Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

Every year for Christmas I try my best to make a lot of my gifts (because I think I'm crafty, not necessarily because I'm cheap), but this year I was at a bit of a loss. So, I went onto my trusty Pinterest account to see what I though would be a neat project to make and I found this gem of an Etsy store. Feeling crafty, I decided that I would try and replicate the idea for my family.
Here's the mid-way stage:

  • Modelling Clay
  • Wire
  • Sealant
  • Paint
  • Varnish
  • Ribbon
  • Paper to sketch on
Total Cost: $4.25/ornament (Assuming no materials on hand. I had some stuff laying around, and was able to purchase everything else that I needed at Dollarama, my actual cost was $1.15/ornament)
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours, depending on how fancy you get with the painting and details.

Now that it's dried, tonight's goal is to paint it. Hopefully it turns out well... because I have 4 others to make after if it does!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Perfect layering. Looking forward to eating this!
1 1/4 cup graham crumbs
1/2 cup butter
3 packages cream cheese
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350
Mix together graham crumbs and butter. Press into spring form pan.
Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
Add in eggs one at a time until just mixed in.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Place all ingredients on top of crust.
Place spring form pan in a water bath, making sure the water comes half way up the sides of the spring form pan.
Bake for 45 minutes and check center for doneness. If not done, continue to cook in 15 minute increments until the top is brown and no longer jiggles when lightly shooken.