Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not Missing the Cafe Cheesecake Anymore

That sweet hubby of mine used to eat lunch at a little cafe and for many special occasions throughout the years he ordered the owner's signature cheesecake to be picked up on his way home and devoured by us! All of a sudden, the shop was sold to someone else and it's never been the same. That's life!  But we sure have missed those cheesecakes on birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, etc.

The other day, Matthew announced that his band practice would be here this week.  Wow, live Bluegrass music in our living room demanded I cook something delicious for supper!  We decided to grill burgers since our weather has been so beautiful.  Then Matthew sweetly asked his mama (that would be me) for a cheesecake. A cheesecake! That's usually a lot of hard work and pretty pricey, yet always worth it!  I put my thinking cap on and decided to change up my faithful cheesecake recipe to try my best to make it similar to that delicious special occasion cheesecake we've been missing.  We're not missing the cafe cheesecake anymore, I did it!

Last night was practice and besides having wonderful live Bluegrass music ringing throughout the house, the aroma of burgers on the ole' charcoal grill filled the air, and the evening was topped off with a great dessert! Honestly, there's only one little itty bitty piece left.  

I'm sharing the recipe with you wonderful faithful readers/followers.  I changed it a little from the one I sandwich in between the rich red layers of my red velvet cake each Christmas.  And I did it, I think I've made us all happy by coming up with a tasty replacement for the one from the little cafe.  This is the PERFECT cheesecake for spring because it's topped off with a cold strawberry sauce if desired.

Crust:
2 c finely crushed Chocolate Graham Cracker crumbs
1/2 c butter
1/4 c sugar
Spray your 9" sping form pan and press crust into bottom and up sides firmly. Place in refrig for about 30 minutes.
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Cheesecake:
32 oz Phili Creme Cheese ( the real stuff, no fat free stuff) room temp
1 c sugar
3 T all purpose flour
5 lg slightly beaten eggs
1/3 c Heavy Whipping Creme
1 t vanilla
Beat 1st 2 ingred until smooth, add eggs and beat well.  Add remaining ingred and beat until smooth no lumps.
Pour into spring form pan, place pan on a cookie sheet (to contain any spill over) bake at 350F for 15 minuted, continue to bake at 250F 1 1/2 hours.

COOL completely in vented oven or on top of stove, wrap plastic on top and refrigerate 24 hours before taking out of spring form and serving.
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Serve with chilled Strawberry Pie Filling as an optional topping.

I sure hope you and your loved ones enjoy this delicious dessert as much as we do!  Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Cleaning & Organizing

Within the last couple of years, hubby and I have both lost a parent. This has forced us to bring many cherished items into our home and lives. Last spring I went on an organizational frenzy and pretty much organized the inner workings of our little farmhouse. The linen closet, kitchen cabinets, and laundry room cabinets, all got inside makeovers. Some including labels. Yes, you read it right. Labels!

A lot of main areas got neglected last spring, but now it's their turn! The spring cleaning and organizing bug has bitten me and I'm ready to get the other half of this little farmhouse organized. I promise to not have labels on anything outside of cabinets and closets though. Or if I do, they will be decorative labels.

It gets so hot so early in the year here. By May, the mornings are the only time fit for heavy duty outside work. I actually love mowing grass, so that's one spring/summer chore I'm looking forward to.  So as soon as possible, I plan to finish what I started last year.  And yes, all of my hard work and efforts last year were well worth it.  Everything is still organized and working out perfectly for us.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Let the Spring Projects Proceed...We started them before today!

Spring sprung way before today here on our little farm.  It's been way too pretty outside to be inside.  We started new building projects here on Lillie Mae Acres weeks ago, and ticking away at that honey-do list.  The chickens have a new condominium, the guineas' condo is in the works, and that long awaited mud room is being built.  It's in the middle stages right now.  The walls are up yet unstained, ceiling is up with the first coat of paint, and that's about it so far. We're not sure what flooring we want and we have to pick out two light fixtures.
 

I've just finished two small projects that I'm in love with.  One indoor, one outdoor.


I created a grouping using two wonderful pictures showing Matt playing his two different banjos.  I fell in love with these re-purposed barn wood frames at Hobby Lobby so when they went on sale for 50% off I made sure I was there.  I actually got the last of both sizes.  The large one is an 11x14 matted with a matte that looks like wood and the smaller one is 8x10 matted.  Wayne and I both had a hand in making the cedar sign with a favorite scripture verse on it.  One day this mustard wall will be a wood wall and I actually think the grouping will look better then.  We are not fans of sheet rock no matter what color it's painted!.    


 The above milk can is so old.  It's been almost every color you can think of through the years.  Just last summer it was a beautiful bright popping red on the new back porch.  This spring/summer, it's bright clean white.  I saw one painted like this on Pinterest and new what I had to do!  The small letters above the numbers are (No) for number.  It just looks so simple.  Kind of Amishy!  Do ya'll like that new word I just created?  I plan to do something similar to the mailbox.
 Everything is coming up green and blooming here.  I just love this time of year.






 I guess I'll leave the fireplace hearth like this for a while.  I haven't been able to get that look, that perfect look.  The one that's in my head!

 I just love metal barn stars.  I have them hanging in several different places inside and out.  I'm thinking about getting another one just like this for the opposite side of the house.

That's that sweet hubby of mine below.  Him and Matthew both have always made pets out of every creature.  These are just a few (yes just a few) of their chicken and guineas.  He whistles and they come running.  This time he did have a bucket of feed, but most of the time he whistles, they come running then he wades through them walking down to the barn to get the feed. Kinda funny! 

I hope you're enjoying your first day of spring.  I think it should be a national holiday.  I think the nice ladies at the bank should be off today, I think nurses, doctors, students, and husbands should all be off today and doing something fun and wonderful outside.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wishes into Reality

Here we are, here on Lillie Mae Acres with change going on as usual. Honestly folks, our home has never been  finished so all of this that looks like remodeling is only finalizing. Does that make since?

We've been tossing around the idea of closing in the old back porch for years to create a mud room. We're finally doing it.  Here's the soon to be new back door.  I'll take a picture from the other side too, there will be another back door leading out to the new large covered porch that we built last year around the pool.  

I just hung this huge barn star with barbed wire wrapped around it. It's from Hobby Lobby so it's decorative only.  I regret only getting one so I need to get another one when they are back on sale for the opposite side of the house.



I've been cleaning and decorating today.  I think I like what I put on the dry sink Our weather is just    


beautiful.  I've been in and out all day, but also trying to organize my pictures so I can get back into scrapping.  Unless it's all organized, I just can't sit down and scrapbook. 

My two favorite guys have also been rebuilding the chicken pens.  This hasn't made Shadow very happy, she doesn't seem to like them so close to her stable.  She's just spoiled and doesn't want to share "her" area with them.  Too bad because they're doing a great job and it's all looking nice down there.  I'll take pictures soon. 

My Amaryllis are blooming.  I have several different colors and this is the first to bloom this year.    


Sunday, March 4, 2012

I might Finally be Happy with The hearth



I might finally be happy.  I just haven't been able to achieve the look I want for spring on the hearth until this afternoon.   It'll take me a few days to be sure. You might not can read where I labeled the picture at the bottom.  The little nest has wooden eggs in it, and beside it is a blue bird.    


We do love our chickens and guineas.  Wayne has these trained to come when he whistles.
And check out Wayne and Matthew's new toy!  It's a 1966 GMC.  They're like a couple of kids on Christmas day! Men are so funny!


There's a lot of original stuff still on this old truck which makes them even happier.  I took a ride in her and let's just say she's not as comfy as I like, and she has no air or heat!  They plan to fix her up and make her beautiful again though so it'll be challenging and fun for all of us.