Warning: This is a life changing dessert recipe post… Proceed with caution.

So I know I have been MIA for a few weeks but I have been busy with finals, then I went to New York, and came home and started a new job at Wild Wing Cafe. But I am back now and done with school for a bit so I will be able to post pretty frequently… Hopefully. So be on the look out for tons of pictures and details from my Fashion Study Tour to New York City and some other really fun posts.

So for the first post in a while I discovered an amazing dessert recipe on Pinterest. I don’t usually have a lot of good luck with recipes I find on Pinterest. I might cook it once and it be pretty good but not good enough to stick around as a regular dish. This one however is defiantly a keeper.

Me and my friends had a “cook in” the other night. It was literally pouring rain and so we couldn’t have our previously planned cook out. We had already bought all the things too cook so we went ahead and cooked and so I made a dessert. We had hamburgers and mac and cheese, pasta salad and chips and dip. I had made this dessert previously and it was great but it turned out to look like a mess because I didn’t have a spring form pan. I 10 out of 10 would recommend a spring form pan to put this in. So I got this off Pinterest so its not my own recipe but here it is.

Brownie Batter No Bake Cheesecake

(Did I mention that it was no bake? How easy is that!)

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CRUST
  • 2 Β½ cups (225 g) chocolate sandwich
  • cookie crumbs (I use Oreos)
  • 6 tbsp (86 g) unsalted butter
FOR THE FILLING
  • 24 oz (680 g) cream cheese, softened (I use light)
  • Β½ cup (96 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp (44 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375 g) brownie mix (dry) (I use a Low Fat mix)
FOR THE GLAZE
  • 3 tbsp (23 g) brownie mix (dry)
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp (59 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • (or milk)
FOR THE TOPPING
  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • Β½ cup (65 g) powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS
FOR THE CRUST
  1. Prepare a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan by lightly greasing the edges of the pan with cooking spray, and then wiping gently with a paper towel. Before measuring, grind the cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor or blender. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter for 45 to 60 seconds until the butter is melted.
  2. In a separate medium-size bowl, pour the melted butter into the cookie crumbs and stir until there are no dry crumbs left. Pour the crumbs into your springform pan and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of your springform pan to create a thick crust.
FOR THE FILLING
  1. Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until it’s light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the sugar into the cream cheese while beating the mixture. Next, add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Beat until the filling is smooth and creamy, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  3. Slowly add the dry brownie mix, beating on medium speed until the dry mix is completely blended into the cream cheese.
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours until the filling is firm.
FOR THE GLAZE
  1. In a small bowl, combine dry brownie mix, vegetable oil and heavy whipping cream or milk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. For a thinner mixture, you can add additional heavy whipping cream. Drizzle over the cheesecake.
FOR THE TOPPING
  1. Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
  2. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream gets bubbly. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Remove the springform pan edge and use a large star tip to pipe the whipped cream on the outside edges of the cheesecake.

This is where I got the recipe, defiantly check out this site it has some great recipes!

http://www.thereciperebel.com/no-bake-brownie-batter-cheesecake/

One thing I did to… well… enhance this recipe was add some strawberries! They are so good with this and it helps cut the richness of the chocolate in this cheesecake! I personally think it makes it 10 times better!! If you love chocolate like I do you will love this recipe! Try it and tell me what y’all think about it!

 

And Straight on ‘Till Morning Part 2

So sorry for the delay in posts but I got really busy with school.

**Just a heads up since I wrote part one I read up on the meal plans and they have now changed it to where you must purchase a magic your way package to get a meal plan which means staying on property is a must but that is essentially what my family has been doing for years we use to put it together ourselves**

Who doesn’t love food, right? Especially on vacation and especially at Disney World ( I mean really Mickey shaped everything!) but it’s so expensive! Not to worry have a way that will totally save you money!

Okay, so when you go on to look at these meal plans don’t panic! They are expensive but there are different levels as far as what each one offers but the initial sticker shock is a bit much but let’s do the math really quick. So my family consists of 4 people none of which are considered children anymore, so for us to get a burger, fries and a drink each (quick service which I will talk about in a minute) costs about $50 and if your doing that roughly 3 meals a day for, say, a 4 days that ends up being $600 for literally just fast food that you can get from McDonald’s at home. And on top of that, you miss out on the amazing cuisine that Disney World offers. And that doesn’t even include snacks or extra bottles of water or anything else that you might want to buy on your vacation.

I highly recommend researching the meal plans. There are different levels as I mentioned earlier. So the first is the quick service meal plan. That basically offers fast food type dining experiences. However, don’t be fooled by the term fast food because many of the fast food or quick service restaurants serve so much more than your usual burger and fries. For example the Be Our Guest Restaurant is a quick service place at lunch time. This is one of the most sought after places to get a reservation because it is so beautiful on the inside. It is a must do! (Make reservations to eat here when you make your vacation reservations.)

The second is the Disney dining plan which offers one quick service meal a day, one sit down meal (nicer restaurant) and a snack. This one is a bit more expensive but if you were to eat like this every day for again like 4 days you would spend well over $1000. This one is the one my family normally gets and it is the best deal in personal opinion.

The last meal plan is called the Deluxe Dining Plan this pretty mush offers the most high-end restaurants on Disney Property. Their restaurants are the ones you have to dress up to go into. If your family likes that kind of thing then this would be perfect but when I am on vacation I don’t really want to dress up and all from being in the park all day. None the less there are some amazing restaurants that you have access to with this dining plan.

It is very important to research which one would be most beneficial for your family. I do 100% recommend it if you’re going to be there for a longer vacation.

*** Also just a heads up: Disney now has Starbucks in every park and even some the resorts and everything in there is considered a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And if your want a cake pop make sure you ask for the snack because you actually get three because of the price! Your welcome! πŸ˜‰

That being said there are so many ways to enjoy Disney World so I am going to give you a few of my personal MUST DO attractions.

Food: Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch or dinner), Trails End Restaurant, Boma- Flavors of Africa, The Garden Grill (Character Dining), Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, The Roaring Fork, SiFi Dine-in Theater, Sprinkles (Has Gluten Free cupcakes), Sunshine Seasons, The Coral Reef Restaurant, and Teppan Edo (* Disney offers gluten free and other dietary restricted items in almost every restaurant on property)

Attractions: Hoop Dee Doo Review, Ohana, Movie nights at the Resorts, Wishes, Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic and the Memories ( they animate the castle very, very cool.), Illuminations, The new night time show on the tree of life similar to Magic and the Memories.

Ride: Sorin’, Test Track, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road, Dinosaur( I have never actually seen this whole ride my eye close about half way through, but I am kind of a wimp), Rockin’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Expedition Everest ( literally my favorite ride here), The Jungle Cruise, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (really long line, really short ride but fun), Star Tours, Toy Story Mania, and Space Mountain just to name a few.

My Favorite Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Spring, and Typhoon Lagoon.

If you have long kids or just wanna be kids again this is the place to go and have fun. It’s like a real life Neverland. You don’t have to be grown up here and that to me is the best vacation. It’s the second highway exit to the right instead of the second star to the right… but basically the same. πŸ˜‰

** Last thing: To me it makes it more fun to know the history behind Disney World and Walt Disney so if your interested in that try reading the book “Walt Disney: An American Original” ( they Disney Family hired Bob Thomas a personal friend of Walt’s to write his biography) and if you want a little extra magic at the parks check out the Latest Version of the book ” Hidden Mickey: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets” by Steven Barrett. And take advantage of meeting Characters too! its fun no matter what age!

If y’all have an questions or other topics you want to know more about leave a comment and I’ll answer it!