Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes, with Golden Oreos

I made these for Breakfast, on a Sunday Morning... and they were perfect with my Coffee; also perfectly quick to whip up - with an impatient Baby waiting for his Breakfast!

I have made these Mini Cupcake Cheesecakes for years - but now that I am crunched for time, with Baby - I placed Golden Oreos at the bottom of the cupcake liners, instead of making homemade graham cracker crust. Since the Golden Oreos have a bit of a Lemon flavor - and I love Lemon - I added fresh Lemon Juice and Zest to the Cheesecake Batter, for the Perfect Mini Lemon Cheesecake...

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes, with Golden Oreos

12 Golden Oreos; 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a dash of kosher salt; 1 egg.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Fill a standard cupcake pan with liners and place the 12 Golden Oreos into each cup - easy! In a medium sized mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese first, adding each additional ingredient one at a time, mixing until combined; mix the 1 egg in last. There is enough batter for 12 "cupcakes," so using a spoon, evenly place the batter into each cup. They will not rise much, so don't worry about overfilling the cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops just begin to crack. Your kitchen will smell lovely, like Lemons and Vanilla!

When they came out of the oven, I topped each Cheesecake with one Blueberry - because I love that lemon/blueberry flavor combination - and just because they look so pretty like that! These Lemon Cheesecakes are perfect to celebrate a long-awaited, well-appreciated end of Summer!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fruit Dips for Dessert

I've always wanted to make a good fruit dip - and I think this is the perfect time for it - when all the fruit is fresh and inexpensive - to switch out a decadent dessert for lots of fruit with a decadent dip on the side. Here are 8 that will have you wishing for more... fruit!

1. Pistachio (I love Pistachios!) Cheesecake Dip, by Something Swanky

2. Brown Sugar (perfect for Fall, too!) Apple Dip, by Oh Sweet Basil

3. Peanut Butter (a Classic, but a Goodie!) Fruit Dip, by Cooking Classy

4. (the Perfect-for-Summer) Limeade Fruit Dip, by Creme de la Crumb

5. Orange Nutella Fruit Dip (would also be great in December!), by Handmade in the Heartland

6. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Marshmallow Fluff (Oh My Goodness!), by A Pretty Life

7. Cake Batter and Sprinkles Dip (for your Birthday - everyday!), by I'm Topsy Turvy

8. (Because I have to have Chocolate everyday!) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, by Jen's Favorite Cookies

And there's my dessert for the next - oh how about until December? Because that's how long I have to meet my lose-all-the-baby-weight goal; wish me luck...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

my Bungalow Bag, Penguins

I did it: I finally treated myself to my Bungalow Bag, from the Mint Mermaid...

I couldn't decide between the Flamingo pattern or the Penguins - but I went with the Penguins, because (1) I thought the Black, White, and Red would go with more, and (2) the Flamingos would remind me too much of Home (Miami) - that I miss so, so much. The Penguins are treating me very well; I just toss it in the diaper bag and pull it out when I have my Baby-free moments. I love it! And everyone tells me, wherever I go, that my bag is "so cute!"

And I love the Mint Mermaid! Check out my (new favorite boutique) Review...

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