Memory Jar 2

I, like many people I’m sure, often lose entire evenings to Pinterest. It is absolutely addictive. I’m pretty much a Pinterest creep because I never actually pin anything, I just look at other people’s boards. I’m now vowing to pin my own projects as well ideas belonging to other people  that I’d like to try out.

One of those Pinterest dedicated nights I noticed lots of memory jar pins and my brother and friend mentioned them too. I think it’s a really good idea to write down all of the good things that happen in a year and keep them in a jar to be opened on New Years Eve. It’s really easy to forget the small things that make you smile throughout the year. I had a lot of fun preparing my memory jar. I sprayed the lid gold because it’s gold, duh! Do you need a reason to spray things gold? I used a project life card which I believe is from the Sunshine Edition by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman over at A Beautiful Mess but I could be wrong. I liked the idea of using this card because I felt it looks at all of the little moments individually . I then used number stamps to add ‘2014’ to the card and some washi tape to stick it onto the jar to finish it off. 

This year has started off well so I’ve already added some memories to it. I hope to see a lot more memories in it by the end of 2014.

Cheesecake Cheesecake jarsAm I the only one who is completely obsessed with jars? Yes? Okay then.

I bought these really cute Jars and thought they would be great for desserts so I had to work out what kind of dessert to put into them. I decided on cheesecake for 2 reasons. The first was that there is layers to cheesecake so it would show through the glass and the second is because cheesecake is so easy. It’s about the only dessert I can get right. This is probably a good thing because I’d make a lot of desserts otherwise.  I’m really happy with how they turned out so I thought I’d share the recipe here. It was just a standard cheesecake recipe, but if there are any newcomers to the world of cheese cake making then it might be helpful. The caramel turned out perfectly which I’m really happy about because apparently it can go wrong very easily. 

Ingredients:

Base –

  • 200g Digestive biscuits
  • 100g butter

Filling –

  • 300g cream cheese
  • 200g cream

Topping –

  • 100g golden syrup
  • 100g butter
  • 100g brown sugar

 

Method:

  1. crush the biscuits
  2. melt 100g of butter
  3. mix the butter and biscuit together
  4. flatten the biscuit mix into the bottom of each jar and put them into the fridge
  5. mix the cream cheese and the cream together in a bowl until it’s fully blended
  6. Add cream cheese mix on top of the biscuit base and put it back in the fridge
  7. Add the brown sugar,  remaining butter and golden syrup (it must be equal quantities of each) to a pot and boil on a medium heat, mixing continuously, for about 2 minutes.
  8. Finally, add it to the top of the cheesecake filling and refrigerate for at lease 2 hours.

 

New York City

Random question, but am I the only one who constantly carries another currency around in their purse? I went to New York for the first time in February 2012 and loved it! Since then I’ve had exactly $14 in my purse at all times. It’s staying there to remind me that I absolutely will get back to New York .  It won’t get me too far but it’s a nice reminder. I also still have New York on the weather app on my phone and let’s face it, you only really keep the important places on there…or is that just me?

Do you have a place that you’ve been to and really loved? That one place that you just have to go back to.