That's how many the GB hopes her father has: ninety more birthdays, because the one he had yesterday was so much fun. We kicked off birthday season in our house. We celebrated with the Bear's parents, first opening presents at home, then going out for dinner. We came home and ate the cheesecake I'd made on Saturday. He usually asks for one of two dessert items on his birthday, instead of a regular birthday cake. Some years, he wants tiramisu, other years he wants cheesecake. This was a cheesecake year. I made my lazybones cheesecake recipe, procured from the internet many moons ago. I was baking this same recipe the day of the Great Blackout of 2003! We lived in the northeast then. I had just put it into the oven when the power went out. It stayed out for hours and I had to throw the cheesecake away. No such calamity this year; the power stayed on just fine. I served the cheesecake with a frozen cherry-berry medley; he wanted berries but it's getting late enough in the season that I had trouble finding nice ones in the store! No biggie, the frozen berries thawed nicely and they were the perfect slightly-tart accompaniment to the cheesecake.
I think there were a few things that made the GB love her daddy's birthday so much, in addition to the general fun and excitement of a birthday celebration (do you know what I mean? I always like birthdays, even when they're someone else's; I love that both of my kids feel this way too. They even act excited for each other's birthday. Long may that last!). One thing she loved was trying Nutella for the first time. I'd bought a jar for the Bear as a special treat. It's one food we simply CANNOT have in our house. We love it, but....just no. We'd be made of Nutella otherwise. Needless to say, she loved Nutella. I might have to lock it up.
Both small Bears also loved seeing some old toys come out of their storage places in the garage. Actually, I loved it too. The Bear and his dad were talking about old toys that his dad liked as a kid, and knowing that we had some of them stored away at our house, they decided to take them out and have a look. They were awesome! The articulated animal figures were the best part, I thought; they are really old, having belonged to my husband's grandfather when he was a child. There were also lots of toy soldiers and cowboys and Indians, and wooden building blocks that link together, like an early version of Lego. We had a ball checking them out, then we had the kids scrub their hands like crazy in case of lead. We're paranoid like that, but these toys are really cool and I'm glad we took them out for a little bit.
After cake, I was roaming around looking at the wreckage in the family room when I noticed that there was a triple rainbow between us and the mountain. Seriously! My photos don't do it any justice, but we were able to see three distinct spectra. We all stood outside with our eyes glued to the sky until they went away. Just another day at a blogger's house, right? Ha. Staring at the sky, on a lovely damp evening with my favorite people. I hope he has at least ninety more birthdays. He'd make it into the Guinness Book! I'd be so incredibly old but I'd be so proud of him.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix crumbs and butter in a bowl, pour into a deep-dish pie plate. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the plate and slightly up the sides.
Beat cream cheese (with an electric mixer) until fluffy. Add condensed milk and beat until smooth. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Pour cheese mixture into pie crust.
Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and prop open the oven door, leaving cake in the oven for additional hour. Allow it to cool at room temperature, then place it in the refrigerator for at least six hours to chill.