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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Growing up, this was my dad's specialty. We loved his cheesecake! It wasn't til I was an adult that I realized the recipe wasn't actually his, personally, but he still made it the best!

2 pkgs. graham crackers
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (use regular - low fat doesn't get very firm)
1 can (15 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling

Reduce graham crackers to crumbs; combine with sugar and butter.
Mold into pie pan. Set aside. Whip softened cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add condensed milk and continue beating until well blended. Add lemon juice and vanilla and blend. Pour into crust and refrigerate several hours till firm. Spread cherry pie filling on top before serving.

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