Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Looks and Snickers

So, what do you think of the new look? I was so excited when I learned that I had won a giveaway for a blog design by Kelly of Fabulous K! She was SO easy to work with and very accomodating to this detail and symmetry-loving girl! I am so very pleased with how it all turned out!

It's been awhile since I've shared a recipe...sorry for slacking! But this should make up for it! I made this yesterday as an anniversary dessert, and it is delish. I think it will be even better tonight, since it didn't get all the chill time it deserved yesterday!

Caramel-Chocolate Mud Cheesecake (who can resist a title like that?!?)


1 single refrigerated piecrust (or homemade 9" crust)
6 (2.07 oz) Snickers candy bars, diced
1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese, softened (3 8-oz. packages)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter, warmed slightly
1/2 cup caramel topping
1/4 cup chopped semisweet chocolate, melted

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press piecrust into bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan and place pan on prepared baking sheet.

2. Bake until very light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Scatter candy bar pieces over baked crust.

3. In a mixer bowl, blend cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour until smooth. Blend in sour cream and whipping cream and then add both types of chocolate chips. Using a spatula, swirl in the peanut butter and caramel topping.

4. Pour batter over candy bar pieces in pan. Place pan on prepared baking sheet and bake 55 to 70 minutes or until center is set. Cool and then chill at least 8 hours or overnight before serving.

5. Drizzle warm melted chocolate over top of cake before serving (or up to 2 hours ahead.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Eight years ago...

This girl...
and this boy...
became one.

I love you Brent.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Hadleigh

A story in pictures:

(She didn't know we were watching from inside until the end. That fourth picture's my favorite. I think Marcella would be quite pleased. Only the tea party and a kite were missing!)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

"...but at sunset or at the hour of salut..."

"One moment longer", whispered solitude and the summer moon, "stay with us:
all is truly quiet now; for another quarter of an hour your presence will not be missed:
the day's heat and bustle have tired you; enjoy these precious minutes."
--Charlotte Bronte

Last night,

this little girl
and this little girl (who's growing up so can't see that she has put six clips in her hair!)
joined me outside for a glorious evening in the backyard. It was just before seven o'clock...the sun was making it's descent, and we could see the faint moon as it waited patiently for evening to begin. But we enjoyed that last hour of the warmth of the sun. A few stolen moments that I will treasure up in my heart.

We spread a blanket on the ground, brought out a stack of books, a few balls, and various "necessary" items (Hadleigh kept dashing inside to bring "just one more thing".) We went swinging, watched Madeleine run after balls, and read books. We watched birds, played games, and sang songs. We colored the patio with chalk, played hopscotch, and told stories. I listened to the calls of the geese...and I actually had a few quiet moments to watch my girls play together in the grass and read a little bit of my magazine...though I didn't get to my book.

It was one of those evenings that you dream about. Perfectly delightful.

(And my boys were enjoying the evening out on the golf course. Enjoyable evening for all!)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It has been raining

All. Day. Long.

And I love it!!! A nice, slow, steady rain with a brief mid-day thunderstorm

(My all-time favorite rainy day picture...oh, she was so little then...)

Monday, May 04, 2009

Some days require chocolate.

Like the Monday mornings when you discover that while you were getting dressed, your too quiet children had been having a tea party in the kitchen windowsill with a plastic tea set, real water, and an insane amount of blue and red sprinkles. All before breakfast too.

And your first hint of the said tea party? The fact that your littlest (who thankfully is still confined to the crib) has blue stains and crystals all over her face and sheets. Compliments of big sister who can't stand to leave someone out of a tea party.

And so begins another week. :) Good thing my chocolate stash is in good condition. After all, dark chocolate is good for you.

(I'd have taken pictures of the actual evidence, but it was not funny at the time.)

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