Sunday, 29 September 2013

Gluten-Free Cheesecake Squares

Am I the only one who starts salivating at the mention of cheesecake? I don’t know what it is about it but it’s just so delicious! This is a recipe I’ve been making since I was a teenager and it hasn’t failed me yet so I decided to make it for our recent staff party.


Graham cracker crumbs / Graham cracker-style crumbs

2 packages cream cheese (250g each)
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Step 1: Prepare crust following instructions on box. I had never used gluten free fake graham cracker crumbs but they were easy to use. Press into dish.

Step 2: Blend cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add in eggs.

Step 3: Pour filling into crust and bake at 350 for approximately 40 minutes (or until center is almost set). Remove from oven, cool, and refrigerate.

It’s meant to be cooked in a round crust but I decided to make it in a rectangular dish and cut it into squares so it would go farther. The cooking time above is for a round pan but I cut it down by about 8 minutes.

To serve I had three different toppings: cherry pie filling, chocolate sauce, and homemade blueberry jam. That way people could choose one (or more) depending on appealed to them.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

September's Space: Hall Bath

Remember my resolution for 2013? I got a little off track during the summer but I’m back at it with an easy space for September: the hall bath. This was the bathroom the kids used when they lived with us and it's also the one for company. 

Part 1: Purge and Organize

This part was pretty easy. There were a few toiletries that D left when he moved to his mom’s that I got rid of. I also went through the space underneath the sink, which is where we keep our cleaning supplies.

Part 2: Insurance Documentation

This part was even easier than purging and organizing. There were no serial numbers to write down in this room so I took a few pictures, put them in my insurance binder, and called it done. This room has no natural light so it was hard to get good pictures but I did the best I could.

The artwork in this room is one of my favourite sets I've ever made, and was embarrassingly easy. If you want to make your own, here are the instructions.

Part 3: Taking Stock of What’s Still Needed

This room is pretty close to finished. I had the baseboard replaced and they still need to be sealed, and there’s a little patching and touching up that needs to be done on the wall by the toilet. I’d like to find something to go in place of the brown basket and perhaps a plant to finish the space.

What’s next?

I plan to update our master bathroom in the next month so that’s going to be my space for October. The plan is to paint, change out some accessories, and make it our own.  Check back at the end of October to see how I did.

Shared at: Serenity Saturday, Life on Lakeshore Drive, C.R.A.F.T., Kathe With An E, Maison de Pax, Sugar Bee Crafts

Monday, 23 September 2013

Tile Coasters

A few years ago, before starting this blog, I jumped on the tile coaster bandwagon. Those coasters had been well loved and were starting to look a little (or a lot) worse for wear so I decided to make some new ones that matched the living room.

I didn’t take step-by-step photos but the instructions are pretty simple.

Ceramic tiles
Modge Podge and brush
Scrapbook paper and scissors/paper slicer
Acrylic sealant
Felt pads (like those meant to go on chair legs)

Step 1: Cut the paper to size. I made mine ½ inch smaller than the tile so that when I centered it, there was a quarter inch boarder all the way around.

Step 2: Coat the tile in Modge Podge and place the paper on top, rubbing out all air bubbles. Let dry.

Step 3: Once the first coat of Modge Podge is completely dry, coat the tile and paper in Modge Podge. This time you’ll be coating the top of the paper. Let dry.

Step 4: Be sure the Modge Podge is completely dry, then stray with an acrylic sealant. Mine is a no name brand from Walmart. Let dry, and then do a second coat.

Step 5: Place felt pads on the four corners so the coasters don’t scratch your table.

I seriously love these coasters. They protect the furniture, look cute, and match my d├ęcor (except the purple which I love anyway). Also, J and I tend to use really big mugs and cups which don’t fit on regular coasters but these are the perfect size.

Shared at: Maison de Pax, Kathe With An E, Fluster Buster, Clean & Scentsible, Sew Much Crafting, Sugar Bee Crafting, Ginger Snap Crafts, Ashley's Dandelion Wishes, A Creative Princess, Someday Crafts, 4 You With Love, Serenity You, Life on Lakeshore Drive, C.R.A.F.T.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Our Honeymoon: Yellowstone National Park

The other day Lauren at The Thinking Closet featured my wedding scrapbook (one of my all-time favourite projects that you can see here and here and here) as part of her Reader Showcase. This made me realize I'd shared my wedding photos with you but never any from our honeymoon. Yes, I realize that it has been well over a year. Better late than never, right? J and I love to camp so we packed our tent and gear, got in the car, and drove to Yellowstone National Park. We camped just outside Yellowstone at an amazing little campsite in Montana and traveled in to the park during the day. 
Fountain Paint Pots   
Biscuit Basin   

Old Faithful

West Thumb Geyser Basin  

Our romantic honeymoon suite in Gallatin National Forest

Artist's Paintpots

One thing I really wanted to see on my trip was a bison,
 and we did. This was taken from the car window.

The gate at one of the entrances to the park

Unfortunately I got really sick and we had to come home earlier than planned. Once at home I went to the doctor and was treated for strepped throat and an ear infection. While it wasn't the ending I had hoped for, Yellowstone was definitely worth it!