Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

A year ago, my Mother's Day present was a visit from my daughter and the man who would become her husband. We visited the Museum of Science and Industry and the Brookfield Zoo. They also cleared the front planting beds of a lot of overgrowth. It was a lovely time.

This year, well, I got home from work on Thursday and found a box on my front stoop. Now, I'm expecting a box of things but I don't think they will come in a Harry and David box. I brought it inside and, because it's a box, Mija had to check it out.
The card was in the paperwork removed from the left side. It was a gift from Carole and David. How thoughtful. It can't be their famous pears because it's not the right season for those. 

Opening it up, the first thing I found were these ice packs. Oooh. I take my lunch usually and I will, sometimes forget to put the ice pack back in the freezer for the next day. Having 3 packs will mean I can always keep my lunch chilled. The packs say "Reusable". Hey, I'm way ahead of you on that.
Next, I got to this silver bag. The card on top says, "A Cheesecake Gift For You". Cheesecake? A whole cheesecake? Well, the weight is certainly worthy of a cheesecake.

Opening that silver bag, I got to this box. It's a very nice sturdy box that may find reuse in a few weeks.

Opening that, I got to the goodies. That is a cheesecake, a full cheesecake, a full triple chocolate cheesecake. I unwrapped it and put it in the fridge to thaw. I don't know when FedEx delivered it but it was still frozen. I had to work late on Thursday, too, but it was still hard as a rock when I arrived home at 6 p.m.

Later that evening, I cut the first piece. It's kind of mangled but you can see a chocolate cookie crust, a white cheesecake layer, a milk chocolate layer and a hard ganache frosting.

Rich doesn't cover it. I, who can eat a whole bag of Oreos over a day, can only eat one piece of the size you see here. I took some over to Pam's yesterday to share with her and her husband. They agreed that this was one of the richest cheesecakes they had ever tasted. Today, I'm cutting it into pieces and wrapping each piece for lunches or dinner over this coming week. I'm hanging onto the silver bag. I'm not sure what I'll use it for but it just speaks to me that it's something I should save.

Thank you, Carole and David, for an amazing gift. I think about you with every bite.

Beverage:  Scottish Blend tea


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