Monday, April 21, 2014

Mini Cheese Cakes


Isn't it funny how one little thing can spark a memory that brings a flood of memories? Yesterday for Easter my mom made my Grandma's recipe for mini cheese cakes. As soon as I saw them lined up on the dessert table I instantly remembered how much I loved them as a child. My grandma passed away 22 years ago and greatly missed. She loved family, was the kindest women I know, and gave the best hugs! She was also a baker and I am so excited to add this recipe to our family recipe box....


Grandma's Cheese Cake

Crust Ingredients:
2 cups graham crackers (crumbs)
1/4 lb soft butter or margarine

Cream together until very puffy. Place in small muffin tins to create the crust. Place in refrigerator while making filling.

Filling Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs Philadelphia cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice

Beat together until fluffy and fill into cooled graham cracker crust. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 35-45 minutes. Cool for 2 hours before adding topping.

Topping Ingredients:
1 pt sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix well and add to cooled cheese cakes. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and add fruit topping.


Sarah and her friend made Gluten free "bunny" cakes and cup cakes for Easter.


We love the main meal but we are all about the dessert!! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter...


(picture taken in May of 2011)

Wishing you a beautiful day 
filled with new beginnings...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A little rest...

Tonight 13 deer visited our back yard.
We were wondering (and worrying)
 how they made it through
the winter months.


Then this mommy and her two yearlings
decided to take a rest....  


I just love spring....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Furniture adventures....


In 2008 I started painting furniture for the "little booth" and loved every minute of it! The entire process of transforming a piece of furniture is an adventure....


First I have to find a piece of furniture that needs a little bit (or sometimes a lot) of love...


I love when someone is discarding a piece of furniture for the trash...
the kids have learned to sometimes spot these little treasures before me!
Although they usually say "you are NOT stopping are you?"

Well of course I am stopping and it is pretty large so I will be needing your help!


Lucky for me, I have friends who are not afraid to dumpster dive with me
and drag furniture to my garage!  


Once we find the piece that needs a little love
we can dream about what color to paint it...


Maybe even transform it a little...


add a little character....


 Then it is time for the pieces to find a new home....


So after a year long break....


I have decided to start treasure hunting for furniture
and break out the ole paint brush again!!!


Cannot wait to see what treasures I find this time around....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Au Gratin Crab Alfredo

We had left over crab from another meal which had Tony thinking of new ways to use crab. I love how he is able to look in the pantry and think of a new recipe. Since he is making this for dinner it needs to be kid friendly and pasta is always a winner in our home! 

Au Gratin Crab Alfredo


Ingredients:
Topping:
1 lb lump crab meat
1 cup dry bread crumb
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp melted butter
Alfredo Sauce
1 Jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 lb spaghetti noodles

Step 1:
Cook pasta following directions on box. While pasta is cooking heat Alfredo sauce in a separate sauce pan

Step 2:
Empty crab meat in a bowl and pick through for shells. Spread onto a half sheet tray. Mix melted butter, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese together. Pour mixture over the crab.

Step 3:
Broil crab mixture until golden brown


Step 4:
In a pasta bowl place 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and toss with hot pasta. Stir in Alfredo to coat. Then top with Au Gratin crab meat.

Step 5:
Enjoy!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Cabin....


Off the Grid...
This is what we have named 
our five mile trip up 
a dirt road....


20 minutes later we arrive at the top of the mountain....


we have nick named the cabin
"off the grid"


We do have running water.... 


When we pump it by hand....


The stove and refrigerator run by gas...


Electric by a generator.....


Warm showers heated by the sun....


Private bedrooms....


Heated....


Private bath....


Hours of fun...




Cards....





Hours on the lake...





Sometimes it is good to turn life upside down
and be 
Off the Grid!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Skating on the pond....


These photo's are from last January.....


As a child I grew up skating on ponds and loved it but as a parent I have this fear of letting the kids skate on the pond.


One day they talked me into it and the pond was cleared of the snow and the hockey nets were up....


And the kids skated on the pond....


I even laced up the old skates.....


This year the pond is hard to find due to the large amount
of snow.....


The pond is two feet in front of the bench. It looks like another storm is coming our way on Sunday.
Hopefully this is the last snow storm of the year! We are ready to pack the snow boots away
and bring out the flip-flops! 

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