Friday, June 27, 2014

You Had Me At Chocolate and Coffee

It was in my Southern Living cookbook of desserts so I KNEW it was going to be good
IT WAS

We do desserts every Wednesday (for dinner with the inlaws)  Even though hubs and I are still hitting the gym and 3/4ths of the time watching what we eat....(still down 40lbs)  we indulge once a week for sweets!

If I'm eating something sweet then it better be worth the extra 15 mins of cardio! ha

Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake w/ Mocha Sauce

I suggest you make this the day before you serve it.  You know cheesecake is ALWAYS better the day after.  I even poured the mocha sauce over it and it was even better the next day too!

Now this was a lightened cheesecake that I didn't lighten, I used full strength of everything...(crazy)

Ingredients

2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers (about 18 crackers) I used Chocolate Teddy Grahams
1/3 cup reduced-fat butter, melted  
Vegetable cooking spray  
4 (8-oz.) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened  
1 cup sugar  
1/4 cup coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules  
4 large eggs  
4 (1-oz.) bittersweet baking chocolate squares

Preparation

1. Stir together crushed graham crackers and melted butter; press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.

2. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

3. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add liqueur, vanilla, and coffee granules, beating at low speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition

4. Remove and reserve 1 cup cream cheese mixture. Pour remaining batter into prepared crust.\5. Microwave chocolate in a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir reserved 1 cup cream cheese mixture into melted chocolate, blending well. (Mixture will be thick.) Spoon mixture in lines on top of batter in pan; gently swirl with a knife.

6. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until almost set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door closed, 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven, and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides of pan.) Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

7. Remove sides of springform pan. Serve with Mocha Sauce.

Mocha Sauce

1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels 
1/4 cup half-and-half 
2 teaspoons butter 
3 tablespoons strong-brewed coffee

Cook first 3 ingredients in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in coffee. Serve warm. *I would recommend doubling or tripling this for extra

The hardest part of this was waiting for it to cook and cool ....

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where I've Been....

Life Through Instagram....

The Busy Budgeting Mama posted this recipe awhile back and needless to say it's probably one of our favorites!


The concrete peeps had to pour temporary patches while we are still fixing the driveway/foundation.  #6 ran outside and walked through a patch.  I had to capture his prints b/c they will tear them up soon and I wanted his precious little feet to look back at how little he was once


Shameless Mother and Daughter selfies.  Oh there are tons now that summer is here.....She gets me when I'm not looking half the time.  Smile! 




Thought since I use so much mint and basil right now...why not grow a bucket outside for quick snips.  I have a brown thumb so I'm wondering how long I can keep these babies alive. 


Big sis had some friends over and little sis was finally banned from playing with them.  Little sis wasn't happy and here is the proof!


And the day happened....and I didn't cry until dinner that night.  I would start eating and then cry....eat...cry.  Thanks for making things depressing mom!



Hazel and Olive had this adorable dress and I knew it was for me....Made the perfect Father's Day dress!



Here is what my summer has been like so far....Chick Fil A play dates and swimming at the pool.  Which I finally mastered by myself taking the 3 small ones to the pool w/o the hubs.  3 kids who can't swim (but think they can) makes for a dizzy mom!


We watched the men pour the new driveway.  Gotta love free entertainment for the kids.  I wanted to put my initials in the fresh poured concrete but the hubs wouldn't let me.  He kept asking me how old I was...whatever

Dinner Date with my oldest.  He's leaving for a 10 day trip to Europe soon.....Love him so much!

Kiwi Crate....If you haven't tried a month you are missing out.  We have been getting these monthly boxes since April 2013 and each month has been so fun.  This month one of the crafts we made fake fire with s'mores.    Love their expressions!  The fire even came with a 'flame' that flickers.  $10 off your first box click HERE


Got this sweet gem at Target.  (where else?)  and I totally adore it.  Sucker holds 2 gallons at least.  That's a lotta drinking!  They had them in white, orange, pink , and navy.  I wanted it all the colors, but knew hubs would ask why I needed yet another drink dispenser (I think I only have 3 now)


Because we all know 2 fingers are better than 1


Like the Kiwi Crate we have been getting The Honest Company's Essentials plus the diapers since Cole was born.  I'm highly addicted to the booty wash.  Try a free sample of their products (I think you just pay shipping)  Here  Last month for Mother's Day they gave a free Lipstick for Mom's.  Totally my favorite.  I need to see if they sell it b/c I need it in more colors.  This month they gave Dad's a free Stainless Steel Thermos which I promptly took from him  (oops)  If you want a Thermos on your order....use the Promo Code #HONESTDAD on a bundle before June 30th



 I was taking a video of the kids playing in the rain and caught sweet #5 telling me he loves me.  He does this randomly throughout the day and I'm so glad I finally caught it on tape.  I hope he never quits....Fast forward..he says it in the last few seconds 




Sweet baby fell on the stairs holding a toy and gashed his cheek.  It was literally dripping blood and I how no idea why or where it was coming from.  The more he cried the more he squished his face and more blood dripped.  Grabbed my Geranium and Lavender.....Put a few drops of each in my palm and used my thumb to swipe his cheek.  Took a few tries and then the bleeding stopped and he quit crying.  I'm a lover of my oils...esp trusty Geranium for bleeding.  Convention was this week in Salt Lake and I'm bummed I didn't get to go.  They released amazing new products....a new collection for kids.  I'm first in line when they release them next month!!!  (check out that boys eyelashes)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I Will Not Cry

My first born is near the finish line. 

I will not cry

I did that already...I did that starting his jr year.  

The littles are obsessed w/Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 and each time 3 was on I sobbed like an infant at the end.  Turn it on that part now I bet the water works start

Tomorrow is the day....

I will not cry

They say if you blink time flies.  I don't remember blinking.  I tried hard not to

I will not cry

I remember his birth, first everything really....I remember when I only had 1 child.  I remember staring at him in the dark in the bassinet next to my bed when he was weeks old.  He would just be lying  there silently looking around in the dark not making a peep.  He made motherhood easy.  I remember when he became a brother for the first time.  I remember it all

I will not cry

I see him making plans for his future and I am starting to realize I don't get included in those plans...not really ....not in the way I wish.   I'm not the one who gets to MAKE those plans....He's becoming a man who will one day be on his own.

I will not cry

So tomorrow when you see this proud momma who can't say a word to you it's because she is struggling not to cry




Who am I kidding?
I will cry!

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