Candy Corn Cheesecake, In My Mouth

Candy Corn Cheesecake

Candy Corn Cheesecake

 

 

Tablespoon is at it again with one of my most fave fall candy’s turned into an amazing looking dessert. I refuse to bake it because I am certain I will eat all of it in one sitting so I have asked my father to do it and only give me a few slices to take home while he hides or eats the rest before I get there. The fall is a great time of year for delish foods and super fun. You can practice for the Holidays or re-vamp some traditional ones. Either way anytime I can mix two things that are naturally delicious I am all over it! My round behind perhaps is not.

Ingredients:

CRUST
2 Cups graham crackers, crushed
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 Pinch salt

FILLING
32 Ounces cream cheese
1 1/3 Cups sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Cup sour cream
1 Cup heavy cream
4 Large eggs
1 Pinch salt
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Candy corns, for decoration

Directions:
1. For crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until they are ground.
2. Then stir in with sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and melted butter.
3. Find a plastic cup and a slightly larger plastic bowl or container that you can cut apart.
4. Set the containers in your springform pan before you add your crust to the pan. Don’t cut out the bottoms yet though for the cup and bowl.
5. Make filling by adding cream cheese and sugar to a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer). Beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.
6. Add in eggs one at a time, followed by sour cream and heavy cream. Then add the vanilla and pinch of salt.
7. Pour filling into your pan without the crust and divide it evenly between the center cup, the middle layer, and outer layer. This is just to make sure you have the correct amount of filling for each layer.
8. Remove the layers and keep the amount of filling separate for each part.
9. Leave the center layer (in the cup) white. Color the filling that is in the middle layer (bowl) with mostly yellow, but a few drops of red until it reaches a deep orange color. Color the outer filling with just yellow. You’ll need a lot of yellow to get a really rich color.
10. Clean out your springform pan now, dry it well, and press your crust into the bottom of the pan. Bake it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Then let it cool.
11. Now take your plastic cup and bowl and cut the bottoms out of each. Set them on your cooled crust.
12. Pour the layers into each section. White in the very center, orange in middle, yellow on the outside. Since you already measured the layers, they should be perfect.
13. Remove the dividers in each layer being careful to scrape down the sides of each divider. Then spread out the filling to it’s even. Try not to mix the colors though.
14. Wrap the springform pan tightly in foil and bake the cake in a steaming water batch for 90 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
15. Check it and if the cake isn’t mostly firm then bake it for another 20 minutes.
16. When cake is firm, turn off oven heat, and slightly crack the oven door. Let the cheesecake cool slowly in the oven for one hour.
17. Remove cheesecake and let cool at room temperature, then chill for 30 minutes.
18. Remove springform pan and decorate with candy corn
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Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup pesto
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
8 pitted olives, sliced
32 peppercorns
32 triangular corn chips or any kind of chip or cracker you prefer.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Martini Panini

Martini Panini

Martini Panini

 

 

Martini what!!! I am sure we all know that tini’s are one of my most fave things ever but so are yummy and delish Panini’s! You can add or subtract any parts really to make this your own or even try to make a version of “vodka sauce” for a Panini to be dipped into if you aren’t a fan of the idea of mayo-vodka spread. This Panini does however sound amazing and if you could manage to serve it in little martini glasses with perhaps napkins or fries in the cup with them how cute would that be! I can think of plenty of events where this snack would go over just swimmingly!

Ingredients:
1 loaf Rustic French Bread
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons vodka
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1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
4 or 5 thick slices pancetta, cut into thirds (if you do not like pancetta you can use ham or turkey as well even red peppers if you want to go the vegetarian route)
1 cup arugula
10 green olives, for garnish

Directions:
1. Use a brush to lightly brush on a small amount of olive oil on to each side of the bread while Panini maker or oven is heating up.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, vodka and lemon zest.
3. Place the side of the bread with oil is on the grill or Panini maker, and layer with arugula, pancetta and a good drizzle of the vodka mayo. Place the other slice of bread on top, oil side up. Repeat as many times as you can to fit the sandwiches on the grill.
4. Grill for 3 minutes on each side or use a Panini press!
5. Garnish with olive-speared toothpicks and serve immediately.
Feel free to add particular dips or garnish that suits you or your party! Change it up and have fun with it!!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownie

 

 

I am not always a huge fan of red velvet but for my birthday my father made me some of the most amazing red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting I have ever had in my life. Now I seem to be craving it. I have been looking for super delish recipes to try and see if I can perfect this red velvet amazingness before my father does. You could say we are a bit competitive especially when it comes to food. This morning I saw this recipe someone had shared on Facebook and the photo alone makes me want to lick my computer screen.  I have no idea where this recipe is from or if it is good but if the photo is any indication these brownies are going to be super yum.

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
3/4 cup butter, after melted
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Filling Ingredients:
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix the first 5 ingredients and pour into a 9 X 12 glass baking dish

Pour this over & across the brownie mix. Take a knife & swirl through mix making a marbled design.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite meals from my childhood. My mother made the best ones I have ever tasted. I still to this day cannot perfect mine. One thing she didn’t do was make them in to Jack-O-Lanterns!!! Halloween is one of my fave things and so are stuffed peppers so it is only fitting that the 2 should be combined.

Ingredients:
6 medium size bell peppers, any color
1 lb. lean ground chicken
1/2 lb. ground turkey
3 slices diced turkey bacon, uncooked
1 small onion, chopped
2 large carrots (or baby carrots)
12 oz. tomato sauce (a sweet-ish flavor)
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup cooked white rice or brown

Instructions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
3.Combine the ground chicken, ground turkey, bacon, onion, tomato sauce, grated carrot, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
4.Mix in cooked rice (please remember to cook the rice…it is a sad situation if you don’t)
5.Wash the peppers
6. Cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. (you can make any design you want)
7. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores.
8. Stuff the peppers lightly with the stuffing mixture
9. Place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
10. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy (about 1 hour depending on pepper sizes and how much you stuffed).

You can opt to stuff peppers with vegetarian meat options or vegetables. You can even put dips in them as long as the dip isn’t very runny but if it does happen to ooze out of the jack-o-lantern all the more creepy right??

October Coupon Contest

Coupon Contest

Coupon Contest

I have another contest for you! I do love having them. I know I always say I have so many samples I cannot possibly try them all but the same goes for coupons! I hate wasting them! I recieve so many it is a shame when they expire.
I have coupons piling up that I might not ever get the chance to use before the month is over. I don’t want them to go to waste so I am giving them to you! No shipping charge and no additional fees just an envelope full of awesome coupons on items you use daily for food, pets, house hold supplies and more!
The winner has 48 hours to contact me with their address so that I can mail your coupons. If I do not hear from the winner within 48 hours the contest will start all over again!
Click here to enter. If you want to win an extra prize don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Like my fan page!! Comment below when you have done it!
Enjoy and Good luck!

Fall Nail Needs

I have been so into nail polish lately. I have been changing my nail and toe colors almost daily. I keep stumbling upon great new colors all of the time that keep me from being able to keep the same color for long. Generally I am more of a fan of bright colors but recently I have been loving the different warm color options. Here are some of my faves that I have been unable to live without.

SpaRitual In Pink Breast Cancer Collection Nail Lacquer - Loving in Pink

SpaRitual In Pink Breast Cancer Collection Nail Lacquer - Loving in Pink

This is a subtle fall color. I know not everyone is crazy into the super dark colors. I really like this color for multiple reasons besides the fact that it is plain purdy.The color is called Loving in Pink which is more of a purpley color but either way can be matched with any metallic, brown, cream, navy, black and almost any color really.  Nail polish colors that are this versatile are an excellent asset to any collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SpaRitual SpaRitual Mini Nail Lacquer - Emerald City

SpaRitual SpaRitual Mini Nail Lacquer - Emerald City

I love the color Emerald City. It is completely a warm color that could be used in summer but because it isn’t that bright turquoise type color I completely feel you can bring this polish right through the fall and if you want to be bold take it to winter! It is a super fab color! Although The Wizard of Oz freaks me out to no end the color emerald and emerald city is still pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer - Mermaids Dream

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer - Mermaid's Dream

Mermaids Dream completely makes me think of a mermaid! This color isn’t completely fall but it is so pretty you can probably pass it off as pre-winter.  I love anything chock full of  glitter.  I have nothing bad to say about this color.  Even though it is a lighter choice of color it is beautiful.  You can add it to a warmer color polish or wear it by itself.  You can wear it almost all year long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wave Magnetic Polish

Wave Magnetic Polish

 

nails inc. Wave Magnetic Polishis the funnest polish ever!! It comes in different colors and designs but with all of the fancy nail art out there this one is simple and easy to do yourself. You can choose from many different patterns so you never have to get bored with your polish.

 

Fall Fun Give Away

Fun Fall Samples

Fun Fall Samples

I have decided to start the contests again! I missed them and hope you did too! I love trying new things but hate having to purchase full size! Samples are the best way to discover what is awesome and what isn’t. I have amassed a huge collection of samples and want to share them with you!! I have great new stuff I love and that you will love too!
The winner has 48 hours to contact me with their e-mail and physical address so they can pay shipping. If I do not hear from the winner the contest starts all over again.
Good Luck and I hope you all enjoy!
Also, don’t forget to check out www.fashionistajonz.com to find out how to win a special additional prize as well! You can enter the contest here and please share with your friends! Also, if you like my page on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (Fashionista Jonz) I will send you an additional prize! Comment below that you have done it and your names so I can keep track. When the contest ends on 10/12/2012 I will announce the winner!!!!

Fall Play List

I was in desperate need of new music and hadn’t really down loaded anything new in months. I have compiled the largest list of new people I am in love with that I may ever have. I have been dancing and singing in my car all morning. This is the one time I can admit that traffic actually made me a happy camper.
Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

Something Good Can Work is a super up beat boppin in the car type song that just puts a smile on my face when I hear it. I have heard a few different songs from Two Door and I like them a bunch. I really have to credit Pandora for most of my new music finds! I am getting all kinds of good stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ratatat

Ratatat

Loud Pipes doesn’t have any lyrics but is just BOSS. I can picture me in a music video or in my fave day dream ever where every place I go I have a kick butt soundtrack playing in the background because I am just that cool. It reminds me what like a 70′s pimp would strut to or even a 70′s cop duo would hear if they were out hunting a bad guy and almost find him.
Stateless

Stateless

Bloodstream lyrics resonate with me currently. It’s a sad sexy song that you want to listen to and almost cry but not because it oozes hotness. Bloodstream is slow and sultry. You can imagine listening to it in bed with someone you have recently fallen for trying to explain how you feel about them without being sappy. Sooooo gooooood!
Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Dark Paradise is my new favorite song. Lanas voice is dark, melodious and entrancing NO JOKE! This song in particular I have listened to probably 50 times already and cannot get enough. I have such a crush on her it isn’t even funny.

Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Dirty Pirate Popsicles
Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Summer is almost to a close and that makes me sad! I love summer but this one just breezed right by me before I knew it. I sure do hope winter does the us the same courtsey. I feel like since summer is ending we need one last shabang before it is finally over! I am certain I am not the only one who feels this way! One thing your end of summer party must have are Dirty Pirate Popsicles! I found this recipe from endlesssimmer.com but decided to add a little of my own pizzazz to it. These are a necessity I feel like. Dirty Pirate Popsicles are a perfect mix between summer and fall!
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Cola or Diet Cola
1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Instructions:
1.Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles molds.  (you could even place the mix in ice cube trays to make revers drinks if popsicles aren’t an option)
2. Freeze for approximately 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick.

3. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds
*I keep hearing a rumour that if you use cola that has gone a little flat the mixture freezes better . To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.