Oh Lordy, no-bake gingerbread cheesecakes. Where have you been all my life? At this rate, I’m thinking I should write a no-bake cheesecake cookbook because I can’t be stopped from making these cute little treats. And I also love that these are in individual sizes for portion control because me + cheesecake is not a good combination!
While I still think my Bailey’s cheesecakes are my absolute favorite (again, it’s the chocolate thing…), this gingerbread version is a very close second. I admitted to you guys last year that I’m not a big peppermint fan unless it’s in a tube of toothpaste or a breath mint. It’s okay in small doses, but I would take gingerbread over peppermint any day.
Like previous versions, they are super simple to make. I used crushed gingersnap cookies for the crust and added molasses and spices to the cream cheese so you definitely get lots of gingerbread flavor! Top them with a dollop of whipped cream and stick a little gingerbread dude on top and you’ve got yourselves the best holiday dessert!
Green beans – I know, I know, not too exciting. I have to tell you though, this is my favorite veggie side dish. And we all need good side dishes in our repertoire. I know a lot of people are fans of the traditional green bean casserole this time of year, but I just can’t do it. I do love the crispy onion topping, but that’s about it. I tend to prefer my veggies as plain as possible. Just a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. They don’t need much. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love all things cheesy, but when it comes to veggies, I like them more plain and not soaked in cream or cheese. I also prefer my side dishes to be as quick as possible and these green beans fit the bill!
These sautéed green beans go with pretty much any dinner, but also work well for the holidays. I served them as a veggie side for Thanksgiving. I like adding almonds for added crunch and plus it makes them feel a little more special. I also sometimes like to throw in a splash of white wine for added flavor. Veggies can be special too!
Raise your hand if you are done with your Christmas shopping. Now raise your hand if you have only bought like two gifts. *Raises hand*
Ugh, I hate Christmas shopping so much. If I can’t buy it online, I get irritated. Is it sad that I am only 30 years old and already can’t stand going out to shop? I hope not. You know what my favorite part of Christmas shopping is? The part where I get to wrap the presents. I love wrapping presents. I love making a package look all pretty and making people feel all special. I used to be envious of those people at the mall who got to wrap presents for people. Give me a few rolls of wrapping paper and pretty ribbon and I’m good for like two hours.
So these breakfast cookies. You probably have gathered by now that I’m a fan of the breakfast cookie since this is the fourth breakfast cookie recipe I’ve posted. This is mostly because I am often running behind in the morning and need something I can take with me to eat in the car or when I get into the office.
Since these cookies are meant to be a healthy breakfast or snack, I don’t add any sugar or even butter, not even eggs! You don’t need ‘em for these. I’ve been thinking about an apple cinnamon version and it’s pretty fantastic. These cookies are made with fresh apple and applesauce so you’ve got plenty of apple flavor. Take them for breakfast or a snack, the whole family will love them!
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Are the holidays stressing you out yet? I kind of had a little panic attack last night when I realized that I have only bought one Christmas present so far. Argh! I feel totally uncreative this year with gifts for people. I usually have at least some ideas for people, but I am not feeling it this year. I apologize in advance to my family when you all open up boxes of socks this Christmas.
I was going to wait until Friday to post these little guys since I have posted them once before, but they are so darn cute that I have to post them today instead.
No joke, while I was photographing these I felt like I was shooting photos for a boy band’s new album cover. And then once that happened, I couldn’t stop taking photos in this way because it’s too funny. Especially the photo below. Total album cover material. I’ll call my penguin band The Waddles.
Are you guys still even listening to me?
Though they really appeal to the kiddos, I think they are just as fun for adults too! Whoever you make them for, they are perfect for any holiday party to serve as an appetizer. They can be a little time consuming, but it is well worth the effort I think because they will certainly catch everyone’s attention! Another great thing about them is that compared to a lot of other holiday appetizers, this one is much healthier. I used plain cream cheese, but you could use other flavors if you wanted to!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!