Monday Mornings, Volume 07.

Monday Mornings are a time that I absolutely treasure. It’s a time where I sit down for a moment of solitude before the hustle and the bustle of the week commences. I reflect, research, plan, and embrace. Keep reading to find this week’s best articles around the web, shopping links, and more to get your week started off right!

Start your week off right with a list of readings, musings, shopping, + more. A weekly roundup to inspire, motivate, and curate.

Happy Monday! I’m writing to you today with a large-and-in-charge post-it note staring at my saying, “New Monday, new week, new possibilities.” I don’t know what has happened over the last two weeks, but finally today I am writing to you confidently that this week will be better. This week will be different… And what other way to start it off than with a Monday Morning’s post?! 

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5 Ways To Getting Summer-Ready Skin

THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY MRS. MEYER’S VIA SOCIALSTARS™. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING THE BRANDS THAT HELP KEEP THE LCC RUNNING!

We all know that I love talking everything beauty. And it is by far no secret that my skin during the winter months tend to be extremely dry and flaky. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I am constantly searching for the latest and greatest to help combat this. When your favorite brand comes out with a new line of body wash, you run, not walk to the closest store to bring some home to try. I left with not just some, but all of the scents. Mrs Meyer’s released this product in an array of scents such as Honeysuckle, Lemon Verbena, Lavender, and Basil. I fell in love with the two scents you see above, Lavender and Basil. This body wash softens with Aloe Vera Gel, and a unique blend of essential oils, even including flaxseed oil. The delicate foam rinses clean, leaving your skin smooth and soft. I love that it is even dermatologically tested to be gentle on your skin.

Remember when I shared with you this adorable Spring Cleaning or Housewarming Gift Basket? Obviously I can’t get off the Spring Cleaning train, and I’m even taking it into the bathroom. Keep reading to hear my thoughts about this great new product, as well as other easy tips to get your skin summer ready!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}

Have I expressed to you all my love for cheesecake? I don’t think I have. Well, in case you were wondering, I love all cheesecake. Plain, Oreo, raspberry… You name it. It’s actually quite an obsession. So what do you get when you combine cheesecake with carrot cake? Pure deliciousness. Keep reading to find the recipe, perfect for Easter!

Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Dessert Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 2 (8-ounces each) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • For the Carrot Cake:
  • ¾ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound finely grated carrots (1 cup or so)
  • And the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
Instructions
  1. For the cheesecake, in a medium bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and flour until a smooth mixture.
  2. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix just until blended. Set aside.
  3. For the carrot cake, in a large bowl using an electric mixer again, beat together the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until the mixture is creamy and light.
  5. Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt until just combined. Follow by mixing in the carrots.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly grease a springform pan with cooking spray. Spread half of the carrot cake batter into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  7. Dollop half of the cheesecake batter on top of the carrot cake layer in large spoonfuls. Don't spread or swirl together.
  8. Dollop the rest of the carrot cake batter on and around the spoonfuls of cheesecake batter. Spread the last half of the cheesecake batter on top of all the layers and spread with an offset spatula into an even layer. Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to get rid of any air bubbles.
  9. Bake the cheesecake for 60-70 minutes, tenting the top of the cheesecake with foil the last 20 -30 minutes of baking if it is browning too quickly.
  10. Let the cheesecake cool completely on a wire rack in the pan.
  11. While it cools, make the frosting by whipping together the cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth.
  12. Mix in the powdered sugar a little at a time until the frosting is well-combined with no lumps.
  13. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix well.
  14. When the cake has cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top. Cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled before serving.
 

Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}Who doesn't love carrot cake and cheesecake? Combine the two into one delicious dessert and you will be amazed! {Click through for recipe + photos}

P.S. Are you having Easter at home? Check out this intimate Easter Sunday Brunch post from last year!


More Sweets To Try From The LCC:

Reese’s Nachos | Fruit Pizza | Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes | Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Monday Mornings, Volume 06.

Monday Mornings are a time that I absolutely treasure. It’s a time where I sit down for a moment of solitude before the hustle and the bustle of the week commences. I reflect, research, plan, and embrace. Keep reading to find this week’s best articles around the web, shopping links, and more to get your week started off right!

Start your week off right with a list of readings, musings, shopping, + more. A weekly roundup to inspire, motivate, and curate.

 

Morning, friends! I feel like every time I post here these days I’m apologizing for the absence. I know that each and every one of you come here for different reasons, but I’ve made these reasons my priority and commitment to keep sharing rad stuff… Which leads me to today’s post! Remember our Monday Mornings series? Lot’s a fun stuff going on in today’s roundup, including Easter things!

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