Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Every month we get a newsletter from our energy co-op.  It is around 7 pages with helpful hints on saving energy, what is going on in the community and charitable donations.  I will leaf through it and read an article that may catch my attention.  The very first thing I do is look on the back cover for the monthly recipe!  Recipes are sent in from other readers and printed on the last page.

The cheesecake is from the March 2014 issue.  There is no name listed as to who sent it in but I sure am glad they did!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick (8 ounces) margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided (3/4 cup and 1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided (1 cup and 1/2 cup)
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1.2 tablespoons juice of fresh lime
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

Instructions:

  1. To make the crust: In large bowl, place graham cracker crumbs, margarine, 3/4 cup of the sugar, eggs and 1 cup of the chopped peanuts.  Mix with a fork until thoroughly combined.  Press mixture into a greased 9-inch pie pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  2. To make filling:  In large bowl, whip cream cheese and remaining sugar with an electric mixer for about 4 minutes or until fluffy.  Add vanilla, zest of lime and lime juice.  Beat at medium speed for about three minutes.  Fold in peanut butter.  Beat for three minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Spoon mixture into baked pie shell; use spatula to smooth filling.  Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.  Freeze overnight.
  4. Thaw for one hour before slicing.  Sprinkle each slice with remaining chopped peanuts.

Ham ‘N Cheese Quiche

I don’t think you can go wrong with a quiche.  They are easy, good, freeze well and people seem to love them.  You add a nice salad and you have dinner.  Add some fruit and you have a good hearty breakfast.

Ham ‘N’ Cheese Quiche 

Yield: 2 quiches (6 servings each)

2 pastry shells (9 inch)
2 cups diced fully cooked ham
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
4 eggs
2 cups half and half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

  1. Line unpricked pastry shells with a double thickness of heavy duty foil.  Bake at 400 for 5 minutes.  Remove foil, bake 5 minutes longer.
  2. Divide ham, cheese and onion between the shells.  In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, salt and pepper.  Pour into shells.  Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.  Or cover edges with foil and bake at 400 for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
To Use Frozen Quiche:  Completely thaw in the refrigerator.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking as directed.

Notes:  Super easy and quick!  I have wanted to use shredded swiss and see how it tasted but have not done it yet. 

Mosquito Traps

Since we got Casey many things have changed for us. I have met more of our neighbors as we take walks. I have always thought our neighborhood would make a good walking place. I was correct. The big thing that has come to our attention is how we have neglected our backyard. It was always mowed on a regular basis. However, since we spend more time out there we notice that we should have done more. Much more!

One thing that is a big, biting, itchy problem are the mosquito’s! I can not really say that they are a bigger problem this year than in the past. But, it sure seems like the are rabid this year! We can go out during the day and they will be there waiting to bite us. I have read where you should not go out when they are most active…early morning and dusk. Well here in Georgia they seem to be active ALL day!

With the problem I have been searching for ways to control the mosquito population. With a dog I hesitate to use chemicals. I would prefer a more natural way. So this started me searching. I am curious if anyone has used one of these listed below and had any success.

I found this one at Mother Earth News.  I must admit I was looking for something a bit more easy.  Another one I found was at Thrifty Fun.  This one is more my speed!  I do wonder how many of these would I need to control the mosquito’s.  I liked the feedback left on the article as well.  People mentioned some alternatives.

Any help that you can offer would be fantastic.  If you have a better way or a better website for me to explore please post it for me.  My family and I, plus the dog, would be grateful!

Back

I can not believe it has been two months since I have written anything on my blog.  It has gone by in a flash.  Since we brought Casey into our home everything has pretty much revolved around making her feel at home.  I will talk more about that in another post.

We are starting to settle into a fairly regular routine.  Notice I did not use the word “normal”.  Mostly because there is nothing normal about my household!

I have done some sewing.  All for Casey! 🙂 She does not mind my crooked seams! Last week I attempted my first zipper without help.  Let’s just say the zipper is attached and it works!  More practice is needed on zippers!

Perspective

A little grumpy tonight. Fed up with the way people act like they are entitled, are rude and have no respect for anyone. Then get appalled if someone treats them badly. I am tired of customer service having gone to hell in a hand basket (yes I am feeling that old) over the last several years. I am irritated that being a good, loyal customer means nothing anymore.

THEN I stopped…and think to myself how petty I am being. I woke up this morning with my family safe, a roof over my head, food in my pantry and all of us relatively healthy. I did not have to clear debris from my land. Attempt to salvage what little bit of my life I could find in the rubble that was once my home. I did not mourn the loss of a friend, family member, neighbor or a beloved pet.

There are times you just need to stop and put things in perspective!

Sick…sick…sick

Well it appears to be that time of year for me again. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are over. I let my guard down and BOOM! Maybe COUGH …SNIFFLE …ACHOO are better words to describe the sounds of my home!  I did the same thing last January. Unfortunately it lasted until February!

My husband had been sick before the holidays. He started his vacation with a pretty bad cold. This from the man who never gets sick. I continued to take my vitamins, drink my water and avoid the germs. He was doing better by the time our company arrived.

Our company included my mother in law, sister in law, her husband and 6 month old baby girl. I could not wait to get my hands on the baby. Who smiled and cooed from her car seat. I let everyone else unload the car while I helped her escape from her car seat. What do I get for my good deed of offering her freedom from the seat she had been in for the last 8 hours? She promptly coughed…then sneezed all over me! :::sigh::: Still I did not get sick.

Then everyone leaves. We get in our truck to drive 6 hours to our friends. They live on 400 acres in the Panhandle of Florida. We get there in time for a wonderful dinner, a couple drinks before we head to the hotel for some rest. I wake up the next morning feeling like someone had run over me while I slept! My voice was raspy, my throat felt like I had swallowed a cactus (at least what I think it would feel like if one swallowed a cactus!), I could not breath and I had a cough.

I am still pretty miserable. The whole not being able to breathe through my nose is becoming an issue. I am hoping another day of medicine and rest will get be back to some kind of normal. Whatever that might be!

A Word a Week Photo Challenge – Light

Who wants to try this with me? These photos are so cool!

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First, I have to thanks Canadian Hiking Photography for posting his shots, or I probably would have never had the opportunity to do this!! (Amazing pics in the snow btw!!)  The idea came from Photo Extremist.

Of course, I had to try for myself.  Now that I know how easy it is, I will get more creative in the future with it.  Oh and btw, its a lot of fun.  I mean really what guy doesn’t like to burn stuff up.

*Safety Disclaimer – Safety is critical….Photo Extremist does a great job describing the necessary safety for this activity……use common sense.

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Solitude

Wouldn’t this make a wonderful, quiet escape! I don’t even like snow but this is beautiful!

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Cottage on an island near Nora, Sweden / photographed by Jonas Loiske.

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