Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pumpkin Cheesecake Card

Hello everyone!!!  I am so sorry I haven't been posting lately...  There has been so much "stuff" going on with work, and family & friends, etc, etc.!!!  But it's all been good "stuff", so that's nice!  I knew that I had to make a card with a fall theme before the big Christmas wave hits...  This is my favorite time of year, so I love working with these fall colors and this card was so fun to make.  On the inside of the card I would write the recipe for this dessert.  As a bonus (since I've been a very bad blogger), I am including a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake at the bottom of this post.  I absolutely love this recipe and I know it was a hit with the family too!  :)

Mojo Monday- use the sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges- use 3 embellishments, 3 papers, 3 die cuts and/or punches
My Sheri Crafts- Thanksgiving
Our Creative Corner- pumpkins
Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge- holiday recipe & a PK face
Cupcake Inspirations- use the cupcake picture (fall colors)
FCCB- red, orange, brown
The Kraft Journal- sweet treats and bakers twine
Scrappy Frogs Challenge- use Kraft cardstock
Whimsical Designs- Thanksgiving theme
Celebrate the Occasion- Thanksgiving, must use a punch

A6 sized card (9 x 6 1/2" folded in half)
Create a Critter- pumpkin cut at 1.47"
My Creative Time Stamps- All Around Halloween
Peachy Keen Stamps- Monster Mash Face Assortment
"Pumpkin Cheesecake" Monotype Corsiva font at size 28
K & Company paper
MS border punch
1.5" circle punch
Bakers Twine
Colored pencils
Accordion flowers, click here to see how I made them

Okay here is the recipe (this recipe was not created by me, I got it from Yummmmm.......

Pumpkin Cheesecake
(For mine, I piped buttercream frosting around the edges, garnished with pecans, and filled in the middle with toffee pieces)
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup ground pecans
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
3/8 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, ground pecans, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and the melted butter or margarine and mix well. Firmly press mixture into one 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup of the white sugar, the pumpkin, 3 egg yolks, ground cinnamon, ground mace, ground ginger and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well, and set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar and mix well. Add the whole egg, remaining egg yolk and the whipping cream, beating well. Add cornstarch and vanilla and lemon flavorings, beat batter until smooth. Add pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 to 55 minutes. Do not overbake. Center may be soft but it will firm up when chilled. Let cheesecake cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

PBR Fun!!!

Happy November everyone!  This is my 100th post!  :)  Woo hoo!  Unfortunately I don't have a craft project today, but I do have some fun photos from a PBR (Pro Bull Riding) event that I went to last night....  It was my first time going to a PBR event and I had a blast!!!!  :)  The bulls were huge and some of the cowboys were getting stepped on and charged after!  It was scary and entertaining all at the same time... 

My friend Sarah, me, and my sister Joni....  Ready for some fun!

Here we are at the Italian restaurant before the event....  Super yummy!

There's the arena.  We had really good seats!  The rodeo clown was very funny!  You can see him running from a runaway bull here...

Here's the whole group that went.  Back row:  Ron, Jan, Debbie, Veronica.
Front row:  Ernesto, Joni, me, Sarah, Jesse

A serious and silly picture.  Looks like my sister and I are the only ones acting silly!  :)

Yeehaw that was a good time (and there were lots of cute cowboys)!  :)  See you soon with something crafty!