Snow days may come and go but cheesecakes are favorites forever

Due to our strange Texas weather, son Kyle was off work last Friday for a snow day and it didn’t even snow in Houston. Grandsons Esten and Will were also out of school for a snow day and it didn’t snow in Victoria either! What’s up with that?


Since it’s about time to start thinking about Love and Valentine’s Day and all that, here are some ideas about what love means to children, ages 4-8. They may be slightly different than the ones you are thinking right now:

• Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.

• Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

• If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.

• Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.

• My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.

• Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.

• Love is when your dog licks your face even after you left him alone all day.

• When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.

• You really shouldn’t say “I love you” unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot because people forget.


Tell someone you love them by making something yummy. This easy dessert from my sister, Judy Hopper of Garland, should do the trick.


2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Put a regular-size muffin pan liner in about 15- 16 slots. Fill each liner with a vanilla wafer or a large pinch of graham cracker crust ingredients (crushed graham crackers, sugar, a little cinnamon and melted butter mixed together). Put the cream cheese mixture on top and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. You can top it with fresh fruit, canned pie filling of your choice, or make a topping such as:

1 large can bing cherries, drained, saving juice. To juice add:

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons (or more) sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Cook all together until thick. Add cherries to the hot mixture and pour over pies. Chill before serving. Or you can serve the warm sauce over the top when serving.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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