Valentine’s Day Surprise and Cheesecake

Disclaimer: This find IS NOT my own.

K, I’m glad we got that out of the way.

But it was given to me by the One who was half responsible for making me aka my MOM.  So it counts.  And it’s hanging in my room now too along with my other lovely things.

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My mom (and anyone else who talks to me for five minutes) knows that I love flowers and music.  Not necessarily in that order.  Safe to say 3/4 of my clothing probably have flowers on it, as well as my hoome decor.  I am not ashamed or scared to admit that fact.  Yes, I am also 29 years old.  Not six or seven like the kids in the classroom that I work in.  I think it would be safe to say I would have been a ‘flower’ child had I lived in that decade.  Well, maybe.  I’m not so sure about the lifestyle, just the title.

Anyway, I digress.  In addition to flowers, I love music.  I have played piano since I was 5, and sang for even longer.  Suffice to say it is beyond my passion, and I just spent three years in Nashville trying to make it my career.  Another self plug- you can hear a couple of my songs at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson.  I hope you enjoy.

So the mother of all mothers saw this frame, while looking for Valentine’s gifts for my wonderful nieces and nephew, her grandchildren (crazy how I made that connection, huh???I know) and added it to her pile to leave waiting for me Valentine’s Day morning.

What a lady.  Who needs a boyfriend?

Well, that may be a stretch…I take that back.  I would like one.  For sure.

I really do love this canvas though, so pretty.

And I just realized, it has a THIRD thing that I love.  Fancy writing in a foreign language (French??).  Making me have absolutely no idea what it is saying, but I can only assume it is something beautiful and heartwarming.

It could be saying, “you suck” for all I know.

But it sure looks nice.

I hope you all had a beautiful Valentine’s Day.  I assume you are all the type of people that don’t get hung up on the fact of having or not having a ‘boyfriend’ to share the day with.  There are so many wonderful types of love in the world to celebrate on such a day to be depressed over not having just one specific kind.

Make yourself a cake,

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as I did, and move on.  How can you be sad with this in your life???

Looks delicious, right??  Well, it was.  Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake with chocolate wafer crust.  All of those words should not be in the same title.  Too much goodness.  But its not.  It’s heavenly and perfect.

Here is the ‘quick’ recipe:

Crust:

2 cups chocolate cookie crushed mixed with 6 T melted buttteerrrrrr yummm

Raspberry swirl:

2 T cornstarch, 2 T sugar, 1/2 water, and 10 oz frozen raspberries brought to a boil together in a saucepan for 5 minutes until thick.

White chocolate mix:

Melt 2 cups white chocolate chips with 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream etc in a double boiler

Cheesecake!!!!:

3 packages cream cheese softened, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar.  Mix this with a blender on high speed, then mix in the white chocolate mixture.

Layer the cream cheese mixture over the crust with 3 drops of 1 T. each of the raspberry swirl twice and then swirl it with a knife all pretty like.

Bake in a 9″ springform pan at 325 for 50-60 minutes.  Open the door and turn off the oven when it’s set on the edges and let it cool in the oven so the top doesn’t crack (too much).

Cool a couple hours and enjoooyyy!!!  I did.  It is delicious.

Lastly, I would like to give a shoutout to some viewers I had the other day all around the world:

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The world is so big and yet so small!!  I love that no matter how far apart we are, and different cultures we live in, we share a similar bond and interest.

Happy thrifting and living!  Please share with me your finds and stories:)  I’d love to hear.

-Jaime

“Life is too short not to spend it smiling.”

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