And she brought the snow

Wyonella came over this weekend and not only did she bring the boys, but she brought Sarah and her new baby Brenna.  That was a very nice surprise. Of course that makes me a great grandmother of sorts.And this time of year, Wyonella is famous for bringing the snow with her and of course she did not disappoint.   Not much on Saturday morning but enough to have to clear the walk.  And I was amazed.  My Honey hasn’t forgotten how to shovel snow after 5 years in the Sand.

The family has decided that they have a new favorite dessert for Thanksgiving.  Hooray…..that means I can forgo the soggy pumpkin pies.

Pumpkin Cheesecake



  • 1 3/4 cups ginger cookie crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted salted butter


  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours

The original recipe was Paula’s, but I changed the crust and added some more spices.  Next time I think I will add a bit of fresh grown ginger.


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