Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gluten & Dairy Free Cheesecake

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I have been craving cheesecake for quite sometime lately...it's been over a year since I had a piece of cheesecake since our family went Gluten and Casein Free. Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert!

So last week, I broke down and made a gluten and dairy free version. Not knowing how this would taste, it exceeded my expectations! Yum! Yum!


The secret ingredient is tofu. I know...don't diss it til you try it. I have never tried tofu before until now. My recommendation is to get Organic tofu. It is made from soy and always get organic when eating soy. Soy is full of pesticides. I got my organic tofu from Trader Joe's for $1.99 (16 oz). So it is very affordable. Also Tofu is a great source of protein!


The ingredients you will need for the filling is:

1 (16-ounce) package silken tofu, drained
1 cup sugar
2 (8-ounce) packages dairy-free cream cheese (I love Tofutti!)
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
  
I only had 1 package of cream cheese so I cut my recipe in half.

You mix it all together with a mixer or food processor.


For the crust, I cheated. :) I used store bought Gluten and Dairy free Snickerdoodles. I could of easily made some but I was hungry and wanted cheesecake NOW! :) These are a soft cookie so I mushed them to the bottom of a greased pie pan to form the crust.

Then I poured in the cheesecake batter.


Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 1 hour.

Remove from oven and cool completely before refrigerating.

I completely skipped the refrigerating part and dove right in. I didn't even allow time for a picture, but I did manage to take one of it half eaten. :)


Finish cheesecake with toppings of your choice.
I used some fresh strawberries since they were in season.

For a sweet berry topping, I mixed together some strawberries, a little sugar and a dash of vinegar. Then bring to boil in a saucepan. Very easy and yummy!


I definitely give this recipe 2 thumbs up! A simple, yummy and great alternative if you have gluten and/or dairy sensitivities. Or if you just want to try something different to your everyday diet! You will be pleasantly surprised!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #63

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WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!


WHERE WE SHOW OFF OUR CREATIVE AND THRIFTY SELVES FOR $10 OR LESS!

Here are a few projects featured from last week's party:

Please Remove Your Shoes Sign from Burton Avenue


Patriotic T-Shirt from Tales of a Trophy Wife




Dry Eraser Marker Bouquet at From The Bleachers...


If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!

Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules: 1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Easy Cedar Box Makeover

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I have an easy makeover to share that I did recently. 


I didn't take a before picture...I know shame on me. But here is the inside. It was just a basic cedar box that my hubby picked up from a garage sale. It's a great little storage box.


But I wanted to pretty it up a bit. I had picked out some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. I cut out the paper to cover all the sides of the box. I glued on the paper with Mod Podge. I painted the exposed edges with white craft paint.


I then took my electric sander and sanded the edges of the paper and paint to give a worn look. I then lightly applied some furniture scratch cover up all over the paper and paint to make it look just a little more worn.

I love how it turned out. It's a great piece to hide a few odds and ends in my office space.



Have a great Memorial Weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #62

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WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

We just started our summer break last week! So I have been enjoying this time with my boys. It's been great to have them home all day and having our schedule a little more laid back than usual. But we are keeping busy! I hope to be back at my blog on a more normal basis soon.

So thank you for being here today if you are here to link up or checking out these awesome links!

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday is where we show of our creative and thrifty selves for $10 or less!

Here are a few projects featured from the last party:

DIY Bows from Tales of a Trophy Wife



Beautifying a Wooden Crate from Yearning to Create


Lemon Poppy Muffins from Bringing Beauty



Hello and Goodbye Shirt from Folk Haven


If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!


Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules: 1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #61

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WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we show off our creative and thrifty selves for $10 or less!

Here are features from the last party:

Cheese Board Makeover from The House at Bluebird Lane

DIY Beach Bag from Sew Incredibly Crazy



Chevron Stripe Burlap Texas Frame from Little House in the Big D



DIY Initial Wire Earrings from DG Innovations



Pocket Shorts from Naptime Creations


If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!



Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules: 1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Garage Sale Season

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Garage sale season is finally here! Even though I am more pickier than I once was, I love to find great thrift finds for our home!

Here are just a few blast from the past thrift finds and makeovers:

I found this box at a small flea market for $1. It had great bones, but gross bird stickers and a felt bottom.


I cleaned it up, removed the stickers and felt. Then I painted it 'country tan', sanded it down and applied MinWax Dark Walnut Stain. It makes a great little box for decorating small gatherings.


I got this great end table at a garage sale for $3. It had great bones and super sturdy. Even has a big drawer on the bottom for storage. It just needed an update.


After cleaning it up, I painted it black, gave it some sanding and applied stain. It's still one of my favorite items in the house.

I got this mini spice cupboard at a garage sale for $5. A little high for me, but spice cupboards can be quite expensive even 'newer ones' like the one I found here. So $5 was a bargain. The first thing to go was the horrible knobs on this thing. It looks like 3 sets of eyes looking at you! With a mouth!

I replaced the knobs with new mini wood ones and also removed the little trim at the bottom. Then I gave it a good cleaning. It was very stinky!! I had to soak it for a couple days even. Once all dry, I painted it black then red on top. I gave it a sanding and then applied stain on top. Still another favorite in our home.

And even though my style of decorating has changed a little bit since taking these pictures, these items still fit in well in our home.

Do you love to go thrifting as much as I do?! :) Have you hit the garage sales yet?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

More Craft Fair Pictures

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If you came by yesterday and didn't see the Terrific Under Ten Tuesday posted, that was not a mistake. Linky Tools, the site which enables you to link up your projects, was down and has been for a few days now. So I decided to postpone TUTT until next week.

I came across some more craft fair pictures while archiving my personal blog. This craft fair is from October 2008. Time flies! It feels like yesterday.
















So much fun looking at these past pics. Gets me in the mood to craft!