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Cheesecake- Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake-Stuffed-Strawberries

Do you know what July and February have in common?

The 4th of July & Valentines day both give us an excuse to eat lots and lots of  STRAWBERRIES!

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries are a super great way to celebrate a holiday.  They are special, beautiful, and a nice change from chocolate-covered strawberries.  Can’t give your Chocolate Covered Strawberries up? Then mix the 2 on a beautiful platter and get ready for the oooo’s & ahhhh’s!

My 11- year- old Avery is quite the pastry chef and loves any excuse to get her pastry bag out and do some filling or decorating.  She made these beauties for her sister’s birthday which is at the end of January, and we loved them so much we are going to make them again for Valentines Day.

I love recipes that have a bit of natural, healthy goodness along with a sweet.  This recipe is just that.  Nature’s goodness with a creamy sweet addition.

Enjoy!

 

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

2 lbs. fresh strawberries

8oz cream cheese

1 tbsp sour cream

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Wash the strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel.  Use a melon baller to remove the stems and create a small hole in the strawberries for the cheesecake to sit.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sour cream until fluffy.  Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar.  Beat until smooth and combined.  Place cheesecake mixture into a piping bag or zip close bag, with the corner snipped off.

Squeeze a bit of the cheese cake mixture into each strawberry.  Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet when done and let chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Place on a pretty tray to serve.

FUN/DIY/ Holidays/Parties/ Valentine's Day

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Sponsored/ Valentine's Day

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FAMILY/ Marriage/ Sponsored/ Valentine's Day

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We were recently at a family get together, and all the adults were discussing Valentines Day.  I realized in that discussion that I usually plan ahead and have lots of fun ideas for my 3 lovely girls for Valentines Day each year, but have fallen in a rut when it comes to Valentines plans with my sweet husband.  Don’t get me wrong–getting dressed up and going out for dinner and an evening focused on the two of us is pretty close to perfect, but I wanted to think outside the box and get a bit more creative this year.
Usually getting creative means getting crafty, and honestly, that is not too appealing to me right now.  I’m trying to live the simple life, with less mess and more time. After spending the last 3 months laid up while healing from surgeries,  I am in the habit of looking for ways to simplify. Using online services for creating gifts and shopping for gifts certainly is convenient, and when you can customize those gifts, it makes it so much more personal.
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I loved all the different & fun date ideas they had to choose from, there is no way I would have been able to think of all of them myself!  I also thought the stick figures and graphics were really cute. The Datevitation website is really well laid out and super easy to use, and I think Todd will love the dates I chose.  Two of them were pretty traditional, but things we both love to do.  The last 3 dates I chose from the steamy adult-only section, which are also things we both love to do {blush} and I think they will make this a Valentine gift he won’t forget!

 I especially loved the new feature that allows you to add your own photos to the faces of the illustrations.  So funny!

The packaging is simple, which of course appealed to me.  I liked that it was not too fru-fru as it IS for my guy.

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Counting Gifts/ FAMILY/ Kids/Family/ Valentine's Day

Captured Life Tidbits – Our Life In Instagram Photos Valentines Edition

captured life tidbits
So thankful for these moments– these tidbits–that make up life.
Capturing the moments visually is a gift.
It keeps me present, it keeps me thankful, & reminds me to live NEW!
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I went to kiss Lil’ One goodnight and had to walk through these first.  I love how she gets so excited and has to decorate before a holiday!
valentine's decor
More decorations by my girl, she surprised me and had this all waiting for me when I got home.
{no our Christmas tree is not still up, that is our small ‘winter’ tree}
Valentine's day date with daughter
Had a lovely date with this middle child the day before Valentines day.  I took her to her favorite Noodles & Co. & then for a brownie at a coffee shop.
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Valentine sweets from our local health food store.
valentine's gifts
Valentine gifts and breakfast place setting for my 9 year old.
valentine breakfast
Valentine breakfast place setting for my 12 year old.
valentine's presents
Valentine gifts and breakfast place setting for my 13 year old.
“Chevron” Brownie making with dear friends.  Pretty huh?  So easy.  They actually made these for our super bowl party, but I thought they looked pretty Valentines Day-ish, too!
black high heel boots
I pulled out the high heels for my Valentines date night.
Pink ombre shirt from Target
I found an ombre shirt at Target and a fun necklace that matches the bracelet that was given to me by a special little girl in my life.
Valentine's dinner date
I’m a lucky lady.  The cucumber lemonade is so fresh and light.  I could drink gallons!
Vegan dinner
Pepe’s.  A local vegetarian restaurant, perfect for our Valentine dinner out.
Todd had the Sweet Potato Quesadilla.  I had the Vidalia Zucchini Enchilada plate.
I had Strawberry Coconut Cake & he had Chocolate Cake with Coconut Fudge Frosting.
Pepe is an incredible chef and just relocated his restaurant (my fav in town) to my neighborhood!
Love/ Spiritual/ Valentine's Day

A Valentine From New Nostalgia

God's love never ends

 For the above graphic to make sense, please CLICK HERE  to listen.

It is a song. It is the song “Times” By Tenth Avenue North.  This song alone gives me chills, especially the end.  But the version linked above was one that I had never heard and was played by KLOVE.  I was listening in my car and had to pull over as I was listening…it touched me so.  It is words of love from the very best Valentine…the God of this Universe.  I just had to share it with all of you.

Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you!

Here is a video I share every year at Valentines day.  It is called “The Father’s Love Letter” and it is full of scripture truths that God says about us.  They use portions of it in the song linked above, but here is the video in its entirety. Enjoy!






Valentine's Day

White Chocolate Raspberry Valentine Bites

white chocolate raspberry valentine bites

I think the raspberry is pretty much perfection, just how it is. 
But when I saw this idea on Sasha Libby via Pinterest, I knew my girls would have a blast stuffing raspberries with white chocolate chips and popping them in their mouths.  They did..:)
white chocolate raspberry valentine bites
Cute, huh?  
These would be great at a Valentines Day brunch or a fun 4th of July snack.
white chocolate raspberry valentine bites
My girls called them candy.  
That made me happy.

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