Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going.
One of the more light-hearted things mentioned was the helpfulness of chocolate in the life of a MOM. Ain’t that the truth? Just a few bites after lunch is the perfect taste of sweetness and an excellent pick-me-up. Not to mention what it does to your brain. I’m sure it must do something positive.
In case you didn’t know, it’s good for you, too. Some of the health benefits of dark chocolate specifically are that it can lower blood pressure and is high in antioxidants which I hear are good for you. ‘Nuf said. As if you needed a reason….
In honor of the great conversation we had about being joyful moms, I thought I would host a little chocolate party. Whoo hoo! Here’s how to participate:
- Post a favorite chocolate recipe on your blog or (post it in the comments section).
- Come back here and share the link to the post.
That was easy, wasn’t it? I’ll leave this post up at the top until Sunday night for easy reference and to help support all those chocolate habits of yours. Then, Monday morning I’ll announce one winner of a special chocolate giveaway – at least enough to stuff a flat rate envelope. Winner will be selected at random. All decisions of the judges are final.
My sister warns me of the dangers of sending chocolate in summertime. If you would prefer an envelope of Pez (Yuck!) and Twizzlers, let me know on Monday!
To get us started, here’s the Chocolate Cheesecake I made for my birthday, from the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook:
Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake
from the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook
- 1 3/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used chocolate graham crackers)
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese softened (I used light)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; reserve 1 Tablespoon for garnish. Press remaining crumbs in bottom and 2 inches up sides of ungreased 10-inch springform pan. Refrigerate.
- In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate; beat well. Add all remaining filling ingredients; beat until smooth. Pour into crust-lined pan.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes or until edges are set; center of cheesecake will be soft. (To minimize cracking, place shallow pan half full of water on lower oven rack during baking.) Cool in pan 5 minutes.
- Carefully remove sides of pan. Cool 2 hours or until completely cooled. Garnish with reserved crumbs. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Store in refrigerator.
- Chilled cheesecake can be wrapped and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
This is a fantastic cheesecake and super easy to make. We serve it with whipped cream — because we’re gluttons.
I can tell this will be a fun weekend!