First, business - I'm thrilled beyond belief with all the love for Kaaren, you guys just warm my heart and I know this will be a wonderful quilt, to let Kaaren know how loved she is and how we're all pulling for her. I've made a little button [on sidebar] if you'd like to put it on your blog and spread the word, it links to the tutorial post. All you have to do is save the picture, and the link to that post. If you have never done that before, I'd be happy to walk you through it, just comment or email me and I will get back to you.
Beth from Alberta, I saw your comment but I don't have an email address for you. Please email me so I can get back to you.
And now to Shirley. Every Tuesday, my mum and I go to her house for tea and a visit. I've known her since I was friends with her daughter in sixth grade, she's like a second mum to me. I took some pics - she has a tiny garden but a truly green thumb. She has blueberries -
itty-bitty baby green beans!
and teeny tomatoes just peeking their wee heads out.
She also has lovely flowers.
Shirley usually has a special treat for us too, and that's where the recipe came from. Mum is a diabetic with a very large sweet tooth, and Shirley had made a pineapple cheesecake for us. When mum sees a sweet she loves, she gets a wee bit rebellious and eats it right up, with an "I'm being naughty and I don't care" look on her face.
I remembered to take a pic of it after only one small bite.
It was DELICIOUS. And easy! Would you like the recipe too? Here it is.
Shirley's Pineapple Cheesecake
3 cups crushed graham crackers
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened [you can soften in microwave]
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups well-drained crushed pineapple [Shirley squeezes it to get the juice out]
dash of cinnamon
Making the crust:
Cream together the crushed crackers, butter and 2tbsp sugar. Butter a 9" springform or cake pan. Line pan with cracker mixture, setting a small amount aside for a topping.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add eggs to cream cheese and mix well, then add remaining ingredients and mix well again. Place mixture on top of crust and sprinkle with set aside cracker mixture. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until middle of cheesecake is well set. Refrigerate until cold and enjoy!
That's even easy enough for this non-cook. I need to make this soon, I can still taste it - and I'm getting a craving for it after looking at the pictures again.
For those of you that love Mary Lou Weidman [like me!], she has been unable to get into her old blog and now has a new one. It won't show up in your readers, so you'll have to go to her new blog and follow from there. If you don't know Mary Lou, you don't know what you're missing - go check her out, I would LOVE to take a class from her! She is such fun. My kind of quilter for sure.
I think that's all for today, I'm going to go finish my Christmas gift for June from Jenny's new Plum Pudding pattern, and finish my pillowcases for Carol at Brown Quilts. I FINALLY found a tutorial that made sense to me. Why do I have so much trouble reading a pattern! I have to actually do it before I understand it. Have a great weekend everyone!