Cherry, Chocolate-Chip Cheese Pie ❤️

My family loves Cheese Pie.

You might be asking yourself, “What is a Cheese Pie?”

And I have the answer for you!

A Cheese Pie is almost like a cheesecake but it not firm. It sets up like a pie and oh how delicious it is!

I grew up on my momma’s homemade Cherry and Blueberry Cheese Pie at every special holiday or event. My kiddo’s didn’t have much choice but to love them since it is a family favorite, and my hubby, well, its sweet and has cream cheese, right? Need I say more!

I love making recipes that my momma made, but I also like to recreate my own recipes to add my own spin on them.

But with the new year brings new resolutions right? And normally those resolutions include exercising and eating healthy. I really wanted to make a Valentine theme cheese pie but just a healthier version, and that is when I thought Yogurt!!

Yogurt is a major snack food in our house right now. It’s quick, tasty and healthy so it’s a win win for me!

So I thought, “Why couldn’t I use it in my Cheese Pie?” It would cut down on some of the sugar but you still have the sweetness of the pie.

And since it is a Valentine theme dessert, I couldn’t resist using my adorable mini heart pie pans!

Aren’t they so sweet?

Okay, so are you ready?

What you need:

8 ounces of Original Greek Yogurt

8 ounces of Cream Cheese softened

1/4 cup of Maraschino Cherries Chopped Finely

1/8 cup of Maraschino Cherry Juice

2 cups of Powdered Sugar

2 tsp of Vanilla

1/2 cup of Mini Chocolate Chips

What you do:

1) In a large bowl, mix together Greek Yogurt, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar and Vanilla until completely creamed together.

2) Next add in Chopped Cherries and Juice and mix.

3) Gently stir in Chocolate Chips.

4) Pour into desired crust.

(I used a Homemade Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust, but you could use a regular graham crust)

5) Refrigerate for appx 30 minutes to set.

6) Serve and enjoy!

*If you would like to use my Homemade Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust just follow recipe below!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

What you need:

2 Sleeves of Chocolate Graham Crackers

1/2 cup of Butter

What you do:

1) Place your Graham Crackers in food processor or ziplock bag and crush.

2) Melt your butter completely.

3) Pour crushed graham crackers and butter into bowl and stir together until graham crackers are completely soaked by butter.

4) Pour into a pie pan or plate and press down completely to form crust shape.

5) Bake at 350 F for appx 10-12 minutes to set crust.

6) Make sure to cool completely before pouring Cheese Pie into crust.

Hope you enjoy this healthy version on my momma’s cheese pie!

Spooky, Goblin Ghost Cupcakes

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I am a sucker for holidays. There really isn’t any holiday that I don’t enjoy or that I don’t like making crafts or food for.

But for me, Halloween is one of my favorites.  It is such a fun holiday. It’s a day when you can pretend to be anything or anybody you want, even if it’s just for a night! How many chances in the real world do we get to be someone else for a day?

Of course, then the real challenge comes into play, deciding on just one character.

I usually don’t decorate much for Halloween, mostly for the fact that my Love of Fall takes over. My daughter uses the expression that “Fall threw up on our porch” haha!  Sorry, I might go into Fall overload! It’s a southern thing.

But to satisfy my need to recognize all holidays I normally do a small few things in the house. That includes a few minimal decorations and of course, a few yummy treats which I have always enjoyed making for Halloween parties.  But I do go all out decorating for Halloween events. That makes up for my lack of decor at home right?

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For this Halloween, I wanted to share this adorable cupcake idea with you! These spooky, goblin ghosts are a perfect addition to any Halloween gathering this year.

Here is what you need:

2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks real butter (1 cup)
1 cup water
1/4 cup of Hershey Syrup or 4 tbs of cocoa ( whichever you prefer)
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar mixed in)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla ( I prefer 1/2 tsp vanilla paste)

Directions:
Mix and bring the butter cocoa and water to a boil
Pour mixture over sugar and flour
Beat well
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well
Fill cupcake pans almost 3/4 way full
Bake at 350 for 15-20

I love this super easy icing. I can eat a bowl by its self!

1 container of marshmallow cream 6-8 oz
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla (I prefer 1/2 paste)

Beat softened butter and powdered sugar until fluffy (no lumps)
Add in marshmallow cream and vanilla
Mix together by hand

To make the ghosts I simply add frosting in piping bag and swirl up on cupcakes. For the eyes, I use sugar eyes found in your baking aisle.

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I hope you enjoy these ghostly treats and Happy Halloween!