Tuesday, January 31, 2017

No Churn Cookies N Cream Ice Cream

If you follow me on Instagram you know I love whipping up homemade ice cream. Here is a fool proof recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker. 

2 cups heavy cream 
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk 
10 Oreos, crushed
1 box Cookies N Cream pudding mix 

Step 1) Using a whisk, whip heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Do not over mix or you will end up with some very fluffy butter. 

Step 2) Add in condensed milk. Mix well. 

Step 3) Add pudding mix 

Step 4) Fold in crushed Oreos 

Step 5) Pour mixture into a bread pan 

Step 6) Add Oreos on top (optional) 

Step 7) Freeze overnight. If you can wait that long :)  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Making Better Choices With GreenBlender

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience GreenBlender smoothies, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

The New Year is a perfect time to start making better, healthier choices. GreenBlender makes it easy to do that with a hearty breakfast in less than 5 minutes. 

With GreenBlender, you'll get 5 new smoothie recipes and pre-portioned ingredients delivered to your door each week. No list making, no shopping, no headaches. Bonus: the ice packs the produce is packed in are reusable.  

Building the perfect smoothie is an art and GreenBlender has perfected it. The box includes a breakdown of exactly how to mix up your smoothie. No more just tossing stuff in a blender hoping it all comes out okay. 

Start by adding your liquids to the blender then leafy greens. Next, chop your fruits and veggies then add boosters and ice. Bam, perfect smoothie material! 

Mixing is my favorite part! Look at that blend. 


If getting a healthier start is on your 2017 to-do list, start with GreenBlender. Plans start at $3.90 per serving and each box includes 10 servings and 5 recipes.   Join now here

Kiwi Apple Detox Smoothie 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

13th Floor Haunted House

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience 13th Floor Haunted House, with three friends, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Who doesn't want to get out of their comfort zone on a Thursday night? Last week, I visited the Number One Hunted House in America and had a blast! 

Photo from 13thfloorhauntedhouse.com

It definitely pays to go to a haunted house with people who are more scared than you are. That way you can just go along and enjoy the show. Plus if you tell them your friends name they will yell it the entire time, totally freaking your friend out even more. For example, in the hotel section we could hear "your room is ready Gina" as we walked down the halls.

L-R: Samantha, Gina, Me and Anthony 

Some areas of the house are scarier than others. For me, the side, big black tubes and completely dark rooms were the most terrifying. Tip: wear something cool and comfortable.     

The after photo! 

Get in the Halloween spirit and head on over to 13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio. Be sure to bring a friend to hold on to! General admission is $24.99 and well worth it for the 45-60mins of fear. 

Photo from 13th Floor Haunted House Facebook Page 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

30 Before 30

I didn't realize I was entering my last year of my 20's until I walked into work and my co-worker yelled, "how old are you?" searching for the answer it suddenly hit me that I was 29. 2-9. Thoughts like what am I doing with my life started to fill my head. To help ease the pain and honestly get my 29-year-old butt off the couch, I created a 30 things to do before I'm 30 list. Ill update this post with my adventures as I cross them off the list. 

1. Donate Hair: I currently look like a Dugger daughter y'all 
Hair Chop Dec 7th 

2. Sky Dive: I'm ringing in my 30th year by jumping out of a perfectly good plane  

3. Be Published: Even if it is just in a well-known blog 

4. Host Dinner Party: Come one come all to Casa de Frye 

5. Climb Enchanted Rock: Ive always wanted to

6. Take a Cooking Class: How have I not done this yet?

7. Host Thanksgiving Dinner: I hope you're hungry 

Thanksgiving Dinner with 2 Lackland Trainees on Nov 24th

8. Rent Bikes Downtown: Please don't let me fall into the river 

9. Go to a College Football Game (Not UTSA): I love the roadrunners and all but lets mix it up a bit  

Texas Tech Game Sept 17th
10. Visit Magnolia Market: Getting waco in waco.  

Trip to Waco with my mom Nov 5th 

11. Girls trip to Fredericksburg: Wine! 

Shout Out to Scott Our Driver Oct 23rd 

12. Do Something Kind for a Stranger: Pretty self explanatory  

13. Be a Vegetarian for a Week: Because why not? 

14. Make Sushi: Cue Samantha from the Sex in the City movie minus the nakedness   

Toolbox Girls Sleepover Homemade Sushi on Dec 23rd  

15. Road Trip: Are we there yet?  

Road Trip to Lubbock, Texas Sept 17th 

16. Write Someone a Letter: Coming soon to a mailbox near you.  

17. Volunteer for ACPBRR: Who doesn't want to be around pit bulls! 

Look at Stormy's Face! Oct 1st

18. Deliver Food to the Homeless

Man Outside My Toolbox Window Oct 25

19. Walk More: Basically get off the couch more  

Afternoon Walk On The Riverwalk Sept 20th

20. Attend an Epic Bachelorette Party

21. Get a Tattoo: Can you hold my hand? 

Doomsday Tattoo: Feb 2nd 

22. Make a Candle: Im a girl, I like candles 

23. Take a Pottery Class: Anyone want a awkwardly shaped bowl?  

24. Get a Blow Out: After I cut my hair  

25. Create my own Signature Cocktail: *Shakes Cocktail Shaker* 

26. Be a Tourist in my Own Town: Remember the Alamo 

Walk to San Fernando Cathedral on Sept 30th  

27. Buy Myself Flowers and Arrange Them: I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T 

28. Do Something Out of my Comfort Zone: Visit a Haunted House

13th Floor Haunted House on Oct 6th 

29. Visit my state Capitol: Keep Austin Weird! Check 

My mom and I on Sept 10th

30. Visit a Nursing Home: Thank you for being a friend

Stay Tuned! 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Red, White and Blue Jello Shots

I whipped these beauties up for a Memorial Day pool party but they are perfect for 4th of July as well. 

You will need: 
30-40 1oz plastic cups. Sold in the paper product section of grocery stores. 
3oz box of strawberry Jello
3oz box of berry blue Jello 
2 2/3 cups vodka or tequila, flavored or not
2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons water 
2/3 heavy cream 
2/3 cup milk 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 teaspoons Knox gelatin 

To make the blue layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add berry blue Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Place Knox gelatin powder and 1 1/2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. let soak for 5 minutes to allow gelatin to bloom. 
2) In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 
3) Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
4) Add 2/3 cup vodka  
5) Let cool 10-15 minutes before pouring over blue layer. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add strawberry Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 


Monday, June 13, 2016

Casa Blanca: Santikos Newest Theatre

I received compensation in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own. 

I recently had the opportunity to tour and learn more about Santikos newest theatre, Casa Blanca. Casa Blanca is so much more than a theatre. 

Casa Blanca has 16 bowling lanes. Enjoy either before or after your movie watching experience. 

Full-service sports bar. Drinks purchased can be brought into any movie. That means mom can enjoy a glass of wine while the kids enjoy Finding Dory on the big screen. 

Speaking of big screen, check out the 100% laser projection multiplex screen. Thats a 6' 5" man standing down there. Im sitting half way up and I couldn't even capture the full screen. 

Moviegoers can enjoy in-theatre dining with an upscale menu and recliner with oversized seating. 

Santikos is more than just great movies. Santikos Entertainment now exists for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. Dollars spent on movie tickets and amenities are funneled back into the local community in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants and programming that educate, cure, support and otherwise enhance lives of the citizens that support Santikos Entertainment. Santikos will donate $12 million to the community this year alone. Which translates to $400,000 a week for the community over the next 10 years. 

Now it's your turn to experience Santikos. Im giving one lucky reader 4 VIP tickets good for any movie at any Santikos theatre. Give-a-way ends on Friday, June 17th. Winner will be notified by email and has one week to claim their tickets. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Red, White and Blue Dessert

Whip up these red, white and blue treats for the long weekend. Keep this recipe handy for the 4th of July.

1 lb Strawberries
1 Carton Blueberries
1 Tub of Philadelphia Cheesecake or Homemade Cheesecake
1 Wilton Piping Bag
1 Wilton 32 Icing Tip

Step 1) Wash the Strawberries and pat dry

Step 2) Cut the tops off the berries, don't cut too far

Step 3) Place the berry flat on a cutting board, cut an X in the top of the berry, do not go all the way down

Step 4) Place tip inside piping bag and fill a piping bag with cheesecake

Step 5) Put icing tip inside X cut into the strawberry, start piping cheesecake moving upwards

Step 6) Finish with a blueberry on top of cheesecake

Step 7) Enjoy!