Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Monday, September 21, 2015

Birthday Girls Birthday Swap / Cheesecake on the side

Yesterday was my Birthday.  It all started wonderfully.... Strawberry Pie for Breakfast!  After that there were a few hiccups.  It didn't go without a hitch but somedays that is just the way life is.   I had two birthday baking fails.... one we ate and one went in the garbage.  One recipe I forgot to add the eggs that I had on the counter..... a sign that old age and forgetfulness are going to be forever friends.   The worst part is I read through all of the ingredients to make sure I didn't leave anything out before I put it in the pan.  So do not fear if you are forgetful.... You can eat cornbread muffins and forget the eggs.  : )  I thought they would be like hockey pucks but they were still good though they would have been fabulous with the eggs.  One daughter thought I should always leave out the eggs.   So Kind of her and Funny.  The Lemon Zucchini Bread..... new recipe.... that I change up a bit...... we tried it and it was a NO.  In the garbage it went and I hate to throw food away.  So you know it was bad.

I am thankful I was not in charge of the whole meal.  On a good note I made 2 Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes that were the bomb!!!  I got this recipe from my daughter and I have made it several times.   ALWAYS delicious!   Super EASY  : )

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

2 Packages Cream Cheese I use Neufchatel
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4cup mini choc chips divided
1 graham cracker crust

Preheat oven to 350*
Beat Cream Cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on Medium speed until blended.   Add eggs. Mix just until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup mini choc chips.  Place in graham cracker crust.  Top Cheesecake with remaining 1/4 cup choc chips.   Bake 40 min until cheesecake starts to crack around edges.  The center should look set but will look sunken.  If you are doubting if it is done give it a couple more minutes.  When I see the cracks on the edges I  always take it out of the oven.   Cool. It will continue to cook as it cools. Refrigerate 3 hour or overnight.

Eat and Enjoy!    Your family will think you are the Cheesecake Goddess if you make this for them.

Sorry no pics of this delight at the moment. Maybe later.

The best part of my birthday this year was a birthday sewing swap with a friend I met on line.  We have only know each other for a short time but we have become instant friends. We have a common bond in fabric.

Leanne also know as Lizzie the Quilter  lives in Tasmania.  We both have September birthdays so we decided to swap some sweet birthday treats.   You can read her post here

This is what she sent me.....  minus the quilt ; )

A tote bag filled with goodies!

A very sweet Needle holder.  I just love it.

I am going to use the tote to hold embroidery projects. 
No excuse now not to have a constant project in the bag. 

Thank you so much Leanne.  I love it all!

This is what I mailed Leanne..... 
because she LOVES 
Americana : ) 

No surprise here that we have become friends 
as she loves Americana as much as I do!

A box full of american treasures.... candies and

magazines with patriotic patterns of quilts..

A Pincushion just like this one.

I made one for me too because once I made her's I wanted one!

Sweet Memories of this first Birthday swap friendship. 

A little embroidery treat because she loves to embroider.

A kitchen towel with Sweetwater fabric.

And lastly I made an
Armed services flag
for her family
 because her son just joined the military.

It is thrilling to me to think that someone half a world away
 is enjoying something I made for her.

In August 
I also received a couple of treasures 
from blog drawings. 
The book "Every Last Piece"
Thanks to Lynn Harris for sharing her lovely book.  
Thank you http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com for the giveaway.

I love Scrappy! SEW excited about this.  

And Aurifill thread

This is beautiful thread!

Counting it all as Birthday treats!

Happy ME!!! 

Happy # 57




Kathy Schmitz said...

So cool! I'm glad you liked my little 4th of July embroidery design. I LOVE the fabric you used for the background!

Christine Barnsley said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday Janita! Leanne sent you some beautiful things!! I also had a birthday swap with her... it is so nice to have surprises from a different part of the world for your birthday!! You sent her some wonderful gifts too! Hope you enjoyed your day! Christine xx

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday!! How wonderful to receive such wonderful gifts, and the things you sent were lovely too.

Leanne said...

Hello my dear friend, such a lovely post you have done. I'm so pleased you liked everything I made for you. I adore my treasures, that military quilt is the most special gift I have ever received. It bought tears to my eyes. xxx


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