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sweet cottage dreams

Hi dear hearts.......

all three of you......

sending love and hugs to you this day.

so happy that miss shannon had a wonderful day and that miss maggie is content having her big sister right at her side to share the day with.

kim, we love cheescake!! i will be trying this out for my dear boys ---- as they heart cheesecake!!

love to you and yours,
becky

LeAnn

How fitting that she is sitting in the very chair she found for you:)

You do look tired Shannon. Rest up as Life is just beginning for you!

My kids love cheesecake too and actually prefer that over birthday cake.

xo
LeAnn

michele

That cheesecake looks incredible - plain is best, I agree! Thank you so much for the recipe!

Shannon and Mags look lovely, as usual.

Have a wonderful day, Kim!

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

That's my favorite kind of cheesecake--virtual, with NO calories! Thanks mucho. Hope everyone recovers from celebrating :)

Cherry

OHHH no my fave..and my weakness! Soooo yummy though! Hugs, cherry

Heike

I love cheesecake - here in Germany is plain cheesecake normal. You can get seldom a cheesecake with topping like fruits or juice.

I hope you both will recover soon and enjoy your day.

With best regards

Anna

Ohh I've been sick and missed your Girls b-day, thats why I will say my wishes now :) I wish her all the best, a everyday smile on her face, luck and all joy in the world :)

Your cheesecake looks delicious, I'm a huge fan of cheescakes I just bought a piece for me today to sweeten up my day :)
Big hugs for you Kim :) Have a lovely day :) xoxo

Jenny in Alabama

Our children grow up so very fast. Both of you are very pretty ladies (oops--all 3 of you) sorry Maggie. Now get busy on another wonderful and blessed year!!!!!!!!!

Privet and Holly

Sounds like a BLESSED birthday! I love seeing my own girl with our Gracie in her arms. One of my biggest DREADS in a few years when she is off to college is the thought of Gracie without "her girl." But, now sad thoughts today ~ today it is HAPPY and CHEESECAKE! Can't wait to see the recipe. The BEST cheesecake I've ever had was PLAIN from a bakery in London. I was a senior in high school and my mom and I were there and bought some to eat during the intermission of the musical ANNIE. They wrapped it up oh so prettily ~ forks included ~ and we stepped outside during intermission and it was heavenly. We BOTH remember it to this day! May yours be JUST as sweet, today! xx P&H

Kathleen Grace

Birthdays are such happy days, and I am glad Shannon had a full on wonderful day! I love cheesecake plain or not!

carla

I like my cheesecake unadulterated as well, but I also like it with strawberries (fresh) and real blueberry sauce, and with just a drizzle of raspberry syrup, or chocolate...oh well, you get the picture.

Lori

I never met a cheesecake I didn't love! Thanks for sharing.

I've never seen a dog that loves the camera as much as Maggie. She makes me smile.

Have a wonderful day!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I'm glad to hear that Shannon had a great time celebrating her 21st. I love cheesecake one of my favourite things this one looks very yummy!! thanks for the recipe I'll be giving this a go very soon have a great day Trish xox ')

rue

Tired or not, your daughter is gorgeous Kim :)

I always double up my cheesecake crust too!
Plain is a silly word isn't it?!
You know what though?
It is NOT a word that would EVER be used to describe YOU :)

love you much beautiful friend,
rue

Marianne

Oh my - the cheesecake looks scrumptious. I MUST try it. I am so glad Shannon had a wonderful birthday. Rest up Shannon, you're just beginning your adventure called LIFE.
I love my cheesecake plain but I call it natural cheesecake.
(((Hugs)))

Alice

Glad your day was a properous one. Birthdays can surely drain your energy but well worth the celebration. Now, take a day and rest.

(((Huggs))) Alice

Barbara Anne

Happy tired is a wonderful kind of tired! Happy first days of being 21!!

Maggie is in dog heaven with so many loving laps to snuggle in!

Another wonderful recipe! I made the Cream Cheese Squares and are they ever delicious! We love them. Thanks, Kim!!!

Hugs!

Debby

Three beautiful ladies. Such a beautiful daughter. Blessings.

Elizabeth Compton

When it comes to cheesecake, you are a purist, like me. This one looks yummy! This is the link to the one I have used for many years. It's a bit more trouble, but WELL WORTH the effort.
https://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/12967/lindy's-cheesecake.html

Carrie@ My Kinda Boring Life

Love cheesecake. It is the only dessert I can eat there my blood sugars don't go crazy. My birthday is coming up... maybe I will have to make it for myself. :-)

A belated happy birthday to your daughter.

Dena

Happy Belated Birthday to Shannon!!! She is such a beauty Kim!

Hugs,
Dena

Maria

thank you kim for sharing the recipe - cheese cake is my husbands favorite dessert - and your welcome - like they say "mi casa es tu casa" - your welcomed anytime day or night - no reservations - Praise God for LOVE - sweet dreams shannon and maggie - love you all

maria - cottage feel -
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Beverly

A belated Happy Birthday to your sweet and beautiful girl. I am certain she has her mother's heart.

Debbie L.

Good Morning Kim! Thanks for the cheesecake. Let me run pour myself a cup of hot steaming coffee to go with it. DH will love this recipe. He doesnt like anything extra on his cheesecake either. Did I say I am drooling here?

Shannon's big eyes are beautiful. Tired or not she is as cute as can be:) Dont you know Maggie is thrilled to have her home?

Well Mom:) I am sure you and Shannon have lots to talk about so I will wish you both a beautiful day and Miss Maggie too!

Debbie L.

Vee

You double the crust recipe? What a great tip! Another lovely pic of your gals. Twenty-one is a terrific age to be and I'm glad that the year is well begun.

Cindy

First I want to say Happy Birthday to Shannon...hope it was a great one!!
Now about the cheesecake...I love, love, love it!! My favorite dessert ever...and I love it plain or fancy. I've had cheesecake for my birthday every year for as long as I can remember.
Yummy...Yummy!!!
~Cindy~

Elsie

Kim~~ I enjoyed your article in Cabins and Cottages and I
will be making this cake. This looks soooo good. Thanks.:O)

SusanG

Pure - we like our cheesecake PURE! :) (Much better word than plain, I think.) Happy late birthday to Shannon!! My girl turns 21 on June 9th - born in your very own Lakeland. Hard to believe it has been that many years since I first met her. :)

Susan

Cyndi

I love cheesecake plain too. My recipe is very similar to yours, but I add a little lemon zest. The hint of lemon makes the cake! I'll admit that I bought a cheesecake at Costco a few weeks ago and it was really good! So, in a cheesecake emergency, run to Costco!

Cindy

Happy Birthday, Shannon, beautiful girl, like her mom, gorgeous eyes! They grow up too fast! My oldest son, 37 and youngest son, 32. Grandson, 12, grandson, 7, and granddaughter, 5. A happy family like yours. From Oklahoma, Love, Cindy

Annie

Your daughter is beautiful, and happy birthday to her.

I chose cheesecake for my birthday too, earlier this month. Yup, plain for me.

: )

Mary Lou

Wow. that was delicious. Thank you so much..
Shannon is a beautiful woman as is her mother.
Maggie looks fresh as a Daisy!

Lynn Paterson

What pretty daughter you have......really like the photo. It is priceless.....

Esther Sunday

Happy belated birthday (that's Esther Sunday style for ya right there) to your beautiful Shannon!!!!

Pat

Cheesecake is a little slice of heaven and I do prefer it without any additions, however, they are ok too! Shannon is absolutely beautiful, tired or not. I'm so glad she's had a wonderful time celebrating.

Thanks for the recipe!

Loree

I love to have a topping on my cheesecake, especially if it is a black cherry sauce :)

Lila Ferraro

That has to be the best looking cheesecake ever! It is my weakness next to chocolate! I read your post about how you always wanted to be there for your daughter. I started to cry and my little boy and girl just looked at me funny! I had to say, "Mommy's just happy that's all." I don't think they believed me but, that was a darling post!
Lila Ferraro
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Patty O'Malley

Oh, the cheesecake is making my mouth water! I love it with the graham craker crust also. Happy Birthday (belated) to Shannon! The photo is so cute!

Danielle Jones

I agree with your cheesecake philosophy wholeheartedly! I always double the crust and prefer not to complicate things with toppings. What's a good word for that? Unadorned? Classic maybe? :)

Sherry Smith

Hello
Oh to be 21 aaah enjoy sweet girl it goes by sooo fast but its a great journey. Enjoy and about the cheese cake mummmm I just love it ...... Thanks for making me smile
Sherry....

 alaurajane

What a lovely picture of the birthday girl,,,,,and sweet Maggie. the cheese cake looks so yummy...... mmmmm

Hugs;
Alaura

Lore D'Sa

Dear Kim,

I was away for the long Victoria Day weekend in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I'm sure you had a lovely weekend yourself, with the celebration of your dear daughter, Shannon. Just finished reading your heartfelt and warm words describing your love for your girl. You had me in tears, for I also have a daughter, in fact, I have two, one is fourteen and one is twelve years old. You touched my heartstrings! YOU ARE A SPECIAL LADY, and Shannon is very, very lucky to have you as her mom.

Love and Lots and Lots of Hugs go your way

Lore

Sheila

They are both GORGEOUS!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lorraine

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY-CHEESECAKE IS PERFECT WHEN IT IS CREAMY-AND I LOVE MINE TOPPED WITH LOADS OF BRIGHT RED CHERRIES. RED IS ALWAYS GOOD.
YOUR DAUGHTER IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, JUST LIKE HER MOM.

Scribbler

Your daughter is so pretty -- glad she had a great birthday. And the cheesecake... I am going to have a birthday soon, and I might just have to make myself one. I agree -- NO embellishments! Cheesecake has a subtle flavor, and you cannot taste it at all if you put ANYTHING on it!

Scribbler

Deborah

This beautiful cheesecake is NOT PLAIN! It's simple, which is a much better word for something wonderful and uncomplicated.
Love to you all, dear Kim. I can't wait to make this--ahem--Simply Fabulous Cheesecake.

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