Ripley's Aquarium - Myrtle Beach

 

My new friend!!

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, located at Broadway at the Beach, lets you experience the wonders of the ocean up close and personal!

Planet Jellies is where you are fully immersed into the captivating world of jellyfish. You experience thousands of jellies, backlit and color-changing displays, and some of the most fascinating animals on Earth! This gallery is sure to keep you mesmerized and will give you a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the secret world of some of the ocean's most mysterious creatures. It was pretty cool!

My favorite was the penguin playhouse! You could get up close and personal with these undeniably cute creatures! They had a 5,500-square-foot expansion and was the largest in Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach's 20-year history.

The Dangerous Reef was fun, too. It was filled with thousands of fish of every shape and size - including some fierce and toothy sharks!

I would definitely go back again if I'm ever in the area.

Ooey Gooey

Butter Cake Bars

Ingredients

Crust

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pinch nutmeg

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Topping

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

4 cups confectioners' sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Directions

Crust

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine flour, confectioners' sugar, salt, and nutmeg.

Drizzle in butter and mix until combined and crumbly. Using the bottom of a glass or your hand, press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Using a fork, poke holes all over the surface of the crust.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let come to room temperature before adding the topping.

Topping

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and butter. Mix on medium speed until creamy.

Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Beat on low until smooth and creamy.

Pour over cooled crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. (The center should be jiggly, but not liquidy.)

Allow the bars to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Then, place the bars in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours before cutting and serving.

Joke of the Week

A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order.

He said, "I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards."

The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, "This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards..... What does he think this place is an auto parts store?"

"No," the cook said. "Three flat tires mean three pancakes; a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up; and a pair of running boards... Are two slices of crisp bacon!"

"Oh... OK!" said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

The trucker asked, 'What are the beans for, Blondie?'

She replied, "I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!"

 

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