Ultimate Lemon Cheesecake

Yep, another lemon dessert!

If your mouth is watering looking at this picture, just wait to you try this recipe!  It’s soooo delicious you are gonna want to make it again and again.  I don’t know if my baking skills improved or I just got lucky, but this lemon cheesecake is the shiiiiit!!!! I baked my husbands favorite dessert on Veteran’s Day as a nice way of saying “Thank you” for his service to our country.  I must say he was very impressed!
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Recipe from: Mountain Mama Cooks

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

5 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:

3 8-oz packages cream cheese, room temperature

3 eggs, room temperature

1 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar, divided

zest of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided

1 pint sour cream, room temperature

Glaze:

1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Combine graham crackers, sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press mixture into an 11 inch springform pan (I used a 10 inch round pan). Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool while you make filling.
  3. In a food processor, beat cream cheese until completely smooth (I mixed everything by hand). Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Continue to mix, adding 1 1/3 cups sugar a little bit at time until fully mixed in. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  4. Pour cream cheese mixture into cooled graham cracker crust and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. While cheesecake is baking, mix sour cream with remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons sugar.
  6. Remove cheesecake from oven and gently spread sour cream on top of cheesecake. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack for 45 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator until cheese cake is chilled but not completely cool about an hour.
  7. While cheesecake is cooling, make lemon glaze by whisking together sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Blend in water and lemon juice and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.
  8. Remove chilled cheesecake from fridge and gently spread the lemon glaze on top of cheesecake. Chill several hours or overnight before serving.

ENJOY!

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Choo Choo!

Have I mentioned how much we love birthday parties? This weekend Liam and I (sadly, Tim had to work) had some fun at Travel Town Museum celebrating his buddy Theo’s 2 year birthday.  What a great place to throw a choo choo train themed party.  They have historic railroad locomotives and cars  to see and you can ride a miniature train around the park.  Liam and I skipped the train ride.  He was actually more interested in running around and exploring rocks and leaves.  Next time, when he’s a bit older, and can sit still, we will take that ride!

First stop, the beverage bucket.  Nooo, he didn’t drink the soda, but he did have fun taking it out and running away with it.  IMG_0967

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P1000341 Sometimes you just have to throw stuff on your plate and run…after your little one that is.

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There were so many cute favors for the guests and a table for crafts.  I had to stop half way before Liam destroyed the marker on the wooden train.  Overall, we got some color on it. 🙂 The favors were small little candy filled jars and a conductor hat with a train whistle attached.   ADORABLE!

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I brought back a little something for Liam from the gift shop.  He loves his books so much at home, I decided to get him his 1st Thomas the Train book.  And he loves it!  Yay!IMG_9130