Summer fun with Bowlero

There is no better way to spend the weekend then bowling with your crew. Who remembers going bowling with you family as a child? oh the nostalgia .  Jazlyeen, Zane and I got to attend the grand opening of Bowlero In Clovis CA a few weekends ago.  With its retro look its sure to bring you back to the good ol' days . We had so much fun! and lets not talk about the fact that a two year old beat us .

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Now lets talk about the food! I am still drooling over here thinking about their chicken tacos! and that cookie in a pan smoothered in ice cream? yes please. 

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Also they have some pretty good adult drinks if i do say so myself!

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whether you're looking to get out of the heat, have a date night, or even throw a social gathering Bowlero is the perfect spot! 

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Lemon Curd Filled Ricotta Cupcakes

Lemon Curd Filled Ricotta Cupcakes

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I recently had the opportunity to partner with Country Crock® to create a special Easter treat and I wanted to share it here with you.

 

 Prep Time 15 minutes

 Cook Time 18 minutes

 Total Time 33 minutes

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients

 

Cupcake Ingredients

 

·             1 cup sugar

·             1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising

·             1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·             1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

·             1/2 teaspoon salt

·             1/2 cup Country Crock® Unsalted Buttery Sticks, 1 stick

·             2 large eggs

·             1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

·             1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

·             1/4 cup whole milk

·             3/4 cup lemon curd

 

Frosting Instructions

 

·             In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat Buttery Sticks until light and fluffy.

·             Slowly mix in powdered sugar until fully combined.

·             Puree fruit of choice in a food processor or blender. Press through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Measure out 1/4 cup of raspberry puree and mix into the frosting.

·             Mix in lemon extract.

·             Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

 

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Go ahead and Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

 

Add Buttery Sticks and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes.  New Country Crock Buttery Sticks are a baker’s dream come true! Unlike regular butter, Country Crock® Buttery Sticks mix right out of the refrigerator and into your favorite recipes – no softening needed.

 

The fact that butter takes about 45 minutes to soften. New Country Crock® Buttery Sticks mix straight out of the fridge. Makes using them for every recipe a game changer

 

And then in a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

 

Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined.

 

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes.

 

Once the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from cupcake pan and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

 

Once cooled, cut a small circle around the middle of the top of each cupcake, going down 3/4 of the way into the cupcake creating small cylinders. Remove the cylinders and set aside. Fill each cupcake with 1 tablespoon of lemon curd.

 

When the cupcakes are cooled you’ll want to move on to the frosting, the recipes originally called for a raspberry frosting but since I only had blueberries I thought I would add my own little spin to it.

 

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I added the frosting to a ziplock bag and cut a little hole in the corner for easy piping. Needless to say the kids loved the cupcakes and they lasted about 5 mins. 

 

 

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XX Vanessa

A Simple Guide for Gifting

okay we all know there are hundreds of these out there but i wanted to share mine with you incase you needed a couple more ideas. i have three kiddos two girls 9, and almost 5 and then a 21 month old boy. so you can pretty much find something in a different age group for you kiddos. 

now I'm not big on getting them a bunch of things that will most likely end up donated by mid year. i like to do 4-5 gifts per child. this year we're also going to Disneyland the day after Chirstmas so ill probably let them choose a small thing there. now on to the guide. ill start with Zane and end with my oldest.  oh before i start we also like to go through all of the toys we already have to clean out whats broken and no longer being used . ill donate the good ones to a local shelter and trash the unusable ones. 

now Zane is into cars and pretty much anything that moves around so naturally anything with a car is a win at this age. i hope this guide helped you in some mayor you found something that you love on here. 

on to Keilyn, she will be five yes FIVE on the 20th of December which also means she will get more then enough gifts. we usually do one great gift for her birthday that we let her pick out. anyways back to Christmas. she's currently at the stage of loving barbies, cars, action figures, she pretty much doesn't see gender when it comes to toys so we can buy her anything and she will absolutely love it. 

Jazlyeen is 9 and a half. this year she stopped believing in Santa, which was a very hard pill for me to swallow i felt like she was no longer a little girl, like the magic of Christmas was gone. after we talked about it she decided to continue to believe and pretend for her siblings ( bless her sweet heart) she's into basic 9 year old girl things, barbies, board games, drawing, making, and reading. so here is a few ideas for her. 

 

seriously guys gift giving can become overwhelming my advice to you is to make a list and check it twice . i hope you found at least one item that you love.