so its no secret i love sugar.
i could have cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast, a fruit salad for lunch, and cake for dinner. literally, this is my world and im a prisoner in it. i love me some sweets!
cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, candy, fruits, sugar of all kinds….
over thanksgiving we always head up to tennessee to spend the holiday with bens family. the women cook for hours and hours day of, but we have to split our time between two sides of the family and eat two thanksgiving dinners, so its hard for me to contribute to the cooking sometimes. this year, i was determined to make a contribution. something in me is screaming to be cooking and cleaning and home all the time…what the deuce…
am i becoming suzie homeaker? did i just make my husband leave for 4 hours and deep clean my house like i was gonna host the president for dinner tonight? YES. do i sometimes cook dinner for my family “just because”, and secretly desire to roll around on the floor all day with my kiddos? (that nice vacuumed, swept and mopped floor?) YES.
so anyways, my suzie homeaker desires kicked in and made me a bit sad i wasnt having a thanksgiving at my own house and being dubbed “hostess with the mostess”…so i thought, meh, why not make a baller cheesecake to throw in the thanksgiving food mix…its not really thanksgiving food, but hey maybe somebody will eat it and i wont be too embarrassed now that i have something to bring to the table.
enter real simple magazine, november. (the recap going up THIS FRIDAY ladies so stay tuned for full details…). gingersnap cherry cheesecake recipe? yes please. minus the cherries plus some strawberries. yes please.
check out the recipe here ladies, and ive copied and pasted it below. for the crust half and halfed gingersnap cookies with gingerbread graham crackers (makes a nicer consistency in the crust). and i also bought fresh strawberries, chopped them up and added a bit of sugar to them before i let them chill in the fridge for a while.
the result? i happened to find the last piece buried in the fridge the day after thanksgiving. it was devoured people, literally devoured. certain family members had multiple pieces. said it was the best cheesecake theyd ever had. better than their mommas…and their mommas mommas…
make it. eat it. love it. its a great holiday staple peeps! bens family has already made me promise to make it and bring it every year now!
p.s. i felt very good about this cheesecake because it was the first one that id ever made, and it didnt split down the middle or break or cook funny…it was delicious and beautiful, so ben made sure to take a pic of me with the very first yummy piece. enjoy!
- Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, combine the ground gingersnaps and butter. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in ½ cup of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 ½ cups of sour cream, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over the hot cheesecake and bake until set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before unmolding.
- Spread the preserves over the cheesecake before serving.
Its amazing how quickly the pregnancy quirks leave you; how fast your appetite completely changes.
chewing on ice? totally not enjoyable now. 4 quarts of water with lime a day? reduced to 1 and replaced with coke. brushing my teeth for 10 minutes because it feels so dang good? i’m lucky if i remember to brush them at all. (dont hate)
and every day my appetite is changing, fluctuating…most days when I need something sweet it has nothing to do with chocolate. just sugar.
so when I was leisurely wandering the candy aisle at publix last week, I surprised even myself when my eye fell dangerously close to landing on these…
Ok I lied not close…it totally landed on these lovely luscious godiva chocolate truffles with french vanilla filling. ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
They sat on top of my fridge for a good week. I saw them every day, passed by them a million times…saying, “nahh i dont need these..besides ben said i was really far from 120 lbs so i am staying away from those.” (im not hatin on ben…he’s just telling me like it is..)
But yesterday I had an ordering session at my house for one of my awesome senior kids wyatt..and I didnt have anything else to offer he and his mother but these lovely luscious godiva chocolate truffles with french vanilla filling. So I piled them on a decorative tray and named them “my clients will eat you and I will not.”
Wyatt ate quite a few. But not all of them. Infact he left 6 still sitting on that stupid decorative plate.
I tried to stay away. I really did. But after editing for hours and working on the 2 hours sleep Darby has allowed me to have every night for about 3 weeks…I caved and had “just one”.
That “just one” turned into two, and I’m positive will turn into all 6 by the end of this evening. I cant describe to you just how wonderful and mouthwatering these beauties are. You simply MUST go and buy them to experience it. I promise this whole explanation above will all make sense.
***no its no accident that these truffles are strategically placed on my backside on this canvas. thats where they have inevitably ended up.
And no chocolate, no truffle, is ever complete if you’re not enjoying it with some reading material. And what better magazine to be thumbing through, as a photographer, than the latest issue of Southern Wedding Magazine, V3!
Its eye candy. Its gorgeous. Its breathtakingly beautiful photography and details have left me more inspired than i’ve been in a few years. The ladies at SWMag are charming and witty, funny and endearing, cute and relevant. I’ve adored every page thus far and I’m kind of bummed to be going through the last few pages today…
I’m Jess and I’m a morning person. I’ve been that way my whole life. I didn’t choose it but I don’t think I could’ve avoided it.
Growing up, it was the only time my family was all in one place. Dad, just like his own Father, would be the first to wake. He’d brew a pot of coffee and plant himself in a chair with his One-Year Bible. My little sister was next. She’d wake up with a song in her heart that she just needed to share. Mom was always next and vacuuming the hallway outside of my room. At that point, I knew I was only moments away from someone busting through my bedroom door, flipping on the light and singing “rise and shine and give God the glory glory”. I never had a fair chance at being a night owl. And world, that is a-o-k with me because mornings are definitely one of Life’s Little Pleasures.
But what really makes a morning so delightful?
To me, it’s the way the light comes through the trees and rest on the leaves. It’s the way the air feels. It’s the taste of fresh coffee. It’s the energizing excitement of new opportunities. Or maybe it’s just the caffeine. Regardless, it’s all enough to put a smile on my face for a at least a few hours.
Throughout life, many of my favorite experiences have been mornings. Getting up early to take the boat out with Dad; hopping in the car to go garage sale-ing with Mom; breakfast with my college roommates; and now, just snuggling with my husband.
As a photographer, I find myself most inspired in the mornings so I try to do anything creative before noon. I’ll book early shoots whenever possible and I’ll do all of my writing as soon as I grab my coffee.
I’m not a mom yet, so I have no idea what mommy mornings will hold but I hope and pray that they are full of cuddles, giggles and plenty of coffee.
But for now, I’ll take every chance I get to hop on a boat with my dad, treasure hunt with my mom, laugh with my best friends and of course, snuggle with my husband.
Thank you Bekah for inviting me to share this post and I wish you all a wonderful morning.
(Photo caption: Mug + Journal from anthro and photo + latte by Me)
i met sarah a long time ago in tallahassee, she is one of my sister allison’s dear dear friends.
sarah was in school at the time at FSU, and was making all sorts of handmade goodies like tote bags and get this, adorably disguised feminine product carrying cases. (YES, fabulous. i have one.)
she has now expanded her business, sarah hearts design studio, to make custom stationary and invitations and tons more. her designs are feminine and so whimsical, chic and modern..i love everything she puts out. here are some of my favorites!
Sarah also has a great blog that is such a useful tool for brides to be, anyone looking for design ideas and inspiration, and those on the quest for a fabulous recipe. She posts everything from design boards, to the perfect waffles, color palettes, gown suggestions, and handmade accessories (she is a big fan of Twigs & Honey as am I!)
*photo credit divine light photography
Rebekah: well hello. Tell us a bit about yourself!
Sarah: My name is Sarah Khandjian and I’m a graphic designer who loves type, illustration, color and pattern. I own Sarah Hearts Design Studio, where I create custom stationery, illustrations and more.
Rebekah: tell us about your blog or site. What do you do and why do you do it?
Sarah: Sarah Hearts is my passion. From an early age I knew I wanted to create. Now, I have the opportunity to create a unique solution for each of my clients. I believe beautiful things always point to my Creator and I want to share that with the world. I also recently started Sarah Hearts Blog where I blog five days a week about color, design, art, weddings, home decor and food.
Rebekah: When you’re not blogging, what takes up most of your time?
Sarah: Sewing, cooking, and painting! I absolutely love art, design, and craft. When I’m not at home doing on of those things, I’m at the barn riding or playing with my horse, Justin.
Rebekah: If you could pick one dessert to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sarah: Bakerella’s red velvet cake. I made it a few months ago and I was hooked! I even had it for breakfast the next day!
Rebekah: Most of us are women, some of us are moms. So spill it, whats the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman in the last year? Mommy related or not!
Sarah: Work hard and be patient. We all have heard this time and time again but this year I am learning how true it is. Owning your own business is tough, but it also is so rewarding.
Rebekah: Share with us your favorite recipe! (no rules here…)
Sarah: I am a little obsessed with Everyday Food magazine. I started reading them 3 years ago and I never have made something that I didn’t love. One of my favorites is their grilled greek chicken kebabs with mint-feta sauce. The grilled veggies and mint-feta sauce is amazing.
Rebekah: I hate to cut things with scissors because of the scratchy feeling, and I cannot look at a car that’s not painted glossy for fear of thoughts of chalkboards and fingernails. Tell us about your weirdness…what are your quirks?
Sarah: I cringe when people eat sushi with their hands, my spice jars have to be alphabetized, and I crave something sweet immediately after every meal… even breakfast!
Rebekah: If you have kiddos & a hubby, or a soulmate/best friend, tell us what it is about them that you love soooo much.
Sarah: Kevin, my hubby, is extremely encouraging and absolutely hilarious. He always makes me smile. Also, he let me dedicate a room in our new home to my studio/workspace and fill the other closets with fabric.
Rebekah: If your husband/significant other comes inside from working, and is sweaty and smelly and covered in dirt, do you embrace the manliness and give him a big smoocher or send him packing, straight to the shower with a fresh bar of irish spring? Whats the reason behind your choice?
Sarah: A big smoocher! Kevin doesn’t mind giving me one when I come home all gross from horseback riding. However, we both agree that we need to shower before any cuddling happens.
Rebekah: We obviously all love to blog stalk. Give us some of your favorite blogs that you keep up with.
Rebekah: Whats the most important thing you’ve discovered since breaking into the blog world? A good tip, say, for those of us who are new to it!
Sarah: Site all your sources! It’s so important to credit the photographers/designers. They are trying to make it too. Also, implement structure to your post, whether than be categories or weekly/daily topics.
Rebekah: You can only download ONE album from itunes. Whos it gonna be?
Sarah: Further Seems Forever: The Moon is Down. So, so good.
Rebekah: Ive said it before, im not a reader but I wanna be. Give me a book that has inspired you, romanced you, kept you hanging, or one you simply couldn’t put down!
Rebekah: We’ve all got them; role models. Give us one or two of yours and tell us why you look up to them!
Sarah: My mom! She can do anything and always is giving. She is an inspiration is so many ways. Alena Hennessy, whom I interned with in college, has been a huge mentor to me as I started my own business.
Rebekah: Besides blogging, what is one thing that you do every day without fail? Could be big or small.
Sarah: Cooke a homemade meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a must for me!
Rebekah: Who is your alma mater, and be honest…what was more important to you while in school; football, or studying?
Sarah: Florida State University! Go Noles! I was a bookworm, or rather studio worm. I lived in the BFA warehouse along with all my fellow art and design students. Our program was a bit longer than most majors and required quarterly reviews. It was intense but such a great experience too.
Rebekah: Saved the best two for last. One, how has God blessed you this week?
Sarah: I spent a couple of days with my immediate family in one of my favorite places ever, Asheville, North Carolina. No fuss or drama, just true fellowship. It was awesome.
Rebekah: And two. What makes you rad? (OWN THIS)
Sarah: Haha! I am truly passionate about art, design, and craft. I love details, typography, textures, patterns, and color. I’m inspired by nature, friends, family, and travel. And I think it is all visible in my work.