Christmas Corner

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale



Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
- Charles Dickens



Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
- Dale Evans



My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
- Bob Hope



Best Cheesecake Ever Recipe

Crust:
1 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers
1/4 heaping cup sugar
3/4 stick melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans (really finely chopped)

Filling:
2 (8 oz.) squares cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 extra large eggs

Topping:
16 oz. sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Crust

Step 1:
Mix crushed graham crackers, sugar, finely chopped pecans and melted butter together and press into 9" spring form pan.

Filling

Step 1:
Cream cheese in mixer or food processor (this is best) until light and really fluffy, gradually adding sugar and blend until smooth.

Step 2:
Add eggs one at a time; mix until smooth.

Step 3:
Pour into spring form pan on top of crust.

Step 4:
Pour into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes (To be sure it is done, lightly shake - if it seems firm, remove from oven - do NOT overbake).

Step 5:
Cool 15 minutes on wire rack.

Step 6:
While cooling, preheat oven to 475 degrees and make topping.

Topping

Step 1:
Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla together very well and pour over cooled cheesecake and return to oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and chill. Best when chilled for 24 hours if you can wait that long.

Compliments of Sandie Tablada