Celebrating Cheesecake!

So to be honest, we were actually celebrating the hubby’s birthday however it was a great excuse to bake a Cheesecake.  I have always loved baking and my ultimate dream job would be to own a small bakery where people stop, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the treat of the day.  At Thanksgiving it would be the “place to go” for the ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Enough with the dreaming, let’s get back to the story at hand.  My husband loves chocolate so turning to trusty Pinterest, I found this recipe from The Baker Upstairs; appropriately named “Death by Chocolate Cheesecake”.  You can check the recipe out here:  http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2013/09/death-by-chocolate-cheesecake.html?m=1

While it is called “Death by Chocolate”, it could be called “A Bite of Chocolate Heaven”.  I made the crust using chocolate graham crackers, the creamy filling was made using melted chocolate chips, and all of this decadence was topped off with a rich chocolate topping that was just the right finish to this wonderful dessert.

When I talk to people about making cheesecakes, they always seem a little intimidated by doing so.   They are actually not that hard to put together; in my opinion the hardest part is just how time consuming they are.  Although this particular cheesecake did have its one challenge. Now I consider myself a semi-experienced cheesecake baker so when you make that beginner mistake, it can be quite embarrassing (and oh my mother-in-law was watching-double embarrassment)! So my tip of the day, make sure when you are using your Kitchen Aide and mixing the cream cheese filling that you stop the mixer before adding the cocoa powder; because believe me that cocoa powder will go everywhere and you will spend at least an hour cleaning up cocoa powder from the ceiling, the walls, the cabinet, the counter tops and the floor!!

I didn’t get any pictures of this wonderful creation and will need to make sure to do so the next time I create one.

Now go find a reason to celebrate!



Celebrating Spring!

Spring is one of my most two favorite seasons in the year (the other being fall). After a long cold winter, it brings a newness and a since of hope with it. I love to see the longer, warmer days evolve, the grass to slowly green up and the flowers start to bloom.  And I might be a little crazy and most people may not agree with me, but I also like when Daylight Saving begins and the days are longer.  Yes there is that adjustment period after the time change, but ultimately in the long run it is worth it.

This time of year you will find me Spring cleaning, opening the windows on a good day and starting to plan the garden for Summer.

Share with me your favorite part of Spring. What traditions do you have? What are you most looking forward to this time of year?


Why I’m Here…

I believe life is about celebrating! There can be so much negativity in this world that we need to celebrate as much as possible; from a huge event like a graduation, a wedding, a new baby to small events like passing a spelling test, a weekend at home, or achieving a personal goal.

The purpose of Celebrating Life (our store) and celebrationsbysjm.com (this blog) is to share ideas for celebrations! At the Celebrating Life store, you will find inexpensive cards, stationary, party supplies and gifts to add to any celebration.  At celebrationsbysjm.com you will find celebration ideas as well as links to affiliate vendors.

Join me on this journey! Share your ideas with me! Tell me what products you would like to see.


P.S. Please leave comments and I will respond.  I want this to be a blog where everyone here can share ideas!

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