Monday, June 30, 2014

American Flag Cheesecake Bites

If I didn't love Christmas so much, I would say the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.  I love everything about summer and during 4th of July I'm always out boating, jet skiing, sunning and floating in the water. Oh and we can't forget the fireworks! 4th of July is already full of delicious summertime grilled food, but here's a fun idea for a refreshing, fruity and festive desert!

  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degrees C). Line miniature muffin tine with miniature paper liners
  • Crush the vanilla wafers and place 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed vanilla wafers into each paper cup.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture, almost to the top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Cool.
  • I substituted the vanilla wafers for graham crackers. Love an original graham cracker crust. I arranged my mini cheesecake delights onto this festive flag platter, and arranged the fruit to make the tops of the cheesecakes look like a flag as well. I use blueberries and raspberries (think they were on sale that week!) but this could be done with blackberries or strawberries as well. Enjoy! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Aqua and Owls- My New Bathroom

My bathroom gutting and remodel is finally done and I could not be happier with the finished product. Huge thanks to my dad for all his hard work! We took out an unused linen closet to make the existing bathroom larger. The shower was cracked when I purchased the house so we replaced it. Put in new floors and an conservation minded toilet. Since I love owls, I purchased this owl shower curtain in my favorite color from Shopko for only $17.99!  We wanted to utilize the space under the sink really well, so bought this large vanity with tons of storage to make up for the linen closet we took out. The vanity came from Home Depot. It makes me feel super organized getting ready in the morning. My mom put a bath and body works soap dispenser top into a mason jar for my countertop soap jar. I stashed Qtips and other bath supplies in aqua mason jars to fill the little nook in the wall. Wall decor above the toilet came from Gordman's.  The space is so much more functional than before, I absolutely love it!