Fake Cheesecake is amazing.
While looking through my fridge recently, I discovered that we had an unopened container of Greek yogurt (yum!) with a "sell by" date that was within a couple of days. I figured that I had two options:
1. Eat a bunch of yogurt over the next few days-it will stil be good after the "sell by" date, so just finishing it in the near future would be okay, right?
2. Use it to make something super delicious that I would want to eat more than bowlfuls of yogurt.
A quick internet search led me to discover that Greek Yogurt Cheesecake exists. While lots of recipes call for cream cheese, I ended up choosing a recipe that solely uses Greek yogurt. So, I made a cheesecake-but, since there is no "cheese" in it, I think it's a "fake cheesecake."
This stuff is seriously awesome. First of all, it's so easy to make-stick the graham crackers in the blender to make the crust. Once those are blended and put in the pan, stick all of the cheesecake ingredients in the blender, mix, then pour into the pan. I did the entire process while wearing Peter on my chest, and it did not take long at all! I doubled the recipe from A Baking Girl, and my "cheesecake" wound up the perfect height. It's not as rich as normal cheesecake, but it's still delicious (I think it's best when cold), and has a healthier feel than normal cheesecake. I'm definitely going to be making this again in the near future!
When I made the fake cheesecake, it tasted really good with fruit-but I wanted to add a little bit of rich, chocolatey goodness.
So, I made a batch of Gloopy Chocolate Cheesecake Batter Topping. I don't know if I could replicate it precisely, since I don't really measure things super precisely when cooking, but here's the basic gist of it:
Soften 3/4 a cube of cream cheese, and stick it in a bowl with half a bag of melted milk chocolate chips, a few teaspoons of powdered sugar, and a little less than 1/4 cup of milk. Beat it with a hand mixer, and add more sugar or milk to help it achieve the desired consistency.
|Decidedly more unhealthy than topping my cheesecake|
with raspberries, but oh so delicious :)
Months ago, I heard that my parish has a book club for moms that occasionally meets, and recently, some women decided to re-start it-and it's been a huge blessing.
I've only been able to go twice, but I am so thankful for this little group. It's nothing huge; we just meet to read and discuss the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday Mass, and while everyone's kids roam around the room or play, we chat about life. We may only meet for a little over an hour, but there's just something so nice about reflecting on the Gospel with other young moms. And it's super handy to know in advance what the Gospel reading will be, since-in the mist of parenting-there are days when you "miss" most of the Gospel at Mass!
This week, I found myself embodying what I like to call "Hot Mess Hospitality."
It's those times when one is a complete mess, but you have company coming over, and you are grasping at straws, trying to get things together and ultimately throw it in the towel and just decide that exemplifying God's love and being hospitable is most important. See, a very dear friend of mine was in town, and I invited her over to dinner on Monday. Did I care that we had practically no groceries in the house (with no time to shop)? Nope! I just figured that I could throw something together that day, and if all else fails, we have fake cheesecake in the fridge, right? I discovered that I had just enough butter to make garlic bread, and had just enough canned tomatoes to make meat sauce, but then, I discovered that my friend can't have loads of lactose, so I needed to come up with another dessert. Thankfully, my fridge is covered in scraps of paper with various recipes, and I noticed a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe that doesn't use butter (or much of anything, really). Perfect! God provides, and it all worked out in the end :)
I've always prided myself on not jumping into fads, but I finally succumbed to the bullet journal craze.
I've always liked making To Do lists, and have so much satisfaction crossing items off the list. So why would I make a bullet journal, where you don't cross items off? And why use a bullet journal-many of which are super cutesy-artsy-when I am not artistic in that way? But, after reading Elizabeth's post about it, I decided to give bullet journaling a try. I wasn't sure if I would like it or stick with it, so I just used a cheap notebook. My bullet journal is not decorative; I use minimal symbols, whatever color of pen I have lying around, and it looks rather sloppy. But this past month, my bullet journal has been so helpful. I now have one organized place to keep track of blog posts I want to write, daily To Do lists, and upcoming events. I can schedule specific "big" To Do list items on my monthly calendar, to prioritize them and allot them to a certain day, so I don't have to worry about them on any other days. While I normally love crossing things off a list, I have found that I am grateful that I don't cross off my lists-I'm able to look over previous days, and see all of the cool things I accomplished.
This is especially handy because prior to bullet journaling, there were occasions when the following conversation happened:
Other person: "So, what did you do last night?"It's so nice to glance over the month of October and see what I've actually been up to ;)
Me: "...uh...I know I did something fun. Maybe I read a book? Maybe I played with Jacob? I really can't remember..."
I have serious problems when it comes to the library.
I know I've talked about this before, and I'm probably beyond help. Yesterday, I returned 3 books to the public library. When I did this, I still had 3 public library books at home, and 2 books from the parish library. When I left the public library yesterday, I had picked up 4-5 books and two movies. Apparently some guy named H. L. Mencken coined the term biliobibuli to refer to people who are "drunk on books," which I think can somewhat describe me. But maybe it's not as bad as I think. Yesterday, when I was telling my husband about my library trip and said I "had a problem," he looked confused. "What? What's the problem? Are you burning them or something?" So apparently because I'm reading books, and not burning them, all is well with the world. Good to know! (Sidenote: I got a thick book about drinking water, and I am so excited to read it. I feel a bit nerdy, but I'll get to learn all about the process of drinking water throughout history! I just love library books.)
Peter's pediatrician changed offices, so he didn't have his four month appointment until yesterday (he's currently 4 1/2ish months old), and it was so neat to see how he's grown!
He now weighs 16 pounds, 1 ounce, and is 27 inches long-in the span of two months, he moved from the tenth to the seventy-fifth percentile in height! I guess that's why I've finally stopped putting him in 0-3 month onesies; even though they're loose around the chest, it's so hard to close them at the bottom. I could buy onesie extenders, but since he has some super cute 3-6 month clothes that people have given him, I guess he'll just wear those.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you all have a splendid weekend!