Monday, August 26, 2013

Nana's Cream Cheese Pie

My precious Mother-in-Law is an amazing cook. I love watching her. This past Easter she made this amazingly delicious and super simple pie. I knew with the first bite I would have to add it to the recipe box. My genius of a husband took this recipe to a new level at a recent get together we had by serving the filling as a dip with graham crackers. Either way you try it be sure you have plenty of people to share it with or you will eat it all in one sitting.

2 packages cream cheese
1 tub whip cream topping thawed
1/2 cup sugar
graham cracker crust or graham crackers

Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl. (It is much easier if you let the cream cheese sit on the counter for awhile first.)

Add the whip cream topping and mix until smooth.

Pour filling into pie crust and refrigerate until firm.

Slice and enjoy.

I told you it was simple. One thing I will say if you don't combine the cream cheese and sugar before adding the whip cream topping it will be lumpy. It still tastes good it just isn't as pretty to look at. Now go make one and let me know how you like it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

God Gives Strength, Welcoming Hezekiah Julian

I cannot believe it has been four weeks since we became a family of 6. I have been thinking about this post since going into labor (thinking about blogging while in labor is insane I know). Life with four children five and under keeps me very busy so I am glad I have finally gotten the chance to sit down and blog. Hezekiah Julian was born on July 20th weighing 8lbs 14 oz and he was 22 1/4 inches long.

We choose the name Hezekiah because it means God gives strength. This pregnancy was by far the hardest for me. My back gave me many problems and there were days I could barely walk. Taking care of our 3 older children took relying on God for strength everyday. It also took asking for help not only from my husband but also my family. If you know me you know asking for help is extremely hard for me. I think this pregnancy was meant to show me I cannot do everything by myself and I don't have to, God is always there to strengthen me.

We choose Julian to honor my Grandmother whose last name was Julius. She pasted away in 2010. I miss her dearly. She was a wonderful woman and I hope that Hezekiah is as kind as she was. If you are aware of Old Testament kings you will also see a pattern to our boy's names. Asa, Josiah and Hezekiah are all good kings in the Bible. In 2 Kings 18:3 it says Hezekiah "did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord". We hope that verse will also describe our Hezekiah.

We are all in love. The children are all so happy to have a little brother despite all of them thinking they were going to have a sister.  Aside from reminding Ziva she can't pick him up they have been so helpful and attentive to our little bundle of joy. They all love holding him and giving him lots of kisses. I hope that as life settles into a routine I will be able to blog more regularly. So much has happened over the last month and I want to record it and all the wonderful things that are to come.