April 22, 2011

Dangerously Delicious Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes!

I know that you've been waiting with bated breath for this amazing recipe tutorial.
Don't deny it.

Seriously, these things are RIDICULOUSLY EASY and AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS.
This was my first time ever making cheesecake.
And it was a major success.

Here's what you'll need:
2 packages (8 oz. each) Philidelphia cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
12 Oreo cookies
12 paper cupcake liners (or muffin cups, whatever you call them!)
a bit of your favorite fruit (I chose strawberries!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Go ahead and place 1 cookie in the bottom of each paper cupcake liner.  I like to prepare the cups before having to pour the batter.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed until well blended.

Add eggs (one at a time), beating on low speed until blended.  Do not overblend.

Take the batter and fill each paper cup evenly.
Don't judge me on my baby blue and pink liners. I have no idea where they came from!

Bake 20 minutes or until centers are almost set.

And while you're waiting for these beauties to bake,
maybe snap a few pictures of the surrounding area!

The vases are thrifted.  The votive holders are from the wedding.
I am a huge fan of symmetry; the other side of the windowsil mirrors this image.

Guess what?!  Your babies are ready!  Pull the suckers out of the oven and let them cool.
I had put mine in for 18 minutes and they didn't look quite ready to me, but this was the first time around as well.  I set the timer for 2:00 minutes and waited.  Apparently that was too long, because they cracked.  But once they cooled, it was no big deal.  Only for a perfectionist.

Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight (HAH fat chance!).

After these tasty treats have cooled, grab your garnish of choice.

Slice the strawberries.  I quartered the smaller and halfed the larger.
Just do whatever will fit best on your minis.

And now, top them!
Oh my goodness.  I am getting a craving for these just by looking at the pictures!
Good thing I'm making them again tomorrow for Easter dessert!! :)

I cannot tell you how delicious these cheesecakes are!!
The recipe makes 12.  They didn't last a week.
If you're on a diet or are even watching your calories, this is fair warning.
I kid you not. Oh my lanta.
Did I say that I am SO glad that I am making these tomorrow?!

This is a perfect recipe if you're looking for a quick, delicious dessert for any reason.
But it just so happens that Easter Sunday is hours away.

Your family and friends just might love you a little bit more if you share this taste sensation.

There are so many possible toppings to make this a treat after your own heart.  The options are endless!
Personally, I just looooove the way that the tart of the strawberry interacts with the sweet of the Oreo.  Words cannot describe!
I would love to hear if anyone else tries out this recipe, especially if there is a different topping!
I dare you to try it.
No, I double dog dare you!
And then come tell me about it!

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April 15, 2011

I have a sick computer {and a cheery disposition}!


This week has been full of random, unusual events.  I had planned on getting some serious blogging done over the week and this weekend.  Since spring break, I have been borrowing my MIL's camera in order to document my various, slow-going projects.  The plan was to get the pictures put onto a cd and give the camera back.  It has been in my possession for about a month.

But it's kind of hard to blog when your computer gets a virus.

Ugggh!  Seriously annoying!  Apparently there was nothing that I did wrong or could have done to prevent it, because this particular virus is on about 28,000 websites of all shapes and sizes.  Awesome, right?  Praise the Lord that it didn't happen next week when I will be knee-deep in assignments, power points, and papers.  

Long story short, the Geek Squad (aka Best Buy) has my computer (I'm using hubby's at the moment, but not for long! He has a research paper due this week!).  After $200 and a day or two, I should have my technology baby back in my arms with a year's worth of protection.  Looks like that camera's going to have to wait a little while longer.

The posts are going to have to wait, too.  Sigh.  I've been wanting to share the DELICIOUS and fabulously easy recipe for the most divine mini cheesecakes!!!  Oh well.  All in due time, I guess!

On another note, is anyone having trouble with bitterness or the lack of desire to forgive?  Because I sure am!  It's not something that I am proud of, that's for sure.  This ugly beast has been eating me from the inside out for a while now (I wrote about it in October, but this is a hard one to kill).  And I know that not everyone believes the same things that I do, but I think it's funny how God works in my life.  He used my least favorite class to remind me of what needs to happen with my attitude.  My professor was gone and we were watching a video about the effects that the Vietnam War has on its citizens today.  Then the narrator said this:

"Life isn't fair, but bitterness can't change anything."

Wow.  He didn't say that bitterness doesn't change anything, like it has a choice.  It can't.  Not for the better, anyway.  It can change people and their attitudes in negative ways, but it can't change the fact that crappy things happen in life.

I'm putting that quote everywhere.  You know, as a reminder.  Because I need lots of those.  :)

And as another reminder to have a cheery, sweet (get it, not bitter?! bahaha) disposition, a little music to get me in the bouncy mood.  That's right, I said bouncy.

Oh, these Hanson brothers.  They never fail to make me laugh!
And that weird guy in the red pants? Totally Weird Al Yankovic!

Happy weekend, everyone!

April 10, 2011

Spring has layed {a baby birdie egg}!

I can hardly believe it, but I'm turning into an old fogie. Sitting alone in my apartment, full with a delicious Chipotle burrito in my belly, watching *gasp*
"The McLaughlin Group".

Let me briefly explain my disposition. My sister and I make fun of my dad and her mom (we're stepsistes) because they watch this show religiously. This is the second week that I have found myself watching the show. I know I'll be 24 in a couple of months, but am I that old?! Oh boy. :)

Now on to the real reason for this post.

I am a godmother... kind of.

There are several pots of dirt on our back deck. They used to hold lovely flowers, but through the winter and the complete lack of sun on our deck, they have competely died. I had been planning on replanting some flowers in the pots within the next week or two, but that plan has been cancelled for at least one of the pots. Why, do you ask?

We have a little birdie family that is living in it!

This isn't my picture, but it looks pretty darn close to my pigeon home!
The only differences are:
1.) There is 1 egg instead of 2. **see edit**
2.) There aren't any twigs.

Because I am a trashy, busy person, I have had the box for the vacuum cleaner on our deck.  The only reason for doing so is because I haven't registered it and need information on the box.  The wind has been crazy here and had knocked down the box during the day.  By the time I had gotten home, there was half of a birds nest bult inside! I knew that I would be getting rid of the box soon (I don't try to live like a trashy person, I promise!) and I didn't want to mess with a full birds nest with eggs in it, so I took the nest out.

By the next day, I found a momma pigeon sitting on her little baby pigeon egg in one of the pots of dirt!

The momma and the daddy trade off sitting sessions, and it is so cute.

However, there is a dilemma.
My laundry room is off of the deck. Every time I go outside to process loads, the poor momma bird flies away.  I hate this for two reasons.  First of all, I scare the pigeon.  But most importantly, I know that the poor momma bird must have some crazy anxiety about leaving her baby egg in the hands of a human!  Alas, the laundry must be done.  Momma is just going to have to trust me.

So it is official.
Spring has sprung. Or has been layed, in this case.

Eek! I can't wait to see this little baby birdie hatch and grow!
Good thing Chloe is strictly an inside cat.

When I wrote this post 2 hours ago, there was 1 birdie egg.
Now there are 2!!
I guess I didn't realize that momma birds can lay eggs days apart.
I am so excited! :)

April 7, 2011

Dreaming of Relaxation

I wish I was here...
(Saint Lucia)

...with these in front of me...
(an undisclosed beverage and Saint Lucian BLT's)

...with this wonderful man.

Unfortunately, this cannot be.

Meanwhile, I'll be looking a lot like this...
(replace the red bull with large amounts of coffee)
(seriously, I have had a pot every morning and every night this week!)

Tomorrow is Friday!
As my bff would say...
(praise the Lord!)

Hope everyone is as excited for the weekend as I am!