Monthly Archives: November 2010

mid week update on a number of things….

What have I learned about myself over the past few months or so?

I get sidetracked.  yep- I’m talking about the blogging.  I’ve been back and forth to Hamilton almost every weekend since the wedding, and teaching during the day & working at night. blah blah blah, excuses excuses.  I know, I know!

Alright- I’ll make you a deal.  I will promise to try to post at least 2 times a week as long as you, my dozen readers or so, comment on here, so i know you’re reading.  Haha.  And tell me what you want me to blog about!  Is there something you want me to make?  (for meals, or a craft project?)  Are you reading books with me?  Let me knoooooow!

Over the past couple weeks I made a dessert, just like I said I would.  but didn’t post about it. Whooops!

I ended up making a pumpkin cranberry cheesecake!  mmmmmm!  Thanks to Brendan and Tara, who put together recipes (that were contributed by Flatterys!), I pulled one out in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en, and took on a cheesecake.

But Erin, haven’t you made cheesecake before?  Yes I have.  Have I used a springboard pan to make one?  Nope.  For those of you who don’t know, springboard pans are awesome for cheesecakes because they can pop open and slide off the bottom once the cheesecake has been cooled.  It’s really quite neat.

Anywho, so cheesecakes are actually quite easy.  Not sure if you knew that… but they are.  You really just mix all the ingredients together, pour it in the pan, bake for a bit, then cool for a lot of time.  For me however, it did not go as such.

First, i was so impressed with the pan, that i started playing with it a bit.  It broke.  For real.  I was still able to close it, but it wasn’t able to clasp, losing the whole springboard effect.  It was ok though, so no worries.

Next, I cut my finger on the bottom edge of that stupid pan.  Honestly, I was actually kind of worried that i might have needed stitches.  It kept reopening throughout the week.  It was horrible.  The only reason I realized it was reopening, was because I got blood all over the wooden spoon i was using.  Gross, I know.

The other issue I had was that the recipe said “one can of pumpkin”.  It didn’t really say what size of can.  The can that I had was a massive one.  I started out just using half, then added more because the mixture didn’t really taste like anything.  I tried adding more pumpkin pie spice, more cinnamon… nothing really helped.  I ended up using about 3/4 of the pumpkin purree…and to be honest the cheesecake turned out a little mushy.  Perhaps a little too much pumpkin!!  Other than that it was pretty good.  The taste was a bit mild, but I think more spices next time, and we’ll be good to go. 🙂

front of recipe card

back of recipe card

ingredients!

my makeshift springboard pan

all finished with cranberries on top!

Other than that I haven’t been up to much else but what I mentioned earlier.

Another project that I’ve gotten sidetracked from is thank you cards.  And we’re not talking wedding thank you’s…..we’re talking shower thank you’s!!!  :@  shite.  Most are written.  They just need to be sent.  I’m horrible- I know!  Procrastination at it’s best can be found at 642 Percy Street.  Seriously.  i’m actually kind of a little ashamed they haven’t gotten out.  Sooooooo, if you came to a wedding shower for us- don’t fret your thank you card is on the way- I’m super sorry!

hmmmm

Was this all i wanted to write about?

I think so.

I will also do a post on the book page thingy I’ve got going.

In the words of my new husband,

I’m out scout.

😛

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harry potter. that is all.

Aright yo-

I finished reading the Magician’s nephew in 2 sittings.  Seriously.  And I do still really like that book.  My next book therefore would have been The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, HOWEVER Harry Potter part one of the final movie is being released into theatres this Thursday at Midnight, and I am a fan.  Before every movie comes out, I like to reread most of the books leading up to the movie.  This time, I only did the last one, and I’m still not finished!

So my 100 book reading list is officially on hold until Saturday!

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