Sunday, October 25, 2015

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake


One thing I've learned at uni is the necessity that is simple cooking. From that, this recipe was born. Originally I was going to make a classic no bake cheesecake, but with pumpkin spice popping up left and right, I decided to be in the spirit of the season and add a pumpkin twist. With that seasonal addition, this dessert is not only perfect to enjoy during the season as a whole, but also as a treat to share with family and friends during fall festivities, like Thanksgiving, or whenever you're feeling generous.  

-The order this recipe should be prepared in: crust, filling, topping-

This recipe yields one pie.

Ingredients
Crust
10 graham crackers, finely crushed 
1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted

Filling 
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1 cup pure pumpkin puree 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 
1 large (12 oz.) whipped topping (Cool Whip)
-or- use JELL-O's No Bake Pumpkin Style Pie & follow their steps

Topping
whipped topping (Cool Whip)
sprinkle of ground cinnamon  

Steps
Crust
1. Crush graham crackers as finely as possible. 
2. Mix with the melted butter. 
3. Press the crust into your chosen container and let cool in the fridge. 

Filling
1. With a mixer, mix the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, vanilla, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together until creamy.
2. Add half of the whipped topping to the mix and blend. 

Assembly
1. Spoon the pumpkin cheesecake mix onto the crust. 
2. With a piping bag, or spoon, top the cheesecake with the whipped topping and sprinkle on cinnamon.


As shown in these photos, you can have fun with the presentation of this recipe by making individual cheesecakes, putting them in mason jars, and decorating them to your liking. I definitely recommend this for a gift, even if it isn't pumpkin flavored; I know I'd be ecstatic to receive something so cute and yummy! If you're not sold already, then let me just reiterate what is said in the title of this post- this is a NO BAKE recipe! Easy peasy! So get baking I mean making!!

If you try this recipe, but sure to post a photo of your creation on Instagram. Tag/mention me in it and/or use the hashtag #mollymac! Hope you enjoy!

~Moll

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quick Fall Craft


And when I say quick, I mean quick. This DIY can literally be condensed down to two steps: buy fake flowers, and put them in a vase. However, I'm going to share with you the spiced-up autumnal version. (Please excuse the poor quality of this photo. It was taken years ago believe it or not.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sweater Weather Tag

From my Instagram... following back all! :)

*It's the most wonderful time of the yearrrrr* As it's finally been consistently feeling like fall, I thought it appropriate to find a related tag and have some fun with it. I mean who doesn't love a seasonal tag? They make for a great opportunity to remember and reflect on all of the wonderful things that are presently happening. On that note, I urge you to answer this tag for yourself! Cozy up in your favorite sweater, grab a cuppa, and enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Creme de la Creme a la Edgar


Remember the Aristocats movie? Remember the drink left for the kitties to lap that would make them take a nap? Well turns out it's a thing- minus the sleeping meds. When I discovered this, I was over the moon about it. Not only was that one of my favorite movies growing up, but as the months get cooler, I yearn for something warm to fill my belly and radiate all over. How perfect that I've discovered a drink from something that only brings on great memories?  Whether I'm home or at Uni, this drink is very comforting and satisfying. And it is a super simple beverage to make that all ages can enjoy. If you have little ones, wouldn't it be perfect to pop in the movie and enjoy this drink with some cookies?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello October


As previously mentioned in several of my latest posts, life has been hectic lately. Whenever this happens, things begin feeling a bit stale and mundane. That's how I know it's time to make a change. Change is not only a chance to get excited over something new, but it's also an opportunity to feel refreshed. The welcoming of autumn and October, my favorite season and month, has made for the perfect chance to make a few changes: