Things, have been a bit busy, but it’s finally time to get caught up on my posting. This March, I was able to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Hoboken, Morristown, & Manayunk. Needless to say I ended up making quite a few treats. For my first set of celebrations, I decided to try making Guinness & Pretzel Truffles.
I also decided to make a fan favorite, Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, but I made them mini so they were more party friendly.
For St. Patty’s Day celebration #2 in Morristown, I ended up making slutty cheesecake bars, even though they aren’t necessarily St Patrick’s day themed they are delicious.
Finally for the third celebration of the month in Manayunk, I made Guinness cheese dip which was delicious plus lucky charm’s treats and mini Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.
Last weekend my mom, sister, & I threw a bridal shower for my brother’s finance. We went with a beach theme and our color scheme was blue with yellow accents. The menu ended up being the perfect amount & variety of food, plus everything was ready within 10 minutes of the guests arriving so we could all enjoy the party! Continue reading
For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to try altering a favorite from Memorial Day, Cheesecake Shots.
Instead of using a plain cheesecake I made pumpkin cheesecake.
I used ginger snaps for the “crust” instead of graham crackers. I topped them off with cool whip, sugared cranberries, and pie crust pieces.
They turned out great and everyone really loved them. It was also a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving because it was no bake cheesecake and therefore didn’t tie up the oven. Also I was able to make the cheesecake the day before and put it into a piping bag so it didn’t take up too much room in the refrigerator.
I was also able to make “ice cream” sandwiches with the left over pumpkin cheesecake and ginger snaps.
A few weeks ago we celebrated my another one of my cousin’s baby shower and this time it was for the first next generation baby girl Filosa! I offered to make desserts and also helped my mom make fruit salad. Since, my one cousins is allergic to gluten, I knew I had to bring at least one gluten-free dessert. I finally settled on chocolate covered pretzels, mini pink velvet cupcakes, and gluten-free mini brownie cheesecakes.
We had found a post on Pinterest of a baby carriage fruit salad so we decided to make that. We used a grapefruit for the head, cantaloupe for the ears and nose, grapes for the eyes and a raspberry for the mouth.
For the chocolate covered pretzels, I used Wilton Baby Shower molds and a variety of candy melts to make a variety of pretzels.
For the mini pink velvet cupcakes, I used my go to red velvet and cream cheese icing recipes. To finish them off, I found a baby carriage pick chocolate mold and used the same candy melts that I used for the pretzels.
For my last dessert, I wanted to do something similar to a petit fours but with cheesecake. I finally settled on making my brownie cheesecake and cutting them into bite size pieces. For the brownie I used Betty Crocker’s gluten-free mix. It made a great brownie that was just as good if not better than most gluten containing mixes. I topped them off with safety pins made of chocolate melts and a dark chocolate drizzle.
Everything looked great on the table and was a big hit with the whole party!
Last week my friends down the street were having a pot luck and I was tasked with bringing dessert. I was short on time so I decided to fall back on one of my favorite desserts…brownie cheesecakes. The recipe is one from Kraft and uses a box of brownies (I always use Ghirardelli) and a simple cheesecake recipe. It takes about 10 minutes of prep and then a little over an hour of baking. I put the whole tray in the fridge and then cut them the next day. The last step is to add a little chocolate drizzle by melting some bakers squares and either using a Wilton chocolate melting bag or a fork to drizzle on the brownies.
They tasted great and looked good enough that my neighbors thought they were store-bought!
For Mother’s Day this year, I thought I’d combine some of my mom’s favorite desserts red velvet cake and cheesecake.
I made them using my individual cheesecake pans. After they were cool, I covered them in cream cheese frosting and topped them purple & pink buttercream roses. They turned out great and definitely looked like a Mother’s day treat.
This year for Easter I made mini carrot cake cheesecakes for our family party. I made them using my mini cheesecake pan and decorated them with buttercream icing carrots.
I also decided to try out a few ideas I had found on pintrest. The first was Peeps S’Mores. Living so close to the Just Born Factory I knew I had to try making them after seeing them on Pintrest.
They made great party favors and everyone loved them.
Since I was buying Peeps I decided to try out one other use of Peeps I had found on Pintrest. I gave the Peep & Jelly bean vase to my aunt as an Easter gift. Everyone loved it!