Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Digging Out

The view out our front door this morning. That's our driveway at the end of the porch, although you can't see it. (Sorry the picture is a little frosty. I wasn't brave enough to open the storm door, and it frosted up as soon as I opened the door!).

Here's the same view after an hour and a half of shoveling (with two people shoveling the whole time!). At least we finally have a driveway.

Caleb on top of a snow pile in the back of the house. That's the roof right above his head!

A little closer look at him. I went out to help Aaron shovel about halfway through (Caleb was helping before that). When I came inside afterwards my hair was frozen!! (I know, I know, I shouldn't have gone out with a wet head. But, Aaron wanted my help, what else was I supposed to do? I guess if I get pneumonia, you all will know why!!). They finally just plowed our road (at 1:30), so at least we can finally get out if we need to.

Oh, and happy Valentines Day!!! I'm off to make a chocolate chip cheesecake in honor of the day!! My sweet tooth is calling!! Here's the recipe, just in case your sweet tooth is calling too!! It is super yummy!

3 (8 oz.) pkg Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) miniature chocolate chips
1 exra-size pkg. graham Cracker crumb crust (9 oz.)
2 TB. Whipping Cream

1. Heat oven to 450
2. Beat Cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir in 1 2/3 cups small chocolate chips; pour into crust
3. Bake 10 minutes. Without opening oven door, reduce temperature to 250; continue baking 30 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven to wire rack. cool completely. Cover; refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
4. Place remaining 1/3 cup chips and whipping cream in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at High for 20-30 seconds or just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool slightly; spread over top of cheesepie. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until topping is set. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesepie.

I usually leave off the 4th step. It's rich enough without the extra chocolate. I also usually use a regular graham cracker crust (I've never been able to find and extra-serving size). I just put the extra in an oven proof bowl (well buttered) and bake it in that.

Posted: 1:43 PM, Feb. 14, 2007

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