Friday, February 29, 2008

Not-So-Weekly Recipe

A little late for Valentine's Day, but it'd still be great any other occasion. Like, it's Tuesday. Yea!

Chocolate Cheesecake


2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used chocolate Teddy Grahams, crumbled in the blender)
1/3 cup melted butter
at least 1 - 2 teaspoons cinnamon (totally optional)
1 package (8 oz) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Prepare crust by mixing chocolate crumbs, butter, and cinnamon. Press mixture into bottom and slightly up sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Refrigerate.

2. Beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Blend in eggs, one at a time.
3. Melt chocolate pieces in microwave - follow directions on package (about a minute and a half for the whole bar).
4. Gradually pour melted chocolate into cream cheese mixture, beating on low speed until well-blended. Add flour and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
5. Pour into prepared crust.

6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350* for 55 - 60 minutes or until filling is firm. Turn oven off. Cool cheesecake 1 hour without opening door. Cool completely. Chill several hours or overnight. It really is best when the cheesecake has cooled for at least a couple hours. But sometimes you just can't wait...

Eat as is, or top with your favorite goodies. Try cherries, raspberries, or fudge sauce. Mmm.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Sharing the excellence

Whitney, the lovely lady behind The Belly Chronicles and a few Etsy shops, was gracious enough to include my blog in her fun round up of sites. And of course to pass along this award:

I'm bona fide!

So, in honor of all the excellence, here's my list of (Almost) Daily Reads -

1. All Things Girls Can Tell A day to day blog of an Etsy seller with amazing goodies

2. Secret Boy Friend Dark but ohso good, and another Etsy seller

3. Plentiful as Blackberries Beautiful works by a talented illustrator

4. Writes of Spring A copyeditor who can't write. So she says. Either way, she's hilarious

5. This Is What I Do. Art student (...I wish I was that good in school)

6. Sulu-Design Etsy seller who has a unique photo-inspiration concept

7. Bent Objects So. Much. Fun.

8. Stef Choi Love her work and her style

9. An Open [Sketch] Book Lovely work, an Etsy seller, and she lives in Greensboro, NC (my hometown!)

10. Afraid To See Breath-taking photography

Go here now

For serious.


Is it just me...

Or do HUGE GAPPING HOLES in the middle of a loaf of bread really bother anyone else?

I mean, reallyreally.
I feel jipped.

By the way...Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich + Chocolate Milk = Old Skool Yum.

Friday, February 15, 2008


I made the front page of Etsy! Thanks to PeachCult and her lovely treasury:

Urban Sunshine


Thursday, February 14, 2008

From Anchorage

There are few things as beautiful as a forest of spruce trees and white birches covered in snow on a cold, gray, early morning.