An Awesome Little Cheesecake Recipe

Best Cheesecake Recipe

We celebrate quite a few birthdays in January. Who knew it would be such a popular month for birthdays amongst our family and our friends! This year we went small for Liv’s 5th and Marley’s 1st birthday with a park date. I brought art supplies, laid out a big dropcloth and Liv’s friends painted flat canvases (we passed out aprons as favors) before playing on the swingset and running around. No homemade cake, dessert table, coordinated colors… it was just all about playing. And for this year, that’s okay :).

This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday and I brought a little cheesecake to the family party. I wanted to share the recipe with you because my messing-around-in-the-kitchen when it comes to cheesecake has actually worked out pretty really well. I really try to share only recipes that I think are da bomb and I’m excited to share this one.

Best Cheesecake Recipe

Best Cheesecake Recipe

A DELICIOUS CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Makes 1 shallow 10″ cheesecake

Crust:
1 cup (or roughly 12 large graham crackers) graham cracker crumbs
3 tb sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
4 tb melted butter

Filling:
16 oz (2 packages) Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
6 tb sugar
2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (secret weapon)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

To make graham cracker crumbs, I pile crackers into a gallon plastic bag and roll a heavy rolling pin back and forth. I like some chunks and I tend to always use a favorite graham cracker brand. The crust is definitely a huge part of the deliciousness for me. I like to add a little sugar as well. After moving the crumbs from gallon bag to a mixing bowl, stir in melted butter and vanilla. It’s cool to be generous with the melted butter if 4 tb isn’t enough. Mix well.

Generously cover the inside of a spring form pan with butter and press graham cracker mix into the bottom (optional is to also line the bottom of pan with parchment paper). Bake for 7 minutes.

Best Cheesecake Recipe

In a mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Stir in eggs, sour cream, flour and white chocolate chips (this is the sweet secret!).

Bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Allow to sit until cool.

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When completely cool, slide a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before popping the spring form pan open

I am ALL about the caramelized crust which is why my proportions result in roughly a 50/50 cake. Plus for a family dinner a shallow, smaller cheesecake is perfect. You could double the filling proportions for a thicker, higher cheesecake as well.

Best Cheesecake Recipe

There you have it, a really awesome little cheesecake recipe. Happy birthday, mom. Love you!

Heyyyyyy Winter.

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fleece-lined leggings | flannel buttondown | wool socks
cabled pom beanie | rubber boots | fingerless gloves

A little winter inspiration today. Weather has actually been in good spirits here in San Diego with sunny skies and high 60s temperatures greeting us most days, but we are packing up our family and heading to the snow for four whole days (that’s light years for snow for us) and I’m pulling out boxes and checking stock on thick socks and mittens. Yessss. This sounds silly to admit, but I am in this odd happy place when chasing down big mountains with Kevin on a snowboard, I also think a great badge of a good day is that raccoon red, winter chill face mask you get after pealing off your goggles when it’s especially cold outside and the snow is especially powdery. Lastly, the coziness of leggings + wool socks when you’re finally settling in fireside, exhausted, for a big family puzzle – don’t know what’s better. It’s gonna be sweet.

Also! Very excited to sled with the littles and to make snow play something that they get excited for, too.

For my friends that are experiencing troves of snow right now and are very over it, I hope you guys are staying safe and warm. xo

ps I’m sure wood sleds are not practical, but they look so cool!!

Master Bedroom & Bathroom Renovation: Artwork

I’m hesitantly jumping back into catching up on posts about our bedroom/bathroom remodel. Much of the aesthetics have not changed since November but little bits and pieces have made it feel much more ‘finished’ in the sense that it’s officially a fully used space (woohoo!) and that it’s been getting the added details that make it feel lived in. Kevin has finished constructing the vanity drawers, stained the thresholds and even welded a bedside table. Clothes are still working their way into the closet, toothbrushes have finally found a permanent home in the the vanity, pretty candles and mini succulents are starting to line the tub (Christmas gifts from Kev and really the inspiration I needed to get back to ‘moving in’ to the space). These little details lead me into being ready to find artwork for the walls and proper soap dishes for the bathroom. The important stuff. I’m not much of a stylist and so these decisions take me ages :), but I think the process is kind of fun even if it does.

I’m very much into abstract artwork right now (below is not all quite abstract, but it follows a general theme of something a bit unusual and interpretive), and these are what keeps ping pong balling through my head:

Master Bedroom & Bathroom Minted Artwork Roundup

sea glass no.2 | ivy | the meadow
lush composition | ocean landscape | hemingway
mid-summertime | drift | sunset fade no.1
pushed | sea glass no.1 | out to sea.
mist rises over the water | marbled wake | blue monday
west coast
 | season change | flight of the ocean
solstice | blizzard rusty patina
swimmingly | mesmerize | abstract muted 1
opportunities of golden magnitude | cancer constellation
sunset fade no.2

That’s a lot! There’s still much more narrowing down to do, but I think a solid step one for me is to scan through a portfolio of images quickly and to ‘tag’ the ones that I love best without using any specific rhyme or reason other than ‘this speaks to me’ or ‘this feels like it would work well’. I greatly admire someone who can walk into a shop and immediately pick out furniture or rugs or accessories or art and know that it’s right for their home. For me, it’s always a lengthy process where I go back and forth based on my mood or what’s inspiring me that day. I like to sit on my ‘I think this is right’ decision for weeks before pulling the trigger just to be sure. It can be exhausting. (Sometimes the exact opposite is true can be SO fulfilling – such as when we walked to the kitchen cabinet counter at Lowe’s and designed/ordered/paid for our kitchen in one sit down session without time to wobble. Took out the decision paralysis conundrum and I don’t think we’ve regretted any part of the layout.)

I think what’s revealing about this roundup is that you can immediately see the color scheme that this space is leaning towards. The bathroom has a tiled wall of sea glass green subway tiles, but the additional colors that keep coming back to me also include corals, soft pinks, mustard yellow, deep purple… and also simple black & white. I don’t want this room to just be ocean colors. I use the ‘favorites’ feature on Minted’s website (they’re partnering with me on some artwork for the space) like a kid in a candy store.

The above all have a specific location in the left corner of the bedroom ‘bed’ wall and so are portrait or square in shape in order to work with a big ole’ plant. There’s also a spot for a horizontal piece and these have caught me eye:

Master Bedroom & Bathroom Minted Artwork Roundup

rocky coast | melt | oceanscape
spray | lovely breeze | chrystallize
california seascape | monday blues | sea series 1

If an image is not abstract and it’s not a photo taken by me or someone I love, I tend to gravitate towards images of places that I’ve seen with my own eyes (beach and the sea being good ones) or that I feel a personal connection with from a past experience. I foresee images of water being alive and well in this space as long as they have a healthy color balance.

Sometimes I wish this process didn’t take so much time but I also appreciate that artwork can provide SO much to a room (but when done right, doesn’t it feel so nonchalant and everyday?) and that it’s important to mull until you’re on the right track. Hopefully pulling the trigger soon and excited to see what our room will look like with plants, stocked shelves, photos and paintings. This room has been a long time coming – if you’re curious, you can head back into the archives right here. Hope your week if off to beautiful start!

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