A quick trip to NJ

On Thursday I went home to my parents house in New Jersey. I look forward to my trips there, it’s always so nice to see my family and friends. Friday night my mom was having her girlfriends over to play Bunco. If you’ve never played before I suggest rounding up 11 of your friends, making a few appetizers and desserts, grabbing a cocktail and playing. It’s a fun game, similar to Yahtzee and an inexpensive girls night that doesn’t involve a large tab to split at the end of the night.

I made 3 different desserts for Bunco night:

Peanut Butterliscious Bars that I found here.

Peanut Butterliscious Bars

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

3/4 cups of your favorite peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

Frosting:

1/4 cup melted butter or margarine

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 cup milk

2 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

Cream butter and peanut butter.  Then add sugar, eggs, corn syrup.  Add flour and salt, and mix for about five minutes.  Lightly grease a jellyroll pan, and spread mixture into pan.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until edges are just beginning to brown.

For frosting, Combine all ingredients and mix with electric mixer until smooth.  Spread on cooled peanut butter bars.

They are very delicious and extremely sweet so I decided to cut them into small, bite size pieces.

My mom happened to see a cool idea for jello shots on Facebook one day so we decided to try and make them.

I bought a bag of Navel oranges at the grocery store and when I  got home I sliced them all in half. I then carefully loosened the inside of the orange with a knife, after that I spooned out what was inside and whatever excess was left was removed by a pairing knife. Once your are finished with that blot the inside of the orange with a paper towel to get it as dry as possible.

Your Jello package will tell you to boil 1 cup water and add it to the Jello mix in the bowl. Do this part just that way. Now it will tell you to add 1 cup cold water. Instead of doing that I mixed 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup cold vodka (any kind). I then put my orange halves in a cupcake pan and used a turkey baster to transfer the Jello. Once your done put them in the refrigerator until they set. I suggest preparing these the night before you need them, to ensure they are nice and firm.

When they are done, slice each half into threes & ENJOY!!!

**They don’t taste like they have any alcohol in them so please keep that mind when eating them, especially if you plan on driving home that night.

I also made cupcakes from a box and used icing in a can and added sprinkles.

How to play Bunco:

There are six rounds, progressing in order from one to six, where the number of the round serves as the target for that round’s rolls. Within a round, players alternate turns rolling three dice, aiming to obtain the target number. Players gain one point for each die matching the target. If the player gets three-of-a-kind of the target number (a Bunco), they get 21 points. The round stops when a player at a head table obtains 21 points. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner and usually receives a token prize.(Bunco history World Bunco Association official site, accessed 19 Jan 2010)

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By the end of the night I was multitasking..feeding my son and rolling the dice!!

Before I left NJ, Matthew held his own bottle for the first time!!

Check back this week for a meatloaf cupcake recipe and the results of our Cinco De Mayo party!!

-Doree

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  1. […] Bunco is so much fun, if you have 11 friends I highly recommend that you round them up and play. If I tried to explain the game you’d probably have to spend all night reading. Check this website out for a great explanation of how to play. Although it can be a bit confusing when you first start, you will eventually get a hang of the game and really enjoy it. I play once a month with a group of women and it’s so much fun! We do it at a different house each time and the host for that month chooses the theme. Pinterest is a great place to find awesome Bunco party ideas. […]

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