July 9, 2011

Our Fourth and A Very Berry Cheesecake

We had a blast over the Fourth of July weekend. Scott's sisters came down from BYU-I to join in the fun. We hit up Seven Peaks on Saturday. Landon had a ball in the kid zones and floating down the lazy river. Scott and I even got to go on some rides together! Although, when we did, we had a few issues... At the spit-out of one slide, Scott and I were going so fast that our tube went flying off onto the pavement. Ummm, I don't think that's supposed to happen. We also flipped upside down coming out of another slide. And, I just about died when we went on the crazy half-pipe thingy.

On Monday we went to the Provo Freedom Festival Parade (for the first time). Our favorite was the undertaker. What on earth? Of course we hit up all the booths afterward and enjoyed a delish funnel cake.

And what's the fourth without a BBQ and some scrumptious berry cheesecake?! It was definitely worth turning on the oven in the 100+ degree weather. THEN, (that's right, not over yet) Scott, Landon and I went up to Salt Lake to watch the Major League Soccer team play. Another first for us. (This was Landon's birthday present for Scott.) Landon did surprisingly well and slept through the second half and fireworks that followed. Exhausting, but fun day!

Very Berry Cheesecake
  • One graham cracker pie crust
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jelly
  • 1 cup whipped topping 
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries  

  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in blueberries. Spoon into crust.  
  • Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cover edges with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake 23-27 minutes longer or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a small bowl, beat jelly until smooth; spread over filling. Spread with whipped topping. Garnish with strawberries and additional blueberries if desired.
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