Friday, December 27, 2019

CHEESECAKE

CHEESECAKE 
I guess I need to share this before the New Year, because....Keto ( the recipe is not keto)!
You may or may not have seen me share making this Cheesecake recipe on Instagram stories ( I share a lot on stories). Below is the break down of how to make it, I have the best results making it 
in a 9 x 13 glass pan ( think Pyrex). The original recipe ( which I have changed only a tiny bit since I started using it in 2005) says to use a springform pan but I DO NOT use one. I’m sure someone is thinking, why a 9 x 13, is it even a cheesecake in a rectangle dish? Trust me on this one and use your glass 9 x 13, it makes a great thickness, you can serve it in nice square pieces that are not huge or overwhelming, and who really wants to mess with a springform pan anyway???

Before we go any further it’s important to say:

THIS MUST BE MADE THE DAY BEFORE YOU PLAN ON SERVING

Now to the HOW TO:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

CRUST
Make your crust first, ITS EASY DO NOT STRESS
1 3/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs ( make your own if you want, but I buy them all crumbled up in a box already)
1/4 cup of Sugar
1 stick of Butter ( melted )
Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar, then add melted butter. I do this in a bowl and use a fork to mix up, EASY! Press into the bottom of your glass 9 x 13 pan BUT not up the sides (only on bottom of pan), and DO NOT grease pan.
BAKE  at 350 degrees for 5 minutes 

FILLING
4 - 8 ounce Blocks of Cream Cheese ( I prefer Philadelphia Cream Cheese, but YOU DO YOU and use your favorite brand) / Cream Cheese needs to be soft, and putting it in microwave kind of makes it gross so DO NOT DO THAT.
4 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Mix all together, I hand mix and use a whisk, but once again its a personal choice and if a hand mixer or stand mixer is your jam, go for it!
Pour over crust and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 
When your timer goes off and you are taking the cheesecake out of the oven it may jiggle a bit and you’ll probably think its not done. A little jiggle is ok, a LOT of jiggle needs to stay in the oven a bit longer. Use your judgment. If your making cheesecake your not new to the kitchen and you get what I mean. Also DO NOT turn the oven off you are not done!

TOPPING
( and YES you have to make the topping)
1 pint sour cream ( 16 ounces ), I do NOT use low fat or light....HELLO its cheesecake and you just used four blocks of cream cheese, do not use low fat or light sour cream. SERIOUSLY don’t do it!
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Mix all tougher (by hand or mixer its your call), pour on top of cheesecake and smooth out. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 -10 minutes. My oven takes the 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, let cool then place in refrigerator oven night ( I cover with plastic wrap) 
SIDENOTE:  Sometimes my topping my cracks after I bake it, and sometimes it doesn’t and I have no idea why, but good news is, crack or not it does not effect the taste so no worries.

You can serve plain, or with fresh berries, sometimes I add a little whip topping but you do not need it at all.....the fresh berries are REALLY nice with it!

Enjoy,
Tikaa






Thursday, August 29, 2019

Snake Print Shirt

I ordered this top and had little to no hopes, it was very inexpensive and I was getting a vibe that the picture online was going to be better than the actual item. WOW I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wrong. It is great, I love it!!! You can find it HERE I purchased the color yellow ( there is NO yellow in this top its basically shades of brown and bits of black). I ordered a large it fits great and arrived quick.


I get a lot of questions about my necklaces and they have come from all over, travels, internet, years ago...... anyway I linked a few that I have or are similar. 
This one is a great look that is making a comeback, love it!!!! Find it HERE
This is a great NECKLACE to layer with and would mix well with the one above.


Recent purchases on their way:

This SWEATER in white, I think it comes in about six or so different colors and I plan to wear it with THESE JEANS. All the sizes in those jeans are currently available. 

I also grabbed this SWEATER  which I am super excited about the color, and can't wait for cooler temps to wear. I found it from MIATCU on instagram, she's a doll. 

To wear with both I grabbed a new pair of booties, because.....its fall and we all love a cute bootie.
To find the booties go HERE . I can not wait for them to arrive, I am absolutely wearing them immediately. 

Thanks for stopping by, hope the information was helpful and you have a wonderful weekend.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Friday Favorites - My Favorite Hair Products

My Favorite Hair Products
That is the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara I am holding (and using)

I get a lot of direct messages on instagram about my hair and how I care for it, the products I use and such so I am finally sitting down and sharing my fav hair care products and items ( some new, some old, all great).

SHAMPOO
Olaplex Bond Maintenance Shampoo No 4 and Conditioner No 5 Duo 8.45 fl. oz.

I'm going go in order of use and start with my favorite shampoos, I have three I really like and use frequently because I rotate, finding my hair response better doing this method.  I love THIS SHAMPOO its moisturizing, reparative and leaves your hair feeling silky and wonderful. I follow up with THIS CONDITIONER and my hair loves this combo ( so do I ). I generally always travel with that combo. Two other shampoos I love are THIS ONE (strengthens and repairs, it's a nice creamy formula and smells so nice and clean) and THIS ONE smells of apples, hydrates your hair and the set of two is a better value. I have processed hair, extensions and I use heat almost daily so shampoo and conditioners with moisturizing and hydrating properties are always my choice. I try and treat my hair very well and use quality products, and good tools, especially since I do have my hair colored and highlighted every four weeks without fail. If you want your hair to look good, you have to be good to it, right????   All three products I shared are made for all hair types.

CONDITIONER
I am generally a fan of the coordinating conditioner and I condition my hair every time I wash it....EVERY TIME. To be honest I probs would not be able to comb it out if I didn't plus conditioners are nice! My fav is THIS ONE its color safe, adds shine and strengthens and I have seen a difference in my hair since I started using this over ten months ago ( maybe longer). Another favorite is THIS SET and THIS ONE , just like with my shampoo I alternate, switching them around to coordinate with the shampoo I am using. In my mind they were made to go to together so I can't separate them, and have had the best result in using them this way. 
Quench & Shine Restorative Mask
MASK, LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS, SERUM, AND DRY SHAMPOO
On a night when I am going to do a hair mask I have been using THIS ONE  and to be honest I would have not tried it had a friend ( find my friend HERE) not told me how much she liked, its a brand that had never appealed to me ( no idea why) and even after ordering I kept thinking, " this is going to suck, no one ever talks about this stuff its probably a waste."  YIKES I was 100% wrong its FREAKING unbelievable, it honestly is!  It says you can use as a daily conditioner and I have found myself reaching for it over and over. 
Once out of the shower I ALWAYS wrap my hair in one of THESE TOWELS and I prefer the all cotton ones. I am interested in try one of THESE HAIR TOWELS in the near future.


Once my hair has towel dried a bit I will brush it out with this BRUSH and spray THIS LEAVE IN CONDITIONER all over ( I don't go bananas just mist it all over). I have used that particular spray in conditioner for YEARS. It does not weigh my fine, thin hair down one bit. 
From this point I blow dry using my new and so fabulous BLOW DRYER and stop while my hair is still damp and add this INCREDIBLE SERUM that I can not believe works in my hair and that I am so hooked on. It is again from the same brand as the mask and I just had not given that brand much (zero) attention before. I add a full pump to my hand, rub together and then put on middle to ends of my hair.  If you look at nothing on this whole post, I would say THIS IS THE KIT TO GET

Once I have finished blow drying my hair I either flat iron or curl (depends on my mood) and once done I add a small pump of THIS to my hands and rub together then add to the ends of my hair. I also use THIS to add volume and texture. Then finish with my favorite hairspray is THIS ONE 


That was a ton of information and if you made it to the end, you deserve a drink!
Thanks for checking my blog out and stopping by. Have a great weekend.



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