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Sugar-free Holiday Cheesecake Recipe

The holidays are upon us again, and we have to prepare promptly to receive them. The joy that Christmas brings, the thrills of getting to meet with long-time friends and distant relatives, everything is worth looking forward to. But then, what do you have to offer them when they finally arrive? Let me give you an idea; you can create this super-delicious cheesecake without worrying about excessive sugar content.

This article will show you how to make your own sugar-free holiday cheesecake recipe. You’ll see how easy it is to get everyone smiling at the dining table. The good thing about this cheesecake is that it can still pass for a good dessert if you prepare it well. You don’t have to worry about a family member who has diabetes; it is sugar-free and is still as delicious as you can imagine.

What You’ll Need

For the Cake Filling

  • 750 gram of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Two tablespoon yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of rice malt syrup
  • Extra raspberries and mint leaves to decorate
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream

For the Cake Crust

  • One cup of almond meal or other nut meal
  • One cup of shelled pistachios
  • 120 gram of softened unsalted butter
  • One cup of shredded coconut

Directions

It is not an entirely new procedure if you have been baking other types of cheesecakes. The only difference this time is that you won’t be adding sugar to the batter.

Step one

Start by preheating the oven and lining the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

Step two

To make the base, you’ll whiz the nuts in a food processor. Continue to do that until you’re sure it is very smooth. Pour your shredded coconut into the bowl, add the almond meal and butter. Stir the mixture with your hand till it forms a dough. If you don’t feel like the butter is enough, as some more. Remember that the oil in the nut can only be released when you stir correctly with your hand. Press the dough into the pan and bake for around 5 to 8 minutes until you notice that it is becoming golden in color. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.

Step three

Make a puree out of raspberries by slowly blending it. Ensure that you add some water to make it pass through easily. Pour the product into a saucepan and stir carefully until it becomes slightly thick. Allow it to cool down while you move on to the next step.

Step four

Empty all the remaining ingredients into a big bowl and stir thoroughly. Drop little bits of the mixture into the cold pan, and drop some of the raspberry sauce on the surface of the cheesecake. Pour the remaining mixture into the surface of the cheesecake and smoothen it out. Place it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcook it. Place the product in the fridge for some hours and serve it cold.

How to Wrap a Present (Step by Step)

Wrapping a present is one skill that everyone needs to know, especially now that the Christmas holidays are upon us. It may not mean so much if you decide to open up your present when you deliver it. However, it will make it more presentable and surprising when it is properly wrapped.

In this article, we will look at how you can wrap a present properly to make it look presentable, not minding the content of the gift. Follow me through this article, and you just might be the one who teaches your friends and family who also want to learn to wrap presents.

Step 1: Measure the paper

It is always best to measure out the amount of wrapping paper you will need for the present. Remember that you must already have your gift before you begin to cut. Place the present on the wrapping paper and mark the length and breadth of the present on the paper.

Step 2: Cut out the paper

When you have carefully measured the actual size of the present on the paper, you can now move forward to cutting the measurements out of the wrapping paper. Try as much as possible to stick with your markings. You can go above it but try not to go below it; else, you might need to throw the paper away.

Step 3: Fold two ends of the paper

It will be your decision which two ends you want to fold first, but whichever one you choose, ensure that you wrap them up properly and tape them together. This is going to be the basis of your work.

Step 4: Fold down the other two sides

When you have folded the first two ends and taped them together, you will notice that the other two ends are sticking out. Fold them down and tape them to the body of the present.

Step 5: Form a triangle

You can do this by folding in one the wrapping paper from one edge of the present. You will notice that it naturally forms a triangle when you do this.

Step 6: Raise the triangle tail and tape

The job gets easier from here on. Just raise the tail of the triangle to cover the two folded sides and tape everything together firmly. Repeat the same step for the other side of the present, and you’re good to go. Some people may decide to tape the entire box again, but I think that would deface the gift and steal its beauty.

Step 7: Do the decorations

The decoration shouldn’t take much of your time. It merely entails that you tie a beautiful ribbon around the present. If you are wrapping a Christmas present, you should consider using a red ribbon because it represents the color of Christmas.

If you followed all these steps judiciously, you should now have a firmly and beautifully wrapped present that will thrill the benefactor with its looks even before its content is revealed.

How to Make Paper Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations

Paper decorations are beginning to gain ground in the media lately. People are starting to ditch the overly expensive decorations and going for cheaper and easy-to-make ones. One good thing about paper decorations is that they won’t affect your pocket at all, and they’re just as beautiful as any other form of decoration you can think about.

In this article, I will show you how to make beautiful paper snowflake Christmas tree decorations. You can choose to place them on your Christmas tree, on your walls both in the office and at home, or on your home table.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Follow the steps below to make your own paper snowflakes.

Step one

Make a triangle from a square paper by folding it diagonally. Ensure that the paper is square before you begin to fold. To make it a perfect square, you can measure the sides with a ruler or fold the paper from one of the tips and make sure that it is parallel to the adjacent edge of the paper. Cut out the excess paper, and what you’ll have is a perfect square.

Step two

While still maintaining the first folding, fold the two pointed edges again till they meet. Make sure that the edges are perfectly parallel to each other.

Step three

For the third time, you will have to fold the triangle again, but this time, it will not form another triangle; it will form the shape of a rocket. Your paper should be getting thicker by now, which is why you must ensure that you start the process with light paper. Thicker paper becomes difficult or impossible to fold as you go further.

Step four

After the previous folding, you’ll notice that you now have excesses on both sides of the rocket shape paper. Cut those excesses off the piece, so you have a regular triangle again. Be careful while doing this, because a wrong cut into the other parts of the paper could ruin the entire process, and you’ll have to start over again with another paper.

Step five

This step is where all the work is because here’s where you begin to design your paper snowflake Christmas decoration. Pick a pair of sharp scissors and cut through the folded paper from the edges to the center. Cut different shapes; some straight, some zigzag, and some wavy or curved. You’ll see the magic when you spread out the paper.

Step six

Unfold your paper now, and what you’ll have is a beautifully designed snowflake. When you spread out the paper, you must ensure that you’re extremely careful to avoid tearing up the design. If you used a very light paper, the risk of getting it torn is higher. Be as cautious as possible, and the result will thrill you.

You can either hang the finished product on your Christmas tree with a fine ribbon or on your windows to make them dangle freely and beautifully.

How to Cook Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one meal that seems to be present every Thanksgiving. It can be prepared in so many ways. In this short piece, we will show you how to cook green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole – Canned, Frozen, or Fresh?

There are three major ways of preserving Green Bean Casserole – fresh, frozen, and canned. You can opt for any method that you’re convenient with.

In November, green beans are not always in season, so people tend to get it earlier and preserve it in a refrigerator. They most times taste like the fresh ones if preserved properly.

Creamed Green Bean Casserole Sauce

This is exactly as tasty as it sounds. Here’s how you prepare this delicacy:

●  Melt the butter

●  Blend the butter with the flour

●  Pour it over the milk

●  Put the mixture in your cooker and allow it to cook for a while. Bring it down.

You can also decide to add cheese to your Green Bean Casserole recipe, but you have to use one cup or less of it. You can opt to use Parmesan, Gruyère, or Monterey Jack.

Also, fried onions should be an addition to this meal. As a matter of fact, if you skip anything during its preparation you should never skip fried onions. This is because of the extra flavor which it adds to it. Green Bean Casserole takes about 55 minutes to get ready.

Ingredients

●  Trimmed Green beans (1 lb)

●  1 onion (should be sliced like a half moons)

●  6 tablespoons butter

●  Kosher salt

●  2 cloves of garlic ( minced)

●  1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

●  8 oz. Of sliced mushrooms

●  Black pepper  (freshly ground)

●  3 cups of whole milk

●  11/2 cups of French fries onions

Directions

●  Have your oven preheated to 350°. Make an ice bath. Put a pot on your stove, and allow to boil. Put in your green beans, and keep cooking until it turns to bright green, let’s say, for 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, have your beans transferred into the bath and drain afterward.

●  Put your ovenproof skillet over a medium heat cooker and melt 2 tablespoons of butter inside it. Put in your onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Be sure to stir it occasionally until it gets soft.

●  Season your mushrooms with salt and pepper and add it. Stir the mushrooms often and keep cooking until it turns golden. Cook for five minutes. Dip the mushrooms into the garlic. When it’s fragrant, turn in this mixture into the green bean bowl.

●  Melt the remaining butter, and dip it into the ovenproof skillet until it is still over medium heat. Whisk everything together with the flour, and have it cooked for 2 minutes until it turns golden. Season the milk with salt and pepper, and whisk the mixture. Allow it to simmer and cook for 4 minutes until it gets thick. Bring it down from the heat, and blend with green bean mixture

●  For 30 minutes, bake until it has warmed through and is bubbling.

●  Add the fried onions, and have it baked for an extra 5 minutes

Here it is! Now, you can make your own Green Bean Casserole!

Immune Supportive Recipes for Flu Season

During the fall season, the last thing you would want for yourself is to be seen with uncontrolled cough, body aches, excessive cold, runny nose, etc. But, somehow, you find yourself going through these things and you wonder, “how come?”

Now, this is where the problem all begins. You start thinking of how to set things in place and get back on your feet. At this point, you need to develop a meal plan to fall back on for the purpose of supporting your immune system. This is just so you would be able to retain your breath and be free from the unfriendly weather.

In this piece, we shall outline some of the best immune-supportive recipes for the flu season. Let’s get started!

1. Blueberry Orange and Almond Pancakes with Orange Maple Glaze

I guess we already know the primary function of orange. As an antioxidant, this meal will help boost and enhance your immune system greatly. This should be something for everyone!

2. Broccoli Rabe and Kale Harvest Salad

This combo is loaded with lots of vitamins A, E, and C. Broccoli Rabe and Kale Harvest also have a large number of antioxidants and fiber contents in it. For someone who’s looking to be flu-free this season, this should be your go-to combo for the overall good of your health.

3. California Salmon

Salmon is one of the most basic things you need for a general improvement of your health. This means that you should endeavor to consume this seafood more. When it’s lightly seasoned, you’ll love to have a taste of it because, WOW, it sure feels great. Here! We want to help you enhance your immunity, and this is one of the best recipes!

4. The Right Food Supplement

The importance of food supplements can’t be overemphasized. In the absence of the basic meals needed, you can use a food supplement to fill in for what you have lost in real meals. If you’re looking for a good supplement that can perfectly fit this purpose, you can opt for LivOn Labs Lypo Spheric Vitamins.

5. Chicken with Garlic Parsley

When it comes to enhancing the immunity of the body’s immune system, protein is one of the most considered classes of food that helps with this. It stimulates your immune system by providing it with amino acids. Chicken as a meal can load your body system and protein since it’s one of the right sources. When combined with garlic and parsley, the taste of the chicken is improved and comes out palatable. Your taste buds are about to be teased!

6. Tuscan Broccoli Tomato Tarts

The nutrients contained in Tuscan Broccoli Tomato Tarts are basically part of what you need to keep you going. They will protect your body system from bacterias during the fall. The tarts make this meal a delicious one, you will definitely love it.

These are some of the immune-supportive recipes for the flu season. When implemented, you’ll get properly guarded against bacteria, which tend to attack your immune system. You can also get supplements here to boost your immunity.

Sculpted Cake Tutorial for Themed Birthday Parties

Are you thinking of taking your birthday up a notch with some sizzling birthday ideas? Do you want to go from an ordinary plain cake to something more appealing to the eyes and taste buds? Don’t worry. We’ll create something interesting with this article.

Making a sculpted cake can be very challenging. The difficulty starts with choosing which theme you intend to use, and then it moves to which colors and which products are best for coloring food. If you have answered those questions, you can then move to the actual creation of the cake.

If you’re planning a party and you want to post your pictures on social media to see, you shouldn’t use this tutorial for your cake as you would need some level of expertise to carry it out. The steps in this tutorial should help you with whatever theme of sculpted cake you want to make. Here are the steps.

1. Pick the theme you want to use.

This is the most important thing to do. It’s going to influence all the other choices you’ll make. For starters, you should consider choosing a simple theme, maybe like a dog’s face, a small baby’s shirt, or something of that nature. Picking difficult themes will get you frustrated, and you might end up losing interest in learning this fantastic craft.

2. Get your ingredients prepared.

It is only natural that this one should come next after picking your theme. Here’s where you have to choose how big you want the cake to be. Remember that if you’re copying one in a picture, it behoves you to decide if you want it bigger or smaller. Just make sure it can go into your oven without breaking apart.

3. Get the measurements.

If you have a small oven, I’ll advise that you first measure the size of your oven to know the limits of your cake. You don’t want to build a gigantic cake that cannot fit in your oven. When you’ve done the measurements of your oven, you can now decide how big, long, or wide you want your cake to be.

4. Mix the ingredients.

I’ll assume that you already know the process of making your batter and that you only need some help baking a sculpted cake. Mix every ingredient you want in your cake but make sure you don’t have too much water in it to make it easier to form whatever shape you want.

5. Start building.

Mold the cake to look exactly like what you see in the picture. Make sure you’re working with a picture to make sure that you don’t miss the mark. For starters, always go with something simple. If you’re building big sculptures, you can bake two separate cakes and join them together during the finishing. However, if you have a bigger oven, you can create the sculpture all at once and put it all in the oven to bake.

These tips should help you with any kind of sculpted cake you want to bake for your birthday.

How to Make an Origami Crane

Origami is one of the most creative DIY projects to carry out. You don’t need any special talent or equipment; you just need your hands, your ability to follow simple steps, and paper. Although to make it look really cool, you might want to use really light paper. Cardboard papers are difficult to fold and may make the process difficult.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an origami crane in a few simple steps. If this is your first time making origami, then you’re in luck, because you’re about to have really good background knowledge about the craft.

How to Make an Origami Crane – Step-by-Step

1. Get a square paper

The first step to creating an origami crane is getting a perfectly square piece of paper. If you can’t find anyone like that, you can simply pick any paper and trim the edges until you have a good square. Remember, not a rectangle but a square.

2. Folding the two triangles

You’ll need to fold the piece of paper into two separate triangles. Here’s how you do it. You try to connect two pointed tips of the paper. When you have connected one of the tips, you open it back up and connect the other two tips facing the opposite direction.

One thing you must do while folding the triangles is that you must ensure that you mark the lines because you would need to refold them later.

3. Folding the two rectangles

Fold the triangles just the same way you folded the triangles before, but this time you’ll not need the tips. You’ll connect the flat surfaces. Fold the paper to connect two edges of the four sides. By the time you’re done doing this, you’d have two rectangles of equal sizes. You must remember to fold two of them in opposite directions.

4. Fold the creases

Remember when I said you should mark the lines? Well, now’s the time for that. You’ll fold all the stretched sides in the exact direction that you first had them in. The important thing to know is that you’ll have to do all of them together. This may be a little daunting, but it’s the step you must take.

5. Form a kite by folding the two edges in. Do the same to the other side of the paper.

6. Fold the pointed edges till they connect with the bottom of the two edges you connected in step 5.

7. Pull the bottom corner above the top and fold it along the creases in step 4 and 5.

8. Flip the top layer on the right side over the left side, do the same to the left side.

9. Fold the top layer on both sides until it touches the tip of the bottom layer.

10. Repeat step 8.

11. Fold the wings down and also slightly bend one side of the long tips. That should represent the beak and the other side would represent the tail.

What you’ll have now is a neat and perfectly trimmed origami crane.

DIY Cheerleading Costume for Halloween Tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner. While so many people are already choosing the trending pop culture fashion ideas to rock to their Halloween parties, those of us who are more inclined towards crafts and practicality would want to design something unique to just us.

In this article, I’m going to show you a DIY cheerleading costume for Halloween tutorial. For the most part, what makes a cheerleading costume what it is should be the pompoms. The other things can be purchased from the store. Let’s look at how to make some of these things yourself.

Make the Skirt

You can decide to use an old short pleated skirt, but if you want to make your own, you must follow these steps. It is challenging to complete, but it is worth it.

1. Take your measurements.

Measure all the essential parts. Mean your waist and the length. This is to ensure that the skirt sits firmly on you.

2. Cut your fabric and hem the bottom of the skirt.

It is vital to hem the bottom of the so before you sew the edges of the material together ,because it is easier that way, even for experts.

3. Create a seam allowance and mark your pleats.

If you don’t create a seam allowance, you’re going to end up with a cheerleading skirt that is too tight. Also, draw the pleats with a ruler to ensure that they’re all of the same sizes.

4. Pin the pleats, iron them out, and sew.

To make the pleats stay still, you have to pin the pleats and iron them out to make it easier to sew.

5. Make a waistband.

Remember that you have to sew the top of the skirt, because that’s where you’re going to place your waistband on.

6. Add a zipper to one side of the skirt.

You can decide to add a zipper to both sides, but that’s going to take a lot of work. You might need an expert to do that for you. Just sew the zipper to both edges of the material to hold them together.

7. Cut off any excess thread.

You can now begin to remove any excess thread that may make the skirt look unprofessional. Make sure that you’re as careful as you can be when you do this.

Making the Top

To make things easy for you, you can simply get a beautiful vest or a cool sweater (if you want to go old school). Use a marker to write the name of your team or school on it. If you don’t think that’s going to be cool enough, you can give the job to a professional painter to help you inscribe your name or the name of your team on it.

Making the Pompoms

Pompoms require a lot of work. But whatever you’re doing with the pompoms, ensure that you have up to 4 colors combined and cut them into equal sizes to make them dance around when you dance.

With these steps, you would have made a beautiful, cheerleading outfit.

How to Puree Fruits and Vegetables

Sometimes what your soups actually need is a burst of richness from using well-processed vegetables and fruits. It’s also a plus for nursing mothers who want to prepare their own healthy baby food at home.

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can easily puree fruits and vegetables that you can store up for whenever you have a delicacy to prepare. One thing you must note is that pureed fruits and vegetables are not used for every soup or sauce you’re making. Which one you use and how you use it would depend on your recipe.

Simple ways to puree fruits and vegetables

Below are the simple steps to take to puree fruits and vegetables.

Go for fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables

Do you remember when I said you don’t need every fruit or vegetable for every recipe? Now if the soup or dish that you feel you constantly need pureed fruits and veggies, then choose the really ripe ones. Keep in mind that they also have to be fresh. You don’t want fruits that are near spoilage.

Also bear in mind that you want to choose vegetables and fruits that have the proclivity to become soft after you have cooked them. This would make it easier to puree them. Choose veggies like potatoes and carrots, which are perfect to puree.

Set the fruits up for cooking

After washing and the vegetables and fruits, you can now cook them. To do this, you would need to already have boiling water on the stove. You don’t want to throw the fruits into the water when it’s still cold to prevent it from soaking too much water.

Pour the already washed and peeled fruits and vegetables inside the pot and cover it for about 20 minutes. By this time you’re sure that they are already well cooked. Remove the cooked veggies from the pot and place them in another bowl to cool before blending.

Pureeing the fruits and vegetables

Now, depending on the level of smoothness that you want, you can decide to use an electric blender, a food mill, or just an immersion blender. An important thing to keep in mind is that you’re to make sure that the fruits and veggies are smooth and soft.

Add some water if you have to, but don’t do it because you’re trying to increase the quantity. If you want the pureed food to be more, you’ll have to buy more vegetables.

Store the pureed fruits

Get a jar, a bowl, or just about anything that has a firm cover and pour your pureed food inside it. Cover it up and store it in the refrigerator for use later. You should keep these in the refrigerator for weeks or months for it to freeze. All you have to do when you need it is to boil it for a while and it’s good to go again.

With these simple steps you’d have successfully pureed your fruits and vegetables. Also note that not every veggie is suitable for every recipe.

How to Tie Your Karate Belt Step by Step

Are you learning karate? Are you finding it challenging to get yourself prepared for good practice time? Do you want to know just how you can comfortably tie your karate belt? Don’t worry. You’re in the right place to learn how to tie your karate belt step by step.

Karate is a fantastic type of self defense. This martial art is taught in some schools these days. However, knowing how to use some accessories properly could be an added advantage. You don’t want to come off looking like a rookie every time you’re trying to get dressed. So, follow me through this article for a detailed guide to do justice to it. Keep in mind, there are different orders and colors of karate belts, but you tie them in pretty much the same way.

How to Tie Your Karate Belt Step by Step

1. Fold the belt in half from the middle.

This is the most important thing to do when you’re tying your karate belt. Failure to do this could result in having one side of the belt longer than the other and uneven.

2. Place the middle of the belt on your belly.

If you have done the first step correctly, you should see a marking in the middle of the belt. Place that line directly on your navel area.

3. Wrap the ends from back to front.

The knot of your belt has to stay in front, so you have to ensure that you fold it firmly to the back and bring the two ends back to the front.

4. Cross one over the other.

It doesn’t matter which one you’re crossing. Left-handed people would usually cross with their left hand while right-handed people do it with the right. The most important thing is to ensure that the crossing is firm and is done over your belly.

5. Tuck the top end under the other end.

To tie it up and start up a knot, you’ll need to tuck the top end into all the layers of the belt. If you notice that the ends are uneven, you don’t have to restart the process; just slide the entire belt around your waist towards the shorter end. Do this till you’re sure that the belt is tight enough before you do the next step.

6. Fold the bottom end under the top end.

The same way you did step 5, but this time, you’ll be completing the knot. If you do this one successfully, you’ll have a correctly tied karate belt. Don’t forget to make it firm enough to avoid falling off while you’re in action. Also, don’t make it too tight to allow you to have some breathing space (literally).

Karate is a fun activity, which could lead to injuries along the way. You need to have yourself prepared for whatever comes your way. The best way to prepare yourself is to have muscle rubs that can help you warm up your muscles before you begin training, such as OVA Muscle Rub by Innovative CBD.

You should also ensure that you’re training with an experienced trainer to help you with first aid treatments if you have an injury during a fight or training. Your safety matters most.