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May is for Cream Cheese Lovers.

In cake, Food on May 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

Ashlyn is one of my closest and oldest friends. She was my first friend and roommate when I moved here to Utah, as well as maid of honor at my wedding. She is also one of the pickiest eaters I know! I eat pretty much anything (food), so I am happy to adjust our menus for her, especially for her birthday. When I asked what she would like for her cake, she said she likes anything with cream cheese. Since it’s spring, I wanted to make something that would be cool and refreshing, so I incorporated lemon and some fresh strawberries….

I started with a layer of lemon cake, saturated with my special strawberry lemonade glaze. I then covered the layer of cake with a generous portion of my lemon cream cheese filling.

I covered the cream cream cheese in a layer of fresh strawberries, then started all over again. I topped the entire cake with some old fashioned, home whipped cream – garnished with more strawberries and a little glaze. I wanted it to be just a LITTLE over the top!

Happy Birthday, Ashlyn!

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Ooey Gooey Cheesecake – Recipe!

In cake, Dessert, Recipes, Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 4:10 am

My mom has made this easy cheesecake for as long as I can remember. A great idea, which I got from my sister, is to use one of those brownie/cookie sheets that have the high lip on the edge. I feel like there is a better crust to cheesecake ratio….there are things I like about using a 13×9 as well, but it just up to you!

Crust:

1 Yellow Cake Mix

1 Egg

1 Stick (1 cup) of melted butter

Cheesecake Filling:

1 lb (4 cups sifted) Confectioner’s Sugar

2 eggs

1 pkg (8oz) softened cream cheese

Mix crust ingredients, press to bottom of pan.

To make filling, mix eggs and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar slowly. Pour filling on top of crust and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30-40 minutes until center is cooked through and just barely beginning to turn golden brown on the top.

Enjoy! These are a major guilty pleasure of mine. I could eat the entire pan myself. For reals.

The Big 12…

In cake, Food, Kids, Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

This is a photo of me and the best man at my wedding a little over 4 years ago. We tried to keep things pretty simple for the occasion, so my husband thought of just one person to be his groomsmen/best man and decided that Jake would do an excellent job. He REALLY did. Speech and all.

He has always been one of the sweetest little people I have ever met. I am so happy to be related to him. This next photo was taken at our reception. Later that afternoon, we got a call from his parents about a conversation they’d had with him in the car.  He’d described the day as one of the best he’d ever had. In response, his mom asked if it was because his uncle got married? He said “no”. She then inquired if it was because he got to be the best man and give a speech? He again, said “no”. “It’s because I got to kiss a girl…”

I have this photo in a lovely frame collage in my house. It was one of the best days (and moments) of my life, too, Jake.

Last week, our best little man turned 12. TWELVE! I can’t believe the time has gone by so so so fast…and if I feel this way, I can only imagine how is mom feels. I got a little glimpse during the sweet slideshow she put together of his life. I must admit, it brought me to tears a little bit. I’m happy to have known this little guy for as long as I have.  He’s a great example to my own son – of many great things.

My husband has had the pleasure of helping Jake’s dad coach Jake’s football team a few years and, as unbiased as I can say it, Jake is a STAR athlete. I am continually impressed (but never surprised) at his amazing abilities.

Jake and his little sister would ask me every week when I was pregnant, how my growing little baby was doing, giving my ever growing belly lots of hugs and love. It melts my heart a little every time they get to play together to see how thoughtful and sweet Jake always is. He keeps Beck out of trouble in the kindest ways (so as not to make the baby cry) and finds ways to keep him entertained and happy. He is so thoughtful and always in for a good time.

So, for his birthday, I made him a little cake that had a lot of fun in it. I knew that if anyone, he would appreciate the surprise underneath his favorite colored frosting…

AND NOW, for the surprise!

(I got the idea a while ago for this rainbow cake from Studio 5, but I couldn’t find the original post. It’s still pretty fun!)

I also made some cheesecake bars, but those will be posted later…this post is mostly for Jigglins’.

Here is a very Happy Birthday wish to you, big guy. I can’t believe you have grown up so fast. I am happy to have such a great nephew and like a said before, a great example for little Beck. Beck’s lucky to have a great cousin and such a sweet family.

I can’t believe how much has changed in just over 4 years!

Mothers Day – A Teeeensy Bit Late…

In Dessert, Food, Holidays, Mothers Day, Truffles, Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Our ward had our Visiting Teaching Conference during Relief Society on Mothers Day – so, little gifts were, of course, required. Their original plan foiled at the last minute and on the Tuesday before this glorious holiday, I got a message asking if I could provide about 300 small truffles for the ladies in our ward. That is A LOT of truffles…especially for one person, so I recruited some help!

Jackee made the adorable little purses to box them in!

Thanks for the help, ladies! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! And of course, thank you to Jackee, for thinking of me and the yummy treats I can make.