This week my husband and I celebrated four years of marriage and seven years of being together. It was so nice to take a quiet moment and think about our time together.
What better way to reflect than with a bottle of our favourite champagne and Skor Cheesecake. You may not know, but "Skor Cheesecake" were the first words I exchanged with my husband, so the dessert holds a special place in our hearts.
I normally make a baked cheesecake that you can also read about here, but since it was summer I wanted to do something that was a little cooler and felt almost like ice cream. This is super easy and if you're making it for a group you can double the recipe and make it ahead of time.
* I used two 5 inch dishes for ours, but you could easily double the recipe and use a spring form pan*
To remove from a non-springform pan: warm a butter knife under hot water and slowly work your way around the edges. Then put a plate on the top and flip it over, give the bottom of your dish a good pat so that the cake falls out, then remove the dish and place another plate on the bottom on your cake. Flip right side over and voila!
How'd you meet your special someone? Do you have a go-to dessert? Leave a reply in the comments below.
One of the things that really attracted us to our home was the backyard. It is a very manageable size for new homeowners and backs on to protected green space, which makes it feel like it goes on forever. We also loved our two-tier deck. We knew it would be perfect for hosting our friends and family and maybe enjoying a beer or two on a sunny summer afternoon.
The only problem was, we didn't have anywhere to sit, and the way the backyard had been done previously, wasn't 100% to our taste. So, armed with Pinterest and my Dad who is a bit of a backyard makeover expert, we set to work.
The guys (my husband and my dad) had two big projects: sod a sandy pit in our backyard (the result of a previous kiddy pool killing all the grass) and fix up the front lawn/garden. My husband planned out our front garden and gave it a bit of a modern facelift and he incorporated some of favourite colours, pink and purple. Then they moved on to tackling the aforementioned sandy pit... several bags of dirt later (including one extra trip for more) and many rolls of sod, the guys had the backyard all greened up and levelled out. Yay! No more risk of rolling one's ankle!
My job during all of this had been to update our patio furniture. We had been given a set of furniture from family friends when they were downsizing. It was in great shape, however, was a shade of green that was a little more 90's then we envisioned for our backyard oasis.
So, we opted to give it a cost effective facelift with some spray paint. I went to my local Home Depot and picked up several (like a heck of a lot of) cans of Rust-Oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in Oil Rubber Bronze. Each chair needed it's own can and the table needed two cans. Below is a brief summary of what I did and a few tips!
We added the finishing touches with some great comfy cushions (from The Superstore) and a bench and red umbrella (from Canadian Tire). We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and feel like we have really added another room to our house.
What do you do to get your backyard summer ready? Any DIY tips? Leave them in the comments below!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.