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Dec 29, 2008

More Pics from Christmas Week & A Shout Out to Busch Gardens!

Praline cheesecake I made for One Fine Man's Christmas Eve birthday
It won't win any Food Network contests for looks, but Guitar Girl mentioned something about how it should be on the Cheesecake Factory menu. Hey...I'll take that endorsement any day! The crust is graham cracker crumbs and toasted chopped pecans. The glaze is butter and brown sugar. I got mine a little too thick for it to drip over the sides. You can crown it with candied pecans but I chose to stop with the glaze.
Did anyone else happen to see the Food Network's Food Stylist Competition last night (12/28)? Cool tricks on that one & a $10K prize!

The family at Busch Gardens Skate~boy, Guitar Girl & The Beau

Bella~Mella & Guitar Girl posin' w/the poinsettias Before we left Busch Gardens, we went to a musical called "The Heart of Christmas." The show began with a Christmas carol. Sitting there, I thought they probably threw that one in to get it started and would then segue into the secular "Frosty the Snowman" and other holiday songs.

However, we were delighted and Blessed to hear one song after another about the real meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus!

They sang Silent Night, Mary, Did You Know?, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and Jesus, What A Wonderful Child! Another song I had never heard was a country styled song that I think was entitled Look Who Checked In Tonight. The six of us sat there in amazement! We sang along and enjoyed a wholesome concert that lifted up the name of Jesus...at Busch Gardens. There were no skanty costumes, no risque choreography and the audience cheered and clapped.
So, thanks Busch Gardens for keepin' it real...for keepin' it really about Him!


  1. Hey it looks like alot of FUN! Kudos to BG for keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas! Cheesecake looks yummy. I would ask for the recipe but alas that will have to wait for another time. Loved the traveling hat.

  2. Hey Melanie..Looks like so much fun! Someday I will have a beau in our family Christmas. That will be different! I hope I like him!
    We took the kids to BG once. They loved it!
    I love that they had a real Christmas show! Thats awesome!Thanks for sharing the love:)...

  3. The cheesecake looks divine and I love amusement parks what a fun time!!!

  4. Wow, props to Busch Gardens. That is so awesome! And, praline cheesecake. Yum! Cheesecake is my favorite.

    I missed that food network special. I'll have to look it up. We love the food challenges they do. It's so unreal what people can do with cake.

  5. Okay, where do you live that your family are wearing shorts??

    Sounds like such a wonderful treat! Both the cake, and the day!