Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ah-MAZING Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

The past few months have been a nice chance for me to get back in touch with my crafty side. Along those lines, I have also been cooking more than I have in a long time. It's been fun! (Well, fun except for all the dishes that I create for myself...haha.) I have tried a few wonderful recipes lately that I thought were too good to not share, and today's recipe is also a holiday one.

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes!

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I found this yummy recipe for eggnog cheesecake while I was looking up recipes for homemade eggnog. We are kind of obsessed with the stuff, so I was wondering if it would be any cheaper to make our own. Anyway, I saw the eggnog cheesecake idea and just had to try it. It's two of my favorite sweets rolled into one--score! I don't have a spring-form pan yet, so I decided to try making mini cheesecakes in my cupcake tins. I have successfully done that with other recipes, so I gave it a shot. I'm really glad I did, because they were SO YUMMY! Here is my version of the recipe (and thank you to Delicious Shots for sharing it originally):

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Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes
(makes about 24)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crust:
8 oz graham cracker crumbs (I think you could get by with less. I had some left over.)
4 oz butter, melted

Line muffin tins with paper liners. (I did one batch of 12 in a full-size muffin tin and two batches of 12 (24 total) in my mini muffin tins.) In a bowl, gradually mix melted butter into graham cracker crumbs. Stir until incorporated. Press 1-2 spoonfuls of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner.

Bake crusts for about 8 minutes--until they start to brown. Allow to cool while making the filling.

Filling:
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
3 Tbsp dark rum (We don't drink alcohol or cook with it very often, so we didn't have this hanging around. I'm guessing it would cook out, but I didn't want to buy it just for this recipe. I substituted maple syrup and store-bought eggnog to make sure I still got enough liquid. I did about 2 Tbsp maple syrup and 1 Tbsp eggnog.)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Use a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth. Add everything else and mix until fully incorporated. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full. Bake about 15-20 minutes (6 to 10 minutes for the tiny cheesecakes.) You want them to be firm and baked all the way through. 

Cool completely and enjoy! 

These turned out so great. They didn't taste quite as much like eggnog as I expected. They were more like spiced cheesecakes, but we loved them.

For more treat ideas, check out my Sweet Tooth board on Pinterest. Happy cooking!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy (Late) Halloween!

I'm a few days late, but Happy Halloween! :)

I wanted to wait to post this until I had some pictures to share! We had a really fun time at our neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat on the 30th and hung out with family and friends the night of Halloween. It was lots of fun! Here are some pictures.

Normally I wouldn't post pictures of our neighbors, but I just have to brag about the Snape robe I sewed last minute for our neighbors! It's not perfect, but it turned out so fun! Three different families from our complex all dressed up as Harry Potter characters. (Hermione, Ron, Harry, Ginny, Draco, Bellatrix, Snape...seriously fantastic.) We have the best neighbors ever. :)
And just for cuteness' sake--another family from our complex dressed up as Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Yoda. So adorable!
 And our own little family! I made Zia's little piggy costume and Aust and I dressed up like a farmer and his wife to match.




We had so much fun! I hope your Halloween was great, too!

-Malia

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Introducing My Etsy Shop: LimaBeanBabies!

Hello!

As I mentioned a little while ago, I finally got around to starting an Etsy shop! It has been slow going for this first little while, since it's not like I had 20 finished projects sitting around ready to be posted. :)

If it's working, there should be a little sidebar that shows a few items from my shop. I'm pretty excited! Starting a shop on Etsy is something that I've been wanting to do for ages, and it feels good to have items that I made for sale!

I have been a major craftaholic since I was...I don't know...3? I have loved all things crafty for as long as I can remember. Let's just say that. I sew, quilt, crochet, scrapbook, and knit a little. College, getting married, and starting our little family has kept me extremely busy for the last few years, so I haven't had as much time as I'd like to spend on crafts. This summer and semester spent at home with Zia has been a big blessing for me--for many reasons--one of them being the chance to recharge my craft batteries. :) I got back into sewing when I was expecting Zia, and I have enjoyed doing more of it during these months at home.

My shop is called LimaBeanBabies. One of my nicknames growing up was Lima Bean, and the "Babies" portion of the name explains the majority of my shop's contents--everything baby! So far, I have baby circle skirts with matching headbands, quilts/play mats, and headbands. I am in the middle of my first custom order, which I am so happy about! It's a twin size chevron quilt in red, white, and blue. So fun! Here is a sneak peek...

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Cute, right? I'm really excited about how it's coming together. I'm still trimming blocks, so it's not all sewn together yet. I haven't made something this big in ages, so it's kind of fun!

Anyway, here is a look at what is currently in my shop!

Nautical Circle Skirt and Headband Set (Size 0-6 Months)
Click here to buy it!

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Total side note--but isn't she stinking adorable?! This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Zia!

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Blue and White Polka Dot Circle Skirt and Headband Set (Size 0-6 Months)
Click here to buy it!

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Large Loopy Felt Flower Headband for Babies or Kids (Pick your own felt color, elastic type, and headband size.)
Click here to buy one!

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(The small ones will be in the shop soon! If you want one, just message me!)


Pastel Stripe Basket Weave Crochet Baby Afghan
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Everything looks cuter with a chunky baby in it. :)
Baby Dresden (Circle) Quilt Play Mat (Gender Neutral)
Click here to buy it!

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Last, but not least, the definite crowd favorite! This blanket has been "favorited" by lots of people! I adore it, too, so I can't blame them for loving it!

Moda Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Baby Quilt
Click here to buy it!--Sold! But let me know if you want me to make another one or would like to make a custom order. I'd love to work with you! :)

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So, what do you think? I am working on getting more headbands and other small items on there. I know handmade quilts and such are a little pricey for most people. Look for some of these things to be on there soon, and message me if you are interested in ordering any of them before I put up listings. Custom orders are right up my alley!












These would all be on clips or headbands, of course. Anyway, thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any tips or comments on my shop! I'd love to hear back from you!

-Malia