Caramel-Kissed Spice Cake

Walnuts can help rev metabolism. The omega 3 fatty acids in these nuts activate a protein that increases the rate at which calories are burned for fuel.

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Caramel-Kissed Spice Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25 oz.) package spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup prepared caramel sauce or dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Instructions

  1. Coat 6-qt. slow cooker with cooking spray. Prepare spice cake mix according to package directions, substituting applesauce for oil called for. Stir chopped walnuts into batter. Spoon batter into slow cooker. Cook on low 2 1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. In microwave safe bowl, microwave caramel sauce 30 seconds or until melted, stirring once; pour over cake. Let cool. Garnish with dollop of whipped topping, or as desired.
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Purple Sleep Mask

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At last, I finally got my daughter the 40 blinks sleep mask at cityofsleep.com. She works on a graveyard shift and although she’s not complaining, I know she’s having troubles sleeping during day time. The cute purple mask is my gift to her. Her birthday is on Tuesday and I’m so sure she’ll love this. It’s her favorite color, too. It’s ultralight molded foam eye sleep mask is contoured for pressure-free, smudge-free eye comfort. She’ll have a good rest with this mask.



Almond Bliss Cheesecake

Cream cheese can help deepen sleep. The trytophan in this spread helps stimulate the brain’s production of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. And to make your cream cheese experience more delicious here’s an easy recipe.

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Almond Bliss Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 oz.) cookie crumbs, like shortbread or graham
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs. butter-canola spread, at room temperature
  • 4 (8 oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs,
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Instructions

  1. Place ramekin and enough water to reach its rim in 6-qt. slow cooker; In processor, pulse first 3 ingredients until blended; press into greased 8" springform pan wrapped in foil. In processor, puree last 4 ingredients 1 minute. Pour into pan; cover with foil. Place on ramekin. Cover slow cooker. Cook on low 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Let cool. Chill 4 hours.
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A New Bass Guitar

If you’re in the market for a bass guitar, you can order one by clicking on the link. My son and I have visited a lot of websites and that’s the only one we found with the cheapest prices. It’s even more expensive if we bought it in the local music store near our place. He’s been practicing a lot with his old guitar and he’s really getting good at it. This new bass guitar is his gift to himself.



Microwave Bread Pudding

Not having my oven set up, yet doesn’t stop me from making yummy desserts, albeit I admit that I terribly miss baking. This one is pretty easy and even those who don’t have a flair in baking can do it. I got the recipe from food.com; I just added slices of cream cheese on top before baking, so the white ones you see in the photo are the cream cheese.

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Microwave Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 4 cups lightly packed bread, cut in cubes (about 4 or 5 slices of bread)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used white sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used Craisins)
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Spread bread cubes evenly in an 8-inch round glass pan.
  2. Sprinkle with the sugar, salt, and raisins.
  3. Place milk in a 4-cup glass measuring cup and add the butter.
  4. Microwave on High for four minutes, until butter melts and milk is warm.
  5. Rapidly, stir in eggs with a fork or small whisk and combine well.
  6. Pour over bread.
  7. Microwave on Medium-High for 9 to 12 minutes.
  8. When cooked, center may still be slightly soft, but does set up as pudding cools.
  9. Serve warm or chilled; your preference.
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