05.31.16

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Such a beautiful sunrise on this Tuesday morning! What a perfect way to start this short work week!

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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05.12.16 Indiana Storm

Here are some shots from a storm we had come through yesterday. I love photographing storms! The power and fierceness amazes me. Hope you enjoy!

Happy weekend!!

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~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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05.04.16

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“Appreciate all that the good and the bad bring, because without the darkness you wouldn’t truly appreciate the light.”

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

So I will be the first to tell you that I don’t bake very often. My excuse being that I don’t have time but it is just that, an excuse. I actually enjoy baking and I did all the time when I was in high school but now I just can’t justify baking things all the time. Especially since that means we have to eat those baked goods and we don’t really need them. Anyway, St. Patrick’s came around this day and I thought that would be the perfect excuse to bake something new and different… Enter Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes!

These cupcakes are super delicious but they do take some work. THEY WILL BE WORTH IT, I PROMISE! Please note that these do contain alcohol so they are NOT for children.

 

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

 

Guinness cupcakes with a Jameson whiskey ganache center and topped with a Baileys Irish Cream frosting.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Irish whiskey

For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream

Directions:

1. To Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

3. To Make the Whiskey Ganache Filling: Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped.

4. To Fill the Cupcakes: Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter (I used a medicine cup that you might get with cough medicine), cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes, going about two-thirds of the way down. Transfer the ganache to a piping back with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

5. To Make the Baileys Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

6. Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.

These cupcakes make an excellent addition to your St. Patrick’s day celebration or just a fun dessert for any party. And since you now have all the ingredients, maybe do a few liquid Irish Car bombs! Again, since they do contain alcohol, they are NOT for children. And as always, please drink and handle alcohol responsibly.

Enjoy!!!

 

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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Storms ~ 2015

In honor of the first day of spring… while I am very far from being a professional photographer I love storms and I enjoy photographing them. So as we look forward to the warm weather ahead I thought I would share some storm pictures from last year. Hope you enjoy them!!!!

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All pictures are property of The Moser Day Trippers, taken in the year 2015  various places in Indiana. Do not use without permission.

Stay tuned to find out where or what our next adventure will be!

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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Brookfield, IL

The next day we headed to Brookfield, IL for the real reason for this trip, Galloping Ghost Arcade. This might be a good time to mention that Andy LOVES arcades. There is in fact an arcade cabinet in our dining room. So when I found out about Galloping Ghost Arcade it seemed like the PERFECT place to go. Let me tell you a little bit about this very fun place… The Galloping Ghost Arcade has over 480 different arcade games, all of which are set to free play. That means no quarters, no tokens, just unlimited opportunities to play any and every arcade game that you have ever wanted to play. They do charge a flat $15 per person at the door but you are getting to play as many arcades that you want all day long. They also allow you to leave and come back as long as you have your receipt with you. So really, $15 and you can play 480 arcades ALL DAY LONG!!! We really had such an awesome time. We started going down the rows and playing every game, if we didn’t like the game we moved on. It was great! Because we were so busy playing all the games, we didn’t get many pictures but we did get one. If you want to find out more or see more pictures check them out here. The Galloping Ghost Arcade is also home to several world records on certain games so that is really cool to see too. All in all, if you enjoy arcades or video games in general, this would be an excellent place for you to visit.

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Rows and rows of arcades…

After playing as many arcades as we could handle, we called it a day and started the trip home and back to reality. And of course, planning the next Moser road trip…

Places mentioned:

Galloping Ghost Arcade: http://www.gallopingghostarcade.com/

Stay tuned to find out where or what our next adventure will be!

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL… Who doesn’t want to visit this place? The people, atmosphere, food, history and the iconic landmarks. Chicago has so much to offer to anyone and everyone. Granted we don’t want to live there but we really enjoyed visiting this great city. We love big cities and being downtown, so Chicago was a perfect place for us to visit!

It all started when I found a place in Brookfield, IL (more on that later) that I wanted to take Andy to for his birthday. Being that we hadn’t been to the Chicago Bears stadium yet it made sense to make a weekend of it. Once we decided that we were going to spend the night we started making a list of places we wanted to see and things we wanted to eat.

*The Bean (Cloud Gate) @ Millennium Park

*Solider Field- Home to the Chicago Bears

*Wrigley Field

*Giordano’s Pizza

*Chicago Dog

*Michael Jordan Statue @ the United Center

And so, Saturday morning we set off for Chicago!

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Our first stop was Solider Field to get our glass! This has got to be one of the coolest stadiums yet! It made you feel like you were Rome at the Coliseum, it was really cool. Bear fans, you have an awesome stadium, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! And it only seemed fitting to get a glass that said “Da Bears!”. After this we did go to Wrigley Field but it was under major construction so we weren’t able to do or see anything sadly…

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We decided to find some lunch and we wandered upon Jimmy’s Red Hots… Let me tell you, Chicago knows how to do food! We both loved our Chicago dogs! They were fabulous! I mean, JUST LOOK AT THESE PICTURES!!! YUM!!!!!

Anyway… as we were driving to find lunch Andy spotted somewhere he had always wanted to go… Chicago Music Exchange! This place is a music lovers paradise! If you love music and instruments so yourself a favor and check this place out. You will not be disappointed! These pictures don’t do it justice by any means.

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We then headed to the United Center to see the infamous Michael Jordan statue. And enjoying sports like he does, this was another landmark he had always wanted to visit. I have to say, it was a pretty cool thing to see!

As we started to head downtown to see the sights we soon learned that if we wanted to get anywhere fast we were going to have to walk. We decided to head to our hotel, which was located downtown (thanks to a great Priceline Express Deal), park the car at the hotel and head out on foot to see the sights.

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We checked into our hotel, The Hyatt Centric The Loop, and we took advantage of the valet parking that the hotel offered. Let me say that neither of us have ever stayed in a 4.5 star hotel, but we would HIGHLY recommend it! The service was excellent, the rooms luxurious and our overall experience was amazing!

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This hotel has a lounge that has a coffee machine (it makes about 10 different kinds of coffer), some fruits and several varieties of “trail mix”, all of this is complimentary for guests of the hotel. The Hyatt Centric also has its own French restaurant in it, which is open to everyone I believe, guest or not. We did have some drinks from the bar in the restaurant as we received some coupons from the staff due to a wait while checking in. They had a variety of wines, beers and drinks created specifically by their bar staff. All in all our experience at the bar was great!

We headed out to experience all the sights, sounds, atmosphere, food and landmarks that Chicago has to offer. First stop, Cloud Gate, better known to some as the “bean”.

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We really loved being in the hustle and bustle of it all and while we were here at the “bean”, a couple got engaged which was pretty cool.

We walked around Millennium Park for a awhile, which is a huge park but a very beautiful one, before we decided that we were going to find some food. Now this meal was planned the instant we decided to go to Chicago, and that was supper at Giordano’s. Words can not describe this amazing pizza. Super cheesy, saucy, gooey and just all around amazing. Really words and pictures can’t do it justice which is good because at this point both of our phones died so we couldn’t get a picture. We did get a picture of the inside of the restaurant before they died though lol.

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After stuffing ourselves with delicious pizza we started our walk back to our hotel. Although neither one of us wanted this amazing night to end we were very tired from all the travel and walking we had done. So back to the hotel for drinks at the bar then off to our awesome beds were we very quickly fell asleep, dreaming of the adventures we would have the next day…

Places mentioned:

The Bears: http://www.chicagobears.com/

Wrigley Field: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/

Jimmy’s Red Hots: http://www.jimmysredhots.com/

Chicago Music Exchange: http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/

The United Center: http://www.unitedcenter.com/

Priceline: https://www.priceline.com/home/?lrdr=secure

^ We booked our hotel using a Priceline Express Deal.

The Hyatt Centric: http://theloopchicago.centric.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Cloud Gate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Gate

Giordano’s: https://giordanos.com/

~ The Moser Day Trippers ~

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