Archives for October 15, 2009

Long Cards

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You’ll have to excuse me; I’m on a major long card kick! This long notecard is in the retired color Cool Caribbean and measures 3 1/4″ x 6 1/2″.

I layered a piece of polka dotted DSP from Thoroughly Modern DSP along the front and positioned the card vertically with a top fold. Bermuda Bay goes pretty well with the Cool Caribbean so I stamped the giraffe from Wild About You in BB ink on whisper white, matted with BB textured card stock. The sentiment is stamped in soft suede ink.

At the top of the card, I punched two holes using the large hole punch on my cropadile. Then, I threaded in a piece of Polka Dot Bermuda Bay Grosgrain Ribbon and tied a knot.

This giraffe is one of my favorite stamp images ever. I used them for my sister’s baby shower so I think I’ll always have a soft spot for this little guy.

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For this next card, I used the same Cool Caribbean long note and positioned it horizontally, with the fold on the left. The striped paper is also from Thoroughly Modern DSP.

I cut whisper white card stock into 2″ sqaures, stamped with images from Darling Dots (hostess set) that I colored in with my In Color Markers. Those are matted on soft suede 2 1/4″ squares.

In the center square, I stamped the “be happy” stamp once, then stamped it again on scrap paper and punched out the inner circle with my 3/4″ Circle Punch. That circle is adhered to the stamped image with a dimensional to pop it up.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Cheesecake

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This cheesecake is even more delicious than it sounds. Recipe is adapted from Pecan Pie Cheesecake in the 2009 Special Issue of Southern Favorites Taste of the South magazine. I had some pumpkin left over from another recipe and thought it would make a great addition to this cheesecake!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Pecan Pie Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cheesecake Filling

  • 3-8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (Note oven temperature change later in the recipe)

  1. Spray or grease bottoms and sides of a 9″ springform pan and wrap the bottom with aluminum foil (optional step but it protects against leaks in the oven.)
  2. Assemble the crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until incorporated. Press into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Prepare pecan filling: In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and set over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick and syrupy, approximately 8 minutes, again stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly, 5 minutes or so. Pour the pecan  filling over the baked crust and set aside.
  4. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  5. Make the cheesecake filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cream cheese and beat until creamy. Add brown sugar, white sugar, and flour, beating until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well to incorporate after each addition and scraping the bowl often. Next, add whipping cream, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
  6. Pour cheesecake mixture over pecan pie filling.
  7. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. After 1 hour, turn oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for 1 more hour.
  8. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake. Do not loosen springform pan yet.
  9. Allow to cool completely and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

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This really is SO good. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had cheesecake in a while, but this pumpkin pecan pie cheesecake hit the spot! The pecan filling sort of seeps into the crust, making a crunchy almost candy/cookie type crust. The cheesecake is creamy with a hint of pumpkin. It’s going to be on my Thanksgiving menu for sure! And despite all the sugar it’s not overly sweet, like pecan pie can be sometimes.

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