Book review: Heroes of Olympus: THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

I missed those times when I could read book almost everyday.

I missed those times when I could finish two to three books per month.

I missed the feeling of excitement when I get to proceed to the next book on the list. But I did not miss the feeling of sadness when you finish reading a very good book.

Above all, I missed doing a book review.

Whoa! It’s been ages since the last time I did it. I cannot remember when. I cannot even remember how many books I have read after the last review. Busy days forbid me of having more time to read.

At some point, I’ve thought to stop doing a book review. Out of laziness? I don’t know. I could not even reply comments or keep up with blogging, how would I continue the book review? I mean, you have to spend time to write… but then, I also thought, I wont. I will do it (again) because I love doing it – it makes me happy. 😀

So here I am again, giving you another book review. And because I have already made a review with the previous books from this series, I think I am obliged to finish what I started. So it goes…

If you are interested in reading the below synopsis, first, please read my thoughts on Heroes of Olympus – Books 1 to 4.

UK BoOI doubt it if I could make the review briefly, so I decided to take the below from Camp Half-Blood Wikia.

Though the Greek and Roman crew-members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

My thoughts?

Now, I can say that this is my favorite series. I would definitely read the five books again (after I finish my current read). I wanted to feel the excitement, tears, happiness and everything in between for the second time around.

I bought the book just second week of October. I was very excited to read it, but I was afraid to finish the series. Considering the rumors that a demigod will die, I could not dare to start reading. Third week of November, I finally did.

564843_575819389111091_89798846_nI wanted to cry when I finished the book. I wanted to cry because of how I love the book/series. I wanted to cry because the series is done. And if you can see me now, I am (again) about to cry.

“I figure the universe is basically like a machine… Sure, little pieces break and stuff goes haywire once in a while, but mostly… things happen for a reason.” –Leo Valdez

Thank you for spending time with me today. If you have read this series, please let me know what you think. If you have other books in mind, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

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Speculoos Cheesecake Cupcakes

That feeling when others are enjoying their food and you can’t…

That feeling when others are talking about on how delicious their cheesecake is and you can’t relate…

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When the doctor told me that I have a migraine, she advised me to avoid chocolates (that for sure, would not happen), coffee and cheese (ouch). I did not avoid the three. Of course! 😀

Later on, I discovered that cheddar cheese gives me an instant migraine. And there’s cream cheese which is far worst than the cheddar cheese. So after the instant migraine due to the cream cheese, I did not again bother to take anything with cream cheese… such as cheesecake… which is very depressing because cheesecake is one the most tempting cakes that I was not able to enjoy. #heartbroken

I forbid myself not to eat cheesecake. I thought I will not eat cheesecake… not in a million years. And I thought, you would not crave so bad for something you don’t usually eat.

My colleague and her daughter love cheesecake so badly that they always tell me to make cheesecake. I told them I can’t make one and I will never ever make one. They were telling me the same thing almost everyday that I wanted to ‘ssshhh’ them every time.

Bang! The craving started.

thenotsocreativecook-SpeculoosCheesecakeCupcakes3I managed to buy myself Chocolate Cake Cheesecake (sorry, migraine, I had to do it) and I was floating… like cupid shot me and the cheesecake.

And you know what happened… I baked something with cream cheese.

I brought some for my colleague and the 11 year old daughter said ‘CHEESECAKE’ with the smile from ear to ear. 😀

SPECULOOS CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES Recipe

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 12 Speculoos cookies, crushed (I used Lotus Caramelized Biscuit)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened

 Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 organic eggs at room temperature
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/3 cup Speculoos Spread

Topping:

  • Extra Speculoos Spead
  • Chopped/Crushed Biscuit

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (163 C). Crush the biscuit using a food processor or mortar and pestle (anything will do). Add the butter.  Blend until uniform.  Layer a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake liners.  Spoon a spoonful of the crust in each liner.  Smoosh down with a small glass (or pestle).
  2. Put the cream cheese and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Mix together until smooth.  Add the eggs and flour.  Beat until mixture in uniform.  Spoon 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture over the crust.  Smooth the top with the bottom of a spoon or butter knife.  Add the Speculoos to the remaining cheesecake filling.  Layer over the first cheesecake layer.  Smooth the top.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.  Cool on a wire rack and chill.
  3. Frost with a layer of Speculoos Spread. Top with chopped/crushed biscuit and serve.

Recipe from A Globetrotter’s Fare

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These cupcakes are very rich and so delicious – you can’t get enough of them. I promise. I can’t even remember if migraine paid me a visit that time.

I hope you make a batch and tell me what you think. 😉

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Sharing these cupcakes to my dear friends at Fiesta Friday, Super Saturdays, Sweet and Savoury Sundays…

Thank you, hosts, co-hosts and party goers.

Tricky Tuesday #14: Peppermint Tea

As I am writing this, I am enjoying a cup of mint tea. Nothing fancy at all – hot water with 15 fresh mint leaves. I would have enjoyed it so much better if I am not feeling floating, er, bloated. 😛

Aside from migraine, I suffer from stomach pain almost every week due to bloatedness. It just pops up like pop corn. I do feel bloated after I eat too much. And you could imagine that I always overeat (which I should try avoiding SOON). I hope somebody could just tell me to stop overeating or else the fridge will be taken away… or the kitchen itself. 😀

I have found out that peppermint tea lessens, if not eliminates, the pain.

Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Now here’s the confusion goes. What kind of mint (if the three are different) we usually see in our markets? Anyway, as far as I know, they are both good in healing stomach problems.

Now, let’s get to know the benefits of Peppermint Tea.

Soothing your stomach – Often called the “stomach healer,” peppermint herb tea also helps in the promotion of good digestion while also cutting down on heartburn. It can also soothe stomach aches, stomach pains, stomach cramps or diarrhea.

Relaxation – Hmm, aside from Chamomile tea, I had no idea that drinking Peppermint tea helps you with having a good night sleep.

“You have a greater chance of falling asleep if you are actually relaxed when your head hits the pillow, so drinking peppermint herb tea before bed is a great way to prepare yourself for a restive night of good, sound sleep. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you may want to try peppermint her tea for that reason alone; it has been shown to battle sleep deprivation quite effectively, which ties in to its overall benefit of helping to relax you for sleep.”

Weight Loss – get some help from Green + Peppermint Tea if you want to shed pounds. Of course, this alone could not help you lose weight. As I said, the tea only helps when you have slow metabolism. Also, in some cases, Peppermint tea can act as an appetite suppressant.

Stress Relief – The menthol that is naturally present in peppermint is a muscle relaxant, thus, it helps with stress and anxiety.

Natural Decongestant – Yes, you can find medicines that aid in sinuses. But for me, peppermint tea is one of the best natural remedies. Peppermint tea helps you clear your sinuses and soothe sore throats. Not to mention, it’s delicious, too.

I hope this information helps. And thank you for spending time with me today.

Do you know other benefits of Peppermint Tea that’s not listed here? Write them down in the comment box below. I’d be happy to know about it.

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Sources: The Sleuth Journal | Fit Day

Introducing ‘new’ bloggers #21

Yay! I couldn’t believe I am already in #21 in the Introducing new bloggers series. Introduced 100 bloggers already? Wow. I feel so proud. 😀 But I admit that I had help from some of the amazing blogging buddies (you know who you are) and this time, Sarah, is doing it again.

Five out of seven already made it to last week’s episode. And now, Sarah will bring you the remaining bloggers she has emailed me:

sayhelloMy Adventures in Dinnertime  Meet Amanda! She’s a mom of 2 and a loving wife. She makes amazing things! Take a look at this Chicken Caprese or these beautiful Vanilla Cupcakes. I expect great future posts from her 🙂

Belle of the Kitchen – Aah, meet Belle! When you visit her blog, you’re instant happy! Her blog is colorful and just full of joy!

Her about page starts really good:

That’s me, channeling my inner 5 year old, when I met Belle last summer at Disney World! I was beyond excited. My husband thought I was the world’s biggest nerd for forcing us to wait in line amongst real 5 year olds to meet her, take pictures, and get her autograph! But I didn’t care. You’re never too old to meet your favorite princess.”

Haha that could have been me!

To share a little about myself, I’m an army wife and mom of two. Well, three, if you count the big, lazy bulldog who meanders through my house.”

Love it!

Here are some of my favourite recipes: 1st Birthday Smash Cake, Pumpkin Spice Coffee & Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies.

(Sarah said that I could find a photo of her and Belle, but I could not access some website (saying that there’s a site error) for how many days and it makes me sad not to see some amazing sites. But, I will make sure to visit again and check.)

I have stumbled these two blogs as well and I loved them in an instant. Good choices, Sarah. Again, thank you so much. ❤

To complete, check out the other three  bloggers:

Violets & Vanilla – Violets & Vanilla’s Cake are super duper amazing. One of the things that makes me WOW is the decoration of the cake. I am bad at decorating cakes (or anything related to decoration) so when I saw this blog, I thought ‘Oh, cake!’ She loves sweets as much as she loves spices, so we could expect sweet & spicy stuffs from her. Now, I am so jealous of the beauty of this Naked Wedding Cake. I should be taught on how to decorate.

She Loves Eating

Going vegan was the best decision I’ve ever made and I can’t even tell you how glad I am that this happened.

She Loves Eating grew up in a vegetarian family… though, at some point, she has eaten meats as well. I was very inspired by her story on how she became vegan. Well, I don’t think I’ll turn vegan anytime soon, but I just love stories about how people became vegan – about how they can resist the meat and anything unvegan (new word?). And this is what I call happy pancakes – Coconut Pancakes with Chocolate Puree. 😀

Salted and Sweet

I’m Carly, a girl with a passion for making messes in her kitchen and a dream to move to Paris and start a bakery.”

I instantly love Carly’s blog. Not only because of the yummy foods, but I love her stories that go along with the recipes as well. I love stories about making a mess. 😀 I admit that nothing could beat the classics, so do these Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I hope you take time to visit these blogs, I tell you – they are amazing.

Lots of Love,

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Chili and Lemongrass Chicken

Have you tried resisting a food because you don’t like how it smells?

I am sorry that I dislike some food because of their smell. Also, there are ingredients I don’t like using just because I don’t like the smell. Somehow, when I started baking and blogging, I started to explore… one at a time.

One of the things I dislike is fish sauce. However, there are mouth-watering foods you could see all over Instagram (WordPress as well) that use fish sauce. I never tried making those. I saw a photo of a dipping sauce that goes well with fried fish; I asked my friend how she made the sauce. When I read the text fish sauce I wanted to tell her Okay, forget that I asked.

Of course, I did not say that.

Instead, I told her that I don’t like how fish sauce smells. She said ‘Yeah, I don’t even like how it smells, but it tastes good.’ Okay, she has convinced me at that moment. Still, I never bought fish sauce. One time in a grocery store, my friend caught me staring at the bottle of fish sauce and she told me to buy it so I can try. And finally, I did.

The bottle of fish sauce stayed inside the cupboard for months. 😀 I discarded all the recipes I found with fish sauce… sorry.

But one night, before I went to sleep, I’ve come across this video –

Okay, so who wouldn’t be convinced? I did not have second thoughts – I really wanted to try this dish. One thing came up – I never cooked anything curry except my favorite curry… for how many long years. I thought maybe this is the right time to bend my usage of curry powder.

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CHILI AND LEMONGRASS CHICKEN

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla)
  • 350g chicken thigh meat, cut into bite-sized chunks (I used bone-in chicken thigh)
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar (I used ½ tbsp only)
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (my addition)
  • Small handful of mint, basil and coriander leaves, to garnish (I did not use as I was out of herbs to use.)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemongrass, chilli, garlic and fish sauce. Place the chicken meat into another bowl and add half the lemongrass mix, reserving the rest. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the reserved lemongrass mixture, then add the curry powder and stir-fry for about 1 minute until fragrant. Then add the marinated chicken and stir-fry for 4–5 minutes until the pieces have a nice colour on all sides.
  3. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and stir in the sugar. (Add coconut milk if you are using.) Simmer for a few minutes until the stock has reduced and you are left with a thick sauce.
  4. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with the herbs.

The fish sauce smell was all over the house and while cooking, I convinced myself that this will be a good dish. And you know me… I don’t really stick to recipes when it comes to cooking (I mean, who does?) so I added a little bit of coconut milk. And it tastes just amazing as Chicken Curry.

And oh, I drizzled lemon all over my meal and it was awesome. 😀

I am taking this at Fiesta Friday hosted by the ever-amazing Angie @ The Novice Gardener  …also at Foodie Fridays, Sweet and Savoury Sundays.

I hope you enjoy this. Happy weekend. Happy Fiesta Friday. Happy Foodie Fridays. 😉

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Most Influential Blogger Award

Ugh! I couldn’t believe that I am slower than a snail for the past 5 (or 6?) months when it comes to passing awards. I missed those times that I almost had all the time in the world to blog. Well, as the saying goes ‘It’s better late than never.’ It is indeed late than never, so I am here to receive and pass the MOST INFLUENTIAL Award from Arl @ Arl’s World. Thank you, Arl. I really appreciate this award. ❤

doncharisma-org-most-influential-blogger-award-womanFor my nominees,

Linda @ La Petite Paniere | Jess @ Cooking is my Sport

Anna @ My Little Blue Mixer | Angie @ The Novice Gardener

CONGRATULATIONS!

Conditions For Accepting The Award

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.
  3. Present some deserving Bloggers with the Award.
  4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know they are nominated with a comment (or a pingback).
  5. Include an embedded video of your current favorite song (from YouTube etc, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor).

 And the tricky part is to include a video of your current favorite song. I don’t think I have one at the moment… But I just went through Boyce Avenue’s YouTube channel couple of says back and I kept on watching their version of Mirrors – originally by Justine Timberlake.

I hope you enjoy the video. And again, thank you, Arl.

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Tricky Tuesdays #13: Food Tricks

I love eating apples without slicing them. But there are times that I am in the mood for sliced. 😉 I love green, Fuji and Pink Lady. 😀 I noticed that Pink Lady applies don’t turn brown that easily. But the other apples I have tried, you have to eat them right away. It’s good that I found out how to prevent them from turning brown by adding a teaspoon of salt to a large plastic storage container about 2/3 full of water and stir before adding slices.

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Hmm, ice cream. If you can remember, I can eat ice cream ANYTIME. And when I say anytime, that could be breakfast or 3 AM. 😀 I love my ice cream soft or melted. So the trick below would be so good.

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I am a kitchen person, but don’t expect me to love slicing. And doing the dishes? Nope, I don’t like it either. However, who would do it for me? So, NO CHOICE. When slicing, I noticed that the chopping board sometimes doesn’t stay in place. In this case, you can put a paper towel under the chopping board. Or in case, I put a silicone trivet.

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Do you hate honey sticking on your measuring cup/glass? Your problem is solved. 😉 Put oil or butter or spray using cooking spray as shown below and you’ll get that honey easily out of your measuring cup.

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I love buying bananas . I love bananas. I love when the skins are yellow without spots. Sometimes, I forget to eat them all so I end up using them in smoothies or in baking. When I plan baking ahead, I buy unripe bananas and get them to ripe for 3 to 4 days. Wow, I am happy that I could ripen them in no time. 😀

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Got any tricks to share? Leave your comments below. I hope you like these tricks and let me know what you think. 😉

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Introducing ‘new’ bloggers #20

I slept exhausted on Thursday night.

Woke up as early as 6 AM on Friday – I was expecting a headache. Before I started thinking what to prepare for breakfast, I opened the email and I found this:

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Sweet, isn’t it? ❤ And this made my day. I couldn’t help but smile. 😀 I replied to her, telling how I am struggling (I will not deny) to do both series I have on my blog due to the so many things going on. But those things wont make me stop from doing what I love – and that’s bringing more bloggers to be friends with. 😀 I am so over-the-top pleased that this sweet little girl, Sarah, took some of her time to help me. Blogging buddies are not only friends, but a part of your family, too. ❤ Thanks a lot, Sarah. I hope I’d be able to help you someday as well. 😉

Now…

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Gal On A Mission  This gal on a mission is named Chelsea. I love how active she is at social media 😀 One of my favourite recipes of her are this Butterfinger Fudge and her Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes which are even gluten and sugar free!

The Taylor House  Meet Chrissy! “Chrissy  is an experienced brand ambassadorproduct enthusiast and event participant who has worked with a variety of businesses to enthusiastically promote and endorse their brands!” I can tell that girl knows business! She’s a full-time blogger who will give you 5 posts a week, it’s a promise! I’m not going to select favourite recipes because if you just look at this recipe index of desserts, you’ll know that’s nearly impossible! and you know how much I love desserts… Chrissy gives us way more than “just” food! She shares crafts and travel as well.

Savory Experiments  Meet Jessica! I just LOVE this particular sentence on her about me page: “I am a psychotherapist by day and a mad scientist in the kitchen by night.” She has a wonderful man who eats everything she makes. Don’t they all do that? We all know a man’s love goes through his stomach, right? 😉 I love supportive men 🙂 Jessica makes me want to eat things I’ve never eaten before. Such as this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! I just can’t imagine me eating cookie dough, but those pictures…

Written Reality  Meet Mitzi! “Clinging to visions of the picture-perfect home filled with gourmet meals and tons of family fun, I resigned from my full-time teaching position to take on my new role as a stay-at-home mom.”

If you could touch and eat things you find online, this delicious Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie wouldn’t be known by anyone! Because I would have eaten it right away! 

Pink Recipe Box  Say hello to Nicola! “I am completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with food. I plan my days around it, I plan my vacations around it, I plan my entire life around it. You could say food has become a bit of an obsession with me. And I could reply that that is a bit of an understatement.” This part of her about me page made me love her already! I mean, isn’t this the purpose of life? 😀

Another part I really really liked: “My first baking memories are of me standing in my grandma’s kitchen, barely tall enough to see over the table, scraping the large wooden spoon along the bright orange mixing bowl and licking the chocolate cupcake batter off. Even though it was so long ago, I can still remember the taste and to this day I have been unable to recreate her gorgeous recipe!” Awwww!
If I were a fancy little girl, I’d now say “Oh my God, we have so much in common!” We even made the same pie! => Banoffee Pie (one of my all-time favourites!) 

I love all these bloggers, Sarah. Those foods you picked – WOW! I couldn’t thank you enough – you are such an angel. ❤

For the other bloggers, stay tuned next Monday. 😉 Oh, and if you have some more bloggers on your mind, please let me know. You can also bring yourself if you like. 😉

Lots of Love,

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Chocolate Syrup Cheesecake Brownies

There are different kinds of buyers. 

According to Neuro Science Marketing , there are three types of buyers – Tightwads, Spendthrifts and Average Spenders.

Let’s find out where be belong. 😀

What does it like to be Tightwads? “Tightwads are controlled by the amount that they think a product should cost.”  As what I’ve understood, they are the analytical type of buyers. They love saving rather than spending. They plan (a lot) before buying anything. Those sale items? I don’t think they have a chance at Tightwads’ brains. You get the point.

And here are the Spendthrifts

The more money they spend, the better they feel.” I do feel the same, but still, I don’t think I belong here. They don’t plan. They just buy. They think that money is to be spent for- and they feel good when they get what they want. Do you expect them to think about- or weigh stuffs if they like something? I don’t think so.

Ahh, the Average Spenders – I think most of us belong here. I think I do belong here. Let’s see.

We weigh options, take time to decide, and, generally, try to make smart moves and save a little money.” Average Spenders compare prices and don’t buy immediately what they desire on the first “meeting”.  They don’t think about it for only one night (they plan a lot) and sometimes, when realising that it is not practical, they forget about it and what? move on?

Many months back, I saw Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup on sale (2 bottles). Of course, because I bake, I used that as a reason to buy it (although I don’t know where to use it). Yeah, I could make it as drink. Or put it in a smoothie. Use it in baking. Or maybe drink it as is.

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But… I completely forgot about it and there are many sale items I bought sitting somewhere in the cupboard. While cleaning the cupboard last weekend, I saw two bottles of chocolate syrup. Yeah, I know – I have not used even a single drop. Bad thing is, they are almost reaching the end of their lives (poor syrup). I promised myself not to bake during that day because I want to finish the book I am currently reading. But I had to make use of that syrup – and you can imagine me Googling like crazy.

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Gladly, I found this recipe from Crafty Mix. And again, 4 oz cream cheese was waiting in the fridge as well. And tada – Chocolate Syrup Cheesecake Brownies.

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CHOCOLATE SYRUP CHEESECAKE BROWNIES Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cups chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cups cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or less to taste)
  • Optional mix-ins: marshmallows, nuts, chocolate

For the cheesecake swirl:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 ½ tbsp sugar

Instructions:

  1. Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, salt). If using mix ins, coat them with a little flour mixture in order for them to scatter in the brownies beautifully.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Add chocolate syrup. Mix with the butter.
  5. Add eggs. Mix well.
  6. Add dry ingredients. Mix well.
  7. Add in the mix ins coated with flour mixture. Mix until combined. Pour onto your baking dish. Set aside.
  8. Beat the cream cheese, egg yolk and sugar until combined. Spoon 16 small dollops (4 rows with 4 dollops of brownie batter in each row) of the reserved brownie batter evenly on top of the cream cheese filling. Run a wooden skewer back and forth through the two batters until you have a marble effect.
  9. Bake them in a 375 F for about 30 minutes (this will vary). I am using a glass baking dish and baked mine for 35 minutes.

I did enjoy these bars – they were so fudgy and that dreamy cream cheese swirl? I should have put 8 oz, but alas, I did not have a spare. Do you think I need to buy more than one cream cheese the next time? 😀

So back to what kind of buyer I am –

Hmm, so where do I belong? I am in between spendthrift and average spender. Most of the time Sometimes, when in a grocery store, I forget to check prices before putting stuffs in the cart. Or as what Patty said- maybe we don’t check it for a purpose. We don’t want a reason not to buy that stuff. Buying a slice of cake for like $9? What do you think? 😀 Sale items? Maybe you can find me on the first ten people on queue.

Okay, seriously, I have somehow learned how to think before buying. Well, it does not apply to everything, especially food. 😛 But at least, at some point, I consider things before buying. 😉 I am behaving myself since last month- let’s see until when can I hold on. 😀

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these fudgy and dreamy bars. Bringing these at Fiesta Friday over Angie @ The Novice Gardener. I am also bringing these at Sweet and Savoury Sundays over Laura @ Baking in Pyjamas.

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Thank you for spending time with me today.

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