Sunday, November 13, 2011


As anyone who knows me knows, I looooooove to cook and I loooooove to eat. I haven't shared very many recipes on this blog because I keep thinking I am going to start another one with only recipes, cooking tips, etc. Cooking is my passion and one of these days I would love to share it! One of these days...... For now, I can barely keep this journal/blog going and updated. Barely.

Anyway, a friend requested in her comment below that I share this Chocolate-Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar recipe and boy, these are so scrumptiously delicious I did not want to share the last couple...and I didn't. I kept the last two hidden in my fridge and I just devoured them. One right after the other. I couldn't leave one all alone, hidden by itself, cold and lonely in my fridge. Ok...ok....I have NO willpower. None.

  • Crust

    • 20 chocolate wafer cookies (half a 9-ounce package)
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling

    • 2 packages bar cream cheese (8 ounces each)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin puree
    • 3 large eggs
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend cookies with sugar until finely ground (you should have about 1 cup crumbs); add butter, and pulse until moistened.
  3. Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and press gently into bottom. Bake until fragrant and slightly firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place cream cheese in food processor; blend until smooth. Add sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, flour, pumpkin-pie spice, and salt; process until combined. Set aside.
  5. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add 1 cup pumpkin mixture; stir to combine. Set aside.
  6. Pour remaining pumpkin mixture into prepared pan. Drop dollops of chocolate mixture onto pumpkin mixture; swirl. Bake until cheesecake is set but jiggles slightly when gently shaken, 40 to 50 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan. Cover; chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days). Using overhang, transfer cake to work surface. With a knife dipped in water, cut into 16 squares. Serve.

Friday, November 11, 2011


I just had to post on 11-11-11. How many days do I get to write/see that date on, well, anything? One day and only one day. The 2000s have been fun that way -- with every year bringing a similar type of date -- and, as my boy pointed out, we only have one more year to have that because "we can't have a 13-13-13!". My lil girl was born on 04-05-06....which is so perfect for a forgetful brain like mine. I am grateful that at least one in 3 birthdays is easy to remember!!

Anyway, today just happens to be Veteran's Day as well and I need to pay some respect to our men and women defending our freedom every single day -- both in the past and the present. Every night in November my family says what we are thankful for at dinner (and I may continue beyond November...but recently I've heard about a few people who do this in the month of Thanksgiving and I thought it was an excellent idea, so I copied) and last night my 2nd grader said, "I'm thankful for our soldiers."

Me: "Why?" (they always have to explain why they are thankful for what they are thankful for...I like to dig a bit deeper....)

He: "Because they keep us safe."

His class talked about D-Day this week and he was so excited because he had been "on the beaches where we fought the nazis" this past summer. I was so happy he had retained at least some of the history lesson from our trip abroad. I am also happy he remembers to be thankful to so many people so worthy of our thanks. Every day.

And while we are on that subject, I would like to share a segment from my very favorite show on tv (ok...besides "ellen" and "Modern Family"...but it's right up there!), CBS Sunday Morning. This past Sunday they did a few tribute segments to Andy Rooney. Andy Rooney's D-Day description depicts so succinctly what my family learned about our brave soldiers on D-Day, "one of the most monumentally unselfish things one group of people did for another," that I can't help but share it with you on this Veteran's Day, 11-11-11.

Thank you soldiers and families of soldiers. Every one of you.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

our snowy halloween

We had quite a different sort of Halloween this year. A nor'easter came through on Saturday night and took away all of our power. That didn't stop our town from trick or treating however! Most towns were postponed (some until one WEEK later!!) or even cancelled. Not ours though. We just walked around in the darkness on Halloween night listening to the sound of generators as we shouted "TRICK OR TREAT!!"
Thing 1 and Thing 2 would have NOTHING to do with their wigs. Oh well. I wore one for them....

Anders LOVES to make funny faces. He is dang funny.

My handsome Anders who isn't afraid of anything -- including a skeleton. Niels on the other hand.......

My gorgeous pup in the snow she loves so very much. Like crazy about it. Seriously.

Our friends who had no power and no generator stayed with us to keep warm (their trick or treating was postponed until Friday night -- some were postponed an entire week!) . This is Anna Clara's bestest friend in the background while AC watches for her dad to come home and go trick or treating. Our friends handed out candy while we walked around ringing doorbells.

Snow as far as the eye could see......

Anna Clara wanted to adorn herself with all things "princess" -- even the random 4th of July barrette.

Sweet 'n scary.

Punkin man and skeleton boy.

Blurry but SO adorable of my Niels.

Still waiting for daddy.

Off we go to get ourselves some candy!!

ps: I have no idea wut up with the layout here, but I'm goin' with it. At least I finally was able to make the photos bigger without them turning blurry! I am very blog techno say the least. I haven't taken the time to figger it out.....oh well. Maybe some day.......