Thursday, June 23, 2011

Business, Shirley, A Recipe And Mary Lou

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 -

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itty-bitty baby green beans!

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and teeny tomatoes just peeking their wee heads out.

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She also has lovely flowers.

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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.

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I remembered to take a pic of it after only one small bite.

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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]
2 eggs
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!


Anonymous said...

Hello Allie, looking forward to making the favourite...hugs lyn

BubzRugz said...

Oh yummo... your mum is definitely my kindof person....

Soggibottom said...

Shirley and her garden :-) Allie no wonder you go and visit. Who wouldn't with such a beautiful garden.... Is it open to the public :-)..... ?
Thanks for the recipe Allie... can't look at it without putting on weight but I know others that will love it :-)xxx

Loralynn said...

I love the picture of the developing blueberries...they look so cute! The dessert looks yummy!

Susan said...

Your photos are so pretty, Allie. Thanks for posting that recipe. I can't wait to make it. Looks so yummy and especially good for the summer.

Dolores said...

Thanks for the recipe. I think I will be getting some cream cheese this weekend. I do love your camera. Great shots.

marylouweidman said...

THANK YOU for posting my blog problem. I can't believe what a bummer it is since I lost around 200 followers. It may have been hacked, I can't figure it out.
YOU are a doll. And my Mom used to make that cheesecake and it is fab! Glad to be reminded of the recipe!

Sandra :) said...

I think I have all the ingredients to make that delicious cheesecake - if so, I'll make it tomorrow. I think I'm going to dream about it tonight!

Also - I checked out Mary Lou's blog and site, and ordered her newest book (Out of the Box with Easy Blocks) from bookdepository in the UK - it comes out in the States and in the UK a month earlier than it comes out in Canada, and their shipping is free :) I LOVE HER STYLE!

OMG I just noticed that she posted to your blog - MARY LOU you ROCK!!!! I started following your blog after I read Allie's post!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your mother is just so darn cute!!!!

That cheesecake looks heavenly ~ thank you for sharing the recipe :))

Sorry to hear about your friend. Your gift of quilts will mean so much to her.

VivJM said...

I'm so with you on not being able to read a pattern!!

That cheesecake looks delish, and another fab picture of your mum ;-)

Terry said...

Love the vegetable and flower pictures! And thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it! :0)

Mama Spark said...

That cheesecake looks amazing!! What a lovely garden your friend has too.

Shari said...

Your mum must be fun at parties. She's a real hoot (that's a good thing). The cheesecake looks to yummy for words. Might just have to try it sometime when I need a cake to share.

marylouweidman said...

Just posted your blog address and a "thank you" on my are a giving a sweet person-I knew that earlier.

Shasta Matova said...

Beautiful flowers and other plants. That cheesecake looks divine.

Wendyb said...

Yum yum......going to have to try that recipe Allie...looks delish!!! Your 'second mum' seems does your 'first' one!!!! what a laugh!!!!! hehehe....and I know what you mean about reading patterns....i have to physically work through it....from the outside, it must look like those skydivers who practice their manouvres on the ground before they drop!!!! LOL
Off to complete my blocks for Kaaren
have a wonderful day hon,
XXX Sugary hugs
Wendy :O)

Carol said...

LOVE the flower and veggie pictures. I'll be making that cheesecake...yummers! I'm on my way to get the instructions for the block...I'll get one in the mail to you this week!

Linda said...

I'm definitely going to be making that recipe!! It looks and sounds so good!! Love all the flower and garden pics! :-)

quiltmom anna said...

My mom used to make this cheesecake - we called it Pineapple delight - at least it looks pretty similar in the photograph. Man was it yummy... Thanks for sharing the recipe and for being such a thoughtful friend to other quilters.
The quilting community has just the best people.
Warmest regards,

Karen said...

Just made the's so light and fluffy and YUMMY! Did I mention its so YUMMY! I had a little bit of toasted almonds that I added to the crust....mmmmmm. thanks for sharing all the yumminess ;)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

That looks Yummy! I think your mom has the perfect idea! She's too cute!
xx, shell


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