Mini Cheesecakes

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It’s been hot and muggy here…I don’t like that. I don’t mind a dry heat but this muggy weather just wears you down. I can’t have that nor can I handle it! Sorry for the complaining but I really don’t like this weather. I would probably enjoy it more if I were on a beach somewhere and it was humid but breezy…wishful thinking!

One of the many, many things I like is cheesecake. What better way to serve it than it being mini and with delicious toppings? They are the perfect size for one person and of course the toppings can be personalized to everyone’s taste.

I have been making these little beauties for at least 20 years. They are awesome. One of my sister-in-laws didn’t used to like cheesecake. But I would always make cheesecake for holidays and now I have turned her int a cheesecake lover! I like converting people!

Sometimes conversion is good…

Mini Cheesecakes

Ingredients

  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 2 8 oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tspn. vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Directions

Line muffin tin (regular sized tin) with foil liners. Place one vanilla wafer in each liner. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar on medium speed until well-blended;add eggs;mix well;pour over wafters, filling 3/4 full. Bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees.

After they are baked allow to cool. Remove from pan when cool. Top with your favorite toppings such as caramel, nuts, fruit, preserves or chocolate. Be creative!

These mini cheesecakes are always a big hit!

Besos,

Flor

No Bake Cookie Dough Bar

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When you were little did you lick the bowls when you mom was making something sweet? Julieta does every single time.I know to put that bowl aside so that she can “lick” the bowl. This sweet is like licking the bowl every time. Don’t be shocked by the color of the chips. Don’t judge. I had bought these chips last year and since food lasts forever nowadays they were still good. I was not about to let them go to waste.

These bars were delish!

No Bake Cookie Dough Bars

Ingredients

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. chocolate chips

Topping:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

Line a pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar until it is fluffy. This takes about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until combined.

Turn the mixer to low and alternate the flour and the sweetened condensed milk until combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. It will be sticky so lightly flour your hands if needed.

Cover your bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight until firm.

Cut into small pieces.

These bars were really good. A small piece will go a long way. 

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source myfridgefood

 

Brown Rice Greek Salad

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I was quite busy but did manage to get a little rest in. I enjoyed this weekend by going shopping with my mom on Saturday then going shopping with my family on Sunday. It was a very productive shopping weekend. I don’t shop too much for myself but I figured with being in a new school and my birthday here that I needed and deserved some new clothes. I might have gone a bit overboard but I did not pay full price for anything. Clearance, Clearance! I did quite well considering my  budget wasn’t too big. I was a good girl and even donated some clothes that I haven’t worn in a while…like years.

Cooking has still been a little hard due to how busy I’ve been but using leftovers for another meal has helped a lot! I had leftover brown rice and figured a nice salad would work with it.

I absolutely love the flavors in Greek foods. I especially love Greek dressings for salads. I love the zestiness! We have tons of cucumbers in the garden this summer so they worked out perfectly for this salad. If you have lots of cucumbers from your garden try making this delicious Cucumber Lime Cooler.

Brown Rice Greek Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes – roasted or fresh-I used 1 large regular tomato
  • 1 cup cucumber – diced
  • ½ cup scallions – minced
  • ½ cup corn – fresh, frozen, leftover grilled, etc.
  • ¼ cup feta cheese – crumbled
  • ½ cup kalamata olives-I used green olives
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1 tbs dried mint
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. To roast cherry tomatoes, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking pan with an even layer of tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes; let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine brown rice with tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber, scallions, corn, feta and olives.
  3. Stir in lemon juice, zest, olive oil, oregano, mint, garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

This is such a great main meal or side dish for summer. I love this stuff!

Happy Monday!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source The Lemon Bowl

You Light Up My Life

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I don’t know about you but when I heard about Robin Williams passing I was so shocked. I just gasped! How can it be? He brought so much laughter to so many lives. I hope that he is in a better place. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

It seems fitting that I had planned to post this card.

I had never made a pocket card until this challenge in our swap group. I really enjoyed making this card. It’s just too cute with it’s pocket! I usually make just the regular fold card but I think this is now my favorite style of card to make…that is when I have extra time!

I am sure Robin Williams brightened up many people’s days with his great talents. It only takes a small kind word to brighten someones day (or a cute card!). It’s something that maybe I should practice everyday!

Enjoy your day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, PTI, Pick Your Plum

 

 

Busy Day Casserole

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It’s Monday again and the start of a new week! I have been so busy the last several weeks that I kind of don’t know whether I am coming or going. Tomorrow is the first day of school for Julieta. I can’t believe she is in 8th grade!  Julian is officially moving into his apartment tomorrow for his last year of school..YAY!!! Julissa has a couple of or weeks before she starts. This means that we will be more on schedule and I am digging that!!!

I haven’t cooked much in the last several weeks because I’ve been so busy. I found the perfect casserole for those days.

This was quick, easy and filling. Best of all there were leftovers!

I mean who doesn’t love cheesy food?

Busy Day Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 lb hamburger, cooked (I used ground turkey)
  • mild, medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Stir the water, rice, meat, soup and carrots together. place in a 9×9 inch dish and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. remove from oven and place cheese on the top and place back into the oven until melted.

Easy and delicious!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Oh Sweet Basil

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

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Friday, sweet Friday!

This snack is perfect for summer parties and snacking.It’s also great as a gift for any holiday. It was easy, simple and inexpensive.

There will be no worrying about whether to dunk the Oreo or split the Oreo but you still get the delicious Oreo taste. The only worry I had was keeping the Oreos hidden until I made this!

Go ahead and hide your Oreos…I won’t tell!

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 20 Oreos, finely crushed
  • 24 oz. White Vanilla Almond Bark

Directions

  1. Melt white vanilla almond bark according to package directions until completely melted and smooth consistency.
  2. Drizzle almond bark over popped popcorn.
  3. Sprinkle finely crushed Oreo crumbs through out popcorn to evenly distribute.
  4. Let almond bark set up. If you are in a hurry you can place the popcorn in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to set;break up popcorn.
  5. Enjoy!

One thing…this is definitely a sharing snack!

Besos,

Flor

 

Hey! Get Well Soon!

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Wow! As much as I wanted or needed to get back on a schedule I can’t seem to get used to it! I am exhausted! I am glad it’s hump day and that the weekend is coming up…I need to sleep in!

I hope  you’re not sick and that you are in great health!  I made a Get Well Card anyways. I don’t usually make cards using pre-made cards but found the perfect layout and idea to match with the pre-made cards that I had stashed for quite a while. If you check out the Target Dollar Spot they always have some type of pre-made cards that you can personalize yourself.

This card came together pretty quickly!

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Target, My Minds Eye, PTI, Stampin’ Up!, Want 2 Scrap

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