Kitchen Desk Organization

Having a desk in the kitchen has both perks and downfalls. Lately, the one in my kitchen has become a major source of clutter and junk collection. Everything from a radio, to a laptop, to notes from Maxton’s school, to mail – you name it. It’s so easy to just toss things and go which often leaves me in a mad panic in the morning as I search for Maxton’s milk envelope, permission slip, or my cheque book. There is no designated “office” in the house, so that doesn’t help matters.

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Horrible, right? Well I decided it was time to organize this small space. As you can see, there isn’t a whole lot to work with. The desk is in between the counter, and the floor to ceiling pantry-cupboards so it’s not a true office desk, and I wanted to be careful to not stray away too much from the kitchen-feel. Here is what I came up with:

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Like I said, nothing much, but it has made a world of difference. I’m not a huge fan of having the radio/iPad dock there, but it comes in handy and I use the radio every day.

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I picked this up at Home Sense for $19.99 and thought it was a real steal. I loved the colour and the overall design. Each slot sits at a different height to hold various types of paper.

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This letter sorter I also got at Home Sense for $7.99! It was a great deal and I love the colour and pattern. It adds a nice pop of colour to this corner.

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I needed something to hold a few pens and a pair of scissors so I just used a mason jar that I already had.

Nothing too fancy, just a little organization for under $30. 2016 may just be my year to organize!

 

Mini Cheesecakes

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe for a delicious dessert for a party or get together, this recipe is for you!

I absolutely love cheesecake and have a few different recipes for it, from cherry to blueberry to lemon to chocolate swirl, but this is by far the easiest.

I like to use this recipe for mini cheesecakes, but you can tweak it and use it for a large one.

These were a huge hit at our New Year’s Eve party a few weeks ago.

Mini Cheesecake Recipe

2 cups of graham cracker crumbs

5 tbsp sugar

6 tbsp of butter or margarine, melted

6 8oz packages of cream cheese (don’t try to save calories and use light cream cheese, you will lose the rich flavour)

1.5 cups of sugar

2 1/2 tsp of vanilla

6 eggs

Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, 5 tbsp of sugar and the butter or margarine in a bowl. Press the mixture into the paper liners (approximately one heaping tbsp – depends how thick of a cookie base you would like).

Beat the cream cheese, remaining 1.5 cups of sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time at low-speed.

Scoop the mixture over the graham cracker crust (until muffin cup is almost full).

Bake 25 min or until the cheesecake centers are almost set. Cool completely and refrigerate for several hours.

This makes approximately 36 mini cheesecakes. You can half the recipe for less.

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Now when it comes to cheesecake, you have many topping options. You can leave them plain or top them with whipped cream, fresh fruit, a dollop of cherry filling, lemon zest or a combination of things.

I chose to top mine with some whipped cream (so easy to do, 35% whipping cream and a little sugar) and some fresh blueberries. I really wanted to use raspberries but they are costing a fortune these days.

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I didn’t have a chance to snap the best picture of them, I did a quick one with my iPhone before the party but they turned out great and tasted even better!

Enjoy!

Danica’s Scarves Review

Before Christmas I was on the hunt for a nice blanket scarf. I was chatting with a girlfriend of mine and she had mentioned a local business that sells a variety of blanket scarves for a great price.

I decided to check out her Facebook page and loved the patterns I saw. This one caught my eye right away and I contacted her immediately. She was quick to reply and had the one I selected in stock, I was able to pick it up the next day. (She is seconds away from my daughter’s daycare so it worked out.)

This is the one I chose:

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(Photo credit: Danica’s Scarves)

I loved all of the colours in this pattern and thought it would be perfect for spring, winter and fall.

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This scarf is keeping me warm these days with the -10 degree Celsius weather we have been having.

Check out her website, Danica’s Scarves for her selection, as well as some of her other products.

Enter the promo code “mamasbabysteps” at checkout for $5 off your blanket scarf order from now until January 31, 2016.

Happy shopping readers!

 

 

Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe 2015 has come to an end and we are three days into a brand new year.

Last year was a challenging one, and I haven’t been pulling my weight on here as a result.

For those of you who follow me, you know my Mom has Multiple Sclerosis and has been kicking its ass for 15 + years. As if that wasn’t enough, she has been undergoing chemotherapy since September for Breast Cancer. She is the strongest woman I have ever met and we know she will beat this! 2016 is HER year!

Maxton also started JK and has been absolutely loving it. I am enjoying all the little things he is bringing home and his JK box is already filling up, and he’s only 4 months in!

I have a lot of good stuff coming your way so stay tuned! Recipes, DIY’s, local business products and much more.

H.

Review of Artful Monkeys, Personalized Invitations and Party Printables

In the past, for the kid’s birthday invitations, I chose to order them through Shutterfly. Don’t get me wrong, Shutterfly is great, but this year I wanted something a little more personal and “homemade”.

For Maxton’s 4th birthday party, I decided to do a Superhero Theme (he LOVES Spiderman, The Hulk, Captain America etc.) and wanted to find the perfect invite to showcase this. So, I turned to Etsy to see what I could find. I wanted a shop that would create a digital image of the invite so I could email, text and/or print the invites myself.

So I searched “Superhero Birthday Invitations” and came across one that I LOVED. The shop’s name is Artful Monkeys, and she is based in the UK.

I chose the Superhero party invite ($14.25 CAD) and emailed the shop owner as soon as I saw it. She replied immediately and once I sent her the details, she had the completed invite emailed to me within a few hours! I couldn’t believe how quick and affordable they were. I was so happy with how it turned out, I couldn’t wait to send them out to all of Maxton’s little party guests!

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I blocked out the location of the party, but the whole thing looks fantastic! I am so pleased with how it turned out and the turnaround time for the completed invitation.

If you are looking for any invitations or party packs, check out Artful Monkeys. We have teamed up to save you 15% off your order until October 31, 2015, by entering code HWBLOG15.  So head on over to her shop today!