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Sunday, March 29, 2009

From My Kitchen ~ Mini Cheesecakes

Sitting down here to write a post today, I feel like I'm visiting an old friend. Life has been bustling around our homeplace leaving little time for so many other pleasures. It's so nice to be back.

Today our family has enjoyed a day of quiet rest at home. After morning worship, I took a leisurely walk to check on all the new life that seems to be sprouting everywhere.

Colton enjoying an afternoon nap.

So many little things that I planted last year (and have forgotten about) are surprising me ~ lemon balm, lillies and the wild roses that I transplanted from the forest which have grown from one plant to three! Just moments ago I picked a small handful of lavendar that has the most wondrous fragrance. If you sleep with a little sachet of lavendar under your pillow, the fragrance of this herb helps to relax your body and promotes a peaceful sleep. I'm going to tie these up and use them tonight under my pillow.

Lavendar springing to life

Luke requested that I bake some cheesecakes for him today. I always make them at Christmas time, but never seem to make them during the remaining 264 days of the year. Why is that, I wonder? Well, Luke (or quite possibly Luke's stomach) reminded me that every day is special and that I need to make them more often. So today I did just that especially for him.

Here's my simple recipe:

Mini Cheesecakes
3 pkg 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C sugar
1 can fruit filling or fresh berries
1 box vanilla wafers
muffin liners (24)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the softened cream cheese and eggs. Slowly add the sugar and vanilla beating until smooth.

Place one wafter into each muffin liner in cupcake tin. Pour the mixture into each cup until 3/4 full.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Cool completely and top with fruit. Refrigerate.

Of course, I had to enjoy one myself along with my favorite little snowman mug that I use even in July!

I can hardly wait to share all that's been happening around our place.



tam said...

Hello Lea! It was good to read your post today and enjoyed your photos too. The mini cheescakes look so yummy! Looking forward to more post and hearing all about your goings on... Have a wonderful week friend~Smiles~Tam!

Melanie said...

Awww, I love that pic of Colton resting so peacefully :)

The mini cheesecakes looks SO yummy! ...and I, too, love using my winter/Christmas themed mugs all year round :)

What a great idea w/the lavender sachets under your pillow. Thank you for inspiring me to grow yet another herb!

Elizabeth said...

I use to make those mini cheesecakes at holidays also,but haven't in a few years,think I will just have to whip some up for my family. I can hardly wait to hear what has been going on at your place lately.

Elizabeth said...

P.S. Oh I almost forgot, I tried your recipe for homemade laundry soap and I am loving it. Thanks,Elizabeth

Colleen said...

Now those little treats sure bring me back! My mom used to make those when my brother and I were little. They look as good as I remember them.

I just finished a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip mini muffins. Connor's birthday is today and he requested these to share with his class tomorrow. There's just something so enjoyable about baking. I used to help my mom with such things growing up and I so often find myself in the kitchen ... baking. The kids now enjoy helping out as well.

I'm so glad you're finding beauty and enjoyment in the simple things too, Lea.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

It only took me 6 trys to leave a comment, sometimes Blogger is so frustrating! Anyhoo, like you, I only bake somethings at Christmas time, not sure why but I love the idea of baking them more often, we should! And I think I'll make these cuties for Easter! Thanks for sharing with us, they look so yummo!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the mini-cheesecake recipe, they look cute and delicious!

mary said...

Hi sweet friend! Ooooh - I have to make some of those mini cheesecakes this week. Your day sounds lovely, and I hope your week is wonderful.

Lanny said...

Good to see your family is having a good day. Mini cheesecakes are the bomb!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Lea Thank you for the recipe...easy and sounds so good. Colton looks so cozy and peaceful!

Kath said...

Oh my, those lil cheese cakes look so goooood, Lea!
I have heard that too, about Lavender, haven't tired it tho. I sure wish my plants were up and growing...we got a bit more snow over night!
I do see some of my daffs coming up tho! So that's a good sign! :)

Enjoy your day,

KKJD1 said...

Yumm! I wrote the recipe down and hope to get to enjoy some cheesecakes soon! Thanks. Looking forward to hearing whats been going on in your neck of the woods. Blessings,Karen

Nancy M. said...

Those little cheesecakes looks good! I tend to make certain things only at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don't know why, either. Every day is special, so we should enjoy them at other times as well. Thanks for the reminder!

Wilma said...


It was so nice to see your post today. I miss reading it. I also got to tell you we have a new filly. Josie was born Saturday at 7am. She is beautiful. I will send pictures. Hope everyone is doing fine.

Love Wilma

Katy said...

Colton looks soooo sweet in that pic!!! :)

Barb J. said...

Oh my goodness, those look really good! The recipe sound easy, too. I am going to have to try these for sure!