Without looking at the calendar for March or April, I can always tell when Easter is approaching.
Every year, there is a tree in front of our church doors that begins to bloom beautiful magnolia blossoms. It only happens once or twice a year, but that first, magnificent bloom is always right before Easter.
It amazes me how plants are able to come back to life after dealing with so many obstacles (unless they’re annuals!). The trees, plants, and flowers endure freezing temperatures, hail and snow, wind and rain. Yet they persevere because God has designed them to be sustained through whatever climate they are placed in and any harsh seasonal changes that may come!
They endure through the obstacles, they fight the good fight, and they hold on, until brighter and warmer days come their way…and then they bloom and declare the glory of the Lord!
Much like we’re intended to do, don’t you think? We’re told to expect obstacles when (and because) we follow Christ.
But we’re not alone in our obstacles.
Just like when our Savior was laid in the tomb – God was working behind the scenes to raise Him three days later!
Last Sunday, my father-in-love shared in his message that, “Our God is the God of the impossible.” No one else could have moved a huge stone from a tomb and raised our Savior from death. No one else can shape a baby in the womb or heal the sick the way He can. No one else cares about our needs and can help us move forward the way He does.
Nothing compares to the life Christ can give us, but I do know how to make your Easter meal a little bit sweeter!
My daughter Grace adores cheesecake. It’s her favorite dessert and the one she always requests. I love cooking and baking for my family and if you’ve got a cheesecake lover in yours, I bet you’ll enjoy this treat!
Beautiful Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen , thawed
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp butter , melted
- 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs , lightly beaten
In as small saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the berries are softened. Combine the cornstarch and water in a separate bowl until smooth and stir into the blueberry mixture. Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and come to room temperature. Transfer to a blender, cover and blend until smooth. Set aside.
For the crust, in a small bowl combine the crumbs and sugar, stir in the butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
In a bowl of your stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar with the paddle attachment. Beat in the sour cream, flour, and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour filling over the crust. Drizzle with blueberry mixture, and cut the blueberry sauce with a knife to swirl, working in a figure eight motion.
Return pan to baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until center is set. Its normal for the batter to jiggle slightly, but will firm once it comes out of the oven. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool for 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate leftovers.
Chels is a born-again believer who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She’s a wife and stay at home mom to her four vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she’s not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for their family and friends. You can read more about her culinary endeavors at CatzintheKitchen.com.