the domestic tales of four sisters

the domestic tales of four sisters

“Easy Peasy” Cheesecake Cups

“Easy Peasy” Cheesecake Cups

Do you love your husband? I totally love mine.

Sure. He drives me crazy. And I annoy the crap out of him.

He’s an amazing husband, dad, and marine. (He’s easy on the eyes, too.) He has an amazing personality and is probably the funniest person alive. Not to mention he is smarter than me, which is pretty important to me. I’m not saying I’m dumber than a bag of rocks, but I need someone who can do my math for me. Or explain how a plane works so I don’t have panic attacks mid-air.

But, seriously, look at this guy …

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If I wasn’t already pregnant, I’d be pregnant again. Just sayin’.

The truth is, we haven’t spent a Valentine’s Day together since 2010. He’s either been deployed or working. This year we will get to spend the evening together.

We aren’t the overtly romantic kind. We are romantic in the sense that if a day passes without one of us making fun of the other something is wrong. (Yes, I said to my husband last Friday, “You sure you aren’t mad at me? You haven’t made fun of me or tried to annoy me since you got home … “) Therefore our Valentine’s Day plans always include one of us making a fancier meal for the other and watching a movie. This happened back in 2010 even before we had a kid!

On Friday, since he’s working, I will be making him steak and potatoes. I rarely ever make steak. It always turns out gray. But I think I found a method on Pinterest that will save me. We shall see. On Saturday, he’s making me lobster. I’ve never had lobster, but he is constantly making me try new fish and shellfish. (Raise your hand if you grew up in Central Pennsylvania and your idea of fish was Fish Sticks with Tartar sauce! *raises hand*)

But because I have a sweet tooth, and I’ve forced him to have one as well, I wanted to make us a dessert. It’s truth time though … Right now, at 29 weeks pregnant, I am AS big as I was at 39 weeks with my first pregnancy. This is no joke. I have pictures to prove it. Anyone who has been pregnant with a toddler understands the level of discomfort in your second pregnancy is WAY more than with your first pregnancy. This means that on Friday, at the end of my week, I’m not feeling like making some fancy, schmancy dessert on top of a fabulous dinner. *brushes shoulder off*

So … 3 grocery store ingredients and a pretty glass later …

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Optional: Makeshift decoration.

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I picked this up at the supermarket. Along with graham crackers (that I crushed) and some cherry pie filling. I just layered them in stemless wine glasses to make them a little prettier.

Hate the idea of using the boxed stuff? Here’s a recipe for no bake cheesecake filling! Just keep in mind, it has to chill & set up! So make sure you plan accordingly.

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I would never eat a full one of these unless it was the only thing I ate for dinner. My husband LOVES cheesecake though, so I estimate he will crush one and a half of these.

See … 6 years ago this man didn’t “like dessert.” Then he married me. Smartest decision he ever made.

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So you don’t want to do cherry filling, or graham cracker crumbs … maybe you want to really switch it up!? Here’s some flavor combos I’ve come up with!

The Reese’s Cup:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling mixed with 1/4 cup peanut butter (smooth)
Chopped Reese’s Cups
Crushed Oreos
Chocolate syrup
Cool Whip (optional)
*Layer ingredients as normal, top with Cool Whip & chocolate syrup.

The Classic Strawberry:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling
Strawberry preserves or Strawberries macerated with some sugar
Crushed Vanilla wafers
Cool Whip
*Layer ingredients as normal, top with Cool Whip

Chocolate Covered Cherry:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling mixed with 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Cherry pie filling
Crushed Oreos
Cool Whip
*Mix cheesecake filling and chocolate syrup, layer ingredients as normal, top with Cool Whip.

Salted Caramel Pretzel:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling
Salted Caramel Syrup (found in sundae toppings section)
Crushed Pretzels
Cool Whip
*Layer ingredients as normal, top with Cool Whip.

Strawberry Shortcake:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling
Angel Food Cake cut into cubes (storebought or homemade)
Strawberry preserves or strawberries macerated with sugar
Cool Whip
*Layer ingredients as normal, top with Cool Whip

Tiramisu:
Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling
Lady fingers
Espresso (instant or brewed – I just go to Starbucks and buy 4 shots)
Shaved chocolate (bittersweet recommended)
Cocoa powder
Whipped Cream or Cool Whip (Whipped Cream recommended)
*Lady Fingers first, drizzle them with Espresso, then shaved chocolate, cheesecake filling, whipped cream, and repeat. On very top shake some cocoa powder overtop of the final Whipped cream layer.

Valentine’s Day seems to be a holiday more focused around the ladies. One thing I always try to do for my husband is make him a delicious meal (check!) and get him (or make him) a card that tells him I’m proud of him, thank him for working so hard to provide for our family, and that I respect him for making the sacrifices he does for us and for this country. They need to hear those things, too!

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!

Have a cheesecake cup combination that you want to share? Post in the comment section below! Share your bevy of knowledge!

-Kelsea

 



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