Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Not Birds

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave me to, 6 geese a-laying. 

12 partridges, 22 turtle doves, 30 French hens, 35 calling birds and now 36 geese a laying? Your neighbors have petitioned the town council to have your backyard declared a nuisance. To get the 6 geese who you hope are laying, you'll need $162. But that doesn't count the cost of a coop where they can spend their time laying eggs or the feed to keep them happy enough to lay eggs. Just to get the birds for the last 6 days, you'll need $972. Let's see what other options we have.

In thinking about this gift, I contemplated a number of ideas. What occurred to me is these geese are laying eggs. That's a fairly good source of income or food. What can you make from eggs? Cheesecake! Now, just a warning, this is going to get expensive, probably more than you're willing to fork over, but you can modify the gift.

In theory, you need to send 6 cheesecakes for the next 6 days to your true love. I did the work so you don't have to. Cheesecakes freeze incredibly well, so your true love can just freeze your gift and have a cheesecake a month for the next 2 years.

Isn't this an incredible vision of eggs and cream cheese? This is the Scarlet O'Hara cheese cake from White chocolate and strawberries in a chocolate cookie crust. It will set you back $64.95 before shipping. This web site has Eggnog, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Forbidden Fudge, Chocolate Raspberry and Mississippi Mud cheesecakes. Each one is $64.95. So, on day 6, you have spent $389.70 before shipping.

On day 7, head over to for 6 of their cheesecakes. They have white chocolate, praline, amaretto, raspberry swirl, creme brulee and strawberry swirl for $37.99 each. You'll spend $277.94 before shipping.

On day 8, visit and snap up strawberry topped, turtle, black forest, blueberry, cookies and cream and their 12 piece mini cheesecake sampler for $42.95 for the cakes and $44.95 for the sampler. That will set you back $259.70

On day 9, you should visit thecheesecakefactory, and get the following: white chocolate raspberry truffle ($46.95), Reese's Peanut Butter and chocolate ($52.50), pumpkin pecan ($47.95), Dutch apple caramel streusel ($46.95), key lime ($46.95) and fresh banana ($46.95). You'll spend $288.25.

On day 10, you'll go to They have white chocolate marble, chocolate hazelnut truffle, blueberry ripple, cherry swirl and black raspberry cheesecakes for $32.00 each. You'll also get a package of their cheesecake on a stick for $25.00. It's 4 pieces of cheesecake dipped and put on a stick. Total cost is $185.

Day 11 finds you shopping at three different places. Your first stop is They don't have a huge selection but you can get pumpkin pie and New York style cheesecakes for $29.95 each. Add their cheesecake party wheel which is 12 slices of several different varieties for $39.95. When you're done, go to and pick up their Christmas swirl cheesecake for $36.95 and their carrot cake cheesecake for $39.95. Then visit and pick up their cranberry chocolate cheesecake for $28.50. Day 11's costs are $208.25.

Lastly, you need to go to There you will get their double chocolate made with Ghiradelli chocoate, the Red Velvet and the blackberry sour cream cheesecakes for $40.00 each. Add an original plain and a chocolate chip cheesecake for $33.00 each and end with a Belgian chocolate hazelnut cheesecake for $52. Day 12's cheesecakes will cost $238.

Yes, that's 36 different cheesecakes. All totaled, you will spend $1,875 before shipping and tax.

Maybe you want to get 36 geese.

Beverage:  English Breakfast tea


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