Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Helpers

Mitch and I are both very busy today.  Mitch is helping dad in the workshop.  The sheathing is on the cupola and the lead is being nailed on. The corner boards go on next and then the clapboards.
Keep a watchful eye and make sure he's doing it right, Mitch!

Mom and I are busy baking Pineapple Cheesecake for Christmas day tomorrow.
This is the cheesecake's crust -
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
Combine above ingredients.  Mix well and press into the bottom of a 10-inch pan.  We're using a tube pan.
 Next comes the filling~
3  8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1  8 1/4 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

Beat cream cheese till light and fluffy.  Gradually add the sugar, beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the drained pineapple, the lemon juice and the lemon rind into the cheese mixture. 

We can't let any of this cream cheese go to waste!
 Spoon the cheese mixture into the crust.    It's ready for the oven, mom!
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

 I get to lick the spatula!
 It smells wonderful!    We'll be cooling it thoroughly and putting the cherry topping on tomorrow for Christmas dindin.
 My work is done!  Time for a snooze. 
Santa and his elves will be packing that sleigh soon!  We hope he treats you all well!

So until next time............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


  1. Merry Christmas guys and thanks for allowing us to get to know you. We hope Santa brings everything on your list.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  2. Hope you have a very Happy Christmas:)

  3. Yes, we'll be waiting for Santa-good thing we have a fireplace!
    That cheesecake recipe sounds delicious...but how in the heck to you get it out of a tube pan???
    We can hardly wait to see!

    Merry Christmas Eve!

  4. We think Maggie has a better job than Mitch today!
    Alanis & Miro

  5. Wowie..that sounds yummy Maggie! we have to say we think you got the better jobbie!
    Won't be long till Santa Paws now!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  6. LOVE the tongue lickin' moiment....Season's Best to you ALL!

  7. ooooo,,,,mmmmmmm.......

    that looks devinnnne!

    have yourselves a very merry Christmas time!

    and arroooooos,

    Duhgall and Fiona

  8. I can almost taste that cheese cake!
    We're having deer, red cabbage and "spätzle" this evening. But no cheese Cake :-(
    Have a merry merry X-Mas you guys!
    Lots of love,

  9. Ahhhh, Pineapple cheesecake sounds super yummy!!

    Have a wonderful holiday, M & M!!

    Momo & Pinot

  10. That's one of the best things about Christmas....the FOOD!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  11. Wow Maggie and Mitch, everything looks so wonderful at your house. And pineapple cheesecake too...ah what time's dinner? Merry Christmas, we wish you peace.

  12. Hi Maggie and Mitch, it looks like everything is coming together nicely at your house. From the cake to the cupola. I bet that thing is going to be heavy to lift. Are you guys going to pitch in? Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  13. I hope you two aren't working too hard!
    I love that job of cleaning off the cream cheese wrapper! It's one of my favorite duties around here!

  14. Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy and special New Year. That cheesecake sounds very tasty. That was good you got to help your Mom. Thanks for visiting us and being our furiends.
    Wags and Woofs

  15. I thinks that you gots the bestest snoopervisin job of all Maggie! That Cheesecake sounds pawsome. But what kinda toppin do you put on in the morning? Do you pop out the cheesecake on a plate or put the toppin on in the bakin pan? These is impawrent questions!

    I wish you Maggie, Mitch and your Pawrents A Fury Merry Christmas!

    Howliday Woos, Tessa

  16. Two of you are the most helpful supervisors for your humans, and they do keep you both busy all the time.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  17. Good work supervising the humans! Merry Christmas to you two and you pawrents!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  18. Merry Christmas my friends!
    I wish I could have a taste of that too!

  19. Merry Christmas!!
    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  20. The cheesecake looks delicious! Mom was wondering if it would be possible to make crust using Biscoff cookies? What do you think?


  21. Merry Christmas to you and your family.:) Pineapple cheesecake? WOW!!!

    Teddy Bear & Sierra