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I love cheese cake!!! I bought the cutest mini tart pans and just had to fill them with cheese cake. There are plenty of recipes out there and I used the one on the back of the Nabisco Honey Made Graham Cracker Crumps box. I put canned cherry pie topping on them. The biggest issue was I made these right before I went to California and they were all gone when I got back….. Good excuse to make them again.

Cheese Tart Ingredients

Cream Cheese

Mixing the Filling

Graham Cracker Crust

Ready to Bake

Mini Cheese Cake Tarts

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I’ve tried all sorts of recipes in the last couple of weeks, some successful and some not. One big challenge is to make things that can be shipped.  Over Christmas I made some really good cookies and decided to make them again for this care package. I made Chewy Chocolate Cookies. I actually like these better than chocolate chip cookies. Using an ice cream scoop is the best away to get the perfect size cookie every time. I have three sizes and for cookies the medium one is perfect.

I’ve revived my interest in canning and started with my favorite flavor… chocolate. I made my mom’s Chocolate Sauce (recipe below), it can go over ice cream or cake or yogurt, or your sweetie for that matter….. I also made a Key Lime/Lemon Sauce. (I added key lime juice). I made Key Lime/Lemon Mini Bundt Cakes (recipe below) to go with this sauce. There are many cake recipes out there and some really good bundt cake cook books to check out. This time I used a little help from a box.

KEY LIME/LEMON CAKE

1 box lemon cake mix
1 3 oz. box instant lemon pudding
1 cup buttermilk
you will also need the eggs, oil and water mentioned on the cake mix box

In large bowl, mix thoroughly the dry cake mix and dry pudding mix. In another bowl, add wet ingredients listed on the cake mix box together with the buttermilk. Beat together with a hand mixer. Add to dry ingredients. Beat together 3 minutes. Bake in greased pan according to package directions of cake mix box.

NOTE: Because the buttermilk is added moisture, it will need a couple of minutes more to bake than the package directions call for…up to 5 minutes more to absorb the moisture. Just take a toothpick and poke in center of cake to test doneness.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

1 cup white Karo syrup
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. real vanilla
Combine all ingredients and simmer on stove top till blended and smooth. Can per basic canning instructions or refrigerate.

CANNING

There are many sites on the web to teach you about canning. It’s important to follow the recommended procedure when you can anything.

PACKAGING

Working on some fun packaging ideas….

PHOTOS

Still working on remembering to take “good” pictures….

Cookie Ingredients


Chewy Chocolate Cookie Dough

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Key Lime/Lemon Cake ingredients

Mini Bundt Cakes

Yummy!

Care Package

 

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