Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween

Cordell went as a Baseball Player (LA Dodgers), Nina was a Flapper Girl wearing a dress her great-grandmother made for her aunt years ago.  Louie (out puppy) was Dracula.  I made his cape and the golden pendant. 

Every Fall around this time I make The Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake.  The photo below is not mine.  Somehow pictures of my cheesecake never come out right, but it sure tastes delicious!

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1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar, plus
1 tablespoon sugar
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
whipped cream


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 1 T sugar in a medium bowl.
3 Stir well enough to coat all of the crumbs with the butter, but not so much as to turn the mixture into paste.
4 Keep it crumbly.
5 Put foil partway up the outside part of an 8-inch springform pan.
6 Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about two-thirds of the way up the sides of the springform pan.
7 You don't want the crust to form all of the way up the back of each slice of cheesecake.
8 Bake the crust for 5 minutes, then set aside until you are ready to fill it.
9 In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 C sugar, and vanilla.
10 Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
11 Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and continue beating until smooth and creamy.
12 Pour the filling into the pan.
13 Bake for 60-70 minutes.
14 The top will turn a bit darker at this point.
15 Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.
16 When the cheesecake has come to room temperature, put it into the refrigerator.
17 When the cheesecake has chilled, remove the pan sides and cut the cake into 8 equal pieces.
18 Serve with a generous portion of whipped cream on top.

Recipe from food dot com.


  1. Hi dear.How are you?
    Your kids are absolutely amazing and dog is so cute :))

    We nominated you on One Lovely Blog can see it here

    Hope you are great.

    Sophie and Anna

  2. Mmmm... pumpkin cheesecake! I adore everything pumpkin!

    The kids look adorable

  3. i tried pumpkin cheesecake at a restaurant good! cheesecake can be a tricky thing to make, but then again, i'm not too good in the baking department, period!

    love the flapper costume!



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