SUMMER TIME!!! SUMMER TIME!!! SUMMER TIME!!! My kids have 1-1/2 days of school left (after today!) And I am just a little TOO excited this year! I am ready for this school year to be behind us and it's time to move on. I will officially have a 2nd Year College Student (working, and attending community college in Texas); my twins will be SENIORS in the fall (OH MY!) and my little guy will be in 7th grade. This summer I feel like it's the last "REAL" summer with my girls as kids! They will also be turning 18 years old in September, and believe me the time went by way to fast!
And what better way to spend our summer then FUN-PACKED!!! In just 19 days we will be leaving on the biggest family vacation of our life! My parents are treating the entire family (18 of us, all together) to 8 days of happiness at a Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos. But that's only our first adventure this summer. Then all the boys/men in my life (yes, my husband, son, brother, father, nephew and friends) will all be going to June Lake for a week. In late July my niece with her four awesome boys will be coming down for a week, this is my son's happiest time because he loves having other kids around! A few days after that we leave for our annual 10-day river trip to the Colorado River, where we will relax on the beach the entire 10 days without a care in the world! And well, that's all the major plans for now, but we'll see what else I can squeeze in! My husband and I still need to go on our Anniversary Weekend (we are just a few months over due, our anniversary was in December), but hey that's how life goes!
But onto cooking, baking and creating new and exciting recipes for the summer! Which I will be spending lots of time in the kitchen this summer, because it's much easier to cook & create without homework nights. I am sharing today my very first cheesecake I handmade (and I LOVED it, so I hope to be making more soon)! I even got to buy myself some new pans. Those cute springform pans, I've now got a wonderful set of 3 different sizes. YEAH ME!!!
Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake
from Kraft Foods Recipes
40 Vanilla Wafers, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
Beat the 3 packages of cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
Bake for 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely in pan.
Frosting/Topping: Beat remaining cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in cool whip; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Remove rim of pan before serving cheesecake, garnish with fresh berries of any kind.
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This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links
May 23 - Summer Salad Recipes
May 30 - Memorial Day BBQ
June 6 - What fun Summer recipes are you making?
June 13 - DAD's Favorite Meal or What are you making DAD for Father's Day
June 20 - 30 minute meal recipes
June 27 - Picnic Recipes
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