Cheesecake Bucket

What I am about to share with you is a cute idea for any summer party. Two of my wonderfully creative co-workers get all the credit for this one as they made this for Jess’ birthday on Friday. This cheesecake bucket was a hit!

The recipe was based on this one, but they decided not to freeze it and to use all fat-free, sugar-free, low calorie options. The best part of this, I believe, was the shovel spoons and the way they created the bucket (simple–punch holes in dixie cup then thread a pipe cleaner through). How adorable!!!

Cheesecake Bucket (adapted):

Ingredients: 

  • 8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
  • 8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix, prepared (fat free if desired!)
  • sliced strawberries and blueberries
  • Goldfish vanilla crackers, to top

Directions: 

  • Put a small layer of the cheesecake in all of the cups.
  • Sprinkle a layer of the crushed graham crackers.
  • Layer cheesecake then berries then more cheesecake.
  • Top with another layer of graham crackers.
  • Pop in fridge.
  • Enjoy.

cheesecake bucket pudding summer dessert

Temptations

One of the hardest parts of trying to eat healthy are the temptations of the “old life”, but I am learning to manage them fairly well. My mantra has been, if I don’t allow myself a taste, I am just going to go absolutely crazy on some treats when I do let myself go. I’m talking mostly about sweets, my lifeblood while I was pregnant with ‘lil Miss A (so someone tell me how I lost weight eating sweets while pregnant with her, but now gain 10 pounds when I sniff sugar in the air, now). Sweets like yummy ice cream, brownies, and cookies. Yum.

The tough part is that is is almost my birthday (the one most people consider their “last”), and that means I am going to want a treat. Will it be a cookie from the local bakery? A cupcake from another local baker with a famous baker? Some red velvet cake? Or some home-delivered cheesecake from Cheesecake.com (who also is baking up an idea for (shut the front door) Cheesecake of the Month!)? I think I am going to have to put my finger on one good treat and enjoy the who knows what out of it, then not beat myself up for it.

What do you do to curb temptations? Is there a must have treat, or do you find substitutes through yogurts and popsicles (which 98% of the time works for me)? The problem is, there isn’t a cheesecake popsicle (and even worse, I just remembered how much I love Turtle Cheesecake while writing this post). Ok, time to stop thinking about yummy cheesecake and to start drinking some water, right? 😉

This post was brought to you by your friends at Cheesecake.com–an Epic Cheesecake Experience. I was not provided any cheesecake for this post (but oh, wouldn’t that be great?), and the thoughts are 100% my own.