Mini Cheesecakes – Quick and Easy Dessert

This easy-to-make, no-bake cheesecake recipe was passed down to me from my mom and is a classic favorite in my household. It was originally intended to make one large cheesecake using a 9-inch springform pan, but since I love the ease and convenience of individual portions, I tweaked it to make one dozen cupcake-sized treats. Ingredients for Crust: - 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs - 3 tablespoons sugar - 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted - One dozen foil baking cups Ingredients for Filling: - 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened - 1 envelope unflavored gelatin - 1/4 cup cold water - 1/2 cup sugar - 3/4 cup milk - Dash of salt - 1/8 cup lemon juice - 1 cup whipping cream, whipped - Fresh strawberries, sliced (can be substituted with another topping of … [Read more...]

10 Slow Cooker Recipes that WOW

Sometimes it's nice to have dinner taken care of early in the day so you can simply enjoy your family at the end of a long day. Today I'll give you ten recipes that will taste as amazing as they look. Wouldn't it be nice to come home to this amazing dish after a hard day at the office? This recipe is not only good for tonight's dinner but, you can freeze a batch for next week too. It's a win-win! Roasted vegetables are normally tricky. Kate shows us how easy they can be in the slow cooker. Serve warm over rice or chill your roasted veggies and serve over a bed of lettuce. Taco Night is a quick and easy meal most any time. After all, you can brown and season the meat the evening before. The meal falls short at the canned refried beans. Alaska from Scratch gives us a … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Baci di Dama

Christmas cookies are a must in my family. Every year my mum and I bake tons of cookies for friends, collegues and relatives: we make a variety of Italian and German cookies and back them in cute jars. Unfortunately sometimes there is just no time to bake 5 different varieties of cookies (thank you end of term exams!). Baci di Dama are a perfect solution for a last minute home-made Christmas gift: their are easy to make, delicous and the cutest! They are originally from the region of Piemonte in Northern Italy and are made with almonds ans dark chocolate. However this recipe uses milk chocolate and hazelnut instead (you can swap for any kind of chocolate for fun)! The dough is better when chilled overnight but one hour can be enugh if you are in a hurry! Recipe 1 stick butter … [Read more...]

Baby Matcha Eclairs

  This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever made: tiny eclairs filled with a delicate matcha cream and glazed with the coolest naturally green glaze. Baby eclairs are so much better than regular ones because you can eat more than one without an excuse, plus they are perfect for a party! You can double and triple the recipe and make multiple flavor creams and icings: for the cream swap the matcha with your flavor of choice (coffee extract, vanilla extract..)  and add some colorant to your glaze. Baby Matcha Eclairs (makes about 12) Matcha cream Ingredients 250 g full fat milk 1 egg 5 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp matcha 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp + 1 tsp flour Instructions Heat the milk in a medium pan, when it boils, add in the vanilla and … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie: Too Pretty To Eat

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding... Oh, bring us some figgy pudding... Oh, BRING us some figgy pudding, and a cup of good cheer! No figgy pudding here, just the Christmas classic: decorated sugar cookies! Now, don't expect to pop these pretty designs out in an hour. To save me some sanity, I baked the cookies one day and decorated the next. Don't let me scare you now, but it actually took me a total of 9 hours to decorate all of the cookies. And don't fret either. It was a joyous occasion listening to Christmas music on Pandora and decorating until my heart's content. It's an especially great idea for homemade Christmas gifts for you friends and family. You can even get your kids involved. For example, you could decorate the main body of the tree and let the kids … [Read more...]

10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers!

As far as I’m concerned there are two kinds of people in this world: those that appreciate the beauty of coffee and those that don’t. I’m the former & this post is for those like-minded folk that think that getting out of bed almost solely is worth it because of that first beautiful sip of coffee in the morning. The selection that I’ve chosen would make great gifts for your favorite Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Best Friend, Daughter, Son, Teacher and on and on… Enjoy!   Custom K-Cups One of the things that I love about my writing assignments is finding fun new goodies out there that I might not have noticed before. These K-Cups are adorable & would make a great take home gift after a party or in this case a unique birthday gift for a colleague or loved one. Circle Monogram … [Read more...]