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Shoarma

Before I arrived in Romania, if you were to describe Shoarma to me and tell me that it would be my favorite thing to eat, I would have thought you were crazy.

You see, you get a thin pita/tortilla-type bread, then you put ketchup, chicken, pickles, cabbage, and mayonnaise on it…and you roll it up and eat it.

Sounds like something I would NEVER eat.

But it is AMAZING.

Depending on where you get it, some don’t have the ketchup and some don’t have the pickles. But the best one is from this little grill place we found here in Iaşi, and is has everything I listed above.

I will definitely miss it when I leave Romania.

So good. So worth it. 

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Little Texas…in Romania!

We heard there was a restaurant called Little Texas here in Iasi, Romania. And someone who was in this program 8 years ago came to visit, and she made a special trip out to Little Texas…so it has to be good, right?

I’m from Texas. We had to go. 

We looked it up – 30 minute walk? We got this.

We went on some big streets, and then through a ghetto area, then another big street, then a small street for quite some time, where the sidewalk was barely walkable, and sometimes there were places with 2 feet of snow and just foot holes. We were just imagining the brave soul who made the first steps in the deep snow, and we were grateful that we could just use their foot holes! Oh, and over half of the walk was all uphill. All in the snow.

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When we got there, I felt like I was at home.It was 100% Texas inside. SO GREAT. Country music playing, cowboy stuff everywhere, the Texas metal stars, and so much more.

Unfortunately, the clock for San Antonio wasn’t currently working…but it’s still pretty cool that it was up there at all. Go Texas!

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Texas License Plates

Also, the menu was in English! Well, and Romanian, but it was so nice that we knew exactly what we were ordering! The steak was SO expensive, so I ended up getting chili cheese fries and Texas toast. The chili was delicious! Also, Texas toast with Romanian bread….seriously the best Texas toast I’ve EVER had. We had so much fun there. We actually told stories about our moms…mine seems to be the most crazy (as shown here and here and here and here and here), and Madeline’s the most non-crazy. The others are somewhere in between. Gotta love moms!

Seriously, Little Texas was amazing, and totally worth the walk. We got dessert also, of course! I got the brownie with ice cream. The brownie turned out to be more like chocolate cake, which was slightly disappointing, but the ice cream on top….Oh, the ice cream on top. IT WAS THE BEST ICE CREAM. Well, besides Blue Bell Moolenium Crunch. And other Blue Bell flavors…but dude, seriously, it is a rival to Blue Bell. I can’t believe I just said that. I wonder if all ice cream in Romania is this amazing. It’s just so cold outside, we never want any! But now, we will definitely be buying some.

I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t have brisket here…I’ve really been missing it since I moved out of Texas. I can’t wait to get back there in June. But, considering this was more of a Tex-Mex place, and it is in Romania, it was still delicious – even without brisket!

At Little Texas

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The walk home was also SOOOO COLD! I would touch my legs, and my fingers could feel that my legs were still there, but my legs were so numb that they couldn’t feel that my fingers existed. It was so weird. I don’t think my legs have ever been that cold.

Little Texas. So worth it.

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Easter

Happy Easter! It is wonderful to know that Jesus Christ has risen!

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Here is a short video about Easter and Christ:

Here is a longer video about the story of Easter:

To learn more about Easter, check out this website.

I encourage you to find time today to thank our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for their sacrifice. It is such a great and wondrous gift.

I also hope you find sometime to bake today! Here’s some recipes that might make your Easter delicious:

Sheridan’s Speedy Rolls

Thick, Soft Sugar Cookies

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bird Next Cupcakes

Again, Happy Easter! He lives!

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Stuffed Cookie Cups

Stuffed Cookie Cups

These turn out so good! And they are super easy! My friend Ashton told me earlier this week that she wanted to bake with me sometime, so we made it happen today! So fun. And so delicious.

Here’s how you can make your own!

What you will need:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
12 Oreos, Reese’s, or anything your heart desires for cookie centers

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat oven to 3oo degrees
2.  Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan, by greasing with butter or pan spray.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend the granulated and brown sugars.
5. Add the butter and beat to form a grainy paste.
6. Add the eggs, one at a time.
7. Add the vanilla, then beat at medium speed until fully combined.
8. Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed until just combined; do not over mix.
9. Fold in the chocolate chips.
10. For each cookie, roll a 3/4 inch ball and press into the bottom of the muffin cups.
11. Press the treat of your choice into the center of the cookie.
12. Roll another 3/4 inch ball and cover the treat by pressing it over the top. (You will have enough cookie dough left to eat some, and to make some regular cookies)
13. Place in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, checking every so often. (We cooked the regular cookies for 15 minutes, or until done)
14.  Pull out of the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes (even longer if you can) before attempting to remove them from the cups.
15. Enjoy!!!

Here’s a pic of the process…

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They will be totally full when you put them in the oven

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And here’s what they look like when they are done!

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I tried to get a picture of one cut in half, but it doesn’t look so amazing…but trust me, they are DELICIOUS.

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You can kinda see the Reese’s at the bottom, right? Anyways, SO GOOD!!! Let me know how yours turn out!

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Buttercream Icing

A few months ago, I got tired of buying icing for all my cupcakes.

So I began the search for a new recipe.

I took this recipe and altered it slightly: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttercream-icing/detail.aspx

And I love it! Here’s what you do!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

Here’s what you do!

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla.

2. Blend in the sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending well after each addition.

3. Beat in the milk.

4. Continue mixing until light and fluffy!

I always use it right after I make it, but if you will be using it later, keep it covered until ready to decorate.

With leftovers, I just refrigerate it until I need it again! When I need it, I let it sit out until it gets to room temperature and then I whip it fluffy!

So good, and it’s what I use on all my cupcakes!

Enjoy!

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