Worry less cook more – My Adventure in Lake Tahoe

Hello everyone,

This morning when I opened my email box for the first time after ten days being away from the screen, which was a much-needed break, I found lots of emails containing new year resolutions from pins, clients, friends. Honestly, I did not want to pay too much attention to my email box (just today) since most of the emails repeat themselves but it gave me food for thought.

I have a different take about this whole “resolution” thing people are so hooked about this time of year. I’m the kind of person who makes promises only if I know I am going to keep them. Sometimes challenging but doable. And so I decided to declare, and as a promise to my other half, my short to the point goal I should call it, not only for the new year but for each new day that is given to me. A promise that’s easier said then done. But I will do my best to keep it.

Dedicated to me, the Mr. and my family:

i will worry less.

i will worry much less.

and everything else

will pretty much fall

in the right place.

This is also the perfect time to share something special – a place I just visited for the first time and heard so much about  – Lake Tahoe. Let me tell you – This. Place. Is. A.MAZING

Besides of the fact that we had to deal with a lot of ice, the change of scenery was like a fresh breath…and a cold one too. It was particularly surprising to me that Lake Tahoe remained sparkly and crystal clear as if it was a sunny summer day and at the same time surrounded by gorgeous white blanket of ice. In the morning a subtle layer of fog would cover most of the lake as I watched houses that were build right on the edge of the surroundings hills and imagine my house having a view just like that. I’m speechless.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful lake tahoe trip

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

Now here I have to speak. Here not only did I worry less, I cooked less. We stayed at a beautifully constructed hotel that has a touches of modern and eclectic mix. Natural stone floors with muted color hand-made rugs. What a chic contrast. Bee-utiful. And of course, I always look at how food is presented and here is no exception – oversize dining table filled with desserts and sweet goodies. Not that I ate any of them.

I made no secret of the fact that I love to wash my eyes with beautiful food and beautiful things. I love the idea of designing food but not to a point where it becomes a museum piece, oh no. But home-made casually yet attractively placed and showcased, to make me want to touch it and eat it too. It was a delight to my eyes. (and no, I’m not on a diet).

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Best easiest Oreo Mini CheeseCakes

Landed after a long tiring business trip, he drove back home from the airport. It was late. He felt smelly and exhausted.
He couldn’t wait to see his wife and daughters. He longed to be laying in his soft bed again, have his favorite food, have her arms massaging his tight neck. He longed to be treated to his favorite dessert.
Recharged by the cool shower he had a scrumtious meal, while his handsome nose sensed the strong aroma of Vanilla roaming in the air on the first floor. He looked at her and his eyes moved around the room.  He spotted something. He spotted little mini cheesecakes orderly arranged on a tray, at the far end of the room. He knew what would happened next. Those cheesecakes she made, not plenty, waited just for him. Still, they felt hot and he decided to wait. Slowly, he fell into light sleep.
But I just saw them, he later said rubbing his eyes, where did they all go?

best mini cheesecakes

I’m sorry but I could not stop eating these bad boys! Phew.

Is there anything better than mini cheesecakes? well yeah if I really put my mind into it but that’s another post. Think about it – mini desserts – few bites – easy on the calories and the guilt trip, right? Wrong!

Why are they so addictive you are asking? o.k. I’ll tell you: they are little cuties, fabulous, scrumptious, mouth filling, surprising and delicious…with mini chocolate chips…in mini cups…in mini-mum effort.

best mini cheesecakes ever

I’m sure there are many mini’s out there and you don’t have to take my word for it, but these are my mini perfects, a delight to eat, easy to make, requires almost no time and so cute I want to hug them. Not only that but they are much more fun when served up-side-down.

Oh, allow me to enlighten you with one tip that will make you feel naturally and legally high: shamelessly pour my chocolate ganache over a mini cheesecake. Talk to me later.

best mini cheesecakes ever

best mini cheesecakes ever

best Oreo mini cheesecakes ever

ingredients:

(making between 15-20)

1 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 c. low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla paste
pinch of kosher salt
Oreo cookies
mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
baking cupcakes liners

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Preheat oven to 375. Place one Oreo cookie in each mini baking cup. Arrange cups on a large baking sheet. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt, salt and vanilla paste. Beat until smooth. Add sugar and combine. Add one egg at a time and beat on higher speed until batter is smooth and fluffy.
Slowly pour the batter over the Oreo cookies filling up 3/4 of each baking cup. Sprinkle each baking cup with mini chocolate chip. Bake 25-35 minutes or until set and golden brown. Let cool in the cup liners then remove paper and serve these cool little mini cheesecakes on a pretty serving dish. A.Delight!