Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Blueberry Lemon Layered Vegan Cheese Cake



This is the first cashew cream cheese cake I have ever made. I made it for my husbands birthday because he absolutely hates the texture of cake. Since we are also Vegan it was hard coming up with idea's as a main dessert. I could have easily went out and bought a Vegan dessert but I wanted it to be special. I took two different recipes and tweaked them to my liking! We really enjoyed this cake. It was even unreal frozen! It was almost like a frozen yogurt treat. My next attempt will be to make personal sized cheesecakes with lime & apple! 

CRUST

  • 1 cup packed (200 g) pitted dates
  • 1 cup (120 g) raw walnuts

FILLING

  • 3 cups (180 g) raw cashews
  • Lemon juice 1/4 cup or to taste! 
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (150 ml) full-fat coconut milk. Skim from the top. 
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries (for blueberry layer)


  1. Add pitted dates to a food processor or blender. I personally used a VItamix. Blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. 
  2. Next add the walnuts and process into a meal until a loose dough forms - it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it's too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing or blending. If too wet, add more almonds or walnuts. Optional: add a pinch of salt to taste. 
  3. Form the crust in the spring form pan & level it out with your fingers. Put in freezer for 20 mins or so. 
  4. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. 
  5. Add filling to spring form pan ontop of the crust. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, put in the freezer for 10-20 mins. Go onto your next layer, which would be blueberry! 
  6. Add the frozen blueberries to the rest of the filling & blend until smooth. Add to the cheese cake & cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard - about 4-6 hours
  7. Before serving let it thaw in the fridge for several hours.  You can eat frozen too!


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Monday, 9 April 2018

Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor + Essential Gift Set GIVEAWAY!




I have been using the Philips Avent DigitalVideo Baby Monitor for watching over Lucas while he sleeps in his crib ever since he was 5 weeks old. Please note that I am creating this blog post as a paid ambassador with Philips Avent & PTPA. All opinions are my own & I only work with companies I genuinely love or have used prior to being contacted. It gave me incredible peace of mind since I am in my room! The monitor has a range up to 150ft which is amazing. My absolute favorite future is the ECO mode. We actually didn't realize what it was for until maybe after 4-5 weeks after using it and having our room lit up from the baby monitor making it hard to sleep! Once I read up on it we immediately took advantage. ECO mode reduces power consumption during Luke's sleep but is still connected via an indication that switches off the audio and video transmission. Once it detects any sound it turns the sound & screen on so I can take a quick peak and see if Luke is shuffling or awake. 
We chose this monitor because it has a PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal of Approval. My husband researches the monitors since tech is his field. The monitor has a 3.5" high res color screen with 2x digital zoom. When it becomes light in Luke's room the monitor is color and when it is dark it goes into night mode.
Another feature I really appreciate is the temperate sensor. It shows the temperature in the corner of the monitor near the battery life. It will alert you if it becomes to warm or too cold in baby’s room and also has a vibration alert. It can also has a “talk back” feature where you can talk into the parent unit & soothe baby through the monitor, however I have never used it for that.. Normally I use it if my husband is in their changing a diaper to scare him or to let him know where things are in the nursery. LOL I also like to use it when I need something if I’m putting Luke to bed.. My husband can hear me through the monitor & grab whatever it is. 



If I could recommend one monitor it would hands down be this Philips Avent. We had previously looked into getting other types that are Bluetooth and go on your phone but we have been very conscious about the radiation emitted by Bluetooth devices. Although it is below what the current regulatory agencies consider “safe”, there are many who question whether their “safe” is really, well, safe. I personally don't feel comfortable having anything Bluetooth near my son’s head or my own! I don't even sleep with my phone by my head. If I do, it's on Airplane mode.

The monitor also has a beautiful future that is a comforting night light & plays lullabies to soothe baby but we don’t use it as often. If Luke is being relatively fussy I will turn on Hush little baby. 



As new parents using Philips Avent products has been a pretty big staple in our home. It is a brand that we can trust in & have never been let down! I like that the monitor is rechargeable & has 10 hours of battery life before needing to be recharged so I can take it into the living room with me while I fold laundry or do some paper work instead of hauling back & fourth a cord to hook it in each time from the other rooms to the bedroom. It is comforting know that this little machine has such strong features that ease our minds as new parents but also let us watch over out little one to make sure all is well in the nursery.
Enter below into the New mamas or mom-to-be essential gift set! The price is 1 Philips Anti-Colic Bottle with AirFree Vent Essentials Gift Set! The give away ends Sunday, May 6th, 2018. The Perfect Mothers Day prize! 










Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Media Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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