When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!

See you in the new year.
I have been taking some classes and had a little knee
surgery.
Most important, we had grand baby #9 on December 12th.
A beautiful little boy.
4 lbs. 8 oz.
17 inches long.
I haven't even got to see him in person yet! He came early and I had surgery so......
Hope to kiss and hold him soon.
Hope you all have a great Christmas.

November 4, 2011

Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes



A lot of you have probably already heard about these little gems. I had not.
They are DELISH!!!!!!

I made them  as one of our Halloween Party desserts and they went over big time.
The few that were left ( I doubled the batch) I had to send to the office with Papa because I did not want them here for me to eat!!

Here goes:
1 Cup vanilla wafers
2 TBS. sugar
2 TBS. butter
1/8 t. salt

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/4 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup sugar
2 TBS. heavy cream
1 egg
1/8 t. salt
4 fun size Butterfinger candy bars, crushed

1 Cup Chocolate chips  ( I used milk choc. chips)
2 - 3 TBS. heavy cream
2  Fun size Butterfinger candy bars crushed

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees

In a food processor, crush the vanilla wafers.  Then in a medium size bowl add crushed wafers,
sugar, butter and 1/8 t. salt. Mix to combine.
Spoon mixture into bottoms of mini muffin pans. Press crumbs so they come up the sides of the muffin pan a little bit.
Bake for 10 minutes....OR NOT.

I was in such a hurry when I made these I forgot the baking for 10 minutes step. I just went on to the next step, filled them with the cream cheese mixture and baked it all together.

Of course I was horrified. My grandson watched me as I had a little break down. I might have said "shit"
After all these were for a party and I wanted them to turn out spectacular! Guess what?  THEY DID.
So I am skipping the baking for 10 minutes every time.
Moving on....

With a mixer, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Then add sugar, egg, cream and salt, mix until well combined. Slowly ( I used a wooden spoon for this part) stir in crushed Butterfingers.
To crush the candy bars I left them in the wrapper and lightly "hit and rolled" them with my rolling pin. I practiced first on the grand kids to make sure it would work.
Evenly pour mixture over the crusts.
Bake for 20 - 22 minutes until cheesecake is set.
Let cool for 1  or 2 hours. Then remove from the pan.
I let them cool 1 hr. because as stated above I was in a mad rush that day.

Melt choc chips in microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
When melting chocolate do it slowly , no rush here. Just remember low and slow until you get the consistency you want. (Which is smooth BTW)
Stir in cream until again, s m o o t h...
Oh, and glossy.
Spoon over the tops of cakes.
Then sprinkle with crushed Butterfingers.
So, So, good!
What a great way to use all the left over candy from Halloween.
I know, none of you have any left over candy. Who am I kidding.
Just go buy more.

One more thing if you do bake the crust for 10 minutes. Turn the oven down to 300 degrees before baking the cheesecakes.

Enjoy

November 1, 2011

San Fran in October

I went to see my little boys in San Francisco. Oh, and their parents.  They are all doing well, little boy # 4 is on his way. I guess Pete (Taylor's husband) is home once in a while. (wink wink)


William. Ask him to smile and this is what you get.

So excited to see Nana that they were not about to let me have a nap.

Cute pic of Henry and Will. Too bad those glaring draperies are part of the scenery.
When Tay and Pete rented this house the landlord told them it had custom drapes. I would like to know what custom is that? Was it their custom to have ugly drapes? The landlord made them and she thinks they are beautiful. Hmmmmmm. Moving on......

Sugar cookie time.

I think we know how Will feels about the dough.

Frosting....

Showing....

So cute....

The best part, eating.

Baby boy #4, with Taylor of course.

The pumpkin Festival at Half Moon Bay.

What decent pumpkin patch doesn't have bounce houses, rides, a huge slide and cotton candy?
Cotton candy that is repulsive in the humidity. I should have taken a picture of that.



P.J. (my comma won't work),,,,,,, (what the heck is that?),,,, Henry, and, Will.
Stupid computer.,,,,,,,,,,, Seriously I am hitting my comma button,,,,,,,,<<<<,,,,,,, Moving on.......
( ha ha ha I just needed to put my glasses on)

William

Big slide, for those of you who can't see the obvious. ( I should talk. I do have a headache.)

Ahhh, our spoils, Henry has conquered the pumpkin patch.


Fun little maze. Only pic of Henry I could get in the maze w/o the goofy kid in a skeleton outfit chasing him around.

William wanted all the pumpkins.

P.J. putting his best foot forward.

Their front porch.

William and his mad skills... everyone goes outside in their underpants in San Fran.

He is really moving in this picture. I love how he lifts his little foot off of the ground to show off.

October 23, 2011

Halloween Party 2011

The pictures in the post below actually were taken before these.
So what I am saying is they are not in order. It doesn't matter. I posted these for family.
I don't have any of the spook alley yet. Aisha was taking those pictures for us.

Max

She is so proud of herself.

Weston trying to look disinterested.

The girls.

Max and his creation.

Oby and Chloe

Christopher's cupcakes

Chloe liked this more than she is letting on.

More cupcakes.

Take a big bite. We missed mommy (Tara) was sick:(

This is one of the goblins for the spook alley.

This scarecrow needs more than a brain.

Izzy decided to go over to the ghoulish side of things by the end of the night.

The front porch with the pumkins.



Our friend is always riding his bike.

Spook Alley pics to come.



Halloween Party Cont.

Papa and me.

My feet were killing me. (people thought those were my real feet)

Little cuties.

He's single girls, or should I say guys?

My cute neice Ashley.

Sissy and Missy, hmmmm.

My son Jamie and his family, Aisha, Tonio and Izzy.

Sweet little kitty cat Chloe, Meow.

He is still single.

Tonio and Calvin. (they actually make pretty cute girls, lol)

My nephew Max

My son Oby.

My brother Chad, his wife Holly, Weston, Calvin and, Max.

My mom (notice the witch has three nostrils)

My dad, Phil.

Tonio

Ashley and Christopher.

I love how Sissy is holding her tongue as she carves.

Oby

Oby, making a little kitty pumpking for Chloe.

Tonio

Pretty princess Isabella.