Easy Individual Strawberry Cheesecake

This sounds delicious!

LauraLovingLife

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Sugar cookies cooked until soft not hard.

Heavy whipping cream 1 pint

1 package cream cheesecake flavored jello mix

Freshstrawberries cut up.

Cook the cookies and put in the bottom of individual dishes

Put the whipping cream and jello packet together and whip until firm. You can hold the bowl upside down and nothing should fall out.

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Add to the dish and top with a strawberry.  DONE!!

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I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we did.  If you want to contact me please feel free to at LauraLovingLife@hotmail.com

Bon Appétit

LauraLovingLife

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Chocolaholic!

Yummmmm!!

Northerly Nosh

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Meal Planning Mondays are an experiment to see what works for my family. I like trying new recipes. I have too many pins on Pinterest that are not being utilized. This week I committ to making these recipes…Braised Short Ribs and Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes. These recipes will continue to be made ahead time and frozen. This also in honor of our church’s youth fundraiser dinner that I help cook for.

Braised Short Ribs

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Adapted from Onceamonthmom.com

Servings: 8

4 pounds beef short ribs (or 2 pounds short ribs and 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into chunks)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
1/3 cup ketchup
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 sprigs fresh thyme

Prep Day: Sprinkle salt and pepper over ribs. In…

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Crunchy No Bake Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
2 cups peanut butter
4 cups corn flakes (I used Special K cinnamon pecan)
wax paper
chocolate to drizzel over the top

Bring the Karo and sugar to a boil in a small pan on the stove.
Remove from the stove and add peanut butter in a large bowl.
Add the cereal (frosted flakes or your choice) to the mixture in the bowl.
Stir well and spoon out into cookie sixed bites on the wax paper.
Cool and enjoy. Perfect for a pot luck, birthday party, family or friend gathering or an afternoon snack.

How to make perfect cake pops.

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When I set my mind to do something I work at it until I have perfected it in a way that works best for me. I love to do this is my crafts and in my baking. The prettiest cake pops I have ever made were for my son’s birthday party. I made almond, lemon, strawberry, and funfetti flavored cake pops. I used the chocolate melts that coordinated with the flavor and decorated the foam I stuck the sticks in. I used the strawberry cake mix for the strawberry flavored cake and almond flavoring in a plain cake mix for the almond. The lemon flavoring can be used but if you find a lemon flavored cake mix that can be used as well. Its your personal preference. I served them frozen. The kids loved them!

I have to admit it was time-consuming but I had a lot of fun making them with my daughter’s help. My most important thing to know when making cake pops is to keep the chocolate for dipping at a perfect consistency. If you add the right amount of oil (a very small amount, and depends on the amount of chocolate) the cake pops are easy to cover. The frosting coats the cake pop with a smooth layer of frosting and it looks yummy! Good luck and enjoy!

 

Bake one confetti cake mix. Let it cool and crumble the cake mix. Add one container of Pillsbury frosting to the crumbled cake mix. If you wish to add flavoring add it in the cake mixture now. This is optional. I added a few drops of almond flavoring to mine. Be careful not to add too much if you are using the oil. It only takes a couple drops for the whole cake mix and can be overpowering. Let this combination cool in the refrigerator for an hour or until it is easy to form cake balls.

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Melt one to two bags of candy melts (found at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns Fabrics) until creamy. I add about a teaspoon of oil (corn, vegetable, or peanut; it doesn’t matter). This makes the chocolate a smoother consistency and easier to dip the cake pops. Dip each stick into the melted chocolate and stick half way down inside the cake balls. This helps the stick stay inserted into the cake pop. Place them on a flat tray with wax paper beneath. I freeze the cake pops after all the sticks are inserted. This allows the chocolate to stick better for the next step.

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Once frozen (you may have to melt the chocolate again) dip the cake balls into the chocolate. Make sure the cake pops have a good layer of chocolate around the whole cake pop. Use a foam wreath or a large foam rectangle (also found in a hobby store) to stick the cake pop sticks in for cooling. If you desire to add sprinkles add them now before your chocolate hardens or becomes cool. Once cool wrap in individual wrappers. I freeze my cake pops until I am ready to serve them. You may choose to place in your the refrigerator. This is optional.

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I must try these!

Thing-a-Day Forever

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Had a couple of bananas in the “brown and squishy” state, which means baking time. I only had two left though, so the muffins are slightly less banana-ish than usual. But still pretty tasty. For those interested, recipe is here http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/09/chocolate-banana-swirl-muffins.html

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Best Sugar Cookies Ever! Cinnamon flavored and almond flavored!

Best Sugar Cookies Ever!

I made these for my husband for Valentines Day. They were awesome!

2 drops almond flavored oil (If making cinnamon flavored icing eliminate the almond flavor from the cookie recipe.)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter or shortening (I used stick butter)

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk

3 cups flour

Combine all dry ingredients. Mix. In a separate bowl combine all liquid ingredients. Mix. Mix dry and liquid ingredients. I love to make thick cookies so I double my recipe. Bake 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Icing

Add icing when the cookies have cooled.

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 tbsp milk (or until desired thickness)

Food Coloring (optional)

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1 drop almond or cinnamon oil for flavor (also optional)

**Tip** The cinnamon flavored icing had a real similar taste to the Brock’s jelly cinnamon hearts that can only be found for Valentines day. They were amazing!

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Crockpot Bean Soup Recipe

Bean Soup Recipe

It has been rainy and I was looking for a good warm rainy day recipe. I went through my pantry and found the following ingredients made a perfect bean soup. It had great flavor and was a simple comfort food for our rainy day. It is packed with protein and super good for you!

Bean Soup Recipe

1/2 bag of mixed soup beans (rinsed and drained)
1/4 bag black eye peas (rinsed and drained)
1/2 bag of 16 oz mixed vegetables

* salt and pepper to taste and one stick of butter (optional)

Soak the mixed beans and black eye peas in water over night (salted). Add frozen vegetables. In crock pot cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with homemade fresh bread or rolls.

Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

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I love love love simple recipes!

1/2 cup milk
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Jif
1 tsp. vanilla

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In medium pan mix milk and sugar. Heat on medium heat until it boils. Boil until it reaches soft ball candy stage or just over two minutes. Stir the whole time. Take off burner and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir and put in desired pan. The thicher the better. I suggest using a small glass baking dish.

 

Yummy! This sounds like fun. I am making this with my kids!

Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids

Here’s a recipe that I learned and personalized years ago based on the children’s story “Stone Soup.” You don’t have to use an actual stone of course, but it’s a great recipe to go along with the book.” My kids love it!

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey

2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 large package of frozen mixed vegetables

2 large white potatoes

1 large can of condensed Tomato soup

2 cloves of garlic

1 large onion

1 cup chopped celery

Parsley

Directions

Heat oil and the brown ground meat in soup pot. Add chopped onion, garlic and celery. Pour in condensed soup along with 2 cans of water. Pour frozen veggies and chopped potatoes on top, stir over heat continuously until boiling. Lower heat. Simmer for at least an hour. (You can omit the meat and add more veggies for vegetarian soup!)

The delicious aroma will fill your house! Great…

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