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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fire Info ~ Jalapeño Cheesecake ~ Raspberry Cream Pie

Good 58º smokey icky yucky air morning.

Turk fixed my computer and it's running tip top. Thanks Turk!!!

I took the computer into Grants Pass on Tuesday. As I passed the 76 gas station here in Rogue River I saw these firefighters who had come in from Flagstaff AZ to help fight our fires......

God Bless them!

Since Tuesday was National Cheesecake Day I decided to make a cheesecake, but instead of one cake I used my new individual cupcake sized mini cheesecake pan...

And.... instead of the traditional cheesecake I made it with the new Philly Jalapeño Cream Cheese...
This recipe for 6 mini cheesecakes: Make the crust with graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup + 3 T sugar + 3 T melted butter. Mix well and press into bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes at 325º. (You will have leftover crumbs.) Then in electric mixer put 2 tubs of the Jalapeño cream cheese with 1 t. lemon extract (instead of vanilla), and 1/2 cup sugar...mix well. Then add 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), mixing well.... and then add 2 eggs, mixing well. Spoon into crusts and bake for 45 minutes at 325º. OMGOOD!!!! Spicy, so for those of you with delicate palates, don't make it for you...but make if for the person in the house who likes SPICE!
I will be making these again!


Yesterday I left here 9-ish to get my computer. The street maintenance guy was putting up a new curve sign where the accident took place.

Nice guy. We laughed and joked about that Prius going 20' off the ground, topping the tree, landing on the shed, and slipping off....and the driver and passenger disappearing! (see the Smilebox on July 29th blog)

I got my computer from Turk, came home... smoke still hanging in the air... A thousand times worse than any bad day of smog in Los Angeles!!!
Yesterday I spent the rest of the day catching up. Supposed to get some rain, 20% chance downgraded from "look out a thunder storm on the way~!" to nada and 83º. Satellite shows clouds over the coast but nothing here in our corner...
Looks like we may have smokey conditions for the rest of this month! ICK.

The fire in the Galice area has consumed 3,700 acres. VALUES AT RISK: Boaters and campers on the Rogue River, Wild and Scenic River below Graves Creek, economic considerations associated with recreation, Black Bar Lodge (18 structures), Zane Grey Historical Cabin (9 structures), Marial Lodge, Rogue River Ranch, cultural resources, threatened & endangered species habitat, late successional reserves, fisheries and wildlife. Parts of the Rogue River are closed to boaters. The Hellgate boats are still running, but on a day to day basis depending on the fire and the smoke.

The Douglas County fires have consumed 25,396 acres and 470 homes are still in danger.

We just hung out inside, except for a few potty breaks for the pooches and kitty...
The Bruise took his nap on my printer/fax...
I was looking for some pictures to send Pat G in Oceanside with the crockpot recipes and ran across this of Harley Dude. OMG, I miss that boy. He was such a great cat for 22 years!!!

I can't believe it's been almost 6 months since he left for Heaven to be with Jerry!

PICTURE of the day....
The Paris Inner City “Little Belt” Railway. Abandoned since 1934 this railway is now full of beautiful flowers.
On my Bucket List to go to Paris. I might even see Jerry's Fatboy Harley there!!! <g>


Today is my Sisterfriend, Brenda's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL!
We met YEARS ago when we were both working in Alhambra at CF Braun Engineering.

Historically this date...
1876Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

1957 – The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

1966Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.

2007 – The I-35W Mississippi River bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

And births this date include..
1779Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and songwriter of the U.S. National anthem (d. 1843)

1933Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (d. 2009)

All I know. Happy Thursday. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
25 whole Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 cup (generous) Raspberries
3 Tablespoons Sugar
2 containers (6 Ounce Each) Raspberry Yogurt
1 package (3.4 Ounch) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Extra Raspberries For Garnish

To make the crust, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crust cookies in a food processor (or smash in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin). Stir in melted butter until all combined. Pour into a regular pie pan and press crumbs all over the pan and up the sides. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes---just long enough for it to set. Cool crust completely.
Place raspberries on a plate or in an empty pan. Smash them with a fork, then sprinkle on 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir together and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine raspberry yogurt with the instant vanilla pudding mix (just the powder itself.) Beat on low until combined, about 1 minute. Pour in heavy cream and whip on low for 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Turn mixer on medium-high speed and beat for two minutes, or until mixture is thick.
Turn off mixer, then fold in raspberries until just combined. Pour into cooled pie pan and spread evenly. Freeze for two hours, or until very firm. Cut into slices and top each slice with cookie crumbs, dollops of whipped cream, and extra raspberries. Keep in freezer, allowing time to thaw before serving.

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