Sunday, 10 March 2019

Cheesecake Squares

I made these squares with St. Patrick's Day in mind. You can change the colour of the M and M's to suit the occasion. These are delicious squares. Very quick and easy to make with a limited number of ingredients. I got the original recipe from the Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook. It's one that I've held onto since there are so many great recipes in it.

Cheesecake Squares

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts( I omitted these)

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup M and M's

Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add flour. Reserve 1/2 cup of crumbs for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into 8x8 pan. Bake at 350F for 10 min.

Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla mixing at medium speed with electric mixer. Add egg. Mix well. Layer 1/2 cup candy over cooked crust. Top with cream cheese mixture. Combine remaining candy and crumbs and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for 20 additional minutes.  Cool.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019


I always enjoy reading other people's confessions so I thought I would do a post of my own.

1. I love the Public Library. I can't believe such a great resource is free to all and I always have a bunch of books on hold. Unfortunately they always seem to come in at the same time and it results in a pile like this... (some of the books are from my personal TBR collection)
2. Leading me to my second confession. Instead of reading in my spare time, I have watched every episode of Bondi Rescue on Netflix.  Abs and accents. Enough said.
3. Bath and Body Works soaps are my guilty pleasure. I got a little carried away at the last sale and I have 16 stockpiled as well as one in all 3 bathrooms and kitchen. (Merry Cookie is my favourite winter fragrance)
4.  When I buy something new, I don't use it right away. Not sure why. Basically I think I don't like change or I'm afraid it won't work out. Case in point. My new Pickle ball paddle. Still in the wrapping even though I've played several times with a borrowed paddle.
5. I have a hard time completing projects or at least throwing away projects I no longer have an interest in. I always think I will get back to them..

6. I knit almost everyday. Usually just dishcloths because they are easy and I don't have to think about a pattern.  I find it very relaxing.
So there you have it. My confessions.

Friday, 1 March 2019

February Swap Card

It feels good to be caught up with our monthly swap. I love that we are keeping it going. It's probably the only thing that encourages me to make a card a month (other then what I'm working on for Loonies for Lindor).

This time Keri used another set from SaleABration to make this cute birthday card....
I love all things gingham and the purple is such a change of pace. Beautiful colour that isn't used that often. Here's the set she used....
I was lucky enough to borrow a set of dies from another friend. Even though I have my own Stitched Blooms dies, this set was just different enough that I wanted to try it. There are so many possible colour combinations. I can't wait to cut out a few more for a totally different look.
I even put a little flower on the inside and one on the envelope for an extra special touch. Here's the set I borrowed. It's MFT Dienamics Stitched Blooms...
I've been doing quite well with my regular posting. I hope to continue the trend.