Cheesecake Bites

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is the perfect dessert to make for that special someone in your life. They will appreciate it and your love will shine through. I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe book. She used to make these when she entertained. I loved them as a kid and I love them now. This is one of those simple recipes that looks like you spent hours preparing.

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Believe it or not, the only kitchen essentials you will need to get started with this recipe are:

A simple hand mixer And A mini muffin pan

 Mini Muffin Pan

Cheesecake Bites

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • Mini cupcake liners
  • 2 (8 oz. packages of cream cheese), leave out to soften
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Nabisco MINI Nilla Wafers
  • Optional Toppings: mini chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, etc…

I whipped up a batch of homemade whipped cream, without the cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. Just plain whipped cream. I added a dollop to the top of each cheesecake bite. My favorite topping is a can of cherry pie filling. I scooped out one cherry and placed it on top of the whipped cream. It presents beautifully for Valentines’s Day. 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill the mini cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.
  3. Put one MINI Nilla Wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Carefully top each wafer with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Top with your favorite toppings!

Enjoy!

My favorite dinner to serve on Valentine’s Day is Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce.

 

 

 

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Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce

When I think of Valentine’s Day dinner, I think of a simple, comforting meal at home with my family. Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce may not look simple, but it is! And it’s so quick that it allows me to spend more time with my family instead of time in the kitchen. And nothing shows love better than Ravioli with a red Crushed Tomato Sauce. Right?

The only ravioli my mom ever bought when we were growing up was Pastosa. They were so delicious. We used to eat them raw out of the box! I can get them(frozen) at The Boys near me, but if I don’t feel like taking a ride there, I can pick up Mimi’s Ravioli at Western Beef. They are also very tasty.

 

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Go ahead and make your dinner at home look fancy. A beautiful lace tablecloth and a vase of fresh flowers is all you need.

If you are in the market for new wine glasses these are the perfect stemless wine glasses.

I love my square white plates that I have, but these dinner size ones are perfect for a bright dinner like this.  I love how a white plate always makes the food look that much better…

Better Homes and Gardens Square Porcelain Dinner Plates, White, Set of 6

RAVIOLI WITH CRUSHED TOMATO SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of Ravioli(Pastosa, Mimi’s or similar)
  • 2-28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 8 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • EVOO
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saute pan heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and garlic.
  3. Once garlic is light golden, add both cans of crushed tomatoes (When I pour the tomatoes in the pan there is usually some leftover tomatoes in the can. Fill both cans 1/3 of the way with water and swish it around to get all the leftover tomatoes.  Add that to the pan as well.)  
  4. Lower the heat to low so it doesn’t splatter.
  5. Add 2 pinches of salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. Stir and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water.
  8. Cook the ravioli per directions on the box.
  9. Drain the ravioli and top with the crushed tomato sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!

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Ruggable

This is a true story…

I had been looking for rugs for my home for several years. I am a bit of a neat freak, so when we had two dogs I could never keep the rugs clean. I would buy them and they usually can only be spot cleaned. So, after a couple of months I threw them out. Unfortunately, both of our pups passed away. And my search for rugs continued.

I finally gave in and bought this rug for my kitchen…download

BTW, that’s a meatball!

The next day my sister and my nephew Joseph came to visit from New York. He took off his diaper and peed right on my new rug! We realized we couldn’t put it in the wash, so we scrubbed it as good as we could. And the story repeats itself over and over. Meatballs, sauce, wine, and the list goes on.

No matter how hard I try not to spill things, it happens. Once a week I would shake it out and hang it outside. When my husband came home from work I would have him hose it down with dish soap. Needless to say, it takes 3 days to dry and doesn’t look very presentable anymore as you can see in the pic above. What a waste of money.

I found a solution and have to share it with you…

Ruggable

If you have pets, this is the rug for you.

If you have kids, this is the rug for you.

If you live in your kitchen like me, this is the rug for you.

There are several sizes, colors and patterns to choose from. I chose the runner(2.5′ X 7′) for my kitchen and it fits perfectly. I was so excited to choose a bold pattern for once. I love the colors.

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It comes with a non-slip rug pad. The rug cover clings to the rug pad and stays perfectly in place! The Ruggable cover is 100% waterproof, stain resistant and machine washable! I have not had to wash mine yet, but am weirdly looking forward to it! I did easily vacuum it. I will update the post once I have washed and dried as directed.

I would never feel bad about spending my money on a Ruggable rug due to the fact that it will not get ruined. And if I feel like I want to change the pattern or color, I can just purchase a new cover. I’m hooked.

Click here, and use code FEEDINGTHEFAM for 15% off your purchase!

 

 

Game Day

If you ask me whose playing in the Superbowl, I promise you I will NOT know the answer. My husband says he stopped watching football once he started dating me. And that’s pretty accurate. No one in my family ever watched sports, so that is that. Lol. He can totally watch it, but my main focus will always be the food and the halftime show! But now that we have 2 boys, he has made a point to start watching it again. I’m ok with that, as long as there is some good food, not just a bowl of Doritos!

So if you are planning on watching the game and are having friends over, here are some of my favorite game day foods that will keep everyone happy, whether they watch the game or not… Feel free to pick and choose your favorites and throw in some classics like chicken wings and chili!

  • You have to start with chips and dip! People come hungry on game day and love to pick. These are two of my favorite dips that will start the day off in the right direction.

Guacamole and Salsa: This combo is always a hit and goes quick on days like this, so make double batches!

If you were asked to bring a dish to a friend’s house, this Shoepeg Corn Salad is amazing! Make ahead and bring a big bag of Tostitos. It will be the star of the game.

 

  • I like to serve pizza as an appetizer. I highly recommend you keep the toppings simple and use a pizza slicer to slice them into small, handheld slices. For some reason everything tastes better when it’s bite size.
  • Stuffed Bread is a great option for game day. It’s a hearty meal for big eaters.
  • And who doesn’t love a big platter of meatballs? I would make them small enough so that you can serve them with toothpicks and your friends can just pop them in their mouth!

If your’e crowd isn’t full after all this food, you may have a problem. But I think everyone should be full and happy.

I know most people want beer on Game Day, but if I was at a Super Bowl party after hours of drinking and eating I’d be looking for strong coffee and a sweet treat! Hello, Annie’s Crumb Cake… It’s simple, delicious and will feed your crowd.

Go Mets! JK, but not kidding…

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Let’s Get a Poppin’

So for Christmas we secretly converted our office into a movie room/game room. The boys love it! Our house is small and as they grow it will give them some space to hang out with their friends other than in their rooms. We don’t have a couch yet, but we do have some cool chairs and a bar cart. I filled the bar cart with some fun snacks, but wanted to keep it healthy. The last thing I want is them hiding out in their “MAN” cave, playing video games for 3 hours and eating handfuls of movie candy!

BUT

Popcorn is a perfect snack to fill my family up when they are looking to snack…

Do you still buy microwave popcorn thinking, how bad can it be? My mom is my personal Dr. Oz. She calls my sisters and I immediately after she watches DR. Oz to tell us to throw out everything in our pantry! And I usually listen. It’s crazy what some of our food has in it. So, I haven’t bought microwave popcorn in years! My mom said I can’t, so I don’t. She saw this video a couple of years back, so I don’t blame her…

Well, I recently purchased this Family-Size Popcorn Maker. Popcorn, without the scary chemicals, is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber! So, let’s get a poppin’!

The Family-Size Microwave Popcorn Maker gives you the convenience of a bag of microwaveable popcorn without the extra cost and chemicals. You’ll have a healthy snack in minutes.

  • Makes about 12 cups of popcorn.
  • Includes bowl, lid, and cup.
  • 9¾” diameter.
  • Cup has a ¼-cup capacity.
  • Pop with or without oil or butter.
  • Silicone.
  • Collapses for compact storage.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • One-year guarantee.

Of course once I purchased the new Microwave Popcorn Maker, we had to try out some recipes!

I started out with a simple Buttered Popcorn🍿and then tried my favorite, Kettle Corn…

Both were a hit and have no chemicals! 👏🏼👏🏼

Buttered Popcorn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: EASY
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Ingredients

  • 2 caps of kernels
  • 4 tablespoons of salted butter
  • Sea Salt for seasoning

Directions

  1. Add kernels to popcorn maker.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of salted butter.
  3. Place cover on the popcorn maker.
  4. Add 2 more tablespoon to the vented cap on top.
  5. Keep the cap open and place the popcorn maker off-center in the microwave, but make sure it doesn’t touch the walls.
  6. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes. This time will vary depending on your microwave.
  7. Add sea salt to your liking! Mix and enjoy!

***Pay attention to the popping. Stop the microwave when there are 1-2 seconds between pops***

Kettle Corn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: EASY
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels

Directions

  1. Add kernels to popcorn maker.
  2. Add salt, sugar, and coconut oil.
  3. Mix together so kernels are coated evenly.
  4. Place cover on the popcorn maker.
  5. Keep the cap open and place the popcorn maker off-center in the microwave, but make sure it doesn’t touch the walls.
  6. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes. This time will vary depending on your microwave.
  7. Add more salt if you’d like. Mix and enjoy!

***Pay attention to the popping. Stop the microwave when there are 1-2 seconds between pops***

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The smaller size Microwave Popcorn Maker is just as great, but will only make about 5 cups of popcorn.

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Soup Season

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I just came back from a weekend in Long Island and was quickly reminded that it is soup season! I had so much fun with all the girls and of course my adorable nephew, but I was freezing. My Florida blood couldn’t handle the cold. I make soup all year long due to the fact that it is usually easy and healthy. Some soups are heartier than others. If a soup I make is not filling enough for my hungry family, I will make a salad and some garlic bread before. Here is a list of FIVE of my favorites that I put on rotation all year long, not just this time of year!

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Honestly, if you are a soup maker like me you need a slow cooker and a dutch oven.

This set includes the Rockcrok®Slow Cooker Stand and Dutch Oven! You will have everything you need to make soup in one set.

I love a white bowl for soup. These bowls are simple in white with a chic square edge design. Set of 8/$24.99

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“Alexa, add eggs to my list.”

I am not technology advanced, that’s for sure. But I do love technology that helps me stay organized and has an important use. This past Christmas I splurged and purchased the Amazon Alexa Show for my kitchen and two Alexa Dots for my kids rooms. My main purpose was to have speakers throughout the house when I want to play music. Our cheap speaker that we had broke, so I wanted an upgrade. I play music all the time on the Alexa Show. I can play the same station on all 3 speakers or we can all play our own music of choice. I love it. It sounds great and can play right from my amazon prime account. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, it’s awesome. That’s a whole other blog…

Let’s face it, you can usually find me in the kitchen. I am always cooking and my hands are either filled with food or are wet! One thing I love is that the Alexa Show is basically hands free. I can easily state, “Alexa, play cooking with country”, and my music is streaming. It’s great!

But the real reason I am writing this blog is because of my shopping lists! I love being organized. I have always been a pen and paper kind of girl when it comes to my lists. I have a million lists including: Target, Publix, To-Do’s, Blog, etc… And I almost always forget to bring an important list that I need with me when I really need it. So Listen to this. I can be cooking and realize I need eggs. So I say, “Alexa, add eggs to my Publix list.” She adds it to my list and that the list is always under the Alexa app on my phone. Of course I bring my phone everywhere, therefore I always have my list. I am not sure if your family also tells you while you are doing a million things to not forget to get their chia seeds, underwear, shaving cream, folder, pencils, etc… like my family does, but most of the time I am not near my lists and it slips my mind. Now my family can add their items to the list when they realize they need it. All they have to say is, “Alexa, add shaving cream to my Target list.” And when I’m shopping I will see the items they needed as well! I am not gonna lie, with two boys in the house I do see poop added several times on my list! But seriously this has really helped me stay organized. As I purchase the items on my list or tackle something on my to-do list I can check it off. I can also edit my list in the app.

 

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Other amazing features:

  • I can watch videos, movies and TV shows.
  • Make video calls to anyone with Skype, the Alexa app, an Echo Spot, or Echo Show. I see when my sister Jen is home, and we can video chat while we are both prepping dinner! And don’t have to hold a phone while chatting!
  • I can watch recipe videos, cook along to step-by-step recipes and set timers.
  • I also splurged on the Ring Doorbell and LOVE it! I can see and talk to the front door through my Alexa Show.
  • I can also watch the news, see weather forecasts, calendars, and my favorite photos. 

I also purchased the adjustable stand that is perfect. It is a quality stand that I feel you definitely need if you purchase the Alexa Show.

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