Friday, January 12, 2018

Christmas Trifle

I made this for our family get together on Christmas day and it was a huge hit! It was so good, that I think I will make it again next year and start a tradition!

The original recipe is from Taste of Lizzy T, I changed it up a bit.  Here is my recipe:

Christmas Peppermint Cheesecake Trifle


1 box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix
4 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/4 cup milk

Cheesecake filling
12 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces of cool whip

1 package of peppermint Oreos with green filling, quartered with knife or just crush for times sake!

Prepare cake mix by combining box mix, eggs, oil and milk. Bake in preferred pan. I used a 9x13" pan. Bake as directed on box. Let cake cool completely before cutting into squares or bite size pieces.

Prepare filling by mixing together cream cheese and butter with a mixer. Once smooth, add peppermint extract, and powdered sugar. Continue mixing until well combined. Fold in cool whip.

To assemble trifle, start with a layer of cake, then cheesecake filling, then Oreos, repeat until full. You will have about half of a cake left and plenty of filling. If you have 2 trifle bowls, it would probably make 2! Or you could use a larger bowl to begin with.

Refrigerate and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 Christmas

Some pictures of our family Christmas activities this year.

Dan and I hosted our annual Christmas cocktail party again this year. We had a great turnout and lots of fun! Our house is pretty dark, so none of the pictures turned out great, but I like to blog the food so I can remember year to year what I serve.

Chocolate martinis with my sister


Christmas with Dan's family.

Roman and his look alike cousin Rye.

 For Christmas with my family, we went to French Lick and visited both the French Lick hotel and West Baden. You can take a trolley between the 2 hotels. We then took the Polar Express.

Roman enjoyed the Polar Express, but mostly for the hot chocolate and cookies.

 It snowed on Christmas Eve!

Special day sledding with Grandpa for his 70th birthday!


Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Roman!

Roman turns 3 today! He is truly the light in our lives and brings joy to every day. Roman has become a really big talker and speaks really well for his age. He's super smart with a really good memory. He is really into shooting whether we are hunting monsters or zombies he turns everything into "boom boom". We spend hours running around the house, hiding and booming. He loves pretend play and dressing up as super heroes, firefighters, or construction workers. Roman is really sweet and just recently told me I'm his best friend. My heart melted. He loves his family and friends and talks about them every day. He is very outgoing and says hi to strangers and neighbors alike. It's hard to believe how big he is and he won't let us call him a baby, but he's not yet a big boy.

We celebrated his birthday a few weeks early to avoid the Christmas confusion with gifts. We had our family and friends over to celebrate with a super hero party. Roman's face was so cute when he saw the decorations. His little mouth was open in awe.

Happy 3rd Birthday Roman! We love you so much!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

'Tis the Season

It's already been such a fun holiday season for us!  Roman understands Santa and asks a lot of questions about him. We have done several holiday activities from seeing the lights, baking cookies, wrapping presents and decorating the tree. We are anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival! Dan and I can't wait to see the excitement on Roman's face. It truly is the best time of year!

decorating his own tree

Santa coming down the chimney

decorating the big tree

table setting

 Out living room decorations
Winterlights at Newfields at the IMA

A giant tree made of children's toys. It was really neat to see up close. Roman wanted to play with everything, but it's all tied down.

Meeting Santa

My mom, sister and I did the Santa Hustle. It was really fun seeing everyone dressed up.