Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Super Bowl desserts

It's that time of year again! Time for entertaining commercials, tasty snacks, and a pretty big football game. Once again, I'm taking inspiration from the competing teams to bake a dessert for our Super Bowl party.

Going into the NFC/AFC championship games, I hoped that Denver and Seattle would make it to the Super Bowl. Denver (and all of Colorado) is all about craft beer and Seattle is home to Starbucks. That means a boozy and caffeinated dessert is on the menu!

I already have a few such cupcakes in my recipe box:

Dark Chocolate Smoked Porter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting - The bottom half deemed the best cake I've ever baked by John.  

Dark Chocolate Smoked Porter Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream - Because I also enjoy an occassional Chai Latte from Starbucks.

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Mile High Chocolate Stout Pie from The Beeroness

The Beeroness also has a bevy of beer-infused dessert recipes. Her Mile High Chocolate Stout Pie sounds divine and somewhat fits with my Denver/Seattle theme. Denver is the Mile High City and the recipe uses Rogue Chocolate Stout, which is from Portland (not exactly Seattle, but still in the Pacific Northwest).

If you really want to stick with Colorado microbrews, I'd go with Great Divide Brewing Co.'s Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter or Oatmeal Stout, or Left Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout.

What are you bringing to your Super Bowl party this year?
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Where My Brain is these Days

Hi friends! How are things shaking? I feel like it's been forever since we last chatted. My last blog post was about a month ago, which feels like an eternity.

During this break, life has been taking center stage between my cousin's wedding, Christmas, and spending all sorts of time with Monica. John also turned 30, which means I'm next! And let's not forget the polar vortex/Chiberia.

Plus, things are busier at work between being promoted and it being year end. And when I get home from work, it's dinner, a quick few hours with Monica before putting her to bed and then getting everything ready for the next day. By the time that's done, I'd rather crash on the couch with John and watch some reruns of Modern Family instead of blogging. Especially since boss lady is still waking up in the middle of the night. Please send coffee.

And honestly, I didn't feel like I had much to share. I deal with accounting and numbers all day at work, so I didn't want to think about personal finance related posts. And I didn't want to overshare on the baby posts. Though can I brag for a second that she's almost crawling on her knees?!! Fiscally Chic isn't going to become a mommy blog, but Monica obviously occupies a majority of my brainspace these days.

I have a few posts in the hopper, but I'm curious about what you want to read. Are you cool with baby posts? More DIY? Recipes? Back to personal finance? If nothing else, I'll be sure it's a quality post before I launch it into the Internets.
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