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Fab Five Take Chicago December 24, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Adventures.
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I have four best friends that I have kept close to my heart from nursing school. When Erica moved to Chicago we all cleared our schedules to make a trip to visit! I love having friends in exciting places ūüôā Erica went out of her way to cutie-pie her apartment for Christmas.

The stockings were hung by the chimmey with care...

Erica and her dog Saddie!

 

We continued our fab five tradition of decorating gingerbread men

Before

 

After!

 

And then we headed into Chicago!

 

The Sliver Bean!

 

Oh - HI Marilyn!

After walking for the majority of the morning, we were exhausted and hungry.

 

Hellooo Giordanos!

 

Chicago pizza is BY FAR the best pizza in the WORLD. I am hungry just looking at this picture.

After gorging ourselves, it was time to see more of the city! We decided to take an automated tour of the John Hancock Observatory. I highly recommend this tour as it had great views of the city and was educational!

 

 But all good things come to an end. After 5 glorious days visiting my favorite people and the city of Chicago, I returned to Florida. Until the next time!

MIA December 23, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Adventures.
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I have been missing in action for 3 months and here are the reasons why:

#1. My sister’s wedding: My beautiful sister married her sweetheart in the tropical setting of Puerto¬†Rico. As her sister, I had the honor of being¬†MOH! To get the full scoop check out her blog!

#2. Studying: I am entering nurse anesthesia school full-time in January¬†and decided to take two “head-start”¬†classes in order to lighten the first semester. One of those classes was chemistry and included 23 lovely chapters of general, organic, and biochemistry – none of which I’ve taken. I bribed a chief resident with baked goods to tutor me and drove 2 hours to study with¬†a pair of¬†twins that were making 100s on their test. And people, I managed a B!!

#3. Chicago: Flew to Chicago to visit with four of my favorite girls from nursing school – we call ourselves the fabulous five and… it’s true. We really are fabulous!

 

I will definitely be posting to update you on this fabulous trip!

#4. I quit my job: Unfortunately, there is no way to work while attending anesthesia school. It’s a full time¬†program with classes and clinical rotations. So I had to leave my wonderful job in the SI/CTICU. My co-workers threw me a WONDERFUL Italian-themed lunch for my last day at work. But the party went on! Another one of my close co-workers threw me a party at her house with TONS of food and TONS of love. I will truly miss my sweet co-workers.

So! I am heading into 2012 with no job, no income, and no time ūüôā The Frizzy Baker will still be available but the posts may differ from a source of recipes as I will probably have no time to cook,¬† much less eat.

However, it is Christmas break and I WILL be blogging! So stay tuned. . .

Brownies and a party! September 11, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Dessert.
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Remember when I went to Cincinnati to visit my in-laws and I was going to make some brownies for a party? Well, I finally have the update on the party and the brownies!

Four of my best friends from nursing school gathered in Cincinnati to catch up and of course, stuff our faces!

We call ourselves the “fab five”

And my in-laws sure do know the secret to throwing a good party… lots of good food!

The BEST mother-in-law!

And of course the brownies!

Brownies
(litterally lifted from my friend chickenonthegreen
http://www.chickenonthegreen.blogspot.com/)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T dark unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dutch process cocoa)
  • 11 oz dark chocolate, chopped (I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao)
  • 1 c unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
  • 5 large room temperature eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extractDirections:

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.¬† Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick baking spray (or butter and flour pan).
3.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder.


4. Set up a large sized double boiler. Place the chocolate, the butter, and the instant espresso powder (if using) in the bowl of the double boiler and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined.

5. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water of the double boiler and add both sugars. Whisk the sugars until completely combined and remove the bowl from the pan. Mixture should be room temperature.


5. Add three eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Add remaining eggs and vanilla, whisking to combine. Do not over beat the batter or else the brownies will become cakey.
6. Gently mix the flour/cocoa/salt into the chocolate with a spatula (not a whisk) just until incorporated.


7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
8. Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Party Time!