First: My birthday. And what birthday is complete w/o cake. I still remember being so stoked to pick out an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins for my pool party when I was little. I almost always had a pool party, it is the perfect time of year for it. This year was the first time I'd been at home for my birthday and in a nice kitchen with proximity to good ingredients since going away to college. So..
I decided to try to make my first cheesecake! I had all the ingredients already plus I knew my mom had a hard-to-come-by spring form pan since I remembered neighbor friends borrowing it growing up. Plus cheesecake is so good. I used silken tofu and Veggie Gourmet "cream" cheese as the base, blended up all smooth, and made a crust with Wasa crackers and GrapeNuts.
|I made a plain vegan cheesecake and garnished it w/ mint and blueberries|
|Rachel is a cheesecake connoisseur so I had to impress her.|
|Dad was a fan. Had to impress him too--he makes renowned desserts.|
|I liked the cake a lot. And there were presents to open!|
|Dozens of peaches to eat and share.|
|The 4 Dressel sisters. What? Only 3? Nah|
|It was cool to order a beer w/ lunch! This was a Guinness w/ a shot of espresso|
|All smiles. All the time.|
|Comp. biscuits w/ a good fruity apple butter.|
|Peach eating. Great colors.|
|The Dressel sisters and I. Last hurrah!|
|Crucial gift!! Totally homemade. (Professionally recorded though) :D|