Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie, Christmas & Sweepstakes!

It's Tuesday! And this is our recipe find for the week!
This cheesecake is awesome! 
If you love cheesecake, 
but sometimes it is just a little too rich for you - try this combination.
This tastes great, but isn't so thick and rich that it is too much. 
The strawberries at the bottom bring a fun surprise for those who don't know they are there! Also, here are some fun Christmas ideas to make for your home!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Ingredients:
2 cups of Sliced Fresh Strawberries
¼ cup chopped Almonds, toasted
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Graham Cracker Crust (9 inches)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup of Cold Milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
Whipped cream and strawberry slices optional

Directions:
In a bowl combine your strawberries, almonds and sugar. Pour this into your crust. In a mixing bowl, beat your cream cheese until it is smooth and gradually add in ½ cup of your milk. Add the pudding mix and remaining milk with the cream cheese and beat for 1 minute or until it is well blended. Pour this over your strawberries that are already in your crust. Cover your pie and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until it is set. You can put your whip cream and strawberry slices on top if you would like.
Enjoy your pie!!!

*Note: Make sure your cream cheese is all the way softened. If it isn't  you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. If it is hard right out of the fridge or isn't soft it won’t blend well. You will have many small chunks of cream cheese in your pie and it won’t taste like it should. (I have learned this from experience)


Adapted from Best of Country Pies
Place Mats!

1. For each place mat you make you need 
     * 2 pieces of fabric that are measured 14 x 20 inches.
     * Fringe 2 pieces 14 inches long for each place mat.
     * Batting you would use in a quilts 14 x 20 inches for each place mat.
2. Cut out your fabric, fringe and batting.
3. Pin all of these together how they would be when you sew them together.
4. Now you need to sew all of these together so the place mat doesn't ever 
    bunch up in the middle. Draw on your fabric with a white sewing pencil 
    where you would like to sew. These could be diagonal lines, swirls, or
    anything you would like. If you look closely you can see that I did two 
    rectangles around the outer edges and then swirls in the center.
5. Now iron all the sides under 1/4 inch and pin it all together.
6. Pin you fringe inside to the two shorter sides.
7. Now sew all the way around your place mat.
8. You now have a pretty place mat! 
* You can use any kind of material to go with any holiday or occasion!!!
   
  
Santa Hats!

Look how fun these are!

1. Measure the back of your chairs at your house - the width and the length. 
    (these ones are around my dining room table) 
2. Go buy red and white material to fit your chair - as much as you would need 
    for as many chairs you want to do. (these are made out of felt) 
    Don't forget a white ball to use for the top of the hat! 
3. Draw out a Santa hat pattern to fit your chair. (newspaper is easy to use 
    because it is big enough)
4. Trace this pattern onto your material and cut out two sides for the hat. 
5. Measure the bottom of the hat and cut two white strip out for the bottom 
    that will fit the hat. 
6. Sew both white strips to the bottom of both red tops. Then sew around the 
    entire hat to complete it. 
7. Don't forget to finish it with a white fluffy ball on top!

Fun to have for the holidays!


    


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+ Plus there will be a second and third place prize!

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