Christmas Corner

Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
- Lenora Mattingly Weber



Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.
- Eric Sevareid



Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
- Charles Schulz



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