Last Minute New Years Eve Party

Throwing together a last minute New Years Eve party? I’ve got you covered!

I’ve put together a list of “to-do’s” before this great party of yours.

  1. Figure out the alcohol situation. Make sure to let everyone know if it is BYOB or not. If you plan on providing the drinks, make sure to count out your guests and buy according to that. If you are wine drinkers, I suggest the box wine with the pouring spout. It is cheaper and easier for people to pour for themselves. In my opinion, even if you choose BYOB, the host should provide the champagne for the celebration at midnight!
  2. Food. Food. Food. Is this a dinner party? Or after-dinner party? Even if it is an after dinner party, it is nice to have some snacks for your guests to munch on. Make sure to make a list before you head to the grocery store, to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting and you don’t forget anything. Some ideas for snacks:
    – bowls of chips (and dip if you’d like)
    – fruit platter
    – cheese and cracker platter
    – cupcakes
    – veggie platter
    – bought appetizers you can pop in the oven
    – a sweet table if you want to get fancy
    – non-alcoholic drinks
    – pizza! (tip: order a party size rectangle pizza and ask them not to cut it. Then, cut it yourself into smaller appetizer size pieces. This will make it easier for guests to eat, plus it will seem like there is much more pizza than there really is).
  3. Decoration. This doesn’t have to be the fanciest decor out there, but putting something together can give the party a good vibe. I recommend choosing a colour theme first. New Years Eve is typically black, gold and silver. So these will probably be easiest to find around this time. You can look at any party store near you, and many dollar stores carry cute cheap decor. Don’t forget:
    – plastic cutlery, to save you from doing dishes
    – plastic cups
    – plastic cups for the champagne
    – plastic plates
    – a table cloth you can throw out at the end
    – napkins
    – plastic shot glasses
    – balloons (to make it look festive)
    – use those Christmas lights! Hang them around the room, or on the staircase if there’s one around.
    – make sure you have enough platters to serve all the food on
    – garbage bags for when you clean up
  4. Music. Make a great playlist that you know will get the party going. It would be best through a bluetooth speaker, so you can use your phone. If you don’t have one, ask your friends. There is sure to be someone who owns one.
    P.S if you’re a 90’s kid, make sure to add Backstreet Boys and Britney Spear on that list, that will definitely get everyone going. And your last minute party is set! These are minimal things to remember in the rush of a last minute party, but very important. As long as you cover these 4 steps, your party will be great.

Happy New Year!

Lots of love,

Prov.

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Pasta Dinner for Two

Are you ever stuck on what to make for dinner? 

This pasta dish is so delicious and perfect for a quick and easy dinner idea.

First, start with an oiled pan and add two cut up pieces of chicken breast. You can cut your pieces as small or large as you’d like.

To the chicken add,

– crushed garlic
– salt and pepper to taste

Cook the chicken until just before it is fully cooked, then add in:

– about 1/2 cup of heavy cream
– 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
– 2 tbsp of pesto

Mix that all together and cook until chicken is fully ready. You want to do this on low/medium heat, so it doesn’t dry out.

While that is finishing off, cook your pasta. You can use any pasta you like, but my preference is penne. I specifically buy “penne rigate” because the lines on the pasta help hold the sauce.

Once your pasta is cooked, strain it and add it to the sauce. You can add in cherry tomatoes and parsley if you like, and then just mix it all together.

And that’s it!

I hope you love this dish as much as I do.

Lots of love,

Prov.

The Perfect Cheese Cake

If you share the same love for dessert as I do, then this cheesecake is a definite winner. This recipe has been in my family for years now, and has never failed us.

First thing you’ll need is a cheesecake pan. This is very important. If you do not know what they look like, here is an example,¬†https://www.amazon.com/Springform-Cake-Pans/b?ie=UTF8&node=289683 . You can find these at Walmart, Micheal’s or any home goods store near you. For this cheesecake, I usually use a 10 – 12 inch pan.

Crust

The crust is definitely one of the most personal parts of a cheesecake. There are many different ways to make the crust. This here is the easiest way (meaning you can make and use it instantly, unlike some that need to set over night) and I have come to enjoy it very much. If you’re not up to making a crust, you can always buy a pre made one.

1 1/4 cup of graham crackers

1/4 cup of sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

7 tsp of soft unsalted butter

Once you have this all mixed together well, pour it into your pan and start moulding it to the bottom and sides. I recommend putting it in the oven (at 350 degrees) for about 5 minutes, just to get it firmed up before you put in the filling.

Filling

The best part. I’m not into a very cheesy cheesecake, so this recipe here has accomplished the perfect taste for me. I’ve made cheesecake haters into cheesecake lovers. If you like it cheesier, you can always add more Philadelphia cream cheese and you’ll be set.

You will need two bowls for this part.

Bowl One:

2 packs of Philadelphia cream cheese (the rectangle 250g)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Mix this all together very well. To make it easier, cut the cream cheese into little cubes before trying to mix it, and make sure to take it out of the fridge just a little before hand so it’s not hard.

Bowl Two:

5 eggs.

You will need to separate the whites from the yolks. Beat the whites till fluffy. The best test for this is sticking a fork in and making sure it stands on its own.

One by one, mix the yolks into the cream cheese mixture. Make sure you beat each yolk completely before mixing in the next one.

Then, slowly start to mix in the fluffy egg whites. Make sure to do this by hand (using a mixer will take away the fluf). Once that is done, you’re ready to add your mixture to the pan.

Make sure your oven is pre-heated to 350 degrees.
If you’d like, you can put the pan into a water bath, this prevents the cracking on top of the cheese cake.
You want to leave it in the oven for at least 35 minutes. Check on it and make sure the filling seems solid. If not, keep it in there and check on it every 5 minutes.

Once the cheesecake is fully cooked, let it cool. After it is cooled, I like to add the topping. My preferences are blueberry or cherries. I usually buy the canned one, just to make life easier, plus their delicious.

And thats it! You’ve got a killer cheesecake !

Hope you, your family and friends enjoy this recipe,

Lots of love,

Prov.

My Very First Blog Post

This is my very first blog post. What I hope to do here is cover many different topics, so everyone has something to love.

I’ve always been the kind of person to indulge in many different things, instead of having one steady hobby. Some of my loves are makeup, music, food, photography and so much more.

I hope you enjoy sharing part of my life here with you!

Lots of love,

Prov.