14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

 Hoping Your Valentine's Day is Sweet


 This recipe courtesy of Prevention Magazine
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c granulated sugar
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c water
1/2 c fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 c vegetable oil
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white
1/2 tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c + 2 tbsp heavy cream
2 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1/4 c confectioners' sugar
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)


1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 8 cups of a standard muffin tin or spray with oil.
2. MIX flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in bowl with fork.
3. COMBINE water, yogurt, oil, applesauce, egg white, coffee, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined and smooth. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until smooth.
4. FILL muffin cups with batter. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center of each cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
5. BEAT cream, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl with electric mixer until thick and stiff. Stir in food coloring, if using. Spread about 2 tablespoons on top of each cupcake. if not serving immediately, store cupcakes in refrigerator.
NUTRITION (per serving) 326 cal, 5 g pro, 42 g carb, 2 g fiber, 16.5 g fat, 6.5 g sat fat, 251 mg sodium.

Impossibly Easy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake ~ Courtesy of Bisquick 

Impossibly Easy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
So yummy
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, cut into 16 pieces and softened
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bottom only of 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In blender, place milk, vanilla, eggs, 3/4 cup sugar and the Bisquick mix. Cover; blend on high speed 15 seconds. Add cream cheese. Cover; blend 2 minutes. Pour into pie plate.
  • 2 In same blender, place 1/2 cup of the raspberries and 2 tablespoons sugar. Cover; blend on high speed 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Drop blended raspberry sauce by teaspoonfuls on top of cream cheese mixture. With a wooden skewer or toothpick, swirl sauce into cream cheese mixture.
  • 3 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until about 2 inches of edge of pie is set while center is still soft and wiggles slightly. Cool completely at room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup raspberries. Store in refrigerator

  And 1 Craft for your Valentine ..

Mickey's Valentine's Day Photo

Mickey's Valentine's Day Photo Frame
Ages school-age    Courtesy of Spoonful
Let Mickey help you send a heartfelt message to someone special on Valentine's Day! This frame makes the perfect card and a precious decoration.

Download Mickey's Valentine's Day Photo Frame Template

How to make it

  1. Print the template on regular paper or cardstock (cardstock is highly recommended) and cut out the pieces.
  2. Use a craft knife to cut along the white border of the tab next to Mickey's shorts. This tab will be used to keep the heart frame closed.
  3. Add a photo to the frame. You can remove the light yellow heart shape in the middle of the frame and secure a photo to the back of the heart, or you can paste a photo to the light yellow heart shape.
  4. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the gray shaded area below the heart, then align Mickey's right hand and heart with that shaded area and secure the heart to the frame. Fold the front of the heart backward along the dashed line, and use the tab to keep the frame closed
  5. Fold back the two tabs of the stand, and secure the stand to the back of the frame. The bottom of the stand should align with the bottom of Mickey's pedestal.
  6. Present the frame to someone special on Valentine's Day!
 I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day and enjoys many sweet treats. I know it's a big part of the day and I hope you will try these wonderfully sweet treat recipes. I'm making the Easy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake, one of my most favorite things in the world (cheesecake) and I happen to have all the ingredients in my kitchen right now. 

Thanks and Enjoy!!! Hearts and Hugs !!
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  1. Happy Valentines day!

  2. Thanks for stopping by :-)