The presents are all unwrapped and WELL played with (we were snowed-in from a blizzard since Christmas Eve. Things got a little stir crazy around here. Now there’s a lot of snow outside and it’s cold! I’ve had a cold, too, so I haven’t felt the greatest, but YAY for Christmas!
The night the blizzard came, with lots of wind, a ton of snow blew right up to our front door. It was about three feet right outside the door!
My poor little snowman was so cold out there! ;)
Because of the blizzard, this was the first Christmas in 7-8 years that our friend, Bob, was not able to join us Christmas morning as he always comes over before the boys wake up to join in the festivities. People were getting stuck just trying to get on or off our street. So we had Bob on the Web Cam while everyone opened their presents. It was as if he were there. The boys had fun opening a present, then going over to the computer to show it to Bob.
Oh, I could show you the many, many pictures I took of each presents that was opened, but that could get long and probably a little boring for you, so here’s one shot with all four boys and Kevin in it. Christmas in a nutshell.
Okay, I can’t help myself, one more picture. This is because I actually got a picture of Scottie smiling and happy about something and that just doesn’t seem to happen a lot. Kevin got him a practice pad (drum) that he is really excited about. Scott plays drums on anything and EVERYTHING just with his fingers. He is taking some piano lessons so he can then start taking drum lessons and in school. (The schools here won’t let the kids start drums until they’ve had some piano lessons.) Anyway, I like this picture and then there’s Sam, showing Bob some candy that was in his stocking. I switched the camera to video mode and was trying to get Scott to play a little on the drums, but he got embarrassed knowing he was on film and wouldn’t do it!
And on that note, I took down ALL the Christmas decorations and tree today (Monday). That may be a record for me on how quickly I’ve taken down the holiday. Why? Because SAM has been driving me nuts ruining so many ornaments! I was tired of it. Any ornaments or decorations he could get his hands on, he’d secretly destroy. Then I’d find it later, ruined. Sigh! So I put it all away. Bye, Christmas, see you again before we know it!
Now why am I here? OH, yes, Tuesday’s With Dorie! Sorry, if I don’t take those little sidetracks, I can’t get everything I want blogged! Low and Lush Chocolate Cheesecake—this last recipe of 2009 was chosen by The Tea Lady from Tea and Scones. Get this—I followed the recipe exactly. I know, I know, what is wrong with me? Well, I’ve been sick, so sue me. jk
Okay, not quite exactly. I left the cinnamon out of the crust. Oooh, rebel. Then, I didn’t take very good pictures (even though I have a new camera!). But here you go.
This was not my favorite cheesecake. I didn’t think it was chocolaty enough. The crust was very crumbly. Kevin (yes, he actually ate some of this!) and I decided the cheesecake was almost too dense. We must be light and fluffy kind of cheesecake people.
Kevin liked it more than I thought he did, but he didn’t tell me that until AFTER, I decided to play around with it a bit and I think he was a little disappointed that I didn’t save more of it for him. I took scoops of the cheesecake and made them into balls. Then I melted some caramels and some chocolate and dipped the balls in the caramel, then the chocolate, then sprinkled some with chopped pecans and some with toffee bits.
There. That’s more chocolaty cheesecake!
Oh, now before you go thinking, “There you go again, Katrina, really kicking it up.” Wait. Let me tell you a few things. Oh, yes, the cheesecake truffles are good. All two of them that I made that turned out nicely. You see, did you know that if you get even a drop of caramel or something else in melted Chocolate Almond Bark, it will seize up on you? Yep, it will. I learnt that doing these. First a little dip in the caramel, then a little dip right in to the chocolate. By the second one, the chocolate was hardening up! So I nuked it again. Didn’t help. Stir, stir, stir, nuke, stir. Nope. Quick do something so you don’t waste all that chocolate (It was really only 2-3 ounces)! So I stirred some more caramel into it, dumped in a bunch of toffee bits and pecans and made little chocolate candies.
So for the rest of the cheesecake truffles (I only made about 10 of them!), I melted some nice Ghiradelli chocolate and from then on out, I drizzled caramel over them, then chocolate and sprinkled on the crunch. And I didn’t take any other pictures of them. Lesson? Almond Bark is great for dipping things, I prefer it for most things, like all the Pepperidge Farms Pretzel Fish, mini Nutter Butters, Oreos, animal crackers, Ritz crackers, Teddy Grahams, etc. that I dipped for the holidays, just don’t use it right after dipping another liquid. Just sayin’.
So, thanks for the cheesecake pick, Tea Lady. Kevin was a little bummed that I threw out the rest of the cheesecake. I really thought he didn’t like it as much as he decided that he did! So there you have it. A long, long post just to tell you about a little cheesecake! You can get the recipe for the cheesecake at Tea and Scones and check out all the other TWD blogs for their Low and Lush Chocolate Cheesecakes! Happy New Year everyone!