One word for this stuff: Amaaaaazing!!
4 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs.
1/2 cup flour
4 oz melted butter
2lbs cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups chopped/peeled apple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
Start by making your crust. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until they are crumbs. I used 2 packages of graham crackers to make 4 cups. Add flour, and pulse. Add melted butter and pulse. Crumbs should have the consistency of wet sand. Press two cups of crumbs into the bottom of a 9′ springform pan. Use the rest up the sides. Pre heat your oven to 325.
Use a mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. One at a time, crack your eggs in a separate bowl and slowly beat. Mix in eggs with cream cheese. In a microwaveable container add apples, brown sugar, water, and cinnamon, microwave for 1 minute. Add apple mixture to a food processor and purée. Once puréed, mix in with the rest of the filling. Pour the filling into the pan with crust and cook for 55 minutes at 325 degrees.
In a small pot, melt 4 tbsp butter and 1 cup brown sugar. Allow it to bubble up, and stir frequently. It usually takes about 10 minutes I cook. You really gotta babysit this stuff or it will burn. Remove from heat and pour over the top of your cheesecake before serving.
1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cans 16 oz diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 can 15 oz pinto beans (rinsed, drained)
1/2 cup prepared salsa
Cook ground beef and onions in a skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat. Place beef mixture, spices, tomatoes, beans and salsa in crockpot; stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Top with sliced black olives and shredded cheese. Enjoy!
A very messy theme bath tonight. If you’re afraid to do this one in your bath tub, you can always recreate it in water table and do it outdoors. Everything is from Dollar Tree (moss, alligator masks, streamers) To clean up, I placed a small colander over the tub drain to prevent moss from getting sucked up. When all the water was gone I used a paper towel to scoop everything up and throw it away.
For some reason I have been unable to find holiday coffee creamers at any of our local stores, so I decided to make some myself Simple, and I bet you have a lot of the ingredients at home already.
Pumpkin Cupcake (inspired by that delicious smelling bath and body works scent)
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
3 tsp vanilla extract
Add sweetened condensed milk and regular milk together in a bowl and whisk. Add spices and vanilla and whisk again. I used a quart sized mason jar to store mine. If you’re not a fan of the spices floating around, you can use a few coffee filters or some cheesecloth to filter them out.
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup 2% milk
1 7 oz jar marshmallow fluff
I wish the marshmallow taste had turned out stronger in this one, but unfortunately marshmallow just isn’t that strong of a flavor. It’s still good though! I melted my fluff and sweetened condensed milk in a pot in the stove. Then I whisked my milk and the marshmallow mixture together in a bowl.
Flavor possibilities are endless with these recipes. You just need some sweetened condensed milk, a couple cups of regular milk, and some flavor. Enjoy!
Shake well before each use. Creamer should be good up to two weeks in your refrigerator.
I’m horrible at the long, sappy, and meaningful posts, so I’ll keep this short and to the point.
I was so nervous about having a boy AND a girl. I come from a family where it was just my sister and I, and my husband only ever had brothers. We were worried the kids wouldn’t have that special bond that we had with our same sex siblings. Totally overthinking things.
I couldn’t imagine a stronger relationship than the one Damien and Sybil share. They truly are best friends. Today Damien woke from his nap and was SO excited to see his sister, he ran up to her and gave her a big hug and kiss. Or last week when I guess he couldn’t be without her any longer and I found him in her room in the crib with her while she was napping. These two are always reminding me just how lucky I am to have them, and I feel blessed that I was able to give them the most amazing gift ever, a life-long best friend to share everything with.
So to any nervous moms out there who are feeling the same way I was a little over a year ago: stop overthinking, and just enjoy the ride
Today was the perfect cold and rainy day for tomato soup. Best part is it’s a crockpot recipe. You’ll need:
-1 yellow onion, diced
-6 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped
-2 cans tomato juice
-1 pound fresh tomatoes, diced
-1 chicken bouillon cube
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp basil
-1 cup half and half
Put everything in the crockpot EXCEPT the half and half, and leave on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving you can blend your mixture to give it a smoother texture (or you can leave it chunky & not blend) I prefer a smoother soup so I blended about 3/4 of it and placed it back in the crockpot. Then add 1 cup of half and half, stir, and serve. We ate our soup with grilled cheese sandwiches on garlic bread with mozzarella cheese. Amazing!
To make the garlic bread grilled cheese: cook Texas toast style garlic bread as directed & add slices of mozzarella cheese between two pieces of toast.
I came across this large poster frame while unpacking the other day, and it reminded me of a beautiful mail organizer I saw on Etsy once. This entire project took maybe 20 minutes, was simple, and I had all the materials I needed at home.
-fabric or burlap (or both!)
I suggest doing this project on the concrete. I had a little incident with the staple gun and the coffee table 😊 Cut your fabric to fit around the cardboard from your frame, and staple.
Next I cut two burlap strips to use as pockets for my mail. I folded the edges and then stapled them to the back. A glue gun might actually be easier and look nicer than folding it, I just have no idea where mine is.