Raspberry Cheesecake again…

I’m sure no one will complain though, right?

 I didn’t think so. :D

I am worse than horrible about carrying a camera around with me and getting pictures of places I’ve been and people I’m with.
I really wanted a pic with Caleb when he came up to visit. 
And I really wanted a picture of the raspberry patch that we raided on our way back from the river with friends. 
I really wanted a picture with those friends on the river and all the crazy stuff they were doing behind the boat. 
I wish I could have had a picture of me and Caleb being ejected off the jet ski – I’m sure Caleb’s face was priceless. :P 
The list goes on…and you would think I’d learn, right? Like I said,  I’m horrible.
However,  I do have raspberries that said friends sent home with me – and apricots – and lots of good memories.
I made Apricot Puree with most of the apricots. 

Mandy and I plan to make almond waffles for breakfast some morning to go with it and that will be amazing. The rest I froze for Apricot Orange Smoothies and just ate plain by the handful because they were just that good.
For some odd reason  raspberries just scream “cheesecake!” loud and clear to me. I don’t know why. It’s weird. They usually get their way…that’s not good is it? I mean, what will I be like as a parent? Yikes…

 Anyway, this time I blended those delightful berries into the cream cheese filling. It was hard at first – they were so good just by themselves,  but the results were totally worth it. Totally.
Crust –
1 – 9oz. box lemon cookies
3 T. butter
1/3 c. almonds, finely ground
1/2 t. lemon zest
2 T. sugar
Filling – 
4 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. yogurt
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
remaining zest from lemon
1 t. vanilla
1 c. fresh raspberries, though I believe frozen would work as well – thaw first

Grind cookies and almonds together in a blender or food processor. I used Back to Nature brand – California Lemon. They are yummy! Melt butter and add to crumbs along with lemon zest and sugar. Mix well and press into a spring form cheesecake plan.

Blend cream cheese (Philadelphia original – use anything else and I won’t guarantee that it will taste good. :P I’m picky about brands…another weird fact about me. Not that you needed any more of those…),  yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla. Add 3/4 of the berries and blend well. Fold in remaining berries and pour into awaiting crust. 

 I thought the color would have a little more punch than this, but it’s perfect after it’s done.
Bake @ 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes. It will be a bit jiggly and that is good. Remember how I am about cheese cake right? Over cooking kills.

Oh my word! Isn’t that an amazing picture?!! Not to gloat or anything, but I love it! :P

So, today I went on a picnic with some friends. We drove in a crazy big truck and took cheesecake. It was pretty much perfect. :D
Here’s one of my friends – 

His name is Areli. We like to read books, drink through straws, and go on runs – though I think the later kind of gets boring for him. His mom and I like it though. Someday,  I’ll get a picture of the three of us and post it…I hope. :D
This is the park I swim and run at. It’s beautiful. I was going to get a picture of the actually beach, but it had too many people on it today. Next time…maybe. 

This is what my running trails look like. I love them. In the early mornings, they are absolutely empty. 
Yes! :D

And these…

…are the wheels that get me all the places I want to go. Some one told me it was just about the ugliest car ever. I can’t go that far. What it lacks in looks it makes up in plush comfy seats and the way it drives. I like the way it drives.  I’m thankful for it,  very! If it wasn’t for this car… I would be really good on a bike by now. And I wouldn’t have seen much outside of Post Falls. Post Falls is nice, but not that nice. 
That back tire there? That’s the one I changed all by myself – and it has a bend bolt to show for it. :D

This is me (obviously) with my “sweet ride”. I’m trying to hide it with the towel. :D I should have tried to hide me with the towel – I don’t take good pics of myself….

So there you have a few of the very rare pictures that I took that don’t involve food. I’ll try to be better…or,  if you like I’ll just stick with foodography. I’m totally happy with that!

8 thoughts on “Raspberry Cheesecake again…

  1. Oh my goodness Sarah that looks scrumptiously delightful! I soooo want a piece!!!And I LOVED seeing pics of where you are! It looks amazing!!!I like ALL the pics… =)

  2. I miss you. Have I mentioned that??? I really, really miss you!!! Glad you're having a good time. And I'm glad you're blogging about it. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. Sarah….so good to see a glimpse of you… I miss you soooo much. I know if I attempted the raspberry cheesecake it would never turn out as beautiful as yours. But maybe Anna will try…Love you so much!

  4. @ Tera – Thanks Tera. :D I'm glad you like all the pics. @ Tesia – haha…um…both. ;P That was so fun!@ Sage – I really miss you too. I'll call some time this week.@ Mom – I bet yours would turn out just as well. :D Love you!

  5. Oh my. That cheesecake looks…astonishing. The raspberries are so beautiful. Wow. Did your sisters tell you they took me to pick wild raspberries in Georgetown? Another first-time experience thanks to your family. :-)And…ohmygoodness…you drive my car twin (almost)! We have a 1988 powder blue Oldsmobile with matching blue seats…seriously, it's like your car only in blue.

  6. Hey Sarah,I'm bad about the photo thing too! That cheesecake made Deena and I want one pretty much immediately! It would never look or taste like yours I'm afraid. Glad you are having a good time up there. Take Care!!!!

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