Corned Beef & Thoughts on Life

In the world around us, ‘look up’ and ‘positive thinking’ are good terms. While we like when things are looking up, when prices go ‘up’ it makes for some ‘down’ moments.  But ‘down’ doesn’t have to be a bad thing when it means prices on Dried Strawberries, Chia Seeds and Walnuts all went down $1 per pound!!! I guess in that case ‘down’ could mean ‘positive thinking’, right?

2 for 2 + 1 Special

Mild Cheddar – normally $6.39 – now $4.69
Provolone – normally $5.59 – now $4.29
Roast Beef – normally $8.99 – now $6.99
NEW! Brown Sugar Ham – $4.69
Corned Beef – normally $8.49 – now $6.49
– this week only!


The mailman just arrived with a very heavy box full of Nourish Cookbooks! This hardcover book is full of delicious, low carb, sugar free meals without weird, hard-to-find ingredients. The amazing color photography just makes me hungry looking at it. With over 100 recipes, this would make a great Christmas gift. $24.99Check out our other cookbooks:
Brimming Bowls – gluten free cooking
Delightful Dishes – once-a-month grocery shopping for easy meals
The Heirloom Recipe Collection – delicious meals from a local family
Living – cooking, body care and cleaning recipes using essential oils

Pumpkin Cheesecake – serves 8-10

My plan was to share a crockpot soup recipe, but with the beautiful weather this week, I decided the soup can wait.

Find graham cracker crumbs at The Country Cupboard

  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 24 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened (do not sub fat free)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Whipped Cream (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Have an 8.5 inch or 9 inch springform pan ready.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pat into the bottom and roughly 2 inches up the side of the pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, for 1 minute each. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon then beat for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the crust then bake 35-40 minutes or until the center is almost set (it’ll move when the pan is shaken, but the top should be firm when you touch it). Remove from the oven and cool 1 hour in the pan.
  5. Carefully run a knife along the edge to loosen the cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the pan side before serving. Top with whipped cream if using. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Whipped Cream
  1. In a large mixing bowl (with whisk attachment if using a stand mixer), beat the heavy cream until thickened. Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla then continue beating until stiff peaks form (when you pull the beater up, peaks will form and not fall over). Spread on top of cheesecake then dust with cinnamon.

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