Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stocking Stuffer Week at CVS Pharmacy (December 17-24)

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If you’re a long-time CNC reader, you know that my family makes a BIG deal about stocking stuffers. Sometimes, I think we enjoy opening our stockings just as much (if not more) than the actual presents under the Christmas tree!

As kids, my sister and I weren’t allowed to open any gifts until my mom was out of bed, so we’d make her coffee and then bring it to her along with our stockings to get the party started. We’d open the stockings on her bed while she drank her coffee. We continued this tradition well into high school and beyond when we came home from college for the holidays. Quinn is still a few years away from making coffee and delivering it to us in bed, but it’s a tradition that I hope to start with our little family too. Opening stockings in bed (with coffee!) is still one of my favorite memories from Christmas morning.

And directly related to stockings… you guys know how much I love CVS, so I’m especially excited to share some of the awesome (and surprising) stocking stuffers that they have available right now – and the selection covers just about everyone on your shopping list!

During the holiday season, it’s the little things that matter the most, including finding just the right stocking stuffers for loved ones. December 17-24 is #StockingStufferWeek at CVS Pharmacy, and they have everything you need to fill your stockings this season, including a variety of unique, affordable, and unexpected finds. Some of this year’s best items include tech gadgets, trending beauty and fragrance offerings, premium chocolates, and personalized photo gifts. We’re actually taking the whole family to LEGOLAND and lunch for Christmas (instead of traditional gifts), so we’re putting a lot of thought into this year’s stocking stuffers. Read on for some of my favorite finds for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list!


  • Mini holiday PEZ dispensers – Quinn and Cousin Matthew are both obsessed with PEZ dispensers, but, of course, I don’t love giving them a ton of sugar. These mini ones are half the size and they come in an adorable holiday ornament. Perfect!
  • Rudolph headband and light-up nose – I mean, what kid wouldn’t love this Rudolph set? I’m planning to give it to my nice Karli who is almost two. She is going to look so adorable and especially love the light-up nose!
  • PJ Masks Coloring and Activity Backpack – This PJ Masks Coloring and Activity Backpack is right up Quinn’s alley! He loves PJ Masks (he was even “Cat Boy” for Halloween) as well as art projects, so he’ll be super excited to open this “prize.” I’m planning to take it apart and wrap up the individual items to put in his Christmas stocking. He’ll love opening each one!
  • Peanuts Puzzle – Cousin Matthew loves a good puzzle, so we’re planning to give him this Peanuts one for Christmas. His parents will love that it’s contained in a fun box, so there aren’t pieces all over the house!


  • 5 Second Fix Liquid-Plastic Welding Tool – This is totally something my brother-in-law would love. He’s definitely a fix-it kind-of-guy, so I know he’ll enjoying having this in his tool arsenal. CVS actually has a ton of “As Seen on TV” products available in-store and online.
  • Gold Emblem Bacon Jerky – I actually bought some of this bacon jerky for myself to try, and it’s really good! I know both Mal and my brother-in-law will love it too. Hello, bacon!
  • Gold Emblem Abound Almonds (and other nuts) – CVS offers so many delicious varieties, including vanilla creme almonds, cocoa almonds, habenero almonds, and cinnamon honey almonds. These are an easy addition to just about any stocking!
  • Phillips Beats n’ bass Headphones – You can never have enough headphones in your life, right? These ones from Philips will please just about any guy on your holiday shopping list!


  • Photo Ball Ornament – Grandma (my mom) loves a good photo ornament for her Christmas tree. I thought this one would be perfect with a photo of her grand kids (or grand dogs) inside.
  • Beauty 360 24K Gold Hydrogel Brightening Eye Masks – Perfect for a mama with young kids! 🙂 I bought one of these for my sister, and I know she’ll appreciate it. I know I would!
  • Holiday edition face masks from The Creme Shop – These are adorable and so perfect for the holidays. They’re priced right, so I got one for my mom, sister, and myself! 🙂
  • Wireless Headphones – My sister would love to have a pair of these headphones. I can’t wait to give them to her!

Obviously, what I love about #StockingStufferWeek is that CVS Pharmacy makes it easy to find stocking stuffers, but also items that you might need for the season in one stop, including all kinds of gifts (including personalized photo gifts, toys, and games), wrapping supplies, candy, and everyday essentials for the home and entertaining. And, of course, you can save on all of these purchases via the ExtraCare Rewards program. You can get everything you need during the busy holiday season, all while saving money and earning rewards on every purchase. Love that!

Question of the Day

What’s your Christmas stocking tradition?

What are some of your favorite Christmas morning traditions as a kid and today? 


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No-Bake Keto Coconut Cheesecake

inline_cheesecake 1This is the easy-to-make, no bake, sugar-free, ketogenic cheesecake recipe you’ve been waiting for. It does not disappoint. In fact, it’s so light and airy and outrageously creamy that it qualifies as delicious cheesecake, period….that just happens to be a high-fat, low-carb, no sugar indulgence.

Here’s how easy this recipe is to make: Cream cheese and crème fraiche are whipped into a cloud-like batter that’s thickened with gelatin and flavored with coconut. The filling is poured over a simple, no-fail macadamia nut and coconut crust. Chill, garnish with toasted coconut and fresh berries, and prepare to fall in love.

Since this is no-bake cheesecake made without eggs, these decadent cheesecake bites have a light, cloud-like texture. The macadamia-coconut crust adds crunch and sweetness to each bite. In fact, the natural sweetness of the macadamia nuts and coconut, layered with the creamy flavor of whole-fat dairy, is so decadent that this dessert doesn’t actually need any added sweetener.

You read that correctly—these cheesecake bites turn out perfectly without any sweetener whatsoever. Without sweetener, the flavor is slightly tangy but still decadent. If you consider something like full-fat Greek yogurt with berries to be dessert, then you’ll love an unsweetened version of this cheesecake.

But if you crave dessert with a sweeter edge, then go ahead and add the sweetener of your choice. You don’t need to add a lot. A teaspoon or two of a sweetener like liquid stevia gives these cheesecake bites the traditional sweetness that is expected from cheesecake.

However you choose to enjoy these Ketogenic cheesecake bites—with sweetener or without—they’re sure to become a go-to dessert recipe any time you need a treat.

Servings: 12 cheesecake bites

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes, plus 2 hours to chill

Crust Ingredients

macadmia nut crust

  • 2 cups raw, unsalted macadamia nuts (262 grams)
  • ½ cup finely shredded, unsweetened coconut (43 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (30 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1.25 ml)

Process macadamia nuts in food processor until finely chopped. Add coconut, coconut oil and salt and pulse until the ingredients come together and the texture is similar to big grains of sand.

Use a Tablespoon measurement to drop scoops of the crust into a 12-count silicone cupcake pan (or, drape several large pieces of plastic wrap over a regular cupcake pan and press the plastic wrap into each cupcake holder, leaving overhang over the edges of the pan). Use your fingers to press the crust down evenly and firmly in the bottom of each cupcake space.

Refrigerate the crust while preparing the filling.

Cheesecake Ingredients


  • 3 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin (15 ml)
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened (340 g)
  • 1/2 cup crème fraiche (3.75 ounces/106 grams)
  • Optional: ½ to 1 teaspoon (or more) liquid Stevia or other sweetener*
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coconut flavor (7.4 ml)

*The type of sweetener, and the amount, used in this cheesecake recipe can be changed according to your preference. This cheesecake can also be made without any sweetener at all.

Dissolve the gelatin in 1 cup hot water by whisking vigorously. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, blend cream cheese until smooth. Add crème fraiche, sweetener (optional) and coconut flavor and blend until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in gelatin, beating until thoroughly blended in.

Pour the batter into the cupcake pan on top of the crusts, filling each space close to the top. Chill at least 2 hours, until set.

To remove the cupcake bites, press from the bottom of the silicone cupcake pan to lift each cheesecake up. If using plastic wrap in a regular cupcake pan, carefully lift the plastic wrap up, which will lift and remove the mini cheesecakes.

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