Friday, November 26, 2010


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Rich would be the first word that comes to mind when eating these! Wow! But a really great dessert for a large crowd.  

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup caramel topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. 

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all streusel ingredients; sprinkle evenly with streusel topping. 

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping (I did this as I served them) and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

photo & recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything
recipe adapted from Paula Deen

Sunday, November 7, 2010


One year has come and gone my sweet girl. You learned to crawl, walk & dance; you are your big brother's shadow (wow does he love you, and you him); and you have become YOU...cuddly, independent, strong in body & mind, determined, beautiful & silly. 

I can't wait to watch you grow. And baby girl, the things coming your way will be magical and wonderful, and difficult and sad, but it will be your amazing life. Embrace it all and LIVE it well.


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