Peaches and Pumpkin

Enjoying the sweet and sour in life.

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake January 26, 2012

Filed under: Deserts — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 9:53 am
Tags: , , , , ,

This was my second attempt at cheesecake, and was it great! I wrote in my last cheesecake post, that I totally disregarded the springform pan listed in the recipe, and almost had a huge mess in the oven because of it! Come to find out..Brandon’s grandparents are frequent readers of my site:) and surprised me with a new springform pan! I couldn’t wait to try this recipe:

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

originally from allrecipes.com

  • 1 (19.5 ounce) box of Pillsbury Classic Traditional Fudge Brownies
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 large eggs (+ 2 more for the brownies)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped topping, or other favorite garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Mix brownies as directed on the package, and spread evenly in pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly beat in the sweetened condensed milk. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  4. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees.
  5. Pour cheesecake mix evenly on top of cooked brownies. Bake 50 minutes, or until set. Cool completely, then remove the sides to the springform pan. Garnish as desired. Store covered in the refrigerator.

A couple of things I noticed with mine: the brownies were a little hard towards the edge.. I probably would have reduced the cooking time a couple of minutes. The cheesecake on the other hand, I almost had to double its cooking time. But it was worth it! It took nearly 2 hours to cool, but I then garnished it with cool whip, and more mini chocolate chips. Everyone loved it. Thank you Memaw and Pawpaw for the pan!

 

Dramatizing: verb 1. Part of Being a Mom January 25, 2012

Filed under: Staying Home with the Kids — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 4:44 pm
Tags: , , ,

You may be wondering about the title of my post. No, that’s not literally what dramatizing means..it really is to express or represent vividly, emotionally, or strikingly.

While reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for the fourth time today, I noticed everything I do with Paige is a production. I always use my hands…to show how big something is, or use different voices, to emphasise different characters. She gets really into stories now, which makes it more fun. But I quickly realized that stories aren’t the only time I’m acting during the day now. Potty training for example.. anything to do with the potty has to be overly exciting (which we all know it’s not) just to get her excited about it. Clapping hands, dancing, cheering..anything along these lines works. Feeding the dog on the other hand, has to be very bad, with an angry voice, and a pointed finger..to help her understand not to do this.  She gets bored during the day, we dance, sing, and chase around the dog. Any adult looking at me during the day would probably pick me as a lunatic. On the contrary: I’m entertaining my daughter!

Just from “acting” around her..she has learned different emotions. During Finding Nemo, another one of her favorites, she will shout,” OH NO!” during a dramatic part, or get excited when the mood is lightened. I’m beginning to realize everything that I do, she is learning from. It’s really exciting. What I teach her, she will carry with her, and teach Colt, and teach her children.

What funny things to you do to teach your children, or keep them entertained?

 

 

Good Feeling Workout January 23, 2012

Filed under: Workouts — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 10:09 am
Tags: , , ,

I just finished my workout for the day, and I really wanted to share it with everyone. I found this site a few months ago, and fell in love! It has tons of free workout tutorials, diet advice, and so forth. The thing that I love the most about the workouts, is that majority of them take under 20 minutes. Today’s, for example, is 12 minutes. With two kids, and a hyper dog.. I have a limited time frame that I have to myself..and when they are both napping, I jump into a workout. Although it doesn’t take long, these workouts are very intense. Meaning, you are working for 50 seconds, and resting for 10, for a full 12 minutes. Not easy. But I enjoyed this workout today, so try it!

I don’t have any of the equipment they show in the videos. I have a timer on my phone, which I just downloaded for free. For a sandbag, usually I will use Paige or Colt.. Sounds funny I know, but they both LOVE it! I will hold Paige on my hip to do squats or lunges, and she thinks it’s great. I usually substitute the dip station they have for the space between my kitchen counter, and island. Hard to imagine, but it works! And the ball they use, I don’t have..so I just pretend I’m holding one..no I don’t use Paige for that haha.

 

 

Southern Baked Beans

Filed under: Side Dishes — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 8:38 am
Tags: , , , , ,

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend..and are off to a good start this week! Brandon is usually home on Sunday, so we spend a good portion of the day cooking together. This past Sunday we made Brunswick stew, steaks, and these southern baked beans..which are one of our favorite recipes! They’re a little on the sweet side, so if you prefer a little temperature in your dishes, feel free to add some hot sauce!

Southern Baked Beans

Modified from cooks.com

  • 1 large can of baked beans ( I use Bush’s)
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2  cup of chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 slices of bacon

Directions:

Cook ground beef, onion, and green pepper until done. Drain. Mix together all of the ingredients except the bacon. Pour into a baking dish, and top with bacon. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until bacon is done.

This recipe is great as is, but the bacon really adds a lot to it! I find it almost easier to cook the bacon before baking, chop it up, and add it in with the rest of the ingredients..then decrease the cooking time. We actually used deer meat in this recipe, and used about a pound. Enjoy!

 

 

Balance January 17, 2012

Filed under: Staying Home with the Kids — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 5:10 pm
Tags: , ,

One of the most important things I’ve learned as a mother, and apparently still working on, is how to balance things. Everyday, it seems like my to-do list is endless, and continuously growing. Dishes keep coming, clothes keep getting dirtier, the dog repeatedly needs to go to the bathroom…it’s almost unnerving, and never-ending. For some reason lately, my OCD (obsessive cleaning disorder in my case), has come on full force. I can’t stand to have any dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, toys out of the toy-basket, blankets unfolded, or spots on the counter. Everything in my house has a “home” as I like to call it, and I have to make sure everything is put back where it goes.

So..I find things getting out of balance. I can’t enjoy time with my family because I’m too worried about something needing to be done. Thinking about the dishes alone makes me anxious, and almost nervous. But why? Why can’t I just accept the fact that there will ALWAYS be dirty dishes, and laundry, and toys to pick up?

I guess it doesn’t make things any easier, having Brandon, who doesn’t care anything about the house being clean..as long as he has food on the table, he’s happy. So of course, upon walking through the door, I can count on boots in the middle of the kitchen, two socks on the couch, followed by a shirt..and then at least two drinking glasses. Along with Brandon, I have two children under the age of 2. Paige, is a walking tornado. Everything she touches ends up on the floor. But oddly enough, I can already see that she will get the clean genes. She stole my broom yesterday, and started sweeping her changing table. Colt on the other hand, is 4 months old…he has an excuse.

I finally had to put a stop to things yesterday, when I went behind Paige 4 times, and put her toys back in her toy box…only to see her walk back over there, and throw each one over her shoulder onto the floor. I need to get back to maintaining balance in our day. Cleaning at certain times, and playing at certain times. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. I need to work on it.

 

 

Turtle Cheesecake January 16, 2012

Filed under: Deserts — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 9:32 am
Tags: , , , ,

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a while.. but I had a little spare time this weekend to try out a few new recipes. I’ve never been a baker. Somehow or another I always screw up somewhere. In this one.. I completely ignored the type of pan I was supposed to use. I almost had a disaster in the oven, but I caught it at the last-minute, and it turned out amazing! Brandon loved it, and I will definitely be making this again. I originally found this recipe at www.blogchef.net.

Turtle Cheesecake

  • 1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate graham cracker crumbs, crushed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp. caramel sundae sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Grease a springform pan. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.Combine chocolate graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of the springform pan, and 1 inch up the sides.
  2. In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla extract. Beat together until fully mixed, and smooth.
  3. Microwave 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips in 10 second intervals until melted. Add two cups of cream cheese mixture into chocolate chips, and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon batters alternatively into graham cracker crust. Start with the cream cheese mixture, then then chocoalte chip mixture, then end with the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake for one hour and fifteen minutes, or until cheese cake is done. The center will move slightly when done. Cool completely. Once cooled, top with chocolate syrup, carmel syrup, chocolate chips, and chopped pecans.

Like I said above, I totally ignored the part about the springform pan, which is a two peice pan that is about two to three inches deep. The sides of the pan can be removed, as well as the bottom if needed. The baker that I am, thought cheesecake..pie plate. It went well until I added the batter into the crust, and realized I had way to much..then I googled springform pan. Anyways, I quickly figured out that much batter in my little pie plate wouldn’t work, so I had to remove some, and continue baking. It still turned out wonderful, just wanted to share my mishap so none of you do the same! Let me know what you think:)

 

Thank you! January 12, 2012

Filed under: Staying Home with the Kids — Peaches and Pumpkins @ 10:10 am
Tags: , , ,

I just wanted to take a minute today, and thank everyone who takes time from their day to read, comment or even glance at my blog! I’m celebrating the 1,000th view today, and 63 followers! Blogging has really openend me up to a different world. Reading about everyone’s experiences has almost become addicting, and definitely an eye opener to what people are dealing with, and going through. So keep reading when you get the chance, and I definitely will!

Paige, during our overly exciting dinner.

I have also put a link to my friend Kristen’s blog on the right. She has written some wonderful posts about natural parenting. I’m also anxiously awaiting the birth of her son, Oliver, at any time now! So if you can, read and follow her blog.