Saturday, February 12, 2011

February Came Fast

I had been thinking that it had been a while since I had posted, but I didn't realize exactly just how long it had been (oops)!

We haven't been up to anything exciting, really, just life. Last night, we celebrated Valentine's Day by going to eat hibachi! Yum! It was different than hibachi I've eaten in Mississippi. I don't think I liked it quite as much (the yum yum sauce definitely wasn't as good!), but it was still yummy. And, actually, the portions were way bigger. Anyway, the date was a success- and we finished it of by going to TJ Maxx, haha.

This week we also bought in on a pretty cool Groupon for the area. I am always interested in trying new restaurants, but we always seem to go to the same places. This week, we bought a gift certificate for a middle eastern restaurant that I'm really pumped about! I've been really missing Shahrazads (or Desert Rose, or whatever it is now) in Starkville, so this is perfect! Hummus, here we come.

Other things we have coming up include the rodeo! Woo hoo! The Houston Rodeo is a really big deal. Lots of big names in country music come - Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean.. you get the idea. So we're planning to go see Jason Aldean, AND we're going to go to the World Championship BBQ Contest in a couple weeks ($10 gets you entry, a BBQ plate, and a Texas country concert). I'm more excited about the BBQ Contest than I am the concert, I think! Haha.

Well, that's my update. I'll leave you with a Valentine's recipe... This is the first dessert I ever made for Lan and was his request for this Valentine's.

Heath Bar Cake

German Chocolate Cake (we use Duncan Hines, and make it exactly like it says on the box)
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Liquid Caramel (we get the kind that you squirt on ice cream)
Heath Bar Chips
Whipped Cream (homemade recipe below)

1. Make cake, and let it cool some.
2. Take a straw, and punch holes all over the cake (this helps the liquid settle into the cake)
3. Mix equal parts of sweetened condensed milk and liquid caramel (I normally use about 1 1/2 cups of liquid, but increase or decrease that amount based on how soaked you want your cake- my dad uses the whole can of sweetened condensed milk, but I can't handle that much!)
4. Pour over the cake and let it soak.
5. Refrigerate when the liquid has settled in.
6. Right before serving, top with whipped cream, heath bar chips, and drizzle with caramel.

Sorry I don't have more exact measurements! This is one of those "little bit of this, little bit of that"/"use whatever looks good" recipes. Keep it refrigerated.

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whip until it thickens to whipped cream consistency. I normally make it in advance and stir/whisk before using. Refrigerate. Yields 2-3 cups.

Love from Houston!
-L & J

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