelous is…starting to figure out a blogging schedule! I’m glad I have this post to act as a recap-type post because my Friday Five posts will be converting into a new idea starting this week! So if you weren’t already, start looking forward to Friday :)

~Arianna