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.

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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!

If you enjoyed this recipe, you will also like:

Lasagna Rolls

Momma’s Meatballs

Call it what you want…

Meat Sauce

 

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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…

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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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2-5x7

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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.

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