The Dessert Table

Can you believe how fast November has gone by? Thanksgiving is here, this Thursday :0

Every year I am in charge of the desserts! This year I wanted to share with you all what I will be making. Most I have made before, be sure to visit my instagram for how everything turns out. 

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Ingredients:
6 cups sliced and peeled apples
1/2 cup sugar 
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Box Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow cake mix (dry)– I use gluten free
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
Directions: 
Spray large slow cooker with cooking spray. Add apple slices, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon; toss. 

In a large bowl, mix dry cake mix and remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cut into butty with pastry blender or two knives until size of small peas. Dump on top of apple mixture. Cover; cook on high heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until fruit is bubbling and cobbler topping is light golden brown. Serve immediately. 

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Ingredients:

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

fresh berries

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Directions: 

In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract until fluffy and smooth. Transfer to a piping bag or large food storage bag with the end snipped off. Pipe out a thin layer of cheesecake filling on top of the crust. Sprinkle with fresh berries and top with another layer of cheesecake filling. Finish off with a few more berries and a mint leaf. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

*Note- I had to change this recipe slightly, I like to make the filling put in an individual container, and add crumbled gram cracker on top. I do it this way because I am the only one in my family who is gluten free, in my opinion it taste better with original gram crackers. Of course mine will be gluten free gram crackers. 

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Ingredients:
1 large egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and 1 tablespoon water until frothy, about 2 minutes; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine almonds, pecans and egg white mixture until well combined. Stir in brown sugar mixture until evenly coated.Spread almond mixture onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring at halftime.
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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt until well-blended.

Separate 2 of the eggs, saving whites in a bowl and discarding yolks. Whisk egg whites.

Add remaining egg to egg whites. Whisk well..

Add vanilla to egg mixture. Whisk well.

Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until blended. The dough should be fairly stiff and seem hard to mix–the eggs will not seem to mix with the dry ingredients at first. Keep mixing. If the dough seems too runny, add a little more powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

Add chocolate chips to dough; mix until blended.

Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, rotating cookie sheets once during baking.

Remove cookies from oven. Let cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet, then cool completely on wire rack. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies. (110 calories apiece)

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Blogmas Day 24: Families and Holidays

If you all read these post regularly, you will know that I am getting married a little of 5 months. Being that today is Christmas Eve and I am in Richmond for the Holiday. It got me thinking how to people who have families all over the country spend their time with family for the Holidays. Frances and I have discussed this and we have came up with an easy solution to the problem.

For Thanksgiving we would like to host our families at our house in MD, which is what I do now and bringing Frances’ family into the mix would be easy. For Christmas we have a fairly easy arrangement as well. Which is why I am in Richmond now.

We start off in Richmond, the day we leave Maryland depends on our work schedule but no matter when we leave we stay in Richmond until late Christmas Eve (about 11pm) then we drive the hour and a half to Virginia Beach, where my parents leave and bring in Christmas morning there. Depending on work schedules, we try to stay until New Years which is my mom’s birthday.

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Leave a comment down below you and your bf/gf handle the holidays.

xx

Jazmin

Blogmas Day 18: Updated Decor

A few post back I showed you all my Christmas Decorations. In that post I promised I would show you my living room when I finished it, I was lacking red. I updated my dining room with items I found at Target. I got the placemats, napkins, and napkin rings all under $30. IMG_2922
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Maybe some of you are thinking, why add to the room a week before Christmas? Well here is the answer… I can always use it next year. Actually, last year I couldn’t find anything I was looking for. When I see Christmas or holiday decorations in the store (especially at a good price) I try to get it then and there. Otherwise, when I come back later it will be gone, and never to be seen again.

I hope you all enjoyed this post… until the next holiday.

xx

Jazmin

Blogmas Day 10: I decorated… a little

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Normally, I am really late when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Getting the Evergreen Bath and Body Works candle in the mail made me want to get in the Christmas spirit. It’s just not logical to have the scent of Christmas without any decorations around me.  So I bit the bullet. Here is what I have done so far. Everything is a work in progress, and I will be updating you all along the way.
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My dining room needs some work. There isn’t even any red in there, but I will keep you posted as to how it turns out. IMG_3018

 

xx

Jazmin

Blogmas Day 4: Real or Faux Tree

Growing up my family always had a real tree. I don’t think I knew families had fake trees. When I was introduced to a fake tree I was in love and never wanted a real tree again. Of Course there are pros and cons to having a real or a fake tree, but I wanted to hare mine with you.

Real Tree:

Having a real tree you get to have to amazing scent running through you home. In my opinion that is the only good thing about having a real tree. Well also because you have to through it away after you spent how ever much money on it, you don’t have to find a place to store your tree the rest of the year.

Faux Tree:

Faux Trees are a little more low maintenance. You don’t have to clean up behind the needles, or water the base. Also, you only need to buy a tree once. Until all the needles fall off and your left with sticks, but that won’t happen for a while.

I am sure you can tell what type of tree will be in my home this year… but I would love to know what kind of tree you plan on having in your home. I actually need to go put mine together now 🙂

xx

Jazmin

What Does Halloween Look like to me?

In my older age (late 20s) I have started to be come more and more uninterested in Halloween. The perfect Halloween night for me would be watching a marathon on my favorite scary moves. I am BIG into scary movies, understandably they are never really scary to me but I love them!

Check out my instagram for more on what I will be doing this Halloween.

xx

Jazmin

P.S. I made this!

Recently, I added some decorations to my formal living room. I made a gallery wall, but after moving all my photos I was left with an empty wall. So I went to the craft store to find some decorations for my living room. I came across a large painting that would have went perfectly! After putting it in my shopping cart I saw the price… $200. Do you know what I could do with that money? How many shoes I could buy!

Pinterest came to the rescue… I came across a pin that looked similar to this origin artwork shown below. I decided to keep the pin out of this post simply because I ended up liking the pinned project better than mine, and I am an over achiever but if you leave me a comment I will send it you 😉

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I hope you guys like my Friday night project!

xx

Jazmin