Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Sweetness: Commitment & Chocolate Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

As 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is knocking on our door many are beginning to think about the things they would like to change for the upcoming  year. At first I thought the word Commitment was going to be my word for the upcoming year, but alas I was given something much more than that. However, with that said ... the word commitment means a lot to me and I wanted to share those thoughts with you this morning.

What does commitment mean?
Commitment (noun)
1. The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
2. An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom in action.

This is one quality I can tell you that is missing from homes, businesses, standards of society today. We are not being taught, nor holding anyone accountable for what they commit to. Well, in reality no one is committing to anything really. Back in the day when manners were still being instilled people RSVP'd when they were invited to a party, get together, social event. Now.... nah. They would rather say nothing then commit one way or the other either out of fear of looking like a flake or being accused of being unsociable despite the reason for the decline. Same goes for working individuals. For some  it is easy to call in "sick" because they over did it over the weekend rather than understand their position at work shouldn't be so easy to fill with a substitute or left empty for the day.

Lack of commitment really shows that you lack dependability and/or passion for what you are doing ~ both at work and in life in general.

On the flip side of that many people commit to too much ~ leaving themselves drained and simply just living to accomplish the next thing on the list. I'm sorry ~ but that is just complete foolishness and more often than not ~ many of us can see it while the over committed cannot. They think they are being productive, useful, yet all the while they are just going through the motions and wishing to have time to do things they want to do.

I have been on both ends of this. I have been afraid to commit to a function and then have a change of plans to have to explain, and I have been over committed. What I have learned though is no matter how committed or non-committed you are, you will not ever make everyone happy. The other thing I have learned, is however you commit ... is a reflection of you and your beliefs.

For me, I am committed to my husband and being the best mate for him that I can be. I am committed to my job/career and will do my best to do the best I can at it understanding that I am replaceable at anytime and I do not want to be replaced. I am committed to raising our children to be a positive addition to society not a life sucker. I am committed to growing as an individual knowing that staying stagnant is not living.

What about you? What are YOU committed to in your life?

Now... how about some cheesecake!? And a NO BAKE cheesecake at that!

1 package Oreos
1 stick of butter melted
2 8oz Pkg Cream Cheese softened
2 Tbs Cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 bag of Candy Cane Hershey Kisses
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 container of Cool Whip
~ Glaze~
2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
3 TBS Corn syrup
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS water

1. Line Spring Form Pan with Parchment paper.
2. Crush package of Oreos. (I used our Ninja and it worked wonderful). Add melted butter and stir to combine. Press into a Spring form pan. Bake in a 375* oven for 10 minutes.
3. In a large bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, and cream on high until fluffy and smooth.
4. Add in candy, peppermint extract and mi well.
5. Add Cool Whip and combine well until everything is mixed together.
6. Pour into crust.
7. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave glaze ingredients for 45 - 60 seconds. stir well until glaze is shiny and well combined. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Pour on top of cheesecake.
8. Put in fridge and allow to chill for a minimum of 8 hours to 24 hours before serving.

I added some candy cake sprinkles because it was for our own personal table and the kids like things just random and fun. Me too sometimes! My suggestion is to leave this in the spring form pan. When I removed it to cut and serve, the glaze began to slide and it was messy. I put the pan back together and it cut well in the pan, and served so much cleaner!


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