EASY Home-made DELICIOUS Cheesecake!

EASY Home-made DELICIOUS Cheesecake!

CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (1/3 cup) melted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

FILLING

  • 2 cups (2 large packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING

  • 12-ounce bag frozen raspberries, a scant 3 cups
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Pie Filling enhancer; use 1 tablespoon for a looser sauce, 2 tablespoons for thicker
  • pinch of ground cinnamon optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9″, and whose height is at least 1 1/4″. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the crust by stirring together all of the crust ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  3. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides.
  4. Make the filling by mixing together the room-temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature.
  5. Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired; this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust.
  6. Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield; or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). An instant-read thermometer inserted into the crust 1″ from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F; the filling won’t look entirely set in the center.
  7. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool while you make the topping. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.
  8. To make the topping, place the frozen raspberries in a bowl to thaw. You can hasten the process with a quick trip through the microwave, but don’t let the berries cook.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon Pie Filling Enhancer, and stir until well combined. Is the topping as thick as you like? If not, stir in another tablespoon Pie Filling Enhancer.
  10. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, to taste. Stir in a pinch of ground cinnamon, if desired.
  11. Spoon the topping over the cheesecake, and cut slices to serve. Alternatively, cut slices, and top each with a dollop of topping.

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PERFECT Southern Style Chicken Strips

PERFECT Southern Style Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and paprika. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then flour mixture.
  • In an electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cheese.

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DELICIOUS Peach Cobbler Recipe (Must-Try)

DELICIOUS Peach Cobbler Recipe (Must-Try)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups fresh peach slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

Step 1

Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 2

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

Step 3

Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.

To Make or Break A Scholastic Career: STUDYING

To Make or Break A Scholastic Career: STUDYING

How can we teach our children to study? While our kiddos still live under our roofs, it’s our duty to give them the tools that they need to be successful in their pursuits. One of the most important tools for kids in this day and age is a sense of independence. Learning to learn BY THEMSELVES is a practical way to give them independence in a way that already applies to their life. for the parent, this means helping to build their toolbelt of study techniques in a way that works for their personality.

For most kids, teachers will hold their hands in learning through much of their scholastic career. Our younger level students are being forced to learn, and therefore typically do not want to take responsibility for their own studying. It is a common misconception that the teacher is actually in charge of what the child learns.

While the teacher may guide the students through the material, it is the student’s ultimate job to absorb that information. Sadly, because many children do not need to study more than what the teacher requires of them, they lack the studying skills needed to be successful later in life. This can come back to bite them when they are forced to problem solve in the workplace or in college.

So how can we teach our children to study?

First, find out what environment your kiddo studies best in. Does he or she like to have music playing? Do they need complete silence? Try several different environments, you’ll likely quickly discover which one works the best. Make the space as comfortable as possible, with as little distractions as possible.

Next, let’s show our kids a variety of techniques that they can use to study, and let THEM decide which one they like the best. Whether it’s a powerful internet platform like Quizlet, or something as simple as flashcards, provide some options to your child.

Once you they find a tool they like, take a step back and let them learn on their own! Whether or not they take to studying quickly at a young age, when schooling gets harder later in life, they will remember the studying techniques they learned earlier in life.

There are plenty of resources online that your child can use to learn all kinds of different subjects. The internet is without a doubt the best source of knowledge for people of all ages. HOWEVER, you should consider researching safe search engines, techniques, and parental controls before giving your child access to the internet without parental supervision.

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