Turtle Cheesecake…the best one I have ever had!

A few years ago I was looking for a Turtle cheesecake recipe for my sweet Bluebell.  She had asked me to make a cheesecake for Christmas Dinner, and I know that caramel and chocolate are two of her favorite things!

Whenever she buys a cheesecake slice it is always a Turtle cheesecake, so I began searching online for a yummy looking Turtle Cheesecake recipe.   I found this recipe on the BlogChef website and it has become a tradition that I make this cheesecake every year for Christmas dinner.

The kids are not huge cheesecake fans, and Bluebell doesn’t really like to share this cheesecake, so they have ice cream or chocolate pie instead.

I promise you this cheesecake is amazing!  I have tweaked the recipe a bit over the years, but it is my “go to” Turtle Cheesecake recipe.  I want to share it with you all!  If you love chocolate, caramel and cheesecake this is the one for you too.  Try it, you will love it!!


¾ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs  (crushed)  **I used chocolate teddy grahams, because I couldn’t find chocolate graham crackers.

½ cup melted butter (or margarine)

3 (8 oz) packages of softened cream cheese

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
 (I use the fat free kind)

½ cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

2 tablespoons caramel sundae syrup

½ cup pecans (chopped)

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
** I add 1/2 cup sour cream to give the cheesecake a more “New York” style.

** I also take some caramel candies and melt them with a little bit of heavy cream and then pour on top of the crust to form a caramel layer between the crust and the cheesecake.

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9 inch spring form pan. Combine Chocolate graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press mixture onto the bottom and 1 inch up the side of the spring form pan.
Step 2: In a bowl beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until its smooth. Add sugar, lime juice, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat together until fully mixed.
Step 3: Microwave chocolate morsels in 10 second intervals until morsels are just melted. Stir 2 cups of cheesecake batter into the melted morsels.  Then spoon separate batters alternatively into the crust. Start with the batter without the morsels, then with the morsels, and end with the batter without the morsels.
Step 4: Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake is set (when the center moves just slightly). When cheesecake is done, cool completely. After the cheesecake is cooled top with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, pecans, and chocolate morsels. Enjoy.



Crust in pan:

melt caramels mixed with about 3 tbsp of heavy cream:

Pour melted caramel on top of crust:

Mix Cream cheese, milk, and sugar until smooth:

Mix in eggs, vanilla, lime juice and sour cream (Sour cream makes it more dense like a new york style cheesecake.  It is optional)

Mix together until smooth:

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.  (I prefer this to the microwave…less chance of chocolate burning)

Mix melted chocolate in with two cups of batter.  You will end up with some chocolate and some white batter:

Not sure why streaks in picture. It is chocolate batter in the pan. Then white batter goes on top, then chocolate and topped off with white.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.  The cheesecake will be slightly jiggly in the center.  That is okay.  Once it is out of the oven, decorate with caramel and chocolate syrup. I also put some mini chocolate chips on top.  And pecans if desired.

Then slice and enjoy!!


An open letter to the Mothers of Sandy Hook

Dear Mothers of Sandy Hook,

I am speaking for myself and all of my friends who are mothers. In fact, I am pretty sure I am speaking for the entire country. Women who are mothers. Women who are grieving with you. Women who are so incredibly sorry for your loss. There are no words. There is nothing we can say to help ease your pain.

From those of us who have lost children we understand and want you to know that you will never completely stop grieving, but time, LOTS of time does help ease the stabbing incredibly sharp pain of it all.

From those of us who have not lost a child, that is our one biggest fear in life.  That something will happen to one of our children and we will never quite be the same.  From us we send our support, tears and hugs.

Every mother in America has a broken heart with you and our souls ache for you and for your loss.  The senselessness of someone taking the lives of babies.  These children were babies, many of them still wearing the chubbiness of toddler-hood.  Many of them just losing their first teeth.  Just learning to read and write.  Babies.

We want to wrap our comforting Mother arms around you and hold you until the stream of tears lessens just enough for us to tell you we love you and we will do what we can.  But we know the tears will come again.

They will come on birthdays, and holidays, and anniversaries.  They will come when you look into the backyard at the swing set, or sandbox.  When the snow comes and you think of sledding and snowmen and hot chocolate.  When the summer comes and you think of days at the beach or the pool, or the sprinklers. When you look at pictures or videos.  When you see their favorite book, or hear heir favorite song.

We know the tears will come.  And when they do, know that somewhere in America, another mother is shedding tears with you.  When we think about this event, or see it on the television, or hear about it on the radio.  We shed our tears with you.

We love you and we hold you in our arms, and grieve with you.

What I do to make my stinky boys smell better



Many of you have been reading my blog posts for awhile.  Some of you may have stumbled on my blog from anther blog, or Facebook or BlogHer, or The Next Family.  If you are a repeat viewer, thank you!

For those of you who are new to my blog, you need to know that I live with three boys.  Three teenaged boys.  Three smelly teenaged boys!

I mean I love my boys, but have any of you all ever hung out with teenaged boys for any length of time?  They have their own specific scent.  Some people have their own names for this scent.  I call it “Boy Funk”.  They just smell funky….

They wear deodorant, and they shower daily (most of the time), but if I want to smell them clean and fresh I only have a small window of opportunity, then IT sets in…..Boy Funk…

The worst is when they have been camping with Boy Scouts with no shower facilities.  I have to roll the windows down on the ride home. Even in the dead of winter! What i really try to do is get my honey Bluebell to pick them up and then I don’t even have to smell them until they have arrived home and showered…hee hee

Truly, I thought I was doomed to spend eternity (or at least until they graduate and move out) living with Boy Funk.  Then an amazing thing happened!  I went to the grocery store and needed a new bottle of fabric softener.  My favorite is original Downy in the blue bottle, so into my cart it went.  Attached to the neck of the bottle was a little bag of a new product called Downy Unstopables.I had never seen this product before and was intrigued. It wasn’t laundry day, so I put it aside until Saturday when the boys wash their clothes.  I taught my boys how to wash their clothes when they were 14 and they know that Saturday is their day to wash.

The Downy Unstopables are not a fabric softener, they are an in wash scent booster.  They go directly into the washer and are safe for all colors and fabrics.  When Saturday came around and it was time for the boys to wash their clothes I had a brilliant idea.  I “hung out” with them when they were washing their clothes, and slipped some Downy Unstopables into the washer when they walked out of the laundry room.

WOW!  What a difference!  I was actually able to be around them more!  I mean, their clothes always smelled good after being washed because we use Downy Fabric Softener.  But when those Unstopables were added to the washer it made the fresh scent last SO much longer.  You have to understand how amazing this is!  My boys don’t use drawers or a closet for their clothes. Their clean clothes usually end up strewn around their rooms.  On dressers, chairs, the floor, pretty much any surface can have clothes on it.  Their clothes smelled fresh even after they had been on the floor!  THAT is amazing to me!

Since that free little bag of Downy Unstopables entered my house, this product has become a staple, and is used by all of us! Both the Wash Fresh Scent and the Wash Lush scent smell awesome!  This is a product that I think would be great in any household, whether you have stinky boys or not!  It is definitely wonderful to take clothes out of drawers or off hangers and have them smell as fresh as if they had just been washed! From now on it is Downy Unstopables for my house!

You can buy this amazing product at any store, but you can also buy it online at the Proctor and Gamble e-Store.  In fact, if you purchase this and other wonderful P&G products such as CoverGirl, Olay, Old Spice deodorants and body wash (a favorite in my house), Pampers, and even Iams pet food the P&G e-Store is offering some great deals for you!

15% off on a first-time order from a new customer, using promo code: A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA

Free Shipping on orders over $25

Free Samples with every order.

Those are amazing deals!  Definitely check them out at the P&G e-Store!