So I have not always been the nicest person, and have done mean things in my past, and maybe that is why I feel as though I get back plenty of meanness from people. And maybe I am not alone, maybe everyone deals with mean people on a daily basis, and maybe I am just feeling more sensitive right now?? I am not sure, but dang I seem to be meeting mean people on a regular basis these days. And you know what? Mean People SUCK!
The blessing in that, is I am also meeting loads of nice people too! And I will readily and happily admit that the nice ones far outnumber the mean ones, but gosh those mean ones can just ruin my day!! Have you ever been humming along and having a great day and then someone does something mean, such as cut you off in traffic (I have had so many near misses to getting in accidents), splash a puddle of water on you as you wait at a street corner (that happened to me one day as I was heading to class at ODU), or just have a cross word or something snippy to say when you speak to them. (this always amazes me).
I work in a customer service industry and I will say that customers can just really be nasty. I guess maybe they are having a bad day and want to take it out on someone, however, that just really isn’t right!
So I will strive every day to NOT be a mean person. I will say without question that I am ABSOLUTELY sure that I will have mean thoughts, but to say them or act on them will NOT happen. I am about making 2017 be a positive year for me and my family and those I come in contact with, and NOT a negative year!
At the end of 2017 I want to look back and see that it has been a year of positivity and abundance no matter what we have to deal with that would want to move us in the opposite direction from that.
I choose a life of abundance and not a life of scarcity! I choose a year of POSITIVE reactions and not a year of NEGATIVE reactions.
A few years ago I was looking for a Turtle cheesecake recipe for Karol. 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 Karol 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:
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.
I have been blogging for many years. In those years I have been contacted by companies to sample their products and write about them. Some have been fun, some have been okay and some not so great. Recently I was contacted by Rebecca from The Neighborhood Harvest about trying some of their locally grown greens and writing a review about them. This one I was really excited about! For complete transparency I received these greens for free, but that will not keep me from writing a completely honest review. The great news about that is I TRULY did REALLY like everything I tried!! If you want to sign up for delivery and use the coupon code COFFEE your $15.00 fee will be waived!!! Whoop Whoop!!!
So The Neighborhood Harvest is a company that delivers greens to your door in Hampton Roads.
From their website:
“Simply put, we farm the Finest Greens, Lettuces and Herbs for Delivery To Your Door Within A Day of Harvest.
You’re gonna love this service!
Our greenhouse farm is not weather-dependent allowing us to deliver freshly-cut greens year round. Delivery within a day of harvest yields plants with two-three times more shelf-life than store bought greens. Yet we are comparably priced.
There is no other source of greens and lettuces that are:
*Delivered to your door the day after harvest.
*Sustainable, Beyond Organic, Pesticide and GMO free.
*Locally grown in Suffolk, VA reducing your environmental footprint and supporting the local economy.
*The most incredible flavor!”
We received quite a few of their products to check out and I was happy because the things Rebecca sent were not greens we usually eat so on top of checking out their items we were able to try some new things also. Win Win!
We received the following items from The Neighborhood Harvest:
Two heads of Bibb Lettuce
Two baby Bok Choy
Okay, so here is my assessment of the greens. I really liked the Bibb lettuce. We mixed it with our romaine and made a salad. It was fresh and lasted a week in the plastic container. (it probably would have lasted longer, but we ate it all within a week, it was so good. NONE was wasted!). Mixed with a head of romaine there easily enough lettuce for two salads for Karol, my 17 year old and myself. It was tasty and crisp and very fresh. It had a taste like it was just picked and was clean and didn’t even need to be washed. I was very happy with it.
We added the microgreens to the salad for some variety, but they definitely could have been eaten on their own. I think they would be very tasty in a sandwich! I had never tasted these before, and they had a fresh radish taste. I am not a fan of radishes, but I really liked the way the microgreens tasted. They had that bite that a radish has but it wasn’t too pungent, it was fresh and tasty. We added the greens to the salad, and it was truly delicious!! The greens added a really nice taste to what could otherwise be a boring salad.
It was so good y’all!!! For real!!!
We had a stirfry and used the baby bok choy. It was fresh and tasted so good! When we usually use store bought bok choy I don’t always use the leaves because they are a bit wilted. These leaves weren’t and we used the whole thing (but I forgot to take a picture).
Because I want to be completely transparent I have to say that I tried the arugula and didn’t like it. Not because their arugula was not good, but because I didn’t like the way arugula tasted. So I gave it to my neighbor who loves arugula on the condition she sent me a picture of what she made with it and gave me an honest review of the Arugula, and this is what she said:
Her review: “I made a Greek salad with balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and black olives. I consider that it was very good and tasted very fresh. I noticed that it was stronger in flavor than my regular arugula so it was maybe a little harder to get used to it but I suppose it’s because it’s more natural. On appearance it looks great I also noticed the leaf was bigger in size, more similar to spinach leaf. I liked also that it seems to last longer, staying dry and crispy without spoiling versus the regular one you get from the supermarket.”
The last thing we used was the sweet basil. I used it to make one of my favorite summer meals, caprese panini.
After grilling with the yummy salad:
Now I will say that the basil from The Neighborhood Harvest, while tasty, did not have as much flavor as the basil I grow in my backyard. Not sure if that is because it is grown hydroponically, or not, but while it was good, it could be more flavorful.
Overall I was very very pleased with the greens I tried, and my friend Yancel was pleased with the arugula. The cost is awesome: a large weekly box which is only $16.00!! Here is a description of what is in a large box:
This box option is perfect for subscribers who like a changing variety in their weekly delivery. We bring you different flavors each week depending on what is growing best!
Feeds 3 – 4 people.Details:
– 1 Large clamshell of Mesclun Mix
– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #1
– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #2
– 1 Tray of Microgreens
A medium box is $12.00 and a small box is $10.00. For more information you should definitely check them out at The Neighborhood Harvest.
There is a one time $15.00 fee to set up your account but you can use your own cooler on the front porch and then the cost is just for the greens you order. There is a $2.00 delivery fee for any orders under $10.00.
Their delivery area is quite large:
“What areas do you deliver to? Currently we deliver to most of north and east Virginia Beach as well as areas around the farm in Suffolk. These areas include Towne Center area, Kings Grant, Little Neck, Northhampton Blvd to Shore Dr, Shore Dr at Northhampton to the Oceanfront, Oceanfront to Laskin to Great Neck corridor; Suffolk city, north Suffolk and Western Branch. If you are unsure if you are in our delivery area, please give us a call or email, or complete a customer profile using the Sign Up button on the homepage and we will contact you asap.”
So my advice for you if you are a local to Hampton Roads is the The Neighborhood Harvest is a great way to get delicious, fresh, safely grown greens, herbs and microgreens delivered to your home for your family’s eating pleasure!!!