Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Golden Birthday

Kinda scary that I've posted 3 days in a row. LOL! This summer has been super busy, so blogging got put on the back burner. But things are slowing down some, so hopefully, this blog won't be so neglected.

Sunday, my oldest (Benjamin) celebrated his "golden" birthday. He was 23 on the 23rd. I didn't get a picture taken of his gift, but everything in the box had gold wrapping or the word "gold/golden" on it. It was fun to go shopping for all things "gold". If you need any ideas, just let me know as I looked at pretty much EVERY single item in Dollar General going up and down every aisle and several aisles at the grocery store. Ü

In the box were 23 gold dollars, gold wrapped candies (brachs, resees, twix, ghiradelli, lindt, and ferrero rocher, golden round crackers, golden oreos (2 pkgs as I got one pkg at Dollar General and then went to the grocery store and they had golden birthday party flavored ones and he really likes those, so had to get those too), gold fish crackers, gold dial soap, and I'm sure there is more I'm forgetting. I could have gotten him glittery gold duck tape and gold bond lotion, but that seemed a little girly. LOL I also thought to get him golden french fries, but didn't have a way to keep them cold before I needed to come home the day I went shopping.

He likes cheesecake, so I made a new one called Rocky Road that I found on Pinterest. The only thing I changed in the recipe is I topped it with toasted pecans instead of almonds as he doesn't like almonds. Oh and I added a little cream to the chocolate topping to make it more of a ganache.

and here is the goofy bd boy...not looking at camera...

pushing cheesecake away so it's not in photo...

 and fake smiling...LOL

Rocky Road Cheesecake
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degree F.
·         14 Oreos, crushed
·         3 tablespoons butter, melted

·         10 oz. dark chocolate
·         4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
·         16 oz. cream cheese, softened
·         1 ¼ cup sugar
·         ¾ cups sour cream
·         3 eggs

·         4oz. chocolate, melted
·         ¾ cup mini marshmallow
·         ½ cup Blue Diamond Salted and Roasted Almonds, coarsely chopped
To make crust:
1.    Crush Oreos to a fine crumb in a food processor or place Oreos in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to roll over and crush. Combine crushed Oreos and melted butter and mix to combine.
2.    Press Oreo mixture into bottom of pan. Place pan in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make cheesecake:
1.    Place both chocolates in a heat proof bowl over simmering water and stir constantly until chocolate is melted; set aside.
2.    Place cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and cream on medium speed. Add in sour cream and beat to combine. Add in eggs and beat until combined. Turn mixer to low and gradually add in chocolate beat until combined.
3.    Pour cheesecake mixture over Oreo crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes (25-30 minutes for an 8 inch pan). Center should slightly jiggle when pan is tapped. Allow cheesecake to cool for completely. Cheesecake will slightly fall once cooled.

To finish with topping:
1.    Pour melted chocolate on top then sprinkle almonds and marshmallows on top of chocolate.

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