Bring out the cowbells & the horns! It was our privilege to
enjoy a Tri-City Americans game last night.
As many of you know, MOM Magazine partners with the Ams
each year to give away tickets to our valued readers and honor some
amazing dads in the community. This evening, we honored Jason
Haynes (read more about him in the April/May issue!).
Not only do the Ams provide the SuperDAD and his family with
tickets for the game, but they take them out on the ice just before
the game begins and share part of Dad's story.
Then, the GAME! Admittedly, I haven't been to a hockey
game before, so I was surprised at how much
is happening all of the time. From the giveaways throughout the
evening to the continual action on the ice (there were several
fights last night), you'll find something for everyone in your
family. While most parents seemed interested in the rubber
chicken toss (that offered a deal at Wingstop!), the kids put on a
show with shirts flying above their heads during a break in the 3rd
We truly appreciate the partnership with the Tri-City Americans
each year! We have one more ticket giveaway before the season
Our next game is March 16! Share the Dad in your
life's story in a comment below on our blog! You'll be
entered to win a set of tickets for this game. Winner will be
announced on March 4! (No purchase necessary to
The Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop will welcome
advanced and intermediate string students ages 9 to 19 to the
campuses of Oregon State University and Ashbrook Independent School
in July 2013
Session I July 8 - 13
Session II July 15 - 20
Workshop participants will benefit from coaching, sight-reading,
supervised practice, master classes and opportunities to perform
with ensembles in informal concerts.
Participants will also have the chance to explore Oregon
State University through a range of on-campus
activities. In addition to Artistic Director Jessica
Lambert, instructor of violin at OSU and concertmaster with the
Corvallis-OSU Symphony, distinguished faculty will include members
of the renowned FearNoMusic ensemble from the Oregon
Symphony. Audition recordings will be accepted beginning on
Friday, Feb. 15. Tuition for one week is $350. Please visit pne.oregonstate.edu/strings for more
Okay - I found it! Here is the recipe for Red Velvet Love.
Red Velvet Layer:
1 2/3 c. flour
1 c. + 2 T. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 small eggs
1/2 c. oil
2 T. milk, divided
3 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. + 2 T. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking
powder. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, 1 tablespoon milk,
vanilla, food coloring and vinegar. Combine the dry and wet
ingredients, until completely combined. Remove 1/2 cup of the
batter and place it in a small bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1
tablespoons of milk. Pour the remaining batter into a greased 9x13
baking dish. Using a spatula, smooth out the batter to reach all
In a medium bowl, place cream cheese and sugar. Beat with an
electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla,
beating until combined and smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture on
top of the red velvet layer and smooth mixture till it reaches all
the edges. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining red velvet batter (that
you mixed with milk) onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Drag the
tip of a knife through the red velvet and the cheesecake layers to
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or just until the center is set
and no longer jiggles. Let cool completely on a wire rack before
cutting. Use a medium sized heart cookie cutter to create the
perfect Valentine's Day treat!
Tips: These brownies were a bit of
work, but the result was so cute it made it all worth it! I put
parchment paper down in the baking dish which made it easier to
bring the brownies out and use the cookie cutter once it was
I can see these also being made for other holidays with different
food coloring. (True, that would technically not be red velvet but
the taste would be the same.) Green with a shamrock cookie cutter
for St. Patrick's day, pink with an Easter egg cookie cutter for
Easter, blue and red with a star cookie cutter for 4th of July, the
possibilities are endless.
If you do use the heart cookie cutter, you will obviously have
some scrap pieces leftover. If you can keep your kids or husband
from eating them right away, check out the recipe for the Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake!
This version is from Recipes for MOMs website.
I'm in red velvet love! Marbled Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownie
love, that is.
Amazing baker mom Stephanie brought these beauties to practice
last night. I've begged her to share the recipe with us. Watch for
it - I'll get it out of her yet!
Okay, I Found it! Check out the Marbled Red Velvet
Cream Cheese Brownie recipe here.
The Feb/Mar 2012 Birthday Party issue of MOM Magazine is out in
the Tri-Cities! Read these stories and much more:
Click on the cover image above to view the Feb/Mar issue.
Recipes - Heart healthy meal makeovers
It's Party Time! - Great birthday party ideas
Feb/Mar Giveaway- Win a Birthday
Get involved - Know your children
Santa is working with the website Portable North Pole to make special video
messages for all the girls and boys. Visit the site below, enter
some quick info and Santa send you the coolest personalized video.
And it's FREE! We loved it. Leave us a comment and let us know what
you thought - and what reaction you got from your children. It's
fun to find one more thing that keeps the magic alive for a
I'm ready to start some serious Christmas baking, but need a new
recipe inspiration. Found it! I just saw this recipe posted on
Facebook by a local MOM reader. I can't wait to get started. I love
making bars in a pan because they share, travel and store so well.
I'll let you know how it goes…or how fast they go.
2 cups butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 14 oz bag caramels, unwrapped
(About 40 - 50 individually wrapped)
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper,
spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine butter
and sugars. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat until creamy. Add in
vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in flour until a soft dough
forms. Press half of the dough into the prepared 9 X 13 pan. Bake
for 15 minutes. Refrigerate remaining half of dough. Remove
from oven while you prepare the caramels.
Place the caramel in a microwave safe bowl. Add the cream and
vanilla, and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and
stir until smooth. If caramels are not completely melted, microwave
at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
Pour the caramel filling over the cooked crust (Do your best to
pour it evenly over crust as it is very difficult to spread).
Sprinkle salt over the top.
Removing remaining dough
from fridge and crumble it evenly over the caramel. Return the pan
to the oven and bake until filling is bubbly and the topping is
firm and golden brown. About 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely
before cutting into squares.
Joe and Sue Blog! (Slightly Adapted from
Cookie and Cups)
Check out their sites for more amazing recipes.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Click here for some great Holiday Cookie and Homemade Candy
recipes on the MOM Blog.
We are working hard on our Birthday Party issue for Feb/Mar.
That got us thinking, what's the point? What mom throws the
'perfect party' every time? As hard as we may try - we don't. So
this year, in addition to our fun and creative ideas that are meant
to be inspiratinal, we are adding a new section: Birthday
You know you've had them! Planning only gets you so far before
exhaustion, sugar-rush or downright unstoppable natural disasters
get in the way. Even you can't control that.
Share in the comments section below some of your best "What not
to do" moments in your childrens' Birthday Party past. And maybe a
good, hard laugh and words of advice to go along with it.
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