Friday, November 2, 2012

Easy Entertaining plus Pinterest Success #5

Once November comes, my thoughts start turning towards holiday entertaining. Thanksgiving is early this year ( November 22nd ) and Christmas will be here before we can blink. One of the ways I have found to make entertaining easier, is to serve a dessert on a pretty platter, using a mix of grocery store speciality cookies and pastries and one homemade item.

I put together this platter in no time at all, with pumpkin shaped ginger snap and cherry rugala cookies from my freezer, mini chocolate chip cannolis from the grocery store bakery and homemade Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. This platter of goodies is perfect for last minute guests or when you just don't have time to bake.

The key to this easy entertaining idea, is to create a special homemade dessert bite that can be put together fast. This Pinterest recipe for Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Covered Strawberries is perfect. I made these in ten minutes and then placed them in the refridgerator to chill. They are made with fresh strawberries, good quality chocolate and a pre-made cheesecake filling. They are pretty and taste as delicious as they look. The original pin can be found here and the recipe can be found here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Cheesecake filled chocolate covered strawberries-
    even the name sounds delicious.

    Lovely ideas Vicki and I hope that it will all work out beautifully for you for Thanksgiving.

    Have a good weekend.


  2. I've dipped strawberries before, but cheesecake in the middle? Who needs to bake a whole cake--the strawberries sound perfect! Thank you so much for visiting and adding your idea to the Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Linky Party. I’m one of your co-hosts from If you linked up from one of the other co-host sites, I hope you’ll stop by my site for a visit.

  3. OMgoodness, those strawberries look mouthwatering. I am bad about keeping it simple and then "kill" myself trying to do it all. I will have to keep this in mind next time, just one tray of goodies and not all homemade.

  4. Mmmmm I've made the cheesecake filled strawberries before, and loved them! I never thought of ALSO dipping them in chocolate though, sounds yummy!
    New follower here from the Heavenly treats linky party, hope you have time to stop by!
    Michelle @

  5. Hi new to you blog for the weekend blog walk I'm looking forward to your posts. I'm a daddy blogger and I blog about my wonderful family.

  6. Oh yum, so glad to hear you have success with pinterest recipes. I have pinned many, but only tried one or far so good. Thanks for the links!!

  7. Yummy! Thanks so much to linking it to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun party! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  8. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays linky party.

  9. New GFC follower from Moms Test Kitchen blog hop. What an awesome strawberry recipe. Can't wait to try it!

  10. I really like this idea as this year will be MY first year hosting Thanksgiving! I'm getting palpitations just thinking about it!

  11. I love quick and easy entertaining, really helps keeps the stress down on entertaining. I so love those strawberries, fruit, cheese and chocolate, wow what a great combination! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  12. Congrats on a Pinterest success!I made something similar to this for July 4th, and stuck a blueberry in the cream cheese. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  13. Love these! Thanks so much for linking up to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Festival Fun Link Party. I also host a Tuesday link party and would love you to link up sometime :) Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  14. Oh my gosh, these look delicious! Not only are they yummy, but so pretty, too! I am putting these on my Thanksgiving menu. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent! I am always so thrilled to have you. Have a wonderful week.

  15. mmm those strawberries look delish!

  16. lookin yummy!
    stopping by from the OHP link up!

    happy wednesday, xoxo sarah grace

  17. Yumm, those all look so good!

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

  18. yum! I am obsessed with these! Looks so good. Thank you for linking up!


  19. Your little treats look so yummy together! I pinned those strawberries and can't wait to try them myself!

  20. these goodies look awesome! Hope you had a great week...just stopping by to let you know that these lovely strawberries will be featured later today on my munchin' on mondays link up!


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