Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter pics and a recipe.

We had a really nice, relaxing Easter with Jeremy, Tracy, Natalie and Marissa, and Jeremy's friend Chris Yoder. We didn't do anything spectacular, just had lunch, hung around, played with the girls, and then had supper, which was a repeat of lunch!

Here's Natalie in her Easter dress and hat:

And Marissa playing with plastic eggs:

Todd, Jeremy, Tracy and Chris, who were standing around looking perfectly nice and natural until I picked up the camera, and then got all weird and self-conscious-looking!

Me with my squirmy girls. Marissa is the squirmiest baby ever, and Natalie wasn't much better at that point. This picture cracks me up.

And a close-up of the pretty dogwood outside their house:

I made some cheesecake cookie bar thingies for lunch, and they're good, if a little rich. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

Cheesecake Cookies

2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 cups flour
2/3 cup melted margarine or butter

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all crust ingredients until light and crumbly. Remove 2 cups for topping. (*Note: I remove less than 2 cups, or else there's not enough to make the bottom crust.) Press remainder in 9x13" pan. Bake crust for 12-15 minutes. While baking, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, milk and vanilla. Pour into crust. Top with reserved crumbs, and bake 20-25 minutes. Cool thoroughly, cover and refrigerate.

Hope everybody had a great Easter!