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sm cheesecake header Mini Cheesecakes…these mini cheesecakes are divine.  I cannot wait to share this recipe with you today.  My mom made these for me as a kid and I love to make them for my family now.

The sour cream topping takes the cake!  These are a perfect treat to take to a family dinner party.   You can double the recipe for more!  You will want to make more!  You can also get creative with the toppings for the mini cheesecakes.  We love fresh raspberries and strawberries in the summer…and canned cherries in the winter.  We’ve even tried drizzling chocolate and caramel over the mini cheesecakes.
sm cheesecake 2 To make the mini cheesecakes, you will need: (Makes 1 Dozen)

Mini Cheesecakes:

2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese

3 eggs (separate the yolks and set aside, you will need both)

3/4 cup sugar

1 T. flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1 box regular Nilla Wafers

Foil Cupcake Liners

Sour Cream Topping:

3/4 cup sour cream

2 T. sugar

1 T. grated rind of a lemon or 1 T. real lemon juice (optional…but it’s good!)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Topping:

Berries, Canned berries, Chocolate or Caramel…You Choose!

sm cheesecake 6 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place foil liners in the muffin tin.  Add a Nilla Wafer to the bottom of each liner.

In a small bowl, beat 3 egg whites until stiff.  In a Large bowl, beat together: cream cheese, sugar, 3 egg yolks, and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Mix in flour and baking powder.  Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture.

In another bowl, mix together sour cream sugar, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla.  Set aside.

Fill each liner 3/4  full with cream cheese mixture.  Bake for 18-20 min (check after 12 min with toothpick).  Remove from oven, and add a spoonful of the sour cream mixture onto the top of each cheesecake.  Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes.  Allow the cheesecakes to cool.  Add on your fruit, chocolate or caramel toppings.

Mini Cheesecakes

Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • To make the mini cheesecakes, you will need: (Makes 1 Dozen)
  • Mini Cheesecakes:
  • 2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
  • 3 eggs (separate the yolks and set aside, you will need both)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 T. flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 box regular Nilla Wafers
  • Foil Cupcake Liners
  • Sour Cream Topping:
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 T. grated rind of a lemon or 1 T. real lemon juice (optional...but it's good!)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Topping:
  • Berries, Canned berries, Chocolate or Caramel...You Choose!
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place foil liners in the muffin tin. Add a Nilla Wafer to the bottom of each liner.
  3. In a small bowl, beat 3 egg whites until stiff. In a Large bowl, beat together: cream cheese, sugar, 3 egg yolks, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in flour and baking powder. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture.
  4. In another bowl, mix together sour cream sugar, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla. Set aside.
  5. Fill each liner ¾ full with cream cheese mixture. Bake for 18-20 min (check after 12 min with toothpick). Remove from oven, and add a spoonful of the sour cream mixture onto the top of each cheesecake. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes. Allow the cheesecakes to cool. Add on your fruit, chocolate or caramel toppings.
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Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

I’m Amy.  I work with The Crafting Chicks on the back side of their blog.  Years ago my cousins and I had a little blog to share all of our crafty projects.  We got busy and the blog disappeared.  But I still love to craft.  And I still get to work with the wonderful Crafting Chicks!

My parents have a piece of property that they stay at over the summers.  The grand kids just LOVE to go camping out there too.  Think…. 4 wheelers, zipline and archery range… yep.  The kids (and adults) LOVE it!

Last summer my parents were given a 1972 Rancho el Rae Camper Trailer.  The idea was to slap some paint on it and turn it into a guest house for their property.  As soon as I saw this trailer, I knew it needed to become a Glamper!  Let me show you what we did… (with links to tutorials that will help you to do the same!)

Retro Camping Trailer Remodel

Before

The base of the trailer was in fairly good condition.  But boy oh boy, was it dated.  (Don’t you just love that carpet?!  Yikes!)  We liked the aqua trim.  But the dark paneling, carpet and floral print just had to go.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

 

After

What a difference!  Oh it turned out SO cute!  The color.  The light.  The retro feel.

Love. Love. Love!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Vintage camper trailer

Vintage Camper Trailer

Retro Camper Trailer

Patching Holes

If you’ve got an old trailer, you know that you’ve got to do some repairs.  We had some water damage.  So my amazing Dad jumped in and started patching holes.  Here is a great tutorial to walk you through the process:  Patching Holes.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Patching holes

Paint

A little bit of paint makes a HUGE difference.  The white opened up the space and gave it a completely different feel.  The red drawers gave it that pop of color we were looking for.

Painting a Camper Trailer

Flooring

The first thing to come out was that carpet. Yikes!

We just fell in love with the black and white checkered tiles!  So much easier to clean and so fun!

Here is a great tutorial for installing new flooring:  Trailer Flooring.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Flooring

Reupholstering Cushions

Our polka dot cushions turned out beautiful!  We used Riley Blake Fabric.  The cushions are a Home Decor fabric called Medium White Dot on Black.   If you haven’t used their fabric before, you are missing out!  Oh my!  It’s like sewing with clouds.  Truly.  (I just did another project without Riley Blake Fabric… it was like working with sand paper.  Awful!  I’ll be sticking with Riley Blake.)

Luckily, the kitchen table cushions were in great condition once we flipped them over.  Now the Aqua color shows beautifully.

My Mom tackled the bedroom cushions.  And they were a beast.  But she’s a miracle worker and they turned out adorable!!  The couch that folds into a bed was super complicated.

Here is a tutorial to help you with cushions:  Cushion Tutorial.

Camper Trailer Cushion Remodel

Curtains

The curtains are Riley Blake fabric as well.  We needed to double the material on the curtains, since the windows don’t have blinds.  We wanted the trailer to be light and bright during the day, have privacy at night, and keep the sun from peaking in during the early morning hours.  We made curtains ties to hold the curtains open during the day.  We attached the ties to the curtain on one side (so they don’t get lost) and they just velcro together in the back.

In the bedroom part of the trailer we used Four Corners Teal, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

In the kitchen part of the trailer we used: Small Red Gingham, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

We also made some accents pillows with Medium Dots Aqua/Red.

Camper Trailer How To Curtains

Before and After

What a difference!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Painting the outside of a trailer

At first we had visions of a bright white trailer with a red stripe down the side.  Maybe a few polka dots here and there.  Then we decided NOT to paint the outside of the trailer.  Let me tell you why…  This trailer is, right now, sitting on mountain property surrounded by 5 feet of snow.  We can’t access the trailer for a good portion of the year.  That means that we can’t check on it to make sure that it hasn’t been broken into or being lived in (yikes!) as often as we would like to.  So we decided that it would be best to keep the outside of the trailer looking a little run down.  We don’t want the whole mountain to know what a darling trailer it has become!

If you want to paint the outside of your trailer, here is a great tutorial:  Painting the outside of a trailer.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

The circle stick-on mirrors are from Amazon.

The adorable red teapot is from  Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The plates, table runner and vase are from IKEA.

The furry animal friends were added by the grand kids and are from KOHLS.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Do you have a trailer that is just begging for a little TLC?  What are you waiting for?  It isn’t as hard as you think and it’s so rewarding to transform an entire space!

Happy Glamping!

 


The Softest Sugar Cookies The Softest Sugar Cookie!

I am excited to share our favorite recipe for SOFT sugar cookies!  I am a huge sugar cookie fan…but only if they are soft. I can’t stand hard cookies…it’s just not right!

This recipe is so easy and your friends and family will love them.  Just add your favorite buttercream frosting.  Any frosting will work.  We’ve made these with strawberry frosting, chocolate frosting, etc.
sm sugar cookies 3 Ingredients for the Softest Sugar Cookies:

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. sour cream (don’t skip this part!)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla (or a little more:)

1/2 tsp almond extract (only if you want, adds a little something extra:)

3 cups flour for drop cookies,  3 1/4- 3 1/2  (for roll out cookies) flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda sm sugar cookies 1 To make the Softest Sugar Cookies:

Cream together sugar, egg, softened butter, vanilla, and sour cream.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Slowly add this to your sour cream mixture.  Mix well.  For best results, refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  You can either roll out the dough and use your favorite cookie cutters, or you can drop and flatten balls evenly on your cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 6-7 minutes.  Don’t over bake.
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Top with your favorite frosting recipe!  So yummy!

The Softest Sugar Cookies

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Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 2 dozen

The Softest Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. sour cream (don't skip this part!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (or a little more:)
  • ½ tsp almond extract (only if you want, adds a little something extra:)
  • 3 cups flour for drop cookies, 3¼- 3½ (for roll out cookies) flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Cream together sugar, egg, softened butter, vanilla, and sour cream. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly add this to your sour cream mixture. Mix well. For best results, refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You can either roll out the dough and use your favorite cookie cutters, or you can drop and flatten balls evenly on your cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Don't over bake.
 


Bunny Face Cookies - A fun Easter acitivty!  My kids will love these! My kids and I made these bunny face cookies…we love them!  They slightly look like rats…or cats, but we still love them.  You just need a few ingredients to make these Bunny Face Cookies.  Serve them at an Easter/Spring party or deliver them to some friends or neighbors.  We got a kick out of how they turned out…from their whiskers, to their ears.  And don’t forget the silly edible eyeballs. bunny cookies What you need to make the Bunny Face Cookies:

-Cookies (any kind with frosting) We made our soft homemade sugar cookies that we love (I can’t wait to share that recipe soon!)

-Frosting

-Mini Jelly Beans for the Nose and Cheeks

-Easter Candy Corn (I love the pastel colors)

-Candy Eyeballs

-Licorice (we found these little licorice strips called “Rips” in the candy section) for the whiskers.  Or you could use coconut.

-White sprinkles for two teeth

easter candy bunny face cookies After frosting your cookies, and before the frosting harden, let your little ones add the bunny face parts.  The candy corn for the ears.  The candy eyes just under the ears.  A small colored jelly bean for the nose and two white mini jelly beans.  and then top off with 3 whiskers on each side. bunny cookies Serve on a pretty plate.  We sprinkled jellybeans all around our bunny face cookies to add color. bunny face cookies


Some"bunny" Loves You Treat Tag Free Printable Some”bunny” Loves You Treat Tag Free Printable

Sharing a Free Printable with our lovely readers today!  A treat tag that says Some”bunny” Loves You!  Add to an Easter basket, or Easter treat! Some"bunny" Loves You Treat Tag Free Printable Just print the free printable, cut out the circles and tie up your treat with a ribbon.  We added this Some”bunny” loves you treat tag to our bunny treat mix.  Can’t wait to share it with our neighbors and friends this year. Some"bunny" Loves You Treat Tag Free Printable Some"bunny" Loves You Treat Tag Free Printable You can download the tag for the Some”bunny” Loves you printable Here:

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“Hoppy”  Easter Tags

Add these “Hoppy” Easter tags to a bag full of mini Cadburry Eggs! My kind of treat.   Just add a fluffy pom-pom tail!

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Easter Treat Tags

Add these fun treat tags to any Easter treat, like these mini Peep nests, or bunny candy holders. sm easter treats 7

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bunny treat mix 1 Sharing a fun little treat mix for spring.  Bunny Treat Mix.  This is a fun treat to take to those Easter or Spring gatherings.  We also love making treats for neighbors or friends and this Bunny Treat Mix makes the perfect one!  Plus, Easter candy is just so pretty.  I love the colors of the white snacks mixed with the colorful candy.  Perfect to display in pretty clear jars around springtime. bunny treat mix 2 What you will need to make this Bunny Treat Mix:

-Easter Candy Corn

-Small or Large Jellybeans (we used the mini size)

-Mini Marshmallows

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

bunny snack mix 1 Mix the ingredients together.  The muddy buddies, the candy corn (bunny ears), the jelly beans (bunny noses), and the mini marshmallows (bunny tails), to make the yummy Bunny Treat Mix. bunny snack mix 2

Check out these other fun Easter treat ideas on The Crafting Chicks:

Some”bunny” loves you Easter Treat tag

Tie up a treat with this cute bunny tag.  Share with someone you love this spring! sm somebunny loves you header

Peeps Bunny Bouquet

This fun treat is also a pretty bouquet.  Make one for your favorite Peep Lover! peep bunny 1

Peep Houses

Easter Peep houses.  This is a fun spin off of the classic gingerbread house.  Let your little ones create a graham cracker bird house for their Peeps family.  sm peep house header

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Turn those cupcakes into mini Easter baskets….add a handle, a bow and some Easter eggs on top! sm easter basket cupcakes header


sm leprechaun mask header Sharing a Leprechaun Mask idea just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

These leprechaun masks are a hoot!  I used to teach preschool and first grade, and my students made them every year!  We would wear them for our treasure hunt!  Originally my mom made these for her 3rd graders…I get all my creativity from that classy lady! sm leprechaun masks hl 2 We made some Leprechaun masks this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I also made a printable leprechaun mask pattern to share with our readers.  You can read about the awesome St. Patrick’s Day printable pack HERE. sm leprechaun mask 3 After cutting out the printable mask pattern, we use pencils to curl the leprechaun beard.  Top off with a fancy shamrock to the hat! sm st patricks day leprechaun mask My kids think the huge nose on the leprechaun mask printable is hilarious! sm leprechaun mask horz sm leprechaun mask logan Love these cute little leprechauns of mine!  I laugh every time they put on their leprechaun mask! sm leprechaun mask h 2 sm leprechaun mask hl sm leprechaun masks h l 3 sm leprechaun mask 2 For another fun idea for kids this St. Patrick’s Day, check out these Leprechaun Photo Props! sm st patricks day photo props You can purchase our fun St. Patrick’s Day Kit…and just print!  You will find over 40 pages-17 activities of great ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Great for preschools, school parties, and families.
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St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes Top of the Mornin’ To Ya!  Sharing some cute St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with you!

I think St. Patrick’s day is so much fun!  We have a few traditions of a green lunch or dinner, maybe a little treasure hunt, and wearing our green!  Last year we made these cute cupcakes for our St. Patrick’s day dinner. sm st patricks cupcakes 4 I found these green striped cupcake liners and shamrock toothpicks at Michaels Craft Store.  I found the chocolate gold coins at Harmon’s. sm key lime cupcakes 1 I used my Key Lime Cupcake Recipe for our St. Patrick’s Cupcakes.  They are so easy to make and yummy! sm key lime cupcakes 3 After the cupcakes cool, add your frosting, green sprinkles, shamrock or gold coin.   sm st patricks cupcakes 2 A fun trick…to keep the cupcake liners nice and bright, try baking your cupcakes in plain white liners.   When your cupcakes have cooled, you can add them to your festive cupcake liner. sm st patricks cupcakes 3 What are some of your favorite treats to make for St. Patrick’s Day?  My kids love these green St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.    sm st patricks cupcakes 1

We are looking forward to March and Springtime.

Check out some of our other pretty cupcakes and treats for Spring time!

EASTER BASKET CUPCAKES

Try making these Adorable Easter Basket cupcakes.  I love how they look like mini baskets…with a bow on top.  Of course don’t forget to add the coconut grass and mini Cadburry eggs! sm easter basket cupcakes header

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BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES

These butterfly cupcakes are so sweet!  All you ned are some pretzels and Sixlets to make the cutest butterfly cupcake around!  Perfect way to celebrate spring. Butterfly-Cupcakes-1

Chocolate Candy Easter Baskets

These mini chocolate candy baskets are so sweet and yummy!  Perfect treat for those easter get togethers.  There is just something so cute about these bitesized baskets. homemade Easter chocolate baskets

 


DIY Floral Monogram We are LOVING the new Floral Market at Michaels craft store.  They have added so many pretty flowers…different kinds and colors, such a pretty way to kick off spring.  I couldn’t wait to come up with a fun craft for the March Michaels Makers challenge.  Thinking all things floral and SPRING!  When there is still snow outside, it feels good to add a little color and happiness with these pretty flowers. sm floral monogram 4 I made pretty little DIY floral monograms for my girls’ rooms.  I will share the few easy steps it took to make these.  The DIY floral monograms look so pretty in their rooms! sm floral monogram 8 I found these little bundles of bright pink and coral roses.  One of my daughter has touches of pink in her room, and the other one coral. sm floral monogram 7 I found these wood monograms…just asking me to add paint and roses to them:)

You will just need a few items to make these DIY floral monograms.  All of these items can be found at Michaels Craft Store.

Carved Wood Letters (They are about 10 inches high)

-Paint (I used gold)

-sponge paint brush

-flower bundles (roses work best…and on the smaller side)

-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
sm floral monogram 11 First, paint each letter.  I painted the back sides and inside grove…you don’t have to paint where you will be hot gluing the flowers. sm floral monogram 12 Remove the flower tops from the stems.  If they are tough to remove, I recommend a wire cutter. sm floral monogram 10 Start gluing!  Love this part.  Fill up the letter with the flowers.  You can line them up in the letter before gluing to see how many you will need.  I just kind of rolled with it and added and glued one at a time.  You really can’t mess this up! sm floral monogram 9 sm floral monogram 6 I love the transformation of the blank grooved letters to the pretty DIY floral monograms!
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Oscar Winning Cupcakes Sharing fancy schmancy Oscar Winning Cupcake toppers today!  These would make a cute table decoration for your Oscar Night Party spread.  We loved this challenge with Michaels Craft Store.  Excited to share all of the details today.
sm oscar cupcakes 10 Supplies for the Oscar Winning Cupcake Toppers:

-Gold Cupcake Liners

-Gold Sprinkles (loved the Wilton round gold sprinkle balls)

-Fancy Hat/Mustache/Bowtie stickers found in the sticker aisle

-Gold sequins to use as confetti

-Black cocktail straws

-Mini chalkboard rectangle stickers

-Fine tip white bistro marker
sm oscar cupcakes 9 sm oscar cupcakes 11 Bake any cupcakes you would like!  Bake in the gold cupcake liners.  We chose vanilla with vanilla frosting.  Quickly after frosting, add the Wilton gold ball sprinkles. sm oscar cupcakes 8 Cut about 1 inch off each black cocktail straw.  Attach the hat, tie, mustache, and glasses stickers to the top of each straw.  Try different combos!  I love those polka dot neck ties!
sm oscar cupcakes 4 Now, using your fine tipped bistro chalk marker, make a mini clapperboard.  Add diagonal stripes to the top and write “best film, best actor etc.”  Now attach these to the top of the black cocktail straws. (I added a blank one to the back to cover the sticky part).  Now you have a fun mix of Oscar cupcake toppers. sm oscar cupcakes 5 Loving the clapperboard toppers.  You can even let guests or family members make their own.  They could even add their favorite movie title or actor to the top. sm oscar cupcakes 1 The top hats and glasses are just too cute!  Look at those bow ties and mustaches! sm oscar cupcakes 3 Loving the patterned neck ties!  These would also be adorable for Father’s Day! sm oscar cupcakes 7 sm oscar cupcakes 12 Put them all together and you have a very cute “Award Winning” cupcake spread!  Clever cupcake toppers make any party or get together even better. sm oscar cupcakes 6

Check out these other fun ways to add GOLD to your Oscar night!  Or just for any fancy schmancy party!

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