Monday, August 31, 2009

Cheesecake and Alfredo from Blakes birthday bash

Thought I would post the recipes from Blake's birthday so you can try them yourself! Have fun and thanks for all your love and support!

Golden Caramel Cheesecake Bars recipe at "Golden Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 5 hr 20 min Makes: 20 servings, 1 bar each

What You Need
24 Golden OREO Cookies, divided
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
25 KRAFT Caramels (1/2 of 14-oz. bag)
1 Tbsp. water
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 egg
How to Make It
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place 14 of the cookies in food processor container; cover. Process until finely crushed. Mix with butter; press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch square baking pan. Bake 10 min. or until golden brown. Cool 10 min.
PLACE caramels and water in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every 30 sec. Set aside. Coarsely chop remaining 10 cookies. Beat cream cheese and marshmallow creme in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add egg; mix well. Stir in chopped cookies; pour over crust.
Drop spoonfuls of the caramel mixture over batter; swirl gently with knife for marble effect.
The caramel will set quickly once you drop it onto the cheesecake mixture so swirl quickly then use remaining caramel and drizzle over entire cheesecake without swirling in.
BAKE 20 to 25 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 20 bars. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce - All Recipes

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce - All Recipes: "INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups milk
6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long. Toss with hot pasta to serve."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bear Lake

Bear Lake was a Blast! The weather was great, the water was warm, and the good times were rolling! Kurtis loved the beach and building sand castles. Matt buried all the kids in the sand which they loved. Blake got to take Kurtis on the wave runners...thanks Darren and Leah...and he seemed to like it at first and then fell asleep while we were still driving so we know he was comfortable. We had a couple of unexpected visitors in our camp with us....they were black and white and small and smelt a little funny....they loved to eat our garbage and pretty much terrorized me ever night. Skunks are not my thing.

I was feeling especially pregnant this trip and Jana got to say "Hello" to AnaLynn. I went tubing - slowly - with my cousins and sister and took Kurtis with me (he actually liked it this time Surprise Surprise). Glad to be home and now we are getting ready for another camping trip this weekend with my parents and siblings...should be fun!