This past weekend was absolutely wonderful!! For the first time in nearly 2 years, I had all 4 of my kiddlets around my supper table on Saturday night and then again for Sunday dinner!!! Back in early January Barbi said that she wanted to come for this particular weekend. I checked the calendar to make sure that nothing was already scheduled, and then penciled in her visit. As her arrival date came closer I was wishing that our Citadel cadet could come home, too, so that all the kids could be home again at the same time. Unfortunately, he had an important SMI (Saturday Morning Inspection) scheduled for that weekend. He tried to get a pass for missing it, but was told he could not leave. I was totally bummed! However, he discovered that he could probably come home after the SMI if he could get a ride. As it turned out, Sam was still in Columbia on Saturday afternoon, so Ben just needed a ride to meet Sam. And it worked!!! I was one happy mama over the weekend!!
I told everyone to be prepared for pictures because it had been soooo long since they had been together, and we have no idea when they will all be together again. The only disappointing part was that Barbi’s man couldn’t come!
There was lots of laughter around the table at supper Saturday night! Even though the meal was over, no one was in a hurry to leave the table. Sons 1 and 2 decided to arm wrestle and got to laughing so hard, that they had to stop!
I knew that Sunday dinner didn’t need any special planning since we have had the same Sunday dinner for years…beef roast, rice, broccoli, etc. It’s a tradition the kids grew up with! However, I needed something for Saturday night supper. I was game for pizza, but that idea got nixed. We went with chicken tacos instead. Barbi seasoned up some chicken breasts in the crock pot to cook while she and I shopped. That just left a dessert. I remembered this recipe for strawberry cheesecake and thought that I had all the ingredients. Well, I didn’t, but with a few substitutions and some quick thinking by the hubby, we got it to work. It was delicious! And the hubby was able to stay on-plan for the meal!
I made the crust exactly as the recipe says except I used Stevia instead of Swerve. I did have to make changes in the filling since I had no heavy whipping cream or plain gelatin. I tried using half-and-half, but that doesn’t whip up like the whipping cream. The hubby thought that we could gently heat the mixture and stir in a thickener like either corn starch or coconut flour. This definitely helped! We let it set in the freezer until after dinner, and other than being a little soft in the center, it turned out perfectly! I chose to drizzle the chocolate ganache over each slice instead of spreading it over the entire cheesecake.