25 April 2009

11 April 2009

Kevin's 25th Birthday Party!

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday, dearest KEVIN!
Happy Birthday to you!!

"Kevin, you're the dearest person to my heart. You have touched my life in more ways than can be counted! Thank you for being the BESTEST HUSBAND! I Love you! Happy Birthday! Love, Darleen"

After a week long of rainy weather, Wednesday, April 8, turned out gorgeous -- great for a cookout! For Kevin's early birthday party with Darleen's family, we all enjoyed a hot-dog wiener roast.

Kevin received a Fire-pit for outside our trailer home.

Darleen asked: "Will you need to read the instructions to put that together?"

Kevin's replied: "No, men don't need instructions for such things!"

The food line! Yum...

The Newly Weds... Aw...

Brandon made a lead soldier for Kevin, with the Weston CREST painted on the shield. Kevin has a nice collection of hot sauce after his birthday. Tabasco is a favorite! Not to mention, if the cooking is bad, just add a dose of Tabasco and all is well!

Yummy White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake (made by me, Darleen!)


Original recipe yield 1 - 9 inch cheesecake
    1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
    3 tablespoons white sugar
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    1/2 cup water
    2 cups white chocolate chips
    1/2 cup half-and-half cream
    3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup white sugar
    3 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  • In a saucepan, combine raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water.
  • Bring to boil, and continue boiling 5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt white chocolate chips with half-and-half, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and melted white chocolate. Pour half of batter over crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan, and again spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over the top. Swirl batter with the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from pan. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce.

A new tradition has procured (as seen by the photo below). Brandon and Kevin decided to have a yearly dive to commemorate Kevin's birthday; if, that is, they happen to be together. The temperature was rather chilly when they took the plunge!
* Weather temperature: 48 degrees F
* Water temperature: COLD! (note: This TN pool is not heated)

Mighty MEN! :)

Camp fire, Smores, Singing, and more...

05 April 2009

Wooley's was a neat little store in Idllywild, CA. There were so many wool hats, scarves, and other Nick-nack items. It was fun to browse.
Yum... Kevin brought us a popsicle cheesecake to share! ;) We love cheesecakes...
(Does this picture need a caption?) Yupperz -- I can safely say we both enjoy mushy-gushy pictures! :)

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