Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake and My Hubby's Special Birthday!

Today, I am so Blessed to Be Celebrating a Very Special Day-My Dear Husband's Birthday!! He is such an incredible blessing in my life and I fall deeper in love with him every day. Today, he turns 40!!! So here are 40 reasons why he is so Amazing. Following the list, you will find the recipe to the Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake that I made for his special day.

Enjoy! You are Prayed for and Dearly Loved!

40 Reasons why my Hubby is the Best:

1. He loves God with his whole heart

2. He loves our family and shows us that love daily.

3. He is full of integrity.

4. He is full of Faith and encourages me to trust God when times are tough.

5. He is Handsome.

6. He has Beautiful Eyes.

7. He makes me Laugh.

8. He is passionate about His Sports teams.

9. He takes me to the Vera Store everytime we go to San Antonio.

10. He is a Fantastic Dad.

11. He is a committed worker.

12. He is so intelligent!

13. He is an AMAZING Bible Study/ Sunday School Class Teacher.

14. He is worthy of respect.

15. He is Giving.

16. He is humble.

17. He is kind to others.

18. He sacrifices so much for our family.

19. He watches the Hallmark Channel Movies and Gilmore Girls with me.

20. He expresses love freely.

21. He makes time to play with our son.

22. He is honest.

23. He is trustworthy.

24. He is a source of strength to me.

25. He loves my baking.

26. He never complains.

27. He helps others.

28. He prays for people.

29. He rubs my feet.

30. He pursues a growing relationship with God.

31. He is so so silly.

32. He is an incredible dancer ;-).

33. He puts gas in my car.

34. He holds my hand.

35. He is so fun to just "be" with.

36. He "understands" me.

37. He still loves me...see above.

38. He is patient.

39. He is Handsome-oh, so Handsome!!!

40. He is my Beloved and I am His!!!

I LOVE YOU Googly Bear!!

Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake
1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon boiling water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
Chocolate-covered Espresso or Coffee beans

Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 16 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. In a small bowl, combine the coffee granules, water and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
Divide batter in half. Stir melted chocolate into one portion; pour over crust. Stir coffee mixture into the remaining batter; spoon over chocolate layer. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake. Garnish with coffee beans if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.

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