It’s my favorite dude’s birthday today! January 27 – right at the end of a miserable, cold, winter. Full of snow, chilly air and still no relief in sight anytime soon.
Last year, I threw him a memorable surprise party (if you were there or heard about it – yes, the birthday boy somehow lit his own hair on fire but we had a great time, a few drinks, some dancing and tunes with Ottawa’s best duelling piano players.
This year the big day was on was a true snow day – every inch of the outside world seemed to be covered in sheets of glistening ice. I went out and crunched around to get a few shots before the snow started to fall in earnest, and all this ice was swallowed up by a blanket of fluffy new flakes.
So it was a peaceful, easy day to relax and just enjoy being alive, having great family and friends, and reflecting on another year gone by while looking forward the future.
I also happened to make these mini cheesecakes for friends that came over to visit. I’ve had this recipe printed out from somewhere for ages and I cannot believe I didn’t make them sooner! They were just marvelous, and so easy! I added some caramel gooey goodness but they’d be good with a fruit topping, or a drizzle of chocolate as well.
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
2 packages cream cheese, softened
juice of 1 lemon (about 2T, maybe a bit less)
2/3 cup white sugar
Melt butter in a large bowl and stir in crumbs until combined. Scoop about 1 T of the crumb mix into a greased muffin tin and then press flat with the bottom of a drinking glass. Drizzle caramel sauce over each one.
Put soft cream cheese into a bowl, and blend for about 60 seconds until fluffy. Add 2 eggs and lemon juice, then sugar, and beat on high for about 2 minutes or until well combined and smooth. It should be runny enough to pour over the little crusts – fill almost to the top but not quite.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Once done, take them out, drizzle with caramel sauce and press 2 pecan halves into the top of each one. Let them cool. I chilled mine overnight and they were easy to remove the next day by using a knife to loosen around the edges (you could also use muffin liners and pull them right out).
Happy birthday to my best guy!