Happy Easter a Week Late with a Recipe for Two Desserts

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Today I bring you my Easter desserts, a week too late. I wrote this post last Monday then life got in the way and I did not get to add the pictures till today. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter spent with Friends and Family celebrating our Saviors Resurrection! We had a wonderful low key Easter, we went to a Sunrise Service right on the beach which was amazing then we spent the afternoon eating dinner with dear friends at our house. Since I love making and eating desserts I offered to make them, I made a Lemon Roll Cake as well as Mini Lemon Cheesecakes. I got the idea to make the Lemon Roll from Crazy for Crust and from there just ran with it. Both desserts turned out wonderful and I know I will be making them many more times in the coming months. One of the reasons I love these desserts is they are so easy to make, the filling for the Lemon Roll is also the base for the Mini Cheesecakes. It is also very light and refreshing and would make a wonderful dessert for the hot summer months. I was actually only planning on making one dessert but then I had a lot of the filling left from the Lemon Roll Cake so I decided to make mini cheesecakes, I used Gingersnaps for my crust on the Mini Cheesecakes since I did not have any Gram Crackers on hand. I hope you all love these desserts as much as I do!

 

Lemon Roll Cake with Lemon Cheesecake Filling

 

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Whisking the dry ingredients together.

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Whisking the eggs.

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Rolling the lemon to release the juice.

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Zesting the Lemon.

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Cutting the Lemon.

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Juicing the Lemon.

 

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Adding in the sugar.

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Mixing together all of the wet ingredients.

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Adding in the flour.

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Carefully spreading the batter into the pan.

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Batter spread into the pan, thinly.

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Quickly peeling the cake off of the wax paper.

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The Lemon Roll off of the old wax paper and onto the new.

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Rolling the cake so it can cool.

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Adding the whipping cream into the ice cold mixing bowl.

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Adding in by small increments the softened cream cheese.

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Adding in the powdered sugar and lemon extract.

 

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The Lemon Cheesecake filling.

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Spreading the filling on the lemon roll.

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Re-rolling the Lemon Roll.

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The Lemon Roll ready to be refrigerated.

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Wrapping the Lemon Roll for the fridge.

 

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

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Smashing the gingersnaps.

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Add the cookies crumbs to the mini muffin tin.

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Spooning the lemon cheesecake filling into mini muffin tin.

 

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The filled muffin tin ready to go into the freezer.

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Lemon Roll Cake
3 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice (about 1 medium or 1/2 large)
Zest of one lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
Powdered sugar, to aid in rolling

Lemon Cheesecake Filling
1/2 cup whipping cream
8 oz cream cheese
5 TBS powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll (10″x 15”) pan with wax paper. Beat eggs at high speed for 2 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. Beat in sugar, lemon juice, and zest. Whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Stir into wet ingredients just until blended. Spread in prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes (mine took 7).
While the cake is baking, place wax paper larger then your jelly roll pan out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the wax sprinkled with powdered sugar. Using a serrated knife carefully pull cake off of the wax paper it was cooked on. Working at the short end, fold the edge of the wax paper over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the wax paper. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour. While the cake is chilling, make the filling. Beat the heavy whipping cream and cream cheese until stiff peaks form. Beat in the lemon extract and powdered sugar. When cake is cool, carefully unroll the cake and place on a clean piece of wax paper. Spread the lemon whipped cream over the cake. (You should have filling left over) Gently but tightly, re-roll the cake and tape close. Chill until it firms up a bit, at least one hour or overnight. Slice and serve. Cake will last covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Lemon Cheesecake
5 gingersnaps
Leftover lemon filling
12 small muffin tin wrappers
Directions
Crumble 5 gingersnaps, Using the left over filling from the Lemon cake fill 12 small muffin cups. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Serve with small dollop of whipped cream.

Glitter Ornament Tutorial

Glitter Ornaments via LashesandDashesFor the past two years I have made Glitter Christmas Ornaments for my Family and Friends. The Ornaments are super easy to make once you get the hang of it! This year on a couple of the ornaments I combined paint and glitter. I also painted faces on a few to make Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Frosty. Excuse the messy table, it is my crafting table that has seen better days.

Supplies

Floor Wax (I bought mine at Dollar General, but you could also use Pledge Floor Care Multi Surface Finish.)

Fine Glitter

Glass Ornaments

Funnel

Instructions 

Swish water around the glass ornaments, place the ornaments upside down, let dry completely. Place a drop of the floor cleaner in the dry ornaments, swirl the cleaner around the whole ornament, let the excess cleaner drop out of the ornament into the bottle of cleaner. Using a funnel (I made my own out of paper) pour in the glitter, turn the ornament so that the glitter covers the entire ornament. Let the excess glitter fall back into the container of glitter. Place the top with the hook back on ornament. After this step you can either finish or you can add the finishing touches. A few adjustments I made, was using the floor wax as a paint thinner, I mixed together a bit of acrylic paint and the floor wax. Using the same technique I did with the glitter, swirl the paint around the ornament until the ornament is covered. Play around with the paint, you could mix together two colors, or add glitter.

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Non- Alcoholic Christmas Sangria

Non- Alcoholic Sangria via LashesandDashesTraditionally we have Punch every Christmas but this year we all decided to try something completely different, Non- Alcoholic Christmas Sangria. I halved the recipe and made a few adjustments to the recipe by The Kitchn . The drink was a big hit in my opinion, I would most definitely make it again! The Sangria was very refreshing, I think it would be great for a hot Summer day! Below I will post the recipe I used, be sure to check out The Kitchn blog and tell her I sent you 🙂

Serves 4

1 cups boiling water
1 black tea bag (or 1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea in an infuser)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 half apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 1/2 cups carbonated water

Directions

Pour boiling water over tea bag and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag and stir in sugar to dissolve.In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

Christmas Place Settings

Christmas Place Setting via LashesandDashesAt our House my Mom always makes Christmas so special with every detail covered. One of the things she likes to do is make beautiful place settings for our table. This year she asked for my help with some new ideas. Below are three ideas for the Place Settings, I have included two variations for each Setting. When my Mom sets the table for a special occasion she includes a favor for our Guests, just a little extra something special.

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For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses still wrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 5 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

I saw a Place Setting Similar to this on Pinterest and decided to do my own take on it.

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This Place setting is the same as above but with one small adjustment. For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses unwrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 6 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

The variation for this setting is a very simple one, just unwrap the Hershey Kisses.

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For this Place Setting you will need: 1 Bread Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Christmas Glass, 1 Place Mat in Shape of Christmas Ornament, 1 Cloth Napkin in Shape of Christmas Tree, Silverware

Before this year I had never seen a napkin folded into a tree, it is the hottest trend for Place Settings this year. I will post the how to video below.

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Same as above except we put Hershey Kisses in the Folds of the Napkin

The Hershey Kisses would be our Favor on this Place Setting.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan.

My mom taught me how to fold the napkin into a fan, I will post the tutorial below.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan 1 Christmas Place Mat.

The Petit Four is from our favorite Bakery in Louisville Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli, before we headed back home we picked up several Petit Fours for Christmas and froze them so they would be fresh.  You could also use a favorite cookie or other yummy goody of your choice.

From Our Table to Your Table we wish you the Merrist of Christmas!

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Its Starting to Look like Christmas

At the T Family Home it is starting to look a lot like Christmas!

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At the T household Christmas is our favorite time of the year, the most Wonderful time of year! It holds a special meaning for our family, it is our Christ’s Birthday. All of the sparkle, the warmth, spending time together as a family and the traditions. Baking and Cooking to be done, so much to look forward to!

This is the earliest we have ever decorated but we figured since we will be traveling so much we want to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible!

We started the weekend out with a new tradition, Eggnog French toast, made by Dad. Eggnog French Toast

Yesterday we decorated the Family Room.

Family Room full of Christmas

Another tradition in our family is Eggnog and Chocolate covered pretzels

Eggnog and Chocolate

For the first time Dad and I did the Christmas Village together, it was so nice to be able to do something creative together.

Christmas Village

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Of course Arianna had to get in on the fun.

Arianna

I just love our smaller Nativity it is from my great Grandparents, such a Godly couple! I can remember the Nativity from my childhood, I can not wait to share it with my children!

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