Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar!


You are probably looking at the picture and saying to yourself--looks like strawberries to me!  You would be right.  When Olivia made this for a recent event at her house, she used strawberry pie filling she had canned.  It was a big hit.  You can use cherries if you like, or if you are looking for a handy and beautiful red, white, and blue dessert for July 4th, try putting a layer of blueberries on the crust and then the white layer and then the cherry pie filling or strawberry filling.  You won't be sorry you did this quick, easy, and eye catching dessert.  Serving it in canning jars makes it fast and fun!

We hope you and your family and friends have a safe and happy Fourth of July!  Get out there and celebrate the freedom we enjoy!

Cherry Cheesecake In A Jar
Serves: 6
  • 6, 8 oz Mason Jars
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Lemon juice
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 cups crushed Graham Crackers
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup cherry topping
  1. Beat cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar until creamy.
  2. In a large bowl whip the heavy cream until peaks form with a mixer.
  3. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
  4. Transfer to the corner a large zippered bag and cut off corner for piping into jars.
  5. Melt butter and add to crushed graham crackers.
  6. Place a layer of crushed graham cracker mixture in the bottom of each jar and press down to form crust.
  7. Fill cheese cake mixture into each jar.
  8. Gently tap jar to get mixture to settle and level.
  9. Wipe down any streaks above the level of the mixture with damp paper towel.
  10. Add a layer of cherries to each jar.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Olivia is always combing the internet looking for great new recipes.  She found this one on the Real Life Moms website.  It combines a delightful mix of citrus, savory spice, and heat to make for a delicious grilling flavor.  Getting a nice glaze on it as you grill it only adds to the awesome flavor of this chicken dish.  Who doesn't like something new and different when it comes to grilling chicken?

Grilling the chicken...

Ta da..


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • lime slices for garnish, optional
  1. preheat your grill to a medium heat
  2. pat the chicken breasts dry
  3. sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts
  4. in a small bowl combine the lime zest, lime juice, honey and chili powder
  5. place on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes then flip to cook on the other side
  6. allow to cook another 5 to 6 minutes
  7. brush both sides of the chicken breast with the honey mixture
  8. allow to keep cooking until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F