Thursday, July 2, 2015

NO BAKE - Key Lime Cheesecakes

I don't know about you but the thought of turning on my oven on a hot and humid day causes a mini panic in me. So what is one to do when you need to bring a tasty dessert to a picnic? Go NO BAKE! These little lovelies are easy enough for kids to make, just a few ingredients:
Key Lime Cheesecake Mix from Homemade Gourmet (I bought it at Dollar Tree)
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
8 oz whipped topping, thawed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
zest of one lime (optional) 
Enticingly Easy brand of Key Lime Cheesecake Mix

Mix room temp cream cheese with key lime cheesecake mix till thoroughly combined, I added the lime zest and a few drops of green gel food coloring then fold in the whipped topping. Once evenly combined, In a separate bowl, melt 5 tbsp. butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs, sugar and zest (optional).
 I spooned the crust mix into mini pie tins, using an ice cream scoop popped one in each and flattened with the back of a spoon. Anyone notice the photo bomber in the background?
Topped off each little beauty with a quarter of a lime slice that was dipped in sugar in the raw. Refrigerate to let them setup and serve cool. All that's left is to ENJOY! Finger licking is allowed.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Today's Nails - Vinyl Disco Fever

Base is Sally Hansen Patent Gloss in #Vinyl (710) 
with a top coat of #DiscoFever by #RimmelLondon from their #GlitterBomb collection 
Both picked up on clearance from Walgreens - Sally Hansen $2.99, Rimmel London $1.25

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mega Bold Gel Pen by Promarx

The two pack is available at Dollar Tree, I only saw black ink at my local store but it's possible they might also be available in blue 

The ink is super juicy, not the best to use on the fly or on thin paper but looks like the ideal on mailing envelopes for that extra bold look. Note: the ink needs to dry (longer than regular gel) before it's smudge proof.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lychee Fruit

I love Lychee but I also realize unless you grew up eating these little beauties they can be rather intimidating. No worries, they are easy to bust into and the white flesh is lightly fragrant, sweet and juicy.
Just poke into the top (stem end) with a paring knife or even your nail and start peeling. If you have a stash to get through, making a cross mark with a sharp knife (like you would a chestnut before roasting) is the easiest way to penetrate the thin outer shell.
The reward is a white opaque flesh surrounding a pit (which comes in two possible sizes), sweet, juicy and lightly fragranced. I pop the entire thing into my mouth and nibble around the pit. Admittedly, this technique would not work for small kids or if you are preparing it for company. You can score the flesh around the equator and pull each half away from each other to create to half orbs. They might not look pretty once dissected but still as delicious.
The pitts look like roasted coffee beans or big chocolate nuggets and this is an example of type one.
Type two is at the very bottom of the image above and is called Tongue Pitt, not sure what the difference is but it had nearly twice as much flesh around it (less pitt more flesh, makes sense) and I don't recall seeing any visible difference on the outside to be able to tell which would contain which inside. I love sharing my favorites and as I saw these appear at my local market this week could not resist a few treats for myself. What produce do you enjoy that you think others might not be exposed to yet?


Laundry Room Air Freshner

I picked up two refill packs of Sure Scents in Honeysuckle from Dollar Tree which both fit perfectly into this upcycled spaghetti sauce jar
The lid is a shaker/flower arrangement that I picked up at Christmas Tree Shops
They look like little caviar beads

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hobby Farm Visit & Ice Cream

Spotted this in the parking lot of the hobby farm, not sure what it means - a new amusement park or a Jurassic Park enthusiast?
 Bandit is 20+ yeast old
 New kids at the farm
 along with their mommy, Paulie and Mushka is at the table in the distance
 I could play with these for hours
 Dzen Market for an Ice Cream stop
 Moses got a treat with a small vanilla ice cream
 dubious but willing to try
 loving it
and a little something for the humans in the car, I had this strawberry cheesecake and Paulie had Maple Walnut, both very tasty and yes, that's a small cone.