Posted on March 9, 2012
by Renee Spindle
As I promised you all earlier in the week I wanted to share my cheese cake recipe that I made for my daughter’s birthday bonanza last weekend. Hilary had originally requested a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. But being the persuasive mother that I am I asked her if she would rather have lemon cheesecake, and she said Yes!
Oh and by the way, I also had two graham cracker crust staring at me from my pantry just calling out to be used. See what I mean about be persuasive.
So the ingredient list looks like this:
- 1 graham cracker crust – store-bought or from scratch, whichever you prefer.
- 1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 (8oz.) container of Cool whip, thawed
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
Blend the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice together until smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip and about 1½ tbsp of the lemon zest, save a smidge for a garnishment. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust, and sprinkle the remaining lemon zest on top. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This is a very light and yummy cheese cake.
A few variations of this recipe- some food for thought so to speak:
- You could use lime juice and lime zest.
- Leave out the citrus flavorings all together and garnish with fresh fruit – strawberries or kiwi.
- Use no flavorings in the cheesecake, and top with a thin layer of sour cream.
- This is a great recipe for making individual mini cheese cakes – my niece loves to make these. You can purchase the mini graham cracker crust at your local grocery store.
This a fabulous summertime recipe since there is no oven time required. With spring and then summer just around the corner hang onto this recipe for the warm weather to come.
Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy! P.S. Photo credits to Elaine Zee. Thanks Elaine!
Posted on March 5, 2012
by Renee Spindle
My daughter, Hilary, turned 25 this weekend, and when it’s the birth day of one of your children you somehow always get in reflection mode. I justed wanted to share a little bit about Hilary and her birthday weekend. We had a wonderful grilled pizza dinner Saturday night and a fluffy lemon cheesecake for dessert (recipe on that one later). Plus, Travel Man made it home for one night to celebrate with us. Yay!!
Sunday was Hil’s actual birthday, not the fake one from the celebration the night before, that’s what Evan would call it. So when we got up on Sunday morning we decided to go to Disneyland for a few hours and have some lunch. It was a gorgeous Southern California day. Sunny and about 90 degrees by the time we got to Anaheim.
So, we’re standing in line for the Toy Story Mania ride and Hil’s, Auntie Laura calls to wish her a Happy Birthday. After that, and mind you we are still in line for the ride, we start reminiscing a little more about the day Hil was born. I told Hilary that when we got the hospital bill for her, we were charged for a circumcision (!), and of courses I had to call the hospital and tell them we had a girl. I so clearly remember the billing office person telling me, “Oh my gosh the doctor has her marked down as a boy!”. I still laugh to this day when I tell that story. Hil was cracking up when I told her this one today!! Also I remember Hil’s big sister Naomi and her Aunt Jan sneaking me some homemade Chinese food into the hospital soon after Hil was born, Naomi thought it was so cool to be sneaking the yumminess into me.
When I was on the phone with my sister this afternoon she reminded me about coming into the hospital to see me after Hil was born, and she says to me ,”Yo Adrienne, I can’t believe you done dis!!!”. Such good memories, such a great family. We are so lucky.