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Classic Cheesecake

 

I have this new thing where I’m not using recipes for anything I make.

The other day I got this intense desire to make cheesecake (not really a craving to eat it, just to make it) So, I decided to try to whip up some myself and it turned out so well!  Now, like any homemade cheesecake it cracked but this particular cake cracked a lot, like almost around the entire outer edge so if you try it don’t worry, the cracking is normal.

Also, in the recipe (that I’m fairly certain is accurate) it says to let it rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours. This is important, the cake gets so much better after it rests so make sure you make it a day or two in advance – you won’t be sorry you waited.

For the Filling You’ll Need: 2 packages of softened cream cheese, 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 2 eggs.

For the Crust You’ll Need: 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter.

…You’ll also need a spring form pan, but if you do not have one you can use a normal pie plate.

 

In a medium bowl mix together the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar until well-blended, then mix in the melted butter with a fork. Pour your crust mixture into a well greased spring form or pie pan and press out evenly to form the crust. Set your crust aside. Now for the filling …..

Using a stand mixer or a large bowl and a hand-held mixer blend together the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth. From there add in the flour, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until they are all well mixed, smooth, and delicious. Pour your filling on top of your crust and use a rubber spatula to even everything out.

Wellp, that’s pretty much it. Pop your cheesecake into the oven at 375 for 30-45 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. After the cake is done baking do not remove it from the oven immediately, leave the cake in the oven and then prop your oven door open to allow your cake to cool slowly (about 30 more minutes). After your cheesecake has settled wrap it and leave it in the fridge for at least 24 hours before serving.

Enjoy! I used a strawberry topping on my cheesecake but it would be delicious with just about anything on it. This recipe is also extremely easy to change to any other flavor of cheesecake you’d like with minor alterations like adding blueberries, chocolate chips, lemon juice, etc.

 

Hope you’ve have a wonderful day!

xoxo

A Bit of My Life: Delilah

I got Delilah last April. Oddly enough we were at a roller derby match. Halfway through they brought out a few dogs and puppies from a local animal shelter and Delilah was one of them (though her name was Jasmine at the time, but that just wouldn’t do). I loved her immediately. She was just laying in one of the volunteers arms, she looked pitiful and also kind of like a lion cub. At the same time that I was completely falling in love with her I was also trying to rationalize and make myself realize that I really didn’t need another dog, at the time I had a dog and my boyfriend at the time and I had a dog together as well. three dogs seemed like a lot to handle, but I went and asked to hold her anyway.

Oh my goodness she was the sweetest puppy. She literally just laid in my arms completely limp. I couldn’t help it – I asked my now ex if he thought we should get her and he (being just as soft as me) said we absolutely needed her. We went to talk to the people at the shelter about adopting her and to get her story. She was four months old and she had been born in the shelter, her mother and all of her brothers and sisters had been adopted early on but she was left all by herself. I’m telling you, she was pitiful! The shelter had moved her in with the older dogs because she was growing pretty quickly and was much bigger than all the other puppies, but they told me they were going to have to put her down soon if she wasn’t adopted. The turn over rate for most kill shelters (this one included)  is three weeks to a month but they had been holding on hope that someone would take her home. Pitiful.

We brought her home, she still hadn’t really moved at all and seemed like she was a little depressed but as soon as we set her down on the floor and she saw our other dog (a jack russell mix named Rhys) she went nuts and they played non-stop for hours.

Needless to say, I still have her. She is the sweetest, cutest, and most well-behaved dog I’ve ever had. I’m so glad I ended up with her, it couldn’t have worked out better. She’s entirely precious.

These days her time is spent running around the yard, going to the dog park, running errands with me, sitting on my open windowsill like a cat, taking walks, and having play dates with her boyfriend Ivan (a super cute Vizsla) who is completely smitten with her.

Hope you have a super fantastic, pet-filled day.

– Trish

What I Wore: Sweater and Shorts


Outfit details: Sweater and Necklace – Forever 21, Shorts – ruche , Tights – Target, Shoes – Steve Madden via TJ Maxx

I just completely love these shorts! I’ll admit I was skeptical about them when I first placed my order but I shouldn’t have doubted that they would be entirely wonderful and as a plus it has been super warm for most of the winter in Tennessee so far so I can wear shorts with tights whenever I want. (yay!)

I hope you have an amazing day!

– Trish

Black Bean Soup

I don’t know about you but soup is one of those foods that sounds good pretty much all the time. I’m almost always in the mood for soup and I love looking around to see if I could make some sort of soup just from whatever I have in the pantry at any given time. Basically – soup is good food.

This black bean soup is flavorful and scrumptious, not to mention super healthy and incredibly easy to make.

Black Bean Soup: makes about 4 servings

You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, about a 3rd of a medium-size white onion (more or less depending on your preferences. I almost always cut down the amount of onion called for in a recipe) roughly chopped, 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 16 ounces of vegetable stock, 2-3 cans of drained black beans (I had two different types of black beans, one larger can and one smaller), salt, pepper, ground cumin, and chili powder (add all spices to taste. If your like me I add just enough chili powder to give it a subtle kick, a little salt and pepper just to bring out the flavor of the beans, and a lot of cumin! I just really love cumin, it’s probably my favorite spice. more cumin = more delicious.

In a medium size pot heat the vegetable oil. Add onion and garlic and let them simmer (stirring frequently) until the onions are translucent. To that  slowly stir in your vegetable stock then let it stand until it is almost boiling. Add the black beans and seasoning. Stir the soup for about a minute, then cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes and you’re done! You have some extremely yummy and easy black bean soup not to mention vegan, unless you add sour cream and a little bit of cheese like I did.

Enjoy!

– Trish

A Bit Of My Life: family photograph

This  is a photo that I took of my family a little bit before Christmas. It wasn’t the easiest thing to try to get us all to look decent (and more than that sit still!) but It was so fun and ended up cute and really funny we look kind of like the cast of a sitcom.

So, there’s my family.  Starting up top from left to right: Carla – my sister-in-law, Me,  Daniel – My Brother who is holding my new nephew David Alister Gregory Gibson(because two names just isn’t enough!) , Randy- My Dad (who makes up for David’s many names because his parents didn’t happen to give him a middle name at all). Dad is holding Emma – my niece (who is entirely precious), and Debby – My mom (who ended up with the name Debby Gibson after she was married, like the 80s pop star)

I don’t know why is picture is so funny, but it just is. Every time I see it I giggle a little bit, possibly because none of us look quite like our normal selves.

Did you take any fun family photos this holiday?

Happy Monday!

– Trish

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now:

This Jotter and pretty much all of the Jotters at witandwhistle. They are so cute and I have a soft spot for any type of stationary, journal, or notpad. I just can’t help myself, I want them all.

I’m swooning over this dress. It’s so cute and feminine it’s making me long for spring. (etsy)

This bag from modcloth. It’s so so so adorable.

This lipstick trio from anthropologie is delightful. All three shades are just so pretty, it’s rare I find a lipstick that I really love let alone three!

The most precious mug from CircusBearVintage which is run by the lovely and talented Kaylah from daintysquid. Her entire shop is beyond cute and her blog is definitely in my top three favorite lifestyle blogs.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the first “Five Things” post.

See you tomorrow!

– Trish

Now & Then

Last month the new addition of “Now & Then” the Appalachian magazine came out it’s filled with articles, poems, reviews, general artsy things, and whatnot from the area.

So, I’m sure you are wondering why this is important well, here is your answer: because I’m in it!

This Summer I participated in a project for the city of Kingsport, Tennessee where we were commissioned to make a series of photographs based off of archival photos from the Kingsport city library taken mostly by Thomas McNeer Jr. and David Peirce. The original photographs were taken mostly in the 1950’s but spanned from 1915-1970.

There were about 15 of us that participated in the project and we used 4×5 large format field and monorail cameras which were most likely used to take the original photos. We each had 5 photos to remake and a month to do it, we went to Kingsport pretty much everyday taken days “off”  to develop the film ourselves and then scan them into a mac using a hybrid Epson scanner. We then touched up the photos in photoshop before printing them on fiber-based inkjet paper (which is fantastic by the way). We saved a lot of time doing it this way instead of printing the photographs in a darkroom, the prints turned out beautifully.

We had an exhibit containing the new photographs beside of the old photographs in Kingsport in October for a little over a month. The entire experience was so fun and I learned a lot. Anyway, without further ado here are some photos of the magazine:

I hope you have a relaxing and wonderful Sunday.

– Trish