October 21, 2011

A Tasty Treat... (no Trick)

If a tiny roll of sweet-tarts isn't your thing, and a lolly-pop doesn't exactly satisfy, here's a really tasty and elegant Halloween treat that's good for grown-ups.  These are SUPER easy, and you can keep the filling on hand to whip up a batch on a moments notice.  A sophisticated way to celebrate this spooky time of year with all of your witchy friends...
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

  • 1 cup of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbls of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of orange food colouring (optional)
  • 20-24 wafer cookies

1 Add the softened cream cheese to a medium-size bowl. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, beat for 1 minute. Mix in sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla and nutmeg. Fold in the food colouring if using.
Mix for another minute or until the mixture is homogeneous. Place to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or just until serving.
3 Right before serving, take the cheesecake batter out of the fridge. Using a spoon or small ice cream scoop add a couple tablespoons of batter at the center of half of the wafers. Top with the other half and gently press down to form a sandwich. Serve immediately.
Tip: Assemble the cookies at the last minute to prevent the wafer cookies from getting soggy.
Makes about 10 cookies. 

October 10, 2011

Clever Q & A Linda

Linda has been a Clever Girl for quite some time, she just didn't always know it.  She's a mother to three kids, two dogs and has a motorcycle riding husband.  Here are 15 other things you might not know...

Clever Q & A

Q. What's your favorite city?
A. Paris

Q. Junk food--Salty or sweet?
A. I want both.  At the same time.

Q. Favorite cookbook?
A. Noteworthy, from the Women's Board at Ravinia.  

Q. Celebrity crush?
A. George Clooney.  Delicious.  

Q. What's your most prized  possession?
A. A photo album from one of our family trips to Paris.

Q. What is your favorite flower?
A. Absolutely, must be, Hydrangeas.  

Q. What's your summer vacation spot?
A. Nantucket.

Q. What's the best way to spend $3.oo?
A. Nothing beats a REAL fountain Coke.  No cans, must be on ice.

Fill in the Blank...
I collect.....
Louis Vuitton bags.  The collection is in double digits, but none are BIG enough!

My perfume is.....
Jo Malone--Orange Blossom.

I just finished reading....
The House in France, by Gully Wells.

I'm currently reading....
Keith, by Keith Richards.

I am addicted to......

As a child I wanted to be....
A runway model.

I really don't like.....

Click {here} to read Linda's Christmas quiz answers from the archives.  


October 5, 2011

Class is in Session

Just in time for fall, we offer you the Clever Girl Video Guide : 25 Ways to Wear A Scarf.  We've got oodles of great scarves right now, so study hard, and then pop on in and pick up a few of the season's best scarves...
We can promise there won't be a quiz, but you might get extra style credits if you watch this twice!

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