🎄 Christmas Blog Hop 2016 🎄

Christmas Blog Hop 2016

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To Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group’s Christmas Blog Hop 2016

This blog hop is to get us all in Christmas mood. Get hopping and read all the post as the common theme is Christmas 🎄 Each participant will write a blog post and tells what Christmas means to them along with their favorite Christmas recipe.

What Christmas means to me by Dawn Walsh

When I was a little girl, we got everything we wanted from Santa and we always got a Disney movie and game. It was so much fun and the excitement was unreal waiting to see what Santa brought us. Before all that though we would always get new PJ’s for Christmas Eve and the girls got soft curlers put in our hair, we went to bed early but Mom and Dad got us up for midnight mass and all our friends and cousins were there too, mass was so much fun on Christmas Eve especially as we all went in our PJ’s lol.

As I got older my Grandmother thought me how to make special decorations in the shape of a Christmas cracker, it was one of my favourite things to do with  her. As i am now a mom I now make these with my daughter for School Teachers and Friends. It’s about watching the kids excitement opening their presents and being with my family recording these moments to show them when they get older 🙂

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We also like to make Homemade Strawberry CheeseCake

 cheesecake

PREP: 30 MINS plus 1 hr and overnight chilling

CUTS INTO 12 SLICES

Follow the step-by-step recipe for this easy no-cook cheesecake – a delicious dessert for all occasions

Ingredients

  • 250g digestive biscuit, melted
  • 100g butter
    Butter
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 284ml pot double cream

For the topping

  • 400g punnet strawberry , halved
    Strawberries
  • 25g icing sugar

Method

  1. EQUIPMENT: 23cm loose-bottomed tin, baking parchment, plastic food bag, rolling pin, large bowl, dessert spoon, chopping board, kitchen knife, electric mixer, spatula, serving plate, blender or food processor, sieve
  2. Make the base: Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put 250g digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, then pour over 100g melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly.
  3. Remove the vanilla seeds from 1 pod: Slicethe vanilla pod in half lengthways, leaving the tip intact, so that the two halves are still joined. Holding onto the tip of the pod, scrape out the seeds using the back of a kitchen knife.
  4. Make the filling: Place 600g soft cheese,100g icing sugar and the vanilla seeds in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Tip in 284ml pot double cream and continue beating until the mixture is completely combined. Now spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base, working from the edges inwards and making sure that there are no air bubbles. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
  5. Un-moulding and topping: Bring the cheesecake to room temperature, about 30 mins before serving. To un-mould, place the base on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. Purée half the 400g punnet strawberries in a blender or food processor with 25g icing sugar and 1 tsp water, then sieve. Pile the remaining strawberries onto the cake, then pour over purée.

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All you have to do is go to the Divine Promotions Blog and leave a comment on Their blog post. Telling them your favorite part about Christmas.
 
There will be a grand prize giveaway on the Divine Promotions Blog.
 
 
3D fun face Charms Bracelet – 3 pieces
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18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set 
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$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group
 
5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions
 
Dreamspinner Press Vouchers
 
$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing
 
Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray
 
Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)
 
Ebook of your choice from Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)
 
Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena
 
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Below you will find all the blogs taking part
 
Two Chicks Obsessed with Books http://twochicksobsessed.com/
Cathy Writes Romance http://cathybrockman.com
Anna Butler Fiction https://annabutlerfiction.com/
Alpha Book Club http://alphabookclub.org
Laz and Lachi Publications http://www.lazandlachi.com/
Author Susan Mac Nicol https://www.susanmacnicol.net
Cathy Writes Romance http://cathybrockman.com
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