Friday, October 23

Fishy Macaroni by Her, Pumpkin Cheesecake by Me

Fishy Macaroni by Her
1 cup cooked macaroni
1/3 cup cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup Goldfish Crackers

Throw it all in a bowl together, mix, and eat.

No, really. She ate it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake by Me

(Modified Cheesecake Factory recipe)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
24 ounces softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon allspice
whipped cream
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the crust by combining the graham crackers with the melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Stir well enough to coat all of the crumbs with the butter, keeping the mixture crumbly. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about two-thirds of the way up the sides of a springform pan. Bake the crust for 5 minutes then set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and continue to beat until smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling into the pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes. The top will turn a bit darker. Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool. Refrigerate once the cheesecake reaches room temperature. Top with whipped cream as desired.

The cheesecake is ready to eat once cool, but tastes best if allowed to cool for 24 hours.


  1. I love cheesecake, and may have to try this recipe for some upcoming holiday. Thanks for posting! Sounds quite yummy!

  2. I love her shirt!
    Thanks for the cheesecake recipe :)

  3. We have that bowl and those are some of Juliana's favorite foods...

  4. I'm a bit of a cheesecake purist but that sounds good. I'm a sucker for the Christmas spices - nutmeg, clove etc.

  5. maybe i'm dumb, but where's the cornstarch go?

  6. That macaroni actually sounds (and looks!) pretty good. And can you just make that cheesecake and then bring it to me? Please?!

  7. OMG...that yummy yumminess that is the cheesecake is calling me!! I must make somenow...must...make...NOW. :D

    The macaroni and cheese looks pretty interesting...not sure if I'd be brave enough to try it.

  8. Totally random, but did you ever tell us which room ended up being the playroom?
    These are the things that keep me awake at night...:D (Right, because it only took me 4 months to remember this!)

  9. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Yummy! I will put the cheesecake recipe on my list to try - hubby is a huge fan of the Costco version, but they have not carried out here the last few years. I am assuming the cornstarch goes in with all of the spices?

  10. That Hello Kitty shirt is bad ass.

  11. @Joe-D'oh! That's one of the ingredients I added to make the original recipe better. It goes in with the pumpkin and spices. Makes it stand up a little bit better.

  12. @Crista--I need to do a random wrap-up sort of post and address that. I was waiting until we painted in there, but it's not going to be any time soon.