Delicious Nutella Cheesecake Hand Pies

Delicious Nutella Cheesecake Hand Pies

I’ve been on a serious Nutella kick lately. I can’t be without a jar in the house and no drop goes to waste.

If you’ve seen my post on Instagram, I showed you how to make Nutella chocolate milk with a fun printable label to put on the jar.

There are so many Nutella recipes to choose from I decided to search for some and get inspired to make my own. With ingredients that I already had in my kitchen I decided to make these delicious Nutella cheesecake hand pies.

This Nutella recipe is a fun snack that is filled with creamy whipped Nutella filling wrapped with a golden flaky crust. The hazelnut drizzle adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust (comes with 2 crusts)
  • 4 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water

Directions

  1. In a stand mixer, mix 1/2 cup Nutella and cream cheese until combined.2.Place both pie crusts on top of each other.
  2. Using a glass cup or circle cookie cutter, cut out circles through each crust. Delicately take about the two circles.
  3. Take a full dollop of the Nutella cream cheese mixture into the center of half of the pie circles. Take the other half of the pie circles and place on top of the filling.
  4. Press all around the pie with your finger until sealed. Use a fork to complete the sealing by pressing all around the finger presses.
  5. Poke a few holes in each pie.
  6. Mix egg with water to create an egg wash. Spread it over each hand pie.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  8. Heat the rest of the Nutella up in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds.
  9. Pour warm Nutella into a zip-lock bag and cut off a small piece of one of the bottom corners to make it into a piping bag.
  10. Drizzle Nutella all over the hand pies and enjoy!
Nutella Cheesecake Hand Pies

Nutella Cheesecake Hand Pies

These Nutella Cheesecake Hand Pies are a fun snack that is filled with creamy whipped Nutella filling wrapped with a golden flaky crust. The hazelnut drizzle adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust (comes with 2 crusts)r
  • 4 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer, mix 1/2 cup Nutella and cream cheese until combined.
  • Place both pie crusts on top of each other. Using a glass cup or circle cookie cutter, cut out circles through each crust. Delicately take apart the two circles.
  • Take a full dollop of the Nutella cream cheese mixture into the center of half of the pie circles. Take the other half of the pie circles and place on top of the filling.
  • Press all around the pie with your finger until sealed. Use a fork to complete the sealing by pressing all around the finger presses.
  • Poke a few holes in each pie.
  • Mix egg with water to create an egg wash. Spread it over each hand pie.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Heat the rest of the Nutella up in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds.
  • Pour warm Nutella into a zip-lock bag and cut off a small piece of one of the bottom corners to make it into a piping bag. Drizzle Nutella all over the hand pies and enjoy!

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Our Favorite Children’s Podcasts – Kid Approved

Our Favorite Children’s Podcasts – Kid Approved

School is out, so that means road trips, summer learning and later bed times.

Franco and I compiled our favorite children’s podcasts and they are all Franco approved. They are great for any time of the day and keep kids away from the screen. Podcasts help improve kids attention and memory, and keeps their imagination running; not to mention the improvement of listening skills. I have also found that when Franco listens to bed time stories at night, he has a better nights sleep with no nightmares or night terrors.

Some of the podcasts only have a few episodes but they are so good! We added a bunch of different shows to give variety so you can go back on the other ones when ready.

Kid Approved Podcasts

This podcasts provides original stories that has a sense of humor kids love. It is the perfect length for kids to listen to during a car ride or getting ready for bed.
This podcasts provides diverse stories that have originated in Africa passed down from generations. They are fun to listen to and always teach a lesson in each story.
Every week a kid asks a What If question and this podcast will spin it into a fun story.
An interactive podcast that keeps kids imagination going.
Another interactive podcast for kids ages 3-9 and for the whole family. Each episode is about 10 minutes long.
This podcast is action packed with adventures and songs while learning the alphabet
Have your kids listen to some familiar voices when it is time to rest.
Listen to some short stories about your kids favorite Disney characters.
This podcast is great for the curious kid!
This serialized science fiction story for kids is told in 15-20 minutes episodes. This is a fun adventure for sure
Your favorite childhood books come to life with this adorable podcast. Which one was your favorite as a kid??
This podcasts read classic fairy tales that are short, warm and cozy.
Original children’s stories and meditations for anytime your kid needs to relax.
This is one of our favorite podcast and we wish there were more episodes!
These relaxing stories are told by kids that provide light hearted tales and relaxation techniques.

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Every year around this time our neighbors cherry tree blooms. The cherries are ripe and the most beautiful color red.

We always pick a bunch and make something yummy with them. I have previously shared how to make cherry pie filling, pull apart cherry pie and cherry pop tarts.

Today I am sharing a summer delight. No bake cherry cheesecake. It is perfect for those hot days so you do not have to turn the oven on. The cool and fresh taste is the ultimate treat on a summer day.

We used my homemade cherry pie filling but you can just use a can and it is just as good!

Ingredients

  • Pre made graham cracker crust
  • 4 cups of cherry pie filling
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract

Directions

  • Mix cream cheese in blender until smooth.
  • Add vanilla, condensed milk and lemon juice and mix together.
  • Pour and spread cream cheese filling into pie crust spread evenly.
  • Top with cherry filling and refrigerate until cold.

Playhouse Makeover

Playhouse Makeover

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A year ago, Dan was on his way home and found an old playhouse on the curb. If you know us you would know that we would never pass this up.

He brought it home and quickly put it together. Franco was happy and played a little in it but as the months went by, he stopped going into it.

A year later it has been untouched but for me, I wasn’t ready give it up.

I did some research online and found so many playhouse makeovers. I had to do it. Even if this was the last year Franco plays with it.

I wanted the playhouse makeover to reflect Franco and his love for superheroes. I decided to do one of his favorites, Batman.

The before..

I unassembled the house and gave it a good power wash, crazy how much gunk was on there!

Unassembled and power washed..

Spray paint..

I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Satin colors. This paint stayed on the plastic the best and great coverage. The only gods color I did was for the door because it was the yellow I was looking for. Honestly, it didn’t go on well. I had to do multiple coats and it was streaky. I waited about an hour in between to apply a second coat.

Little additions..

There were some things missing so I had to get creative with things I already had. I added these vintage draw knobs and spray painted them black for the door handle.

Make Batman emblems all over.

My Cricut Maker came in handy for this project and made a bunch of Batman emblems. It added the final touch on the house.

More emblems around the house.

There used to be a phone hanging on the wall but since we never had it I stuck a flashlight in the holder.

Top part of inside the house was painted with chalkboard spray paint.

Assemble and play!

Overall, I spent about $70 on spray paint and it was worth it! In my opinion this is better than any store bought playhouse design.

Here are the colors I got for the playhouse and materials I needed.

Cheers to My Second Blogiversary!

Cheers to My Second Blogiversary!

I can’t believe it’s been two years Our Robins Nest Blog went live! This past year has been something I never thought would happen yet I got through with my creativity.

Because of is this outlet, I have been able to keep my mind busy and get through stressful times. Writing, crafting and art has always been my therapy and it really help me get through this year.

I am sharing my favorite blog posts from the past year.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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Father’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

I curated this gift guide for any father figure in your life! Most of these gifts I have already gotten for Dan and if he approves, that means it must be good.

Hydro Flask will keep dad’s drink hot or cold all day long no matter how distracted he gets.
Your loved one will appreciate you forever with Tushy’s portable bidets. Great for traveling and camping.
These shaving kits from Harry’s will be dad’s new best friend.
This Yeti cooler is great for parties, camping and trips to the beach.
The Pax 3 dual use cannabis vaporizer provides perfect flavor and vapor, long lasting battery, and a 10-year limited warranty.
For the survivalist, this Mystery Tackle Box subscription is perfect.
Anova Precsion Cooker provides the technique of low, slow water-bath simmering creates exceptionally fork-tender, mouthwatering meals. Designed to work with any pot in your kitchen, this sous-vide device heats and circulates water, cooking food evenly to a precise internal temperature for restaurant-quality results every time. Control cooking from your phone using the Anova Culinary app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro: Six different modes ensure an ultra-reliable vacuum seal for all types of food
The Oura Ring combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
The 10-in-1 Flip Pillow transforms into a variety of positions to help with sleep, read, relax or watch TV in total comfort. It combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
Dad will fall in love with the most comfortable loungewear from Cozy Earth. Use code CE-NEST for 40% off your purchase

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Start of the busy week calls for an easy night’s meal. I made these copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl and they did not disappoint.

It was actually my first time making them and couldn’t believe what I was missing out on.

The secret to the delicious bowls was how I made the chicken. I made double so we can have it throughout the week as well.

How to make the chicken cutlets:

  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (we are a dark meat family so we did 2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (add more if needed.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl add mayonnaise.

Lightly grease baking pan and pound your chicken. Spread Mayo on one side of the chicken and dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture. Once fully coated spread repeat on the other side of the chicken.

Bake chicken for about 20-25 minutes.

Now that you have your chicken, he is the easy part.

KFC copycat Famous Bowl:

  • 1 package of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 jar of chicken gravy
  • 1 bag of cheddar shredded cheese

Make mashed potatoes according to package directions and heat up both corn and gravy.

Add mashed potatoes first into your bowl. Cut up your chicken into large cubes and add on top of potatoes. Next add your corn and cheese and top with loads of gravy.

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

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My favorite show of all time is The Golden Girls. I can recite the words to every episode and laugh like it was the first seeing them.

I think we can all agree that The Golden Girls are heartfelt and can give you a good giggle when needed.

A few years ago we threw this little Golden Girls themed birthday party and I plan to recreate it again. I am going to share how to throw a Golden Girls themed party with similar and new ideas.

I made sure to have palm tree and gold decorations including plates, table cloth, cutlery and balloons.
Tea cups and designer coffee cups are great decoration pieces (not just for drinking!)
I painted this Golden Girl piece at a paint and sip but this is a fun activity to do during the party. You provide the supplies everyone provides the creativity!
Straw toppers are great additions! We had these but in my Golden Girls free printables set you will get a bunch with some pretty funny quotes.
Cupcake and cake toppers of the girls heads are funny and the perfect addition to your cheesecake. These also come with my free printable set including an easy recipe for blueberry cheesecake!
There are so many Golden Girls themed games you will want to play all of them. I have this trivia game and whoever fills all of their cheesecake first wins.
If board games aren’t your thing I have created this super fun Pin The Toupee on Stan! this is included in my Free Golden Girl Game pack printables.
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Did you ever think you could literally go back towards your future? Sometimes taking two steps back helps you move forward. Let me explain.

Two years ago I took a leap of faith and accepted a job offer I couldn’t refuse. I was not planning to leave my current job that I absolutely loved. I had a flexible schedule, supportive co-workers, and I was valued there. What made me really appreciate my job was my family came first and upper management never questioned that. I was always provided a healthy balance of work and taking care of my son.

I was not looking for a new job at the time, but this new offer came to me so quick that I didn’t have that much time to think about it. This new job offered job security, a pension and opportunity to move up. I knew I needed to accept this opportunity because it would help my future significantly.

HOWEVER, I DIDN’T REALIZE SOMETHING THAT COULD BENEFIT MY FUTURE MIGHT NOT BENEFIT ME RIGHT NOW.

Leaving the job I adored was very hard for me, so I decided to not cut ties entirely and stay on per diem. I always knew I was welcomed back there if I ever needed to come back full time.

My new job was definitely an adjustment and I had a hard time getting into the groove of things. It took me close to a year to finally get a grasp on my position but as a result I spent less time with my son. Previously, if my son got sick at daycare I was only a 5 minute car ride away. With my new job I would have to take a bus home so I could get my car and then go pick him up. Sometimes it just wouldn’t be possible and my husband would get him instead. I was no longer able to drop him off or pick him up from daycare daily so my husband also took that on. As much as I appreciated this, I missed that quality time we had together talking about our day and what we plan to do when we get home. It was frowned upon when I needed to be home with my son whether he was sick or if it was a snow day so once again I would rely on my husband to do this. I felt guilty for not being able to take care of my son when I felt like he needed me the most.

A year later the pandemic hit and things became much more difficult for me as it did for every other parent across the world. I was working from home with a four year old who was used to going to preschool everyday. He needed my attention and it killed me not being able to give him 100% of me.

A few months into quarantine I got a call from two of my supervisors unexpectedly and it caught me off guard. They told me upper management was concerned with my productivity and they wanted to know why I was not meeting expectations. I started to laugh thinking it was a joke but quickly realized they were serious. I told them that my work environment was not ideal which caused some distractions, I never received proper IT support, I have a four year old who needs my undivided attention and WE ARE IN A GLOBAL STATE OF EMERGENCY.

None of my reasons were good enough and quite frankly they didn’t want to hear it. They proceeded to tell me my tasks are not hard and if they can get this work done so can I despite any barriers. I was then informed if I do not produce more work within next week further discipline would be taken. As they were telling me this my son was yelling from the bathroom for me to “wipe his butt”. I was able to keep myself composed despite the tears filling my eyes but as soon as I hung up the phone I lost it.

I have worked so hard despite my barriers and still was presented with threats and possible retaliation. I was never asked if I needed any support and they completely ignored the fact that I had a child I needed to take care of. After that phone call I worked in fear of losing my job. I spent less attention on Franco and became obsessed with my work. Despite all of this, I continued to be threatened of being disciplined and being transferred to an office 4 hours away if I couldn’t reach expectations.

I WAS COMPLETELY STRIPPED OF MY CONFIDENCE AS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND AS A MOTHER.

My self esteem declined all while being feared by the pandemic. Since March, I lost a family member, my psychiatrist dumped me and my husband lost his job. I was unable to cope because all of my focus was on my job. After 8 months of going back and forth I knew that I could no longer do this and decided to seek other employment.

I always stayed in touch with my previous supervisor since I still worked per diem and I opened up to her about how my job was affecting my mental health significantly. I always valued our relationship and her honesty with me. Ironically while all of this was happening my previous position had an opening. I was offered this position again but this time with more pay and benefits.

I wanted to yell ‘Heck yes!’ but I know it wasn’t a black and white decision. Although my salary would be significantly increased, was going backwards the right thing to do? Should I continue to go on interviews and completely start over on a clean slate? In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to do that right now, not during this pandemic. I needed to go back to what always made me happy and value the mission of my work.

So that is what I did and it was an instant relief. I am able to take care of my son and efficiently get my work done because there is a healthy balance. Do I still struggle with guilt and feel like I am less of a person because I went back to my old position? I do, but in order to overcome this guilt I need to build my confidence and self esteem again.

If that means taking two steps back to help better my future then I will do just that.

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am looking forward to hanging with my family and enjoying some sunshine outside. 

What’s a relaxing day without a delicious drink? This Rosemary lemon blueberry spritzer is refreshing and the perfect choice to have this weekend and the rest of the summer.

The best part is you can enjoy this cocktail with or without alcohol and still enjoy the same taste.

Here is the recipe for the cocktail, you will need:

8-10 blueberries
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tbs agave
3 oz dry white wine
3 oz tonic water
1-2 sprigs of Rosemary

Mix blueberries, rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour wine and tonic water and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary.

Here is what you need if you would like it as a mocktail:

8-10 fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon of agave
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
6 oz of seltzer
2 Rosemary sprigs

Mix blueberries, 1 rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour in seltzer and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary sprig.

Cheers, mama and whether you hold your child in your arms, your belly or your heart I hope you have a kind day.

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