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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!

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.

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 Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Are you thinking of starting your day with the most delicious dessert? Is peanut butter cookie top on your list? Well then, stay tuned as we check out the simple ways of baking some for a beautiful dessert or snack experience.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make peanut butter cookies, I’ll also show you everything you need to know about the ingredients, the process I’m exactly how you can serve it. Just stay tuned and follow every single step.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Below are some of the ingredients you need to bake your delicious, classic peanut butter cookies.

●      Baking soda

●      Flour

●      Baking powder

●      Granulated sugar or a sugar-free sweetener such as Stevia

●      Salt

●      Butter

●      Milk (optional)

●      Brown sugar

●      Eggs

●      Creamy peanut butter

Directions

●      Pour some flour in a large bowl, add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix everything together.

●      Put some butter and sugar in a separate bowl, beat the mixture until you have a good paste. Make sure the end result is fluffy. Start breaking the eggs into this mixture but make sure to do it one egg at a time. Add the peanut butter and continue to mix until everything is fluffy. Do this for about 3 to 5 minutes.

●      Remember the flour mixture in step 1? Now you can add it to the mixture in step two. Mix it thoroughly make sure that you scrape the sides of the bowl into the mixture and continue to mix.

●      Refrigerate the batter for a period of one hour.

●      Before you begin to bake there are some things that you need to do. Just make sure that you preheat the oven up to 350 degrees. Drop the peanut butter dough on the baking sheet and make sure that each dough it’s about 2 inches apart from the other.

●      You can add some design on each cookie by using a fork. Press the fork on the surface of each dough to create something like the encryption of the fork on the dough.

●      Leave the door in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remember that the heat should not exceed 350 degrees. If you have it at 350 degrees you cannot leave it longer than 20 minutes or you will end up having burnt peanut butter cookies.

●      Take it out of the oven and don’t serve it immediately. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes and then you can serve.

With these simple steps, you would have made your own peanut butter cookies. You can now see that you can have a special morning every morning.

Just as a pro tip, you should reduce the sugar content in your tea. This is if you’re not so much of a sugar lover. The sugar in your peanut butter may not appear in your taste buds as much as you would expect.

I hope these tips were helpful, let us know what you think.

How to Make a Mini Book and Why It’s So Much Fun

A mini book is a type of book or booklet that’s made by using a single sheet of paper, or by stapling or tying together small bits of paper together with string or rope. Mini books are great when it comes to fun kids craft projects, as they can keep their sticker collection, drawings, or short poems in them. And they make great one-of-a-kind gifts for parents or grandparents!

Children love to undergo new challenges and engage in easy creative projects that mean so much fun for them and whomever they give the cute little gift to. Here, in this article, you will learn how to make a mini book by following these simple steps.

How to Make Mini Book

To start the making of a mini book, you will need sheets of paper (or blank printer paper will work too). Cutting of art requires a level of pure art that you will need to acquire. At the end of the day, it’s expected that the finished mini book comes out bearing a total of 8 sides.

You can, however, decide to turn your mini book into more pages; it’s totally up to you. Learning the art of designing and proper coloring will help your mini book-making journey easier as you get the opportunity of turning it into anything you want. Your child could make a cute diary, notebook, day planner, and more.

Directions:

Let’s quickly check these steps out below.

●      Get a single sheet of paper (i.e., A4 paper) or a cardstock. Use the paper to make a half vertical and horizontal folds.

●      Pick the half paper you folded horizontally, and put it in another half fold. Opening the folded paper now reveals 8 marked rectangles.

●      Open the paper and make it be on only one fold now. Pick up your scissors, or any form of cutting item you have and cut carefully by starting from the folded center down to the first fold line.

●      Then unfold your paper.

●      Children love this stage as they get to jump in excitement when they find out that a single sheet of paper was magically turned into a book!

●      Push the paper together by taking hold of the rectangle located at each end of the paper.

●      Make your folds very neat, according to your desire.

●      Proceed to get your decoration tools. This will make the book turn out to be more attractive.

●      For a more sophisticated look, you can try to make a hardcover of your mini book by cutting one out of your old books. Use it for the first page and the last page. This will also help strengthen the pages of your book.

Here you have it! Your mini book!

If you are confused about how to go about the production of the mini book, you can first all start by conducting experiments with any kind of paper that you can lay your hands-on, and as you already know, practice makes perfect!

How to Get Rust Off Tiles

Almost every house has some type of tiles, whether on the floor or on the wall, and over time the tiles can accumulate dirt and rust, even if they are regularly cleaned the normal way. It is very easy to see stains on tile floors, tiles are usually used in places where they get wet regularly, places like the bathroom, toilet, and kitchen.

The regular wetting of the floor is what causes rust on your tile; this happens when the water on your tile mixes with iron. Iron is easily found in kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets, and the combination of all these makes it very likely that you will find rust on your tile floor. This should not make you worried, know that there are solutions to this when you apply them your tiles will be restored to their new condition.

Methods of Getting Rust Off Tiles

Using Lemon

This is great for ceramic tiles, even if you don’t like the taste or smell of lemon but its cleaning properties are undeniable, especially to remove rust from tiles. This can be done in several ways.

Pouring it directly on the rust, waiting for 5 minutes, don’t let it dry before using an old toothbrush or hard sponge and scrub the area. You can do this for harder stains by adding salt, letting it rest for 3 hours, and scrubbing it off while pouring warm water.

Another method of cleaning rust on tile with lemon is by mixing the lemon juice with bicarbonate of soda, afterward apply it to the stain then scrub it off after 30 minutes with brush and sponge.

Using Certain Condiments

There are some condiments that you can use to remove rust from your tile, these are vinegar and salt. All you have to do is mix them together to create a paste then apply the paste to the rust, you would then leave it for at least three hours, after washing the paste off the stain should be cleaned off.

Citrus (Lime or Lemon) and Borax

This mixture is quite harsh on the skin so it is advisable that you wear hand gloves when you do it, specifically protective hand gloves. While wearing the gloves mix the above-stated ingredients together, you can use lime or lemon or both, let it be a paste; spread it on the rust, after it dries you should wash it off with warm water and sponge.

Try Salt

If you have vinyl tiles the previously discussed mixtures might not work for you so here is one that will. You can mix salt and lemon or lime juice to form a paste, apply the paste to the area in question, leave it for a couple of hours then wipe it off. This method works. As the mixture remains on the rust it will absorb the rust and turn orange, this should happen before you wipe it off.

These are effective ways of getting rust off of your tiles.

How to Reset an Oil Change Light

Most times after you just finished changing your oil, you will notice that the oil change light is still appearing. Well, you have nothing to worry about as this is a common scenario that happens. The main reason for this is that you need to manually reset the light. But, before you can be successful with this task, there are some instructions that you need to follow. If you strictly follow them, then you will end up doing away with that annoying oil change light. Let us now proceed to how you can reset the changing light.

How to Reset an Oil Change Light

The general procedure to go about this has not changed; it is still the same as usual. Anyways, we will talk about the simple way to go about this task.

The general way with which you can reset an oil change light after completing basic car maintenance like an oil change is to first get the keys to your car, insert them, and turn on the car without making the engine come on. To do this, you do not have to turn the key completely, rather, half-way.

The next step is to search for the “reset” button around the dashboard. Most times, you can find it close to the fuel gauge and speedometer. Some cars have their reset button beneath the hood. The manual of your car will guide you through this.

Now, let us assume that you have located where the reset button is, hold the button until you see the flash of a message, probably, an ‘oil’ icon.

Next, take your finger away from the button and also put the ignition off. Exercise patience for a little while, and you can now turn the engine on with your car key. With this simple holding and pressing the reset button method will help you to reset your oil change light.

If you are unsure whether you can follow this method yourself, the best thing for you to do is to call a mechanic to help you or take the car to his workshop. You will be done in some minutes.

Note: Some cars have their reset button in the computer of the car, meaning that you will not be able to find any reset button. There is a tool that has been built for this purpose. If you are not ready to take care of this mess all by yourself, you should seek the help of an expert.

Conclusion

Always follow the instructions on your manual as to when to change oil and reset the light only after you have changed the oil.

Whenever you want to change the engine oil of your car, you have to be very mindful. Also, make more research on how you can know the right time to change the engine oil based on the color. Before we conclude this article, we believe that you now know an effective way to successfully reset your oil change light.