Christmas Cheesecake

Christmas Cheesecake

How-to-make-vanida-gail-cheesecakeThis Christmas season I only made about 12 cheesecakes.  Crazy thing is cheesecake is not my favorite.   However,  people seem to love it.

Here’s my recipe and I think the key is in the crust… and oh don’t you dare serve it without fresh cream on top.  Lord have mercy!!



  • 1 cup of shortbread cookies (Lorna Doone)
  • 1 cup of graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of melted butter

In food processor (faster & easier) crush the shortbread cookies and graham crackers until a dry blend.   Mix in the sugar.  Add the melted butter until well blended.  If you can grab a clump in your hand and if it holds its shape, it’s good to go.  If not, add a little more melted butter.  Line the bottom and sides of the pan with the crust mixture.  Set it in the fridge until you’re ready.  I use these aluminum spring pans because they really hold the crust well and they make them look so pretty. 🙂


These pans are actually 8" Deep Tinned Steel Tart Pan


  • (2)  8oz. of Philly Cream cheese room temp.
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 can of sweet condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbl vanilla extract   (When I can, I sometimes add fresh seeds from a  vanilla bean)
  • 3 eggs separated at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 225°.  In mixture, add the sour cream to lubricate the bowl.  Add the cream cheese.  Mix until very creamy.  Add the sugar then add the condensed milk.  Mix until well incorporated.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Mix well but don’t over mix.  Add the vanilla at the end.

Pour the creamy mixture into the crust pan.  Bake for 2 Hours at 225°.  After 2 hours, turn off the oven leaving the cake inside.  Crack the oven door with a big spoon or something leaving a 2-3 inch crack.  (I use a jigger.  It’s seems to be a perfect fit) .  Let cool in the oven for another hour.   Refrigerate and serve with fresh whipped cream.   If you make it, let me know how it works out. Tasty Buds!

Pans used for cheesecake

Note:  Do not try to bake when you’re drunk.  😉


Express Myself Before I…

I find myself holding back while writing this new tune.  I ask myself, am I holding back to protect the one I’m writing about or am I am I a chicken shit just trying to protect myself?  This has never been an issue for me before.  If I’m in love, I say it.  If I’m broken, I sing it.  I try not to wear my heart on my sleeve but rather express my emotions and experiences through lyrics.  I’ve tried to be as honest in my writing without being obvious.  I think I just needed to write this down to think out loud.  I just need to continue to be honest in my song writing and let the chips fall where they may.  Music has always been my therapy even before I learned to play a note.  So Vanida, continue to be honest and express yourself before you combust yourself.

Rebuilding Is A Bitch But Change Is Good

Whether I like it or not, God has thrown me another curve ball without a bat in hand. Is it scary? Yes. Is it my first curve ball? No nor will it be my last. All I can do is not complain, dust off the dirt and shake it off. Now it’s time to regroup and rebuild which can be a big pain in my ass. Figure out a new game plan and take more chances. Change is good, so they say. And dying leaves brings winter’s peace. I’m too stubborn to give in and give up which I’m not sure is a curse or a blessing. So anyway, pick a better bat and get back in the game Vanida because “There’s No Crying in Baseball!”

Keep your head up and only look down for the occasional man hole.