I am so excited to have my very first guest blogger, Megan Lavin, here today! Megan and I have known each other for over 20 years. We lived on the same street when we were pretty young then she moved across town. When you're a little kid and one of your best friends moves across town, they pretty much moved out of the state. There wasn't Facebook or even personal internet then so it wasn't as easy to keep in touch. It was a sad day for my twin sister Amber and I when she moved. But on one lucky day in May of 2000 our paths crossed again when Amber and I got jobs at a local bakery where Megan was also employed. We were so happy to see Megan working there! Our friendship started right back up and we got to see each other on a regular basis.
When Megan isn't sharing recipes on her blog Love, Life, Lavins, she's posting great pictures and entertaining write ups of her exciting life as a first time mom-to-be and her input on life (which always tends to make me laugh right out loud). You'll want to head over and check it all out as soon as you're done reading this post!
(E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in being a guest blogger!)
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I'm so thrilled to be the first guest blogger at Cupcake Diaries! I've thoroughly enjoyed several recipes from her site (have you tried her S'more Bars????). I'm so excited to add to her blog and talk about one of my very favorite desserts.
A little about me: I live in Utah with my incredible husband of three years. I've got a bun in the oven due in November and cannot wait. Pretty sure he'll be the best thing I've ever made. I believe one of the best building blocks to creating good family memories is centering it around good food. I love trying new recipes and sharing what works for me on my blog. I graduated from BYU with a degree in communication and broadcast journalism; hence my love of writing, communicating, and sharing my ideas, opinions, and recipes. You can find over one hundred of my favorite recipes on my blog. Just click the "recipes" link on the right hand side to view them.
A little more about me:
- Home town: Idaho Falls, ID
- Favorite TV show: Let's just say "TV channel" and go with Food Network, as it's on 24/7 at my house.
- Favorite ingredients to work with: Mint, chocolate peanut butter, and marshmallow (basically anything fatty)
- Something I can't live without: My George Foreman, my spatula, and my husband (not in that order, of course!)
- Favorite blogs: Cupcake Diaries, Our Best Bites, Pioneer Woman Cooks, and Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
- Favorite room in my house and why: The kitchen. I'm sure you can guess why.
- Favorite vacation I've been on: Beijing, China
- My typical day: Drag myself from bed, work full time where I am over corporate communications and a writer-I love it! Come home, make delicious dinner in heels for my husband (ok - that's a lie, just the delicious part). Relax, watch a little Food Network, rinse and repeat.
- Something I want to learn to do: Sew. I feel like I won't be a legitimate Mormon mom until I can do this. I guess I should figure out how to thread it first. Baby steps.
- My guilty pleasure: Doughnuts. There is a tasty hole in the wall called Provo Bakery where I am a SUCKER for their chocolate cake doughnuts.
- How I like to relax: Movie and cuddling with the hubs.
- Three more things I can't live without: Sleep-I am a monster if I don't get my 8 hours. My hands-if I couldn't write or cook I think I would cease to exist as those are my two favorite things to do. The hubs-I used to be so independent, but now I hate it when he even has to work late!
I'm honestly not sure where she got this recipe. It could have even been off the back of a box, but because I've grown up with it, it's as much a part of my family as is freckles and fair skin.
Almost every family get-together has this pie, and I've never known anyone to not like it. In fact, after bringing it to work, all of my co-workers make "Grandma Egbert's No Bake Cherry Cheesecake."
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how you know it's good! It's one thing for people to ask for the recipe, but when you hear that they make it over and over again (some make it more than I do!) then you can have the satisfaction that it is indeed DELICIOUS. Since every family member has their own quirks, I wondered if it was just an Egbert thing-and it must not be because so many people I have given the recipe to use it for their family functions. Either that-or our craziness is spreading. :)
This is a great summertime recipe because it is a cool dessert and requires no baking. I also love this recipe because it's easy, has few ingredients, and takes little time. What more could you ask for?
Now, without further ado:
Grandma Egbert's No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
- 1 pre-made graham cracker crust
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened (using 3/4 of the package works just fine as well, if you want to make a healthier pie)
- 3/4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 small carton of whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. If you put the beaters and bowl in the fridge for a few minutes before you beat the cream, it helps the cream set up and get nice, stiff peaks. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Then fold in whipping cream and the vanilla. You can also add more powdered sugar if you like it really dense. There's basically no way to ruin this recipe. Fool proof!
- Pour the mixture into the pie shell and top with the cherry filling (or whatever filling you'd like to use-my co-worker likes blueberry). Refrigerate for at least an hour before devouring.