Oreo cheesecake bites with sunflower tops

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Hey guys,

Today is a recipe post.  Last year for my birthday my sweet husband signed me up pastry classes, it was so fun and I learned so much and I developed a useful secret talent, unlike my prized secret talent of break dancing haha but that’s a post all in its self.  It has been fun to be able to use this talent for different small events.  I recently got called to be a young womens leader for the church I attend .  It has been a blast to get to know the girls and learn so much about the program since I myself was not an active member during that time in my life.  The girls participate in a program called Personal Progress It’s like a girl’s version of the Eagle Scout where the young women can develop skills and talents and come closer to their Father in Heaven.  Anyways, they have a special night called Evening of Excellence where they get to present everything they worked on that year.  I am so impressed with the hard work and motivation these girls showed to accomplish their projects.  I had the opportunity to provide the dessert.  Since the theme was Sun flowers: representing that we should walk tall because we are daughters of a Heavenly King I decided to make Oreo cheesecake bites with Sunflower tops! Hope you enjoy, recipe below! (found on pinterest)

RECIPE NOTES:

OREO CHEESECAKE BITES

You can easily double this recipe to make 30 cupcakes (I tripled it and it was perfect)

Yield: 15 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 22 Minutes

Total Time: 6 Hours

INGREDIENTS:

36 Oreo cookies, 30 whole, 6 coarsely chopped

1 pound (2 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream

1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Vanilla Frosting

15 Cupcake liners

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 275 F. Line 2 standard muffin tins with 15 paper liners. Place 1 whole Oreo cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

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In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla then add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.

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Beat in the sour cream and salt. Do not over mix. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies.

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Divide the batter among the cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes.

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Transfer to wire racks to cool completely inside the muffin tins. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving.

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These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost in the fridge overnight before serving.

Printable recipe here

The Oreo Cheesecake bites are amazing as is, however, if you would like to decorate them like I did follow below!

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DECORATING SUNFLOWER TOPS

INGREDIENTS:

Vanilla frosting (I just use the cheap 99 cent kind from Walmart, I like the consistency of it)

yellow food dye ( I use Wilton’s gel kind)

the other 15 Oreo cookies

Pipe bag

Wilton tip #21 and #67 (or get creative and use any petal/leaf tip you like)

DIRECTIONS:

Use the other 15 Oreo cookies and place one on top of each cupcake after it has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours.

Begin doing three layers of petals, I did a wide variety of different petals using the tips from Wilton #21 and #67

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HAVE FUN!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Fit & Feminine: Upper body/ Core work out

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Hey guys,

So I’ve been getting a lot questions on how I stay fit and the number one question I get is what do I do to get my arms so toned.  So I thought I would answer your questions in a fun way with one of my good friends and former teammate Fatima! I am so excited to share this post with you because I think working out should be fun and I hope this video we have put together inspires you.  I am super passionate about working out, I just love being active so this is a really fun post for me and I hope you all benefit from it!  Most of you know by now that I use to run track for BYU, so back in the day I use to do a lot of lifting with dumb bells and that is how my arms got ripped.  Now days I do not lift with dumb bells at all in fact it has probablly been about two years since I have really lifted.  I currently just do at home circuit training, just using my body weight to keep me toned.  Back in the day I used dumb bells to build mass and bulk up but now that I am no longer competing, I just want to stay lean an toned.  In our video we are doing some of my favorite shoulder and upper body sculpting work outs.  They are super fun and the best part is you can do them in the comfort of your own home, equipment free! Below is the video, check it out and try it out with us! I will also post the circuit below, if you have any questions holla at me i’d love to help you out in any way I can. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and really CHALLENGE your self!

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THE CIRCUIT 

Do 3×10 so three sets and do each exercise ten times

Beginners: 3×5

Advanced: in between each set either sprint 100 meters or jump rump for 60 seconds

Lets Begin

1. Hands to chest push ups. Targets: shoulders, chest, core

(keep butt down, body flat)

2. Push up jumping jack. Targets: shoulders, triceps, core

(Bring arms and feet together then jump out spreading arms and legs)

3. Side to side hip. Targets: Core, triceps

(keep body straight, use abs to twist hips to floor)

4. Shoulder tap. Targets: core, shoulders

(stay stiff and in control, no bouncing)

5. Forearm to hand. Targets: core, shoulders

(contract core keep butt down)

Meet Fatima! Check out her blog and see her version of this post HERE

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OUTFIT DETAILS BELOW

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Leggings: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

shorts: Nike.

Sports bra: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

Tank: Walmart. need/ love/ splurge

Shoes: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

What can I say I am a Nike girl! :) Hope you enjoy the work out, let me know what you think or if there are any other target areas you would like me to do a post on next! Till next time XOXO

P.S. not only is Fatima a bomb friend and a beast on the track but she is an awesome photographer check out her work! 

 

My Facial Moisturizing Secret

Hey guys!

I think it is very important for us women to stick together and share our beauty secrets. Especially when it comes to our faces, it’s nice to have clear glowing skin.  One of my favorite facial treatments, is a bomb mask and moisturizer. I don’t like chemicals or a ton of ingredients in my facial treatments, who does right? Like many I try to keep my beauty products as close to natural as possible.  I want to feel like I pulled it out of the ground my self! Quiet literally the products I am using are pulled straight out of it’s natural environment and put into a bottle and shipped to me. I love it so much I had to share it with all of you.  If you click HERE  you can visit the site.  They have every kind of beauty product you can imagine.  My favorites right now, the ones I use for my face are:

HAND PRESSED PURE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL I use it on my face before bed after I’ve taken off my make up and right before I put on my make up in the morning. It is so smooth and soothing I am obsessed. I can’t help but be excited that it is 100% Argan oil nothing else is in it! It is good for all skin types and gives our skin the nutrients it needs. Plus, it’s on sale right now!

RHASSOUL CLAY This is a perfect mud mask, I even use it on my body.  I was recently in Hawaii and started peeling (hate that) so I used the mud mask and it helped remove the excess skin leaving me looking polished.  I love this stuff so much! You will have to try it out.

I hope you have a chance to check out Douce Argan!

 

XOXO, JENESSA

 

Fabulash Mascara Review

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Hey you guys!

Hope you all had a fab weekend! I am super stoked about today’s post, I have yet again another bomb product I’d like to share. It’s 3D Fiber lash Mascara by Younique it is amazing! It provides a three hundred percent increase in thickness and volume to your eyelashes. Think about how nice it will be to get rid of the eyelash strips and glue! I am so obsessed with it and I know you will be too. I hope you have a chance to check it out. You can find it HERE.

XOXO, JENESSA

Below is a tutorial for the product, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaDQvjwFkhI

 

 

Ultra Chill

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Hello everyone,

As you all know I have been into cozy comfy pants, I about died and gone to heaven when I slipped into these little beauties. They are so comfy, I literally wore them three days in a row, don’t judge all my stuff is packed, home renovation, regardless they are fabulous! This outfit is one of my absolute favs, I love a chill outfit that is still classy.  The stilettos and clutch obviously give it that glam chic look but I think this outfit would still be classy with flats.  By the way these photos were taken on the back side of pizza restaurant and those black things on the wall are brick ovens and oh my do they smell sensational. I didn’t want to leave the shoot because it smelt so good haha Anyways hope your week is starting off great and maybe get some pizza for lunch I know I am! Tatahhh!

Xo, Jenessa

TIGER FACE SHIRT: Forever 21, its actually a dress. /Similar on sale $6.99/Love need this swimsuit/Splurge

OXBLOOD STILETTO BOOTIES: Charlotte Russe /Similar on sale $15.99/Love these are perfection/Splurge

Patterned pants: Forever 21 /Similar on sale $15.99/Love want, need, love! /Splurge simply fabulous

CLUTCH: Charlotte Russe /Similar/Love/Splurge

RINGS: H&M /Similar/Love/Splurge

LIPSTICK: /Same/similar/Love

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Some people just step into a room and they glow. That’s what beauty is, that light.”

Handbag Maven

Hello Hello,

Today I want to talk about accessories, point blank they are essential. Ha They can really make an outfit. I love different and very unique jewelry, the perfect place to get that kind of jewelry is at THE HANDBAG MAVEN. I love their accessories, below are a few of my favorite pieces right now.

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This necklace and earring set, is a wardrobe staple. I love how classy it is!

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Another favorite is this unique earring/necklace. How cool is this two in one combo piece!

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The dimensions on this necklace are great for a more formal or work related event.

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Their selection of unique earrings is FABULOUS!

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My last favorite piece, is the very trendy gold chain pieces.

I hope you all have a chance to check out the wonderful Handbag Maven.

XOXO, JENESSA

Jamberry Nails

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Hey guys Happy Monday!

I am so excited to share this amazing product with you all! As you guys know I am a fanatic when it comes to my fingernails and they always need be done and never chipped! So I am obsessed with this new product called JAMBERRY NAILS. It is so easy, you just heat them and stick on. They last FOREVER! I love it no chipping, yay! And they come in hundreds of different prints, solids, tips, and fun patterns. Here are a few reasons I love JAMBERRY NAILS:

1. They last up to two weeks on finger nails and SIX WEEKS on toes.

2. Super affordable, they are currently having a buy 3 get one free sale right now!

3. You can do it in the comfort of your home, talk about fun girls night!

4. They are gluten free, non-toxic, and vegan.

5. Not only are there three hundred plus designs but you can design your own too!

6. They are applied with heat and pressure, I used a blow dryer it was perfect and quick!

7. No chipping or drying time, its one and done!

As you can tell I am super stoked about this product and plan on having them in my nail kit at all times! I know you are dying to know where you can find these perfect beauties so I will stop rambling and cut to the chase, if you click HERE it will direct to the perfect solution for your nails.  Have fun ladies!

P.S. here is a link to a video that shows you how to apply Jamberry nails.

XOXO, Jenessa

NAILS: /Same/What I want next/

LIPSTICK: /Same, its on sale $6.79/Love/Splurge, yum it’s like velvet/

SWEATER: Same/Similar/Splurge/

RING: Similar, love this one more!/Love/Splurge/

HAIR FLOWERS: /My garden hehe/

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you no one would believe it.”