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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Turtle Cheesecake

 
This year for Christmas dinner we decided to have a spiral ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, & green beans. We needed a special dessert to go along with it & decided to have turtle cheesecake. It was so good, we will be having it again.

Turtle Cheesecake
Crust:
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter 
 
Caramel for crust:
30 caramels
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
 
Filling:
3 (8 ounces) cream cheese room temperature
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
 
Topping:
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips + a teaspoon of shortening. Heat together to melt
10 caramels + 1 Tablespoon milk. Heat together to melt.
 
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, & melted butter. Then press into a springtime pan.
 
Sprinkle pecans on graham cracker crust. Melt caramel & milk in a microwave bowl & pour over pecans.
 
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar & vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl often. Add one egg and beat until smooth & scrape down the sides of the bowl. Do this with both of the other eggs. Scrape down the sides of the bowl & beat for 2 minutes.
 
Fill spring form pan with filling and bake for 40 minutes at 325°. Let cool & remove from pan.
 
Garnish top with pecans and melted chocolate & caramel.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

O is for Ornaments

Every year my kids pick out a new Christmas ornament. We have quite the collection & this year we put up 5 trees. We have our big tree, and 4 small trees. 
 
Michael usually picked out sport team ornaments, mostly Huskers. The first Christmas he was married I gave him his box of ornaments. That was a very sad day for me. There is so much history in that ornament box & I hope Shelby appreciates having a part of his childhood. I kept his stocking, I didn't want to part with it!
 
I still have Morgan's ornaments. The girls decorate our green 3' tree with hers. She picked out a lot of different ornaments over the years.
 
 Amber has a purple tree that is in her room. She probably has the biggest variety & her favorite one is her nutcracker.
 Delaney has a blue tree. She tends to choose dolls or elegant ornaments. One of her favorite ornaments is the china doll in pink.
 Alaina has a pink tree & she usually leans toward animal ornaments. Last year I think she ended up buying a couple of pig ornaments.
 
This is our main tree & some years I decorate it with the red, white, & silver ornaments, and other years I use purple & silver. My favorite ornaments are my blown glass icicles & my sayings.
 
I filled the glasses on my piano with ornaments this year. I don't normally like blue, but I think they look pretty.
 My sweet hubby brought me some purple flowers the other day, so I pulled out some of my purple ornaments to go with them.
 The girls haven't picked out their ornament for this year yet, I guess we better do that soon.
 
Blogging Through the Alphabet
Thanks Marcy

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

 M is for Magazine.....
 
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is my favorite magazine of all time. It is full of encouragement for homeschool families, and a lot of information about school subjects & curriculum. This is the only magazine that I even like all the adds. And the best part is it is FREE. You can read it on your computer or from apps on your smart phone or ereader.
 
You will definitely want to check out the Show & Tell article on page 20 of the December 2012 issue. It is about my family!!
Hope you enjoy visiting our home.  
 

Blogging Through the Alphabet
Thanks Marcy
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