Monday, June 6, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #32 (Fun Summer Recipes) and Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake

The Theme is: FUN Summer Recipes
(What fun, new & exciting things will you make for SUMMER?)

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)
3 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz each) Cream Cheese, softened, divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla, divided
3 eggs
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whipped Topping, thawed
Heat oven to 325. Mix vanilla wafer crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

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.

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week! I can't wait to mix and mingle with all of you and see what has been cooking in your kitchens! Today I will be sharing this recipe here: Homemaker Monday, I Made It MondayJust Something I Whipped Up, Made by You MondaysMaking the World Cuter, Market Yourself Monday, Melt in Your Mouth MondayMotivate Me MondayMouthwatering Monday, Your Recipes My Kitchen, Mangia MondayJust Another Meatless Monday, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Themed Baker's Sunday, Sweet Indulgences Sunday

Now onto the LINKY PARTY! Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: FUN Summer Recipes

Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!

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This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links

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  1. Lovely cheesecake recipe. I will add some mangoes for topping :) Yummy!

  2. Your cheesecake looks and sounds delish! I love to bake cheesecakes!! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  3. Hi Tina,
    Your Cheesecake looks great! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  4. Happy Monday Tina!
    Wow- sounds like a busy summer ahead for your family!
    I shared my recipe for Southwest Rainbow Bean Salad. It is great for a BBQ or anytime.
    Thanks for hosting!

  5. I LOVE making cheesecake...isn't it easy?! This one sounds delicious.

  6. Thanks for hosting and inviting me over!

  7. Thats a yummy cheesecake, Tina!. Thanks for coming over to Tadka Pasta! We've brought our Watermelon Clone-sicles to your party. Love the weekly themes and we'll be sure to link up with you often.

  8. Thank you for the invitation and for hosting! I linked up my Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars. Thank you!

  9. Ooooh that cheesecake looks delicious!! Thanks for the invite to the party :)

  10. what a great idea for the cheesecake crust!Thanks for inviting me over to link my Frozen Watermelon Smoothie. I'm also followig you and would love it if you followed me back.

  11. Hey, thanks for hosting this fun linky party. I've enjoyed your blog and had fun meeting so new great ones!
    Have a great day!

  12. Thanks so much for hosting this party! We are your newest followers and are drooling over all your fabulous recipes! We would love for you to follow us!

  13. Thanks for the invite to link up our Barbequed Chicken Quesedilla - we linked up. :-)

  14. It kept giving me an error message, so I redid it ... that's why there are 3 strawberry freezes. I did not see a way I could delete one...

  15. Thank you so much for inviting me to link up to your party! That cheesecake looks delicious! I know what I am going to be doing the rest of the night-looking through all these amazing recipes!!


  16. That cheesecake looks yum! We loves cheesecake around here! Thanks for inviting me over!

  17. Your cheesecake looks delicious! I'm adding my Turtle Cheese Ball to your party. Thanks for sharing on my dessert linky party on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  18. Hey Tina, thanks for popping by Hungry Homebody and letting me know about the summertime recipe party. The other linked recipes look AMAZING!


  19. Better late than never! Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting! :-)


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