Easy Blueberry or Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

Celebrate Independence Day with this easy and delicious dessert!

This recipe is sure to please your family (almost as much as the fireworks) at your Fourth of July party.

This is a dessert that you will want to make-ahead. I prefer to make it a day in advance, but it can be made several hours prior to your party.

You have a couple different of options with this recipe:

  1. You can make it in a 9x13 pan or you can make it in two pie pans.

  2. Top off this dessert with cherries or blueberries. You can’t go wrong with either one. If you choose to make this recipe in two pie pans, you can top one with cherries and the other with blueberries to offer your guests a variety.

Ingredients Needed:

18 full sheets of graham crackers, finely ground

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup sugar

2 packages of cream cheese, softened

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 (8 oz) container whipped topping

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 can blueberry or cherry pie filling

(Note: If you are a herdshare owner, you can make your own homemade whipped topping from your cream. O so good!!)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and combine. Transfer the crust to a 9x13 baking dish or 2 pie pans and press down firmly to form crust. Bake until edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.

  3. Use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Fold in the whipped topping. Carefully spread cheesecake mixture over the cooled crust. If making 2 pies, divide the mixture between the two pans.

  4. Spoon blueberry or cherry topping on top of filling. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.

I hope you enjoy this mouthwatering dessert at your next backyard bash!

Jamie

Simple Raw Milk Ice Cream

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Simple Raw Milk Ice Cream

"There is always room for ice cream!"

"I scream you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!" Ice cream, what a fun summer treat. Actually, it is a treat that my family enjoys all year long. My husband says, "there is always room for ice cream!"

If you have never made ice cream,  you should give it a try. Your children or grandchildren will think you are the best! Plus homemade ice cream does not contain fillers, chemicals, and low-quality skim milk like most cartons of ice cream in the grocery store. 

Country Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar

  • 5 cups of Fagan Family Farm Milk

  • 4 cups of cream that you skim off of milk from your herd share

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Beat eggs. Add sugar gradually and continue to beat until mixture is very stiff. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into gallon freezer, and place in refrigerator for 2 hours before churning the ice cream with your ice cream maker. 

Our family also enjoys adding fresh fruit to the mixture.

Our family also enjoys adding fresh fruit to the mixture.

In this batch, we added black raspberries. Yummy!

In this batch, we added black raspberries. Yummy!

You really can't go wrong with homemade ice cream, and it is a treat that most people love!

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Have a great day!

Jamie

The Family Farm

On April 23, 2005, we moved to the family farm. Matt’s dream of farming became my dream too, and when the opportunity came for us to buy the family farm, we took the chance. We knew it was not going to be easy and we knew we were taking a risk.

Those young people in the picture below did not know they would have to face sickness and death so soon within their family. They didn’t know they would have to sell all their hogs. They didn’t know they would have hours of book work. They didn’t know that there would be countless repairs. They didn’t know that they would have to make it through a drought. They didn’t know how tight money could really be.  All they knew was that they loved the farm and they couldn’t imagine anyone else living there, so they were willing to take a chance.

But with the risk, there is the peace that comes from watching the sun rise and set over the cows grazing in the pasture. There is the excitement in watching a wobbly calf. The freedom to walk through corn and hay fields, daydreaming on the porch, or resting on a bale of hay. The feeling of gratitude as the rain falls after a long dry spell. The blessing of having our children work alongside us and watching them grow on the seat of a tractor. The feeling of accomplishment after a hard day’s work, and the feeling of humility that the Lord has given us the opportunity to be stewards of this farm.

April 23, 2005 - The day we moved to the farm.

April 23, 2005 - The day we moved to the farm.