It is way too hot to be baking desserts, in my opinion. Way too hot.

Luckily I’ve come up with an easy cheesecake-inspired dessert that doesn’t require you to turn on an oven!  If you like blueberry cheesecake, then you’ll love these.

As a new member of the Walkers Shortbread Society, I was invited to participate in this month’s campaign, which paired Walkers Shortbread with Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves in honor of National Blueberry Month. I wanted to make something easy but indulgent-tasting, as well as something portable to take to summer parties and get-togethers. I hit the mark on all three with these cheesecake balls!

Instead of the usual graham cracker crust, I’ve used shortbread cookie crumbs both inside the filling and as a coating. The slight tartness from the wild blueberry preserves plus the fragrant lemon zest helps offset the richness from the cream cheese and the shortbread. The cheesecake mixture is chilled before rolling into balls and being coated in shortbread cookie crumbs, making these perfect on a hot summer day. I’ve got to say, I’m really liking the idea of using shortbread crumbs as a crust for cheesecake, the rich buttery taste is a perfect complement to the filling.

I may or may not have had 3 of these in one day. I won’t tell if you do as well! Shhhh!

Disclosure – I was provided with Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds and Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves as part of my participation in the Walkers Shortbread Society but received no other compensation and my opinions are my own.


Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Balls with Shortbread “Crust”


2 packages Walkers Shortbread Rounds

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature

1/3-1/2 cup light brown sugar

ground cinnamon (optional)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

zest of one lemon

1/4-1/3 cup Bonne Maman Blueberry Preserves


Place shortbread rounds in blender or food processor and pulse until reduced to fine crumbs. Reserve about 1/2-3/4 cup for “crust” and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Taste for sugar and add more if needed.

Add the lemon zest and blueberry preserves to cream cheese mixture.

Add shortbread crumbs and stir to combine thoroughly. You may need to use your hands to make sure the crumbs are mixed in. Taste and add more brown sugar if needed. It shouldn’t be too sweet, but enough to offset the richness of the shortbread and to get that cheesecake taste.

Chill mixture in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Use a tablespoon to scoop out rounds of the cheesecake mixture and use hands to form into balls. Dip cheesecake balls into the reserved shortbread crumbs and coat on all sides. You should be able to get at least 9-12 cheesecake balls.

Chill before serving and keep any remaining balls in refrigerator.



Movie Date Night In With G.H. Cretors Popcorn!

by spiceaholic on June 4, 2017


Once upon a time, when Mr. Spice and I were newly married and weren’t working crazy hours, we would go to see movies all the time! Pretty much every weekend we’d go out to dinner, see a movie, and then hang out in the Borders bookstore afterwards. (I miss Borders!!) Ahhhh, those were the days!

Fast-forward 13 years. Now we have a 21 month-old and though I’m not working crazy hours at a job right now, Mr. Spice is. Needless to say, there’s not a lot of free time anymore, let alone time for date nights.  I can count on one hand the times we’ve gone out on our own for a date night – part of that is our fault for not looking for a regular babysitter. Movie night now is curling up on the bed and watching one after our son has gone to bed. Nothing wrong with that!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a movie night at home, we’ve both been working on random projects at night, or else I’ve been too lazy and just wanted to catch up on tv or reading.  For some weird reason whenever we want to watch a movie, we can never remember what’s come out and then there’s always the issue of us not agreeing on a movie.

And then there’s this issue!

I laughed and laughed when I saw this because it’s too true!

It must have been fate because recently the folks at G.H. Cretors reached out to me about reviewing a home movie night kit! They offered to send me two bags of G.H. Cretors popcorn, two Oscar-nominated movies (Arrival and Moonlight), as well as tissues and other goodies.  Perfect! Of course I said yes!

Look at all these goodies! I claimed the cheese popcorn for myself but had to try some of the caramel corn from The Mix – it tasted just like that Karmelkorn stuff you used to get at the mall. I may have just dated myself, lol! And that throw was perfect for snuggling.  We decided to watch Arrival because of the sci-fi theme.  I loved it. Loved the music, loved the story. And those tissues sure did come in handy, good call on including those!

A couple fun facts:

  • G.H. Cretors’ history dates back to 1893, when Charles Cretor, confectioner and inventor, unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago World’s Fair.
  • This “obsessively delicious” artisanal popcorn is popped in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients such as non-GMO popcorn and is gluten-free

After trying both flavors of the popcorn, I am now obsessed with trying some of the other flavors such as Organic Chile Jalapeno White Cheddar and Organic Dill Pickle. And I may have plans of mixing those two flavors, yum!!

Can’t wait for our next movie date night at home!



Making a Splash at Zoo Atlanta with Stonyfield Organic

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Remember my post about World Penguin Day? No? Well you can check it out here, because this is the part 2 of that post! Or if you’re feeling lazy here’s the background: Stonyfield Organic, who I’ve been working with the past few years, is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program to help 10 […]

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Good Food Made Simple Review

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I promise, one of these days I will get the hang of preparing healthy and nutritious meals from scratch every day, every meal. It’s a major life goal, really. But right now with a very active toddler on the go every minute of the day, it’s not happening. I’ve been resorting to keeping easy to […]

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Celebrate World Penguin Day with Stonyfield!

April 25, 2017

What do penguins have to do with a food blog? Man, she’s really lost it now, hasn’t she? I bet you’re thinking these thoughts! But I promise there’s a connection. You know that I’ve had a long-running partnership with Stonyfield Organic over the past few years, and at first it really was all about the […]

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When Being on the B-List is a Good Thing!

March 6, 2017

We’re always told to make straight As, be on the A-list, etc.  But what if I told you that in one situation in particular, it’s actually preferable to be on a B-list? I recently learned that there is a growing group/community of businesses called certified B-Corps that are working together to redefine success in business. […]

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*CLOSED* Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Party + Giveaway

December 12, 2016

How is it December already? Thanksgiving seemed to sneak up out of nowhere and here we are already on our way to closing out 2016. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to visit my parents and my sister was there as well so Baby N got thoroughly spoiled for a whole week. […]

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

October 29, 2016

I can’t stop eating these cookies! If you’re in the mood for cookies full of chocolate chunks, candy and butterscotch, you have to give these a try. Some fun facts about these cookies: They don’t have eggs in them – perfect for those with egg allergies and those of you who want to be able […]

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*CLOSED* Crusty Oven Fried Chicken Thighs + Say It With Krusteaz Giveaway

October 23, 2016

Fried chicken is easily one of my favorite foods. The crunchy fried crust is the best part in my opinion. All your fried chicken skins are belong to me. However, I am a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to frying stuff.  So we usually end up hitting the drive-thru or grocery store deli for ours, […]

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars – Bake a Difference with OXO for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Dorie Greenspan

September 20, 2016

Say it with me: salted chocolate caramel bars. With a chocolate shortbread crust.  What is not to like about these? You guys know I am not a very confident baker, so why on earth did I decide to attempt to make chocolate shortbread and salted chocolate caramel?  Especially with a 13 month-old running around like […]

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