Thursday, November 3, 2011

a day at home: chocolate cheesecake and oreo balls (you can't have too much chocolate can you?) and sewing

I didn't work today so I made myself a list of things to do. My list went like this.
  • Go to the store and pick up the necessary ingredients for a chocolate cheesecake
  • Make said cheesecake
  • Go to The Y
  • Do my finances (record money I have made and money I have spent, pay monthly expenses, and set aside money for the coming month)
What actually happened today
  • I went to the store
  • The cheesecake was made
  • Oreo Balls were made
  • I sewed on my dress that was started last January, more on that later
So while only half of my list was accomplished, I would say it was a profitable day because my day was spent doing things that needed to be done and I wasn't wasting it, which is one of the points of making a list, making sure you don't end up wasting your day being lazy. The other point is so that you can remember what needs to be done. I definitely make lists for this reason also. Because I forget. Often.

I made this cheesecake. I made it last year for Justine's birthday so I decided to make it again this year.
  • 1 1/2 cups of crushed oreos with chocolate filling
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups oreo, 2 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of  a 9 inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. The bottom should be bubbly and looked cooked. Allow to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  2. Take a 9 inch springform pan and set it on top of a piece of tin foil about 4 inches longer than the pan. Fold and press the tin foi; up the sides of the pan. Use another piece of tin foil to do same on the opposite sides of the pan. Make sure the tin foil is far enough up on all the side so that when you submerge the pan into a pan of water no water will leak in. Using a large roasting pan, set the springform pan into the roasting pan and add about 1/2 inch of water to the roasting pan.
  3. To Make Filling: In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Add cocoa and beat well. Add eggs and beat on low until just blended. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture until blended. Pour over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 -60 minutes or until center is close to set. Then turn off the oven. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for about 4 hours. Once the oven is basically room temperature open the oven door for a few minutes before removing the cheesecake. Leave the cheesecake on the counter until it is no longer warm, then add the topping.
  5. To Make Topping: In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla until just before boiling. Stir constantly and be careful not to boil over. Have 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips ready in a small bowl. Pour in the hot cream and stir with a spoon until smooth. Spread over baked cheesecake and refrigerate overnight.
Hopefully a photo will follow soon. I still have to make the topping and some raspberry sauce to drizzle on top. Here is a photo of it last year.
We had coffee with it and watched Sherlock.

I also made Oreo Balls because there were a lot of Oreos sitting in the package begging me to do something with them. You can view the recipe here.

I started a dress last winter. It is from a green wool I bought two years ago. I wanted a simple sheath dress that I could wear in the winter with sweaters. Everything went fine with the sewing until I had the bodice completely together and I realized that the front piece was too short. So instead of ripping that piece out and replacing it with a longer one. I am embarrassed to say I cut the rest of the bodice to match. Surprise, surprise, it didn't work. So I put it away frustrated. I didn't pull it out until about a month ago and thought about how I needed to fix it. I pulled out the bodice and that was as far as I got. I hated the thought of redoing the bodice. I don't mind sewing and I will even tell you that it wasn't hard. But the thought of doing the same pattern again causes me to run the other way. I don't know why, but I hate the thought of doing something again. That is why you will never see two of the same dress or skirt hanging in my closet.
I recut out the bodice and sewed it up today. It wasn't as horrible as I imagined it to be. Now to sew the skirt and the bodice together, put the zipper in, and hem the dress. That will be for tomorrow.
If you would like to see the pattern it is here.

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