Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Celebrating Two Birthdays

We celebrated our oldest daughter's birthday together last evening. A very simple dinner on the porch, on a perfect summer evening. Tempetures not too high...humidity low, just like I prefer. Since time was of the essence, this was my creation for her birthday "cake". I will share what I used to do this, just in case you ever need a quick, inexpensive way to celebrate someone's birthday, who really enjoys cheesecake.

You would think, looking at this box in the grocery store, that this would not be anything exceptional...but it is.

First package...add melted butter and sugar. Stir and divide into 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers. I used an empty babyfood jar to condense the crust.

Package 2...whip with cold milk. I also added 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour into 12 muffin papers on to the graham cracker crust. Refrigerate until settled. I used a partial can of Blueberry Pie Filling mixed with fresh blueberries, and topped each small cheesecake. Next I took Cool Whip and put it into a plastic bag with tiny cut out of the corner of it, to add a dollop to each one.

Some washed faux flowers, birthday candles, and a few hours spent in the refrigerator, created a simple, inexpensive, delicious birthday treat

We also celebrated our SIL's birthday. His favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream.

I placed these chocolate dessert shells on a tray, added a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped topping, and sprinkled crushed Heath Bars over the top. This dessert also spent the day in the freezer. I had four camping ornaments that I added to this tray, representing his enjoyment of camping.

These small desserts were also a hit. They took so little time, and I did not have any last minute stress. We had a good time celebrating together. I close with this picture, that is certainly one of my very favorites. I discovered this scene of little brother with big brother, when I walked into the family room in the late afternoon. How sweet!!


southerninspiration said...

Fun, fun, fun....and great ideas for desserts!


Unknown said...

Oh oh oh,,,that looks sooo yummy!

Happy@Home said...

Hi Judy,
I was thrilled to see your comments today. I'm also glad to see that you had such a nice break enjoying your family.
You sure did manage to please both of the birthday people with individualized, delicious and stress free desserts. I always love it when you share these ideas.
All of your pictures are wonderful, but that last one is especially cute. I love his little shorts and the way he has his feet crossed.

lindsey said...

You've been busy, I have just looked in while on my holiday. You have been having a great time with your family, the photo's are lovely and everyone looks so happy!

Anonymous said...

Fun, fun, fun and a beautiful daughter and family. I love the desserts. The pictures are great.

Anonymous said...

What great dessert ideas Judy! I will be trying both of them some time in the future. That picture of older brother with younger is heart warming. It says it all. That's what like is about. I enjoyed your post. Thank you.

Barb said...

Judy, your daughters are really lovely.

You, my dear, have such a great sense of style and I LOVE the way you think outside the box! That is a gift...my friend.

Don't you worry about not having a rooster.....I love ya anyway!! Ha.

Barb :-)

Tracy said...

So glad you had such a wonderful time with your family. Love these ideas! I've had Jello cheesecake before, and it is quite good. You've definitely kicked it up a notch with the blueberries and coolwhip! I also love the ice cream cups with heath topping. Yet another great idea.

That last picture just melts my heart! Glad you saw and captured that sweet moment. = )

You were missed, my friend!

Judy said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful family time this past week...with many reasons to celebrate. Your birthday desserts look wonderful...great ideas that I am filing. Thanks for sharing.

Great picture of brotherly love!

Marty said...

Thanks for allowing us these glimpses into your family time - how blessed you are. The last one is priceless. What a special bond they have. I am the oldest and only girl and when I was in grade school I was so envious of girlfriends who had older brothers - they seemed to take such good care of their younger sisters. =)

LisaShaw said...

I'm a bit late but Happy Birthday to them both. Love the photos! Looks like everyone had a beautiful time.


Lovella ♥ said...

Hah .. .lucky me for impulsively purchasing a box of cheesecake. For some reason I was hungry for the cheesecake of my youth. My mom. . .always made that. . .and I still like the texture and flavour today. I think I'll whip up these little cakes. Thank you.


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