Oh, but wait, the fun doesn't stop there. I also had two birthday presents to make for tonight for the hub's twin sisters-their actual birthday is Wednesday, but between everyone's work and school schedules, we celebrated it tonight. I found that out last night. I already had one present all figured out-Anna asked for a cheesecake and I was more that happy to oblige-finally an opportunity to use my new spring-form pans! But I was stumped on Sara, especially last minute. Then I remembered these rag bracelets I used to make-BINGO! So while the snot factory took a nap, I made cheesecake and bracelets. Anna, I hope that cheesecake was good, and Sara, I hope you like your bracelet! Here's what I did today:
First, the cheesecake. I didn't have all the ingredients to make the recipe I usually use and with a sleeping baby, I couldn't very well go get what I needed. So I improvised. This is actually parts of two recipes-the crust is from Bakerella (I didn't have enough cream cheese to use her filling recipe) and the filling is from Moms Who Think.
For the crust:
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine graham crackers and sugar, then stir in butter til moistened. Press firmly into bottom of 9 in. spring-form pan and 1 in. up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool to room temperature.
For the filling:
2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together ingredients until smooth. Pour onto graham cracker crust. Bake 25-35 minutes. Cool on rack.
Next, the bracelet:
I was actually going to do a tutorial for this, but as I was reading through my blog roll before heading over to post, I saw that Kari over at U Create had posted one she found over at It's A Hodgepodge Life! How cool! I really like the way that Gay's turned out too-go check it out and learn how to make one for yourself! They're super-easy and fast.
What I did for mine:
I took two hair ties of different sizes and thicknesses, wrapped them in fabric (I double-wrapped each one, gluing the ends with hot glue so that the fabric didn't unravel over time), tied them together with some hemp and added a little beaded charm I made to match the blues in the fabrics I used.
I'm really happy with how mine turned out and I hope that Sara is, too.
Hope you two have a great birthday!