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Pumpkin Cheesecake November 30, 2013

Filed under: American,Recipes,Sweet Eats — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:47 pm

At the request of my sister in law and my friend, D, who were both visiting over Thanksgiving, I am sharing the recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake I served. I have been making this cheesecake for the for well over a decade, and it has never failed me.
I really like the sour cream topping which offers a nice contrast to the silky texture of the cheesecake. So, I wouldn’t suggest skipping this step. Since this cheesecake is finished with a topping, you can skip the extra work of baking with a water bath which I highly recommend to avoid cracking when doing regular cheesecakes. Hope you enjoy this!




1 1/2      cups  graham cracker crumbs

1/4         cup  sugar

1/3         cup  butter — melted

Cheesecake filling:

3              packages  cream cheese — softened

1              cup  sugar

1/4         cup  light brown sugar — packed

1 3/4     cups  pumpkin, canned or pureed roasted pumpkin flesh

2              eggs — at room temperature

2/3         cup  evaporated milk

2              tablespoons  cornstarch

1 1/4      teaspoons  ground cinnamon

1/2          teaspoon  ground nutmeg


2               cups  sour cream — at room temperature

1/4          cup  sugar

1               teaspoon  vanilla extract

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl. Press onto bottom and 1-inch up side of 9-inch spring form pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Do not allow to brown. Remove from oven and cool.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, and brown sugar in large mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in pumpkin, eggs, and evaporated milk. Add cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg and beat well. Pour into crust. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until edges is set.
Combine sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl. Spread over surface of warm cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Cool on wire rack. Run a thin knife around the cheesecake to loosen it from the side of the pan before removing the ring, and chill several hours or overnight.


Bugs and Buttons 2 – currently free November 7, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:45 pm
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Bugs and Numbers for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugs and Buttons for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugs and Bubbles for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugs and Buttons 2 on the App Store on iTunes. (currently free)

It has been awhile since I have had a chance to blog about any app deals. I am back with a fabulous freebie today, but Little Bit Studio has made the latest version of their award winning Bugs series of early math apps for the iPhone and iPad absolutely free (Normally, $2.99). This series of apps is stunning in its graphics and design. It is just visually so appealing. Don’t be alarmed by the bug theme, both girls and boys will enjoy these apps.

You will love the adaptive play which increases the difficulty level based on mastery of skills. There are 18 engaging games to play (translate “learning”), and achievement stickers are used to encourage and reward learning. I love that there are multiple user profiles which is wonderful when you have more than one child in the family. There are also 11 different language settings for you to use which includes both traditional and simplified Chinese.

What parent doesn’t groan when they contemplate drilling math skills? These apps covers basic counting to early fractions, currency, time, simple addition and subtraction, comparison, measurement, patterns, sequencing, sorting and problem solving. With these apps, math becomes a perfect blend of study and play. Just like Mary Poppins says, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”  If you loved the apps by Duck Duck Goose, you will love these apps by Little Bit Studio.

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.



Ice Math Ninja – free for a limited time!

Filed under: Apps,Early Elementary,Homeschooling Apps,Kids,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 7:18 pm
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Ice Math Ninja – Featuring Pookie and Tushka – Kids Edition on the App Store on iTunes.

Sorry, I have no time to review this right now. It is from a top rated developer and has gone free!





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