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Strawberry cheesecake
January 20, 2012, 5:36 pm
Filed under: cake, dessert, food issues, recipe, strawberries | Tags: , , , ,

Strawberry Cheesecake

2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 package (10 oz.) frozen strawberries, thawed
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Crust: 

I made a pecan graham cracker crust for this cake. It was good!

Dump one sleeve graham crackers, and 1/2 cup pecans into food processor. Whirl. It’s about

3/4 cup graham crackers and 1/2 cup pecans
3 tablespoons butter melted.

Press into pan and bake 350 for 5-8 minutes.

Beat 1/2 cup sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice and lemon peel with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each egg is added just until blended. Pour into crust.

Bake 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Apparently a lot of people overcook their cheesecake. Mea culpa. I read about it and you’re supposed to see about 2 inches or so of jiggly. That stresses me out, but I tried it. The first bite was less cooked I thought but if that’s how you do it, ok I guess!

Cool cheesecake. Top with strawberries. In a medium saucepan cook em then mix in cornstarch, blending well. Add a bit of water if necessary. I think next time I’d use a combination of jam in there. I thought the frozen nature of the berries was not nice! Little doode, who doesn’t like strawberries and at first scraped his topping off, ate the berries when he was informed that they were from Argentina! To him a mark of exotic goodness? Dunno, we were thinking how crazy it is that our frozen organic fruit came from so far away.

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chickens nearly three years old!

Some stuff fell in behind a drawer in the kitchen today so i couldn’t shut the drawer. Lo and behold lookee what I found under there!!

5 chickens from ohio

Hard to believe you could put a price on our little flock, but there it is. Five little bundles of joy, all for 2.53 a piece! (2.70 for the mean but beautiful Bubbles!).

Let’s take a look back at the little cherubs as they near their 3rd birthday!! Can you believe it?

There's Bubbles on the left upper corner second from the top.

here's another shot of bubbles with liz and a barred rock butt

liz telling bubbles to sample life outside the box. notice edwina looking for something. she hasn't had her first worm yet!

What a great adventure it’s been. It’s good to remind us of the old days, as we’re contemplating another run west to get another mini-flock this spring! Are you planning on getting some chickens this year?? I’d love to hear about it!



solstice egg!
January 5, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: chickens, farm, spanky

The tree 2011

We had a nice tree this year. Interesting shape! You can see from the backdrop that we had a warmish holiday. We’ve been watching the light disappear, and the gloom descend. One nice moment of sun came on the solstice when lo and behold, Spanky decided that she should give us a holiday gift! Yep we got an egg! And then we got another one two days later and so on–she gave us five eggs all told, through the holiday. Enough for a nice breakfast for me and the doode. Thanks Spanky!

Then the weather changed and got really cold. Had to plug in the heat lamps and still the water was freezing. Spanky said no way am I doing my business in those kind of temps!!

Here’s some pics from our Oct. 30 snowstorm. Pretty!

first snow 2011--some leaves still on trees!

chicken coop and snow