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kelseydo veggie garden

Over the weekend Nick’s family and I planted vegetables from small plants and seeds in our shared vegetable garden. We are hoping to grow some kale, corn, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, red peppers, squash and peas. I also moved the herbs that I had been growing in trays out to the garden. It’s ridiculous that I feel like some kind of green mad scientist doing a crazy herb experiment when people do this all the time in their backyards/windowsills and it is no big deal. I’m hoping that people in the city who would never think to try growing their own herbs or vegetables will read this and think: If this chick can do this, I can definitely do this.

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So far the best part of growing my own herbs is the never-ending Mint leaves aka Mojitos!

I’ve been making Mojitos in a different way recently and they are definitely not as sweet/sour/tart as I used to make them but they are way more refreshing. Also you can drink more of them and they are just as boozy! I recommend you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think:

Image via the daily news

Mmmojitos!

Refreshing Mojitos

*Makes 2 servings

1. Fill martini shaker half way with ice cubes

2. Pour in 3 oz light rum (I use Bacardi)

3. Pick 10 fresh mint leaves and break them up into pieces before putting them in the shaker

4. Squeeze in juice of half a lime

5. Add 1 1/2 oz of simple syrup (I make this by stirring 2 teaspoons of sugar in a cup of boiling water)

6. Put the shaker together and shake it up for about 30 seconds

7. Pour the mixture in the shaker over ice in a tall glass (or a short glass for more of a liquor kick)

8. Top the glass with soda water and add a quarter of a lime on the rim of the glass

Cheers! I am now incredibly thirsty.

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kelseydo cheesecake

Cheesecake is SO easy to make! We are talking run-of-the-mill New York Style Cheesecake. It is possibly my  favorite dessert.

Graham Cracker Goodness

Laying the Foundation

The crust is just Graham Cracker crumbs and butter. The Graham Cracker crumb box said 1 1/4 cups of crumbs to 1/4 cup of butter. I don’t know about y’all but Paula Deen says you can never use too much butter n’ oil, so I put in 1/2 cup. (Seriously though, a 1/4 cup is not enough.) Mix up the crumbs and butter and then press the mixture into the bottom of a greased  9″ spring form pan.

Cheese Sticks

Leaning Tower of Cheese

Looking at this pile of cheese in the bowl and then throwing a cup of sugar over it almost deterred me from eating cheesecake…NOT. I made the mistake of not properly creaming the cream cheese with the sugar so I had some cheesy chunks happening in the final product. Just put this bowl of cream cheese in the microwave for a couple minutes and then stir in the sugar to avoid chunky bits.

The Final Product

My very first cheesecake!

Ta-daa! As you can see, other than the chunky cheese bits it turned out perfectly. After creaming the sugar and cream cheese you just add one egg for each stick of cream cheese (4 in this case), a cup of sour cream, a teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour. Then you put that mixture on top of your graham cracker and throw it in the oven at 350. This is where the recipe I used got a little tricky. You cook the cheesecake for 1 hour, and then you turn off the oven, without opening it, and leave the cheesecake in there with the door closed for 5-6 hours to prevent cracking. After that you chill it in the refrigerator before eating it.

My cheesecake definitely cracked. But guess what? No one cares! It tasted delicious! I didn’t really follow the directions properly. First of all, after one hour I turned off the oven…but I had to open it to look at the cheesecake! It’s the very first cheesecake I’ve made, who knows what it could look like! At that point it was not cracked. It looked perfect. After that I was going to let it sit for 5-6 hours in the oven with the door closed but I ended up going to a party and forgot all about making a cheesecake. The next morning I woke abruptly and sat up in bed: cheesecake! I marched over to the oven and checked out the cheesecake. I was surprised it was still there. That cheesecake would have been the perfect post-drinking snack!

I made these little numbers below last week for a special dinner. The recipe is a little different but just as easy. Aren’t they swell?

NY Cheesecake Cupcake
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