No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake in a Jar

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These No Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes in a jar are super fantastic! They are so incredibly easy to make and have the perfect key lime flavor - not too strong, but plenty key lime-y! Plus, today is an awesome day! Myself and about 20 other bloggers have come together to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for Lisa from Wine and Glue! One of the great things about blogging is meeting other bloggers and becoming friends. They can be so super supportive, it's really amazing and has quickly become one of my favorite parts. I haven't actually met Lisa in person, but I just love her and her blog! And I hope to meet her in person one day! Reading her story about her last child, Elliot, absolutely touched me. Warning, you may need tissue. My younger brother and I were both born with potentially life … [Read more...]

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

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These Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups are fresh, fruity and totally perfect for spring! Easter dessert maybe? The combination of moist and chewy sugar cookie, smooth no-bake cheesecake and fresh fruit is such a wonderful mix of taste and texture. I want them all to myself! :) I recently got the chance to try a bag of Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. It's a non-GMO verified and vegan morena sugar. A morena sugar is one that doesn't undergo conventional refining processes, which remove the complexity and flavor in raw sugar cane after it's been processed. Zulka's sugar has a more natural, slightly brown color to it. The granules are also bigger than regular granulated sugar, but it's completely interchangeable with regular sugar -> 1 cup regular sugar = 1 cup Zulka sugar. And it packs a big, … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is so delicious and banana-y, it will rock your world! Not only does it have real bananas in it, it also has banana pudding. Double banana for the real banana lovers out there, like myself. This cheesecake was a true labor of love. We are massive banana fans, and banana cheesecake is one of our faves. We always get it at The Cheesecake Factory. So naturally, I had to make my own at some point. I started with my favorite pumpkin cheesecake and altered from there. I absolutely love that pumpkin cheesecake. It is so thick and creamy and doesn't need a waterbath - what?! Seriously, the jam. I figured it was the perfect starting point. I messed around with a few things, including but not limited to the water bath. I tried to stick with not using a water bath, but sadly … [Read more...]

No Bake Samoa Cheesecake

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This No Bake Samoa Cheesecake is the perfect treat to cure your girl scout cookie desires! It’s full of caramel, cookies, coconut and chocolate - all the wonderful flavors of a Samoa girl scout cookie. And you don’t even need any of the actual cookies - so you can make this all year long! This really might be my new favorite dessert! It is so good, it was hard to not take a fork to it and eat the whole thing on my own. Pictures were torture. It’s a good thing I made it a couple days before my parents came into town. We got together with my brother and his family for dinner at home and I brought this out for dessert. It was a massive hit with everyone! Lots of satisfied moaning and groaning was going on. :) I mean, would you just look at the delicious caramel on top…I could eat it with a … [Read more...]

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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These Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups are little bites of heaven! A soft and chewy cookie filled with a no-bake cheesecake filling. They're even tastier than I had pictured in my mind. I love it when that happens! :) Yesterday was a crazy travel day! I'm in Salt Lake City for the Build Your Blog Conference hosted by the sisters of Six Sister's Stuff this weekend and I couldn't be more excited! Getting here was not easy though! I had a flight delayed, which was going to make me miss my connection. So I changed flights and decided to go through Philadelphia rather than Houston, TX. I figured if I was potentially going to get stranded somewhere, Philly would be best since my mom just happens to be working there this week. I ended up with a canceled flight, then a new flight, which was then … [Read more...]

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

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This No Bake Oreo Cheesecake is not only quick and easy to throw together, it's packed with Oreos! In fact, depending on how crazy you want to get, you will need more than 1 package of Oreos for this baby. You see, I'm the kind of gal that when you tell me something is flavored a particular way I don't want to take a bite and have to go searching for the flavor. No, I want it to practically scream at me. I don't want to be able to miss the awesomeness and I don't want you to miss it either. I've got your back. So a bite of this cheesecake is like a big Oreo kick in the mouth. There's no holding back. You're welcome. I mean who are we kidding, anything with Oreo is awesome. You need to cram that in as much as you can. Surely there's some way to rearrange the letters of "Oreo" and spell … [Read more...]

Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cheesecake Cookie Bars

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Can you believe it's August already? The year is just flying by! Truthfully I'm a little torn about moving so rapidly towards fall. I don't have kids yet, so back to school doesn't effect me too much - there's just more traffic going to work in the mornings. It's more that I don't want to see the warm weather go. Walking Jessie (our black lab) in super cold weather is the worst. Worse that sweating while walking her. Plus, I've been digging cold treats recently. And those are perfect in warm weather. But I can carry those into winter, right? I mean, ice cream is totally a year round thing. And I love all the fresh fruit right now! Even though you can get fruit year round, it's all on sale right now. So I'm trying to squeeze fruit into as many treats as I can. They'll be out of season soon and … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It brings the best holidays - my favorite being Christmas - and it brings pumpkin flavored treats. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere. Just how I like it. I don't really even go to Starbucks much during the year - I hate to drink my calories. But once the pumpkin spice latte is available, I'm there! And I have to keep going back to get the eggnog and gingerbread lattes too. They are all so good! The fabulous flavors of fall! So today I share with you my first pumpkin treat of the year. You can certainly expect more, but today is all about the pumpkin cheesecake! Oh, how I also love cheesecake. This has actually become a staple at Thanksgiving for me. After a fabulous meal with a taste of everything, I grab my dessert platter. A slice of pumpkin pie and a … [Read more...]

My Love Affair with Cheesecake

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I have a bit of a thing for cheesecake. And I'm very particular about the texture of it. I like it thick and creamy. In fact, I don't even order cheesecake at most restaurants because I'm afraid it just won't be right. And if something isn't right, why waste the calories? Growing up, I always got a hard time from my family. They found it fascinating how I'd eat cheesecake. Every bite had to have crust. And before I moved onto the next bite, I made sure there were no remnants of the previous one left on the plate. When I was done, you wouldn't even know the plate ever had food on it. It was wiped clean. No joke. Can you tell I'm a little OCD at times? And this cheesecake is definitely awesome. The flavor and texture are just right. It's quick, easy and delicious! And you cook it right in the oven … [Read more...]