Monday, August 17, 2015

Ninety more birthdays











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.

Lazybones Cheesecake

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 eggs
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.

33 comments:

  1. Wow, a triple rainbow, that is awesome.
    Happy birthday to your husband. I laughed with I read his cake picks, those are my two favorites.
    We have a local restaurant that makes the most awesome Tiramisu, I only get it once a year, and look forward to it.
    Happy day.

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  2. Happy Birthday to Papa Bear. 90 more sounds like a great idea! :o)

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  3. I thought maybe you'd arranged a fly past when I saw you all watching the sky! Fabulous rainbow though, even better I think. I love old toys as well, it's always such a treat to get them out and have a look. The cheesecake looks delicious, it's one of my favourite desserts. I have an October birthday, as does my eldest, it's something to look forward to in Autumn. CJ xx

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    1. Ha, now that would be a fancy birthday party! Nope, just a rainbow. He got one of nature's best shows on his day. :)

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  4. Another great post. I don't know how you do it Jennifer but whatever you write I feel like I'm there with you. Your writing has an immediacy and spontaneity which I like very much. I love the way you don't fret and make things easy for yourself so everyone enjoys the birthday party. I like autumn birthdays too, we have two September, an October and an April birthday here.

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  5. That is the best quick cheesecake recipe, Jennifer. I used to make it back in the day. Now I want to do it again! A rainbow on a birthday is very special, and Happy Birthday to the Bear. It is great to get out the old toys to share with the next generation. We have recently brought things out for our grandson, to great excitement too.

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  6. A triple rainbow, how awesome!!! A big birthday wish to the Bear. It sounds like it was a wonderful day of celebrating.

    My parents are forever digging out old toys, it brings back memories to see them, I just wish they didn't have to come home with us :)

    Hope the week ahead is filled with great things.

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  7. Happy birthday to your hubby! I love that, about your little girl wishing her dad 90 more birthdays. That is so precious. I can take or leave Nutella, mostly leave it, lol. Doesn't really do anything for me. And my husband doesn't like chocolate, so he's totally out. Those old toys are awesome, especially the animal figurines. Love them!

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  8. Happy Birthday to the Bear - I hope he has lots more (maybe not 90 though~
    The cheesecake looks yummy!

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  9. Happy birthday....and 90 to grow on. :)

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  10. I don't think I've ever seen a triple rainbow - what a lovely birthday present. The cheesecake looks delicious - thank you for the recipe, I think I'm going to have to give that one a try. Here's to 90 more! xx

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  11. A belated Happy birthday, I too am wishing him 90 more. I have never seen a triple rainbow before what a delight. The old toys were also a great pleasure to see.

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  12. Hey Jennifer,
    That's just the sort of thing a little would say. When Sam had his 18th birthday, we were eating our fish and chips outside Betty, and he looked up and said "When you're 18 Mummy, can we do this too?" Alfie told him that I was way older than 18, to which Olly replied "But she only had four candles on her cake when it was her birthday!"
    What a lovely way to spend a birthday. I may break with tradition next year, and have pudding instead of cake. Tiramisu sounds about right. As for Nutella.......Alfie is addicted to it. I have to keep away, but sometimes I can't help myself and just dive in with a spoon.
    Beautiful triple rainbow too. Nature is amazing.
    Have a lovely week.
    Leanne xx

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    1. I'm considering a Nutella bath at some point... :)

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  13. Happy Birthday to the Bear! It looks like you had such a lovely day, one to remember that's for sure. Nutella is dangerous, in our house it doesn't even make it onto bread :-) I am the worst. x

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  14. Happy Birthday to the Bear and wishing him at least 90 more! How lovely to have those old toys handed down the family.....my hb has some and they are treasured! The triple rainbow is a wonderful birthday treat. Happy week, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  15. What a nice birthday! I love cheesecake and you have put me in the mood for making one! X

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  16. Belated Happy Birthday! your cheesecake looks delicious. I always cheat and do the no cook recipes as we prefer them! You could always use the rest of the Nutella in a cheesecake! I have seen a recipe if you are interested. Have a lovely week. xx

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  17. happy birthday Papa Bear. Such a beautiful rainbow! and that recipe sounds wonderful. xxx

    my mum has a farm set from her childhood, it is all lead painted, she used to make us wash our hands too, on the rare occasions we were allowed to get it out and look at it. x

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  18. Happy birthday to your Bear & Lazybones cheesecake sounds absolutely delightful. My youngest son has kept a selection of his toys for his children when he is older xx

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  19. A triple rainbow on his birthday! This must be a very lucky year for your husband. Belated happy birthday to him. The cheesecake looks fantastic. We have a big box of my husband's old Lego that he and the girls play with sometimes. I think it's great to still have these toys that's been in the family for years. Your father in law's are still in great condition and will probably last for another generation.

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  20. It sounds like a fabulous birthday, I can understand why your hubby should have another ninety of them. Nutella, mmmm. I remember they used to sell tiny little tubs of it when I was a kid, it came with a tiny plastic spoon to eat it with, it only cost a few pennies. I've never bought chocolate spread for my kids, they had enough bad eating habits without that, but it's great for a treat. I've never made cheesecake, no one here likes it, except me, but that sounds like a great recipe.

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    1. You can still get those little tubs! You can here, anyway. Just in case you're interested in reviving the tradition... :)

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  21. Happy belated birthday to the Bear !!! Like you and the two small bears, I also love birthdays, and I even prefer the others' birthdays to mine... It is always so much fun to organize things/make/bake/etc. for the people you love...
    PS Jennifer - are you serious ? First time Nutella in the house ?? Oh dear I cannot imagine not having my jar of instant happiness in the cupboard... I'd go bananas if there was no Nutella around ! (Btw, nutella on a banana tastes good ;-))) Even when I go on holiday, I have to have my daily bread with Nutella... Whenever we travel to places where I don't know if they'll have it, I even take a jar with me... (Me chocoholic ? Noooo....)

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    1. Oh, no. We've had Nutella before. It didn't go well. Or it went extremely well, depending on how you look at these things. :)

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  22. Belated Happy Birthday to the Bear it sounds like a perfect birthday to me and a triple rainbow wow I didn't think that was possible. The cheesecake and berries looks yummy. :) xx

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  23. What a perfectly grand day for a perfectly grand guy. I loved reading about it.

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  24. What a happy day. Triple rainbows and vintage toys. I understand your temptation, you can't beat Nutella for a sweet treat. Many happy returns of the day to Papa Bear. And thank you for the cheescake recipe, can't wait to try it. Those berries were an excellent choice!

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  25. Great writing Jennifer as always. Sounds like a very happy birthday. Nutella, what can I say, not my spread of choice, but I keep a jar in the cupboard for my youngest son's friend, who always asks for Nutella sandwiches when he comes over. It's crunchy peanut butter that I daren't keep in the house. Spoonfuls from the jar. Disaster for the waistline! X

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  26. It sounds like a very good birthday with cheesecake, rainbows and love - here's to ninety more. We love birthdays here, too (but I prefer other's to my own). I have a 'big birthday' coming up next week and I'm feeling distinctly odd about it. Anyway! How fabulous to have your husband's grandfather's toys - they look fascinating. Sam x (My sons love Nutella but luckily I don't.)

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  27. happy birthday to the Bear!!!! wow I would also be very proud if Rob made 90 more... chuckle..
    thank you for joining our link up... and sharing this delicious recipe! this is on my to do list for sunday roast day :) blessings hun..... thank you xxxx

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  28. Sounds like a wonderful day, no wonder your daughter wants there to be ninety nine more! My parents recently pulled out some of my old toys, clothes and other things from their attic, to see what could be re-purposed for our imminent arrival, it was such fun to look through the toys, and I ended up coming away with my old Lego which has since been well used! x

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  29. What a wonderful birthday! And that rainbow, just amazing.
    Belated wishes of many more trips around the sun. xo

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