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One Does Not Simply Whip Up a Cheesecake

So because lately I've suffered some unbearable cheesecake cravings, the bf and I decided to whip up some cheesecake during my weekend visit to his town.  After a quick web search, he suggested this White Caramel Cheesecake from the blog Not So Humble Pie.  I skimmed through the recipe, drooled over the pictures, and nodded in agreement.  We figured... How hard could it be?

We started after he got home from work around 6pm.  We thought the homemade caramel would be the worst part.  Melting sugar without burning it can be tricky.  And neither of us had ever made caramel (or cheesecake) before.  Oh!  If only the caramel would have been the most difficult, most time-consuming part. It's a complex recipe and involves a lot of steps and waiting.  When we finally popped that cheesecake into the oven (in a roaster of boiling water!) we still had several hours of baking time ahead of us... as well as at least four hours of chilling time in the fridge. By the time we popped it out of the oven and into the fridge, it was going on 11pm and we were both zonked.

So we got up this morning, sliced into the cheesecake we'd slaved away over, and enjoyed it.  Cheesecake for breakfast!  Rich, dense, decadent white chocolate cheesecake drenched in caramel.  It was good.  But as G put it, it's not "9 hours good."  I think next time we'll be tracking down a no-bake recipe or grabbing the Jello brand box mix off the grocery shelf.  Or just buying one that's already been made.  

Have you ever made a cheesecake before?  Was it worth the toil and trouble?  ;)


I made individual raspberry amaretto cheesecakes once, and yes, they were a huge pain. Tasty, but a pain.


DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.