Luxury and Decadence

So sorry for the lack of posts over the past couple of days, I had been in pre-vacation planning mode followed by hot tubbing, cottaging and skiing (not for me but for the others involved).

This past weekend was exactly what was required to shake off the gloomy February blues, that always seems to set in.  I think it is just that by February it has been dark for so long, and cold for so long you start to feel like the awful winter you seem to be trapped in will never end. So a cottage for the weekend up in the mountains was exactly what the doctor ordered.

So this weekend a small group of us rented out a beautiful cottage for a couple of days, this past weekend especially worked best because February seems to be the month of birthdays for us.  We were able to celebrate three birthdays, a fourth by text message all in one weekend.   In order to make sure everyone felt celebrated I made sure to make some delicious mini treats catered to each of the three birthday people.
photo3Making some brownies topped with whip cream and strawberries, some miniature cheese cakes, and some miniature lemon meringue pies.  They were all the perfect size for snacking and sharing.

Later on in the weekend the gentlemen decided that they would like to experiment with a new fancy recipe they had found on the internet from Chief Gordon Ramsey, there were no complaints from the ladies would be eating their delicious feast.   Requiring a bit more effort than they had expected most of the late afternoon was spent preparing a delicious feast of a meal which included beef wellington, shaved asparagus, ceasar salad and paired with some delicious red wine.

Having this meal to end off the weekend was definitely the height of decadence! Unfortunately in this photo the bottle of wine is covering the delicious beef wellington master piece, but trust me it was to die for!

All in all relaxing in the hot tub, some skiing, playing in the snow, and birthday celebrating was exactly what the doctor ordered.  There may have been more junk food than any four people should have eaten, and we could have definitely used a bit more of this:

but the weekend was so worth all of it. My body is definitely begging to go back to healthy eating and living now, which is just fine by me.

Reminiscent of this weekend I figured I would share the recipe for the mini cheese cakes. Although they aren’t the healthiest thing in the world I made them as low fat as possible, and they are nicely portioned off so you don’t even need to think about how big of a piece to cut yourself.

Mini Oreo Cheese Cakes:

Serves 6 – approx. 4hours total to prepare
Calories: 199.6 Fat: 9.4g Saturated Fat:5.1g Fiber: 0.3g Carbs:24.4g

1 250g package of Light Cream Cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
6 Oreos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl mix together cream cheese and egg, once nicely mixed together slowly add in the sugar and cream together until the sugar has been dissolved.

Using a muffin tin, put in 6 muffin liners, placing an oreo in each.  Pour in the cream cheese mixture.  Place in oven and cook for 15-20minutes.  Remove when mini cakes are more than half set.  Let cool and then place in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.

I don’t recommend you cover the mini cakes while they are cooling in the fridge this can make them gather moisture on their tops and you don’t want that.  I served these tasty snacks just plain, but if you choose you could top them with berries or some whip cream or chocolate, but I found them totally delicious just like that.



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