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Say, “CHEESE!”

18 Apr

OK so it’s been a while since I posted…sorry!  But in looking at my calendar, it’s not my fault.  It just turned out that way.  Let me start by saying that this has to be one of the EASIEST recipes to date!  Four ingredients, mix, pour, bake, enjoy!  How super simple is that?!

Only 4 Ingredients!

Cheese Cake

  • 2 (8oz) cream cheese (I used the whipped variety)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • graham cracker crust

Mix all ingredients together well.  Pour into graham cracker crust and back at 350* for 30 to 40 minutes.


That’s it!  I made sure I mixed mine until smooth.  I didn’t want any rogue globs of cream cheese floating around!  I also baked mine about 35 minutes.  I set the timer for 30, heard it go off, and then kinda forgot about it until my son came to me and said, “Dah-puhr.”  So, en route to change said “dah-puhr” on the boy, I remembered to take out the cheese cake.  It turned out to be fine and a nice golden color on top.

I even got the thumbs up from the hubs and cheese cake is one of his favorite desserts!


Note: Marcus married Rena Smith on April 18, 2008 at Haley’s house which was Grandma’s house (front cover).  Rena is the third of three children born to Gregory and Donna Smith on July 6, 1982.  Their children are Sidney Taylor, born December 4, 1996; Kai Christopher, born June 19, 2002; and Isaac Gregory, born July 28, 2005

The Secret…it’s delicious!

26 Feb

Caramel pie, surprise pie, secret pie, or even Bannaffy pie all refer to the same basic pie. One made of only one ingredient.  You read that right, ONE.  Shall I share the secret??? Sure, why not.  It’s sweetened condensed milk.  The trick?  Being patient enough to wait for it to boil.  The next trick (OK, so I’m a bag of tricks tonight), not spewing sweet, molten milk everywhere when you open the cans after boiling.  Trust me, it’s not hard to spray the entire kitchen with the concoction.  THEN, you have to figure out how to hold the hot can of caramel to pour it into the pie crust.  Finally, you have to decide how in the world you will only hold yourself to one piece of pie!

Secret Pie

  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • graham cracker crust
  • whipping cream (optional to top with)
  • *variation of recipe uses one fresh banana and prepared banana pudding*

This is time-consuming.  It is best to make it the day before you need it.  Remove the labels from the cans of milk.  Next, fill a big pot with water and bring to a boil.  After it begins to boil, put the (un-opened) cans of milk.  Boil exactly 3 hours, adding more water as it dissipates.  Using tongs, remove the cans from the boiling water and run under cool water to cool slightly.  Using a hand opener, carefully open the cans.  The hot liquid will pop back at you a little, be careful!  Fill the pie crust and then refrigerate until cool.  Before serving, top with fresh whipped cream.


I got the idea of the “Bannaffy Pie” from a good friend in Michigan.  He said they slice fresh banana and put that into the crust and then pour the caramel over it.  I kicked it up a notch; made banana pudding and poured enough over the banana slices to cover them.  Then I poured the caramel into the crust.

The Countdown is on!

The safest place for molten cans and water

Hold away from person

Best way to keep oven mitts clean

My Banana Variation

Notes: April and Mike have two sweet puppies, Dot & Dash.  Both of them love to go to Nana and Bandana’s.  Life just doesn’t get any better.