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Better to be Busy than Bored

Aug 03, 2019 by Eileen Adler

Today I am going to prepare my father’s delicious cheesecake recipe for our brunch tomorrow. Whether my dad adapted this recipe or not, I don’t know - it’s simply "Dad’s Cheesecake." Once the graham cracker crust is carefully spread into the springform pan, it must chill for thirty minutes, and I like to do this in the freezer. We remodeled our kitchen some four years ago and moved the old refrigerator into the garage; it has come in handy numerous times. I went out to the garage to chill my crust when to my horror, the refrigerator was warm, and everything was defrosted. OMG!!! So, into the kitchen freezer went the crust, and in the thirty minutes it chilled and I didn’t, I emptied the old freezer, and everything went into the garbage can. Joy! It’s old, so I doubt that I will repair it.

Although today was not the norm, it was an event I hadn’t planned on. My husband will ask me nicely, “what are your plans for today?” which is code for “I have things that I want to do today.” Another unplanned day is when we need to go to urgent care. My advice, plan for the worst, hope for the best. Those unplanned days and trips happen, and we must be flexible.

In the meantime, pack a SAFE on-the-go tote:
S - Spares – eyeglasses, phone 
and charger, medications, a pair of socks, snacks
A - Attitude – acceptance because it is what it is. Be positive.
F - Facts and Food – a list of medications and contact information for medical personnel and family members and nourishment
E - Entertainment – a book, my knitting project, a hobby, ear pods, a laptop - anything you enjoy doing to pass the time because it’s hard to wait. Better to be busy than bored.


Dad’s cheesecake – serves a maximum of 12

This is Dad’s Cheesecake recipe, and I use my food processor to prepare everything. You will need a 9” springform pan.


Graham cracker crust

1-3/4 graham cracker crumbs – thirteen whole crackers 

1/3 cup soft, almost melted butter 

¼ cup of sugar

Mix and spread onto bottom and sides of 9” springform pan

Chill for 30 minutes


Rinse the food processor and proceed with the filling: 



2 (8 ounce) packages of softened cream cheese with

1 cup of sugar

Add – 3 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.

Add – 1 cup sour cream (not the light kind)

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix and pour into prepared crust



350° oven for ½ hour.

Turn off heat and leave in oven for 1 hour longer.  Do not open the door.


To serve: Cool. This recipe will easily serve twelve people or six if you want seconds!