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Cheesecake, Family and Football

Posted on: January 17, 2008 1:25 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2008 9:13 pm

It's my personality, that when I find something that brings me immense pleasure, I latch onto it, savor it, enjoy it.  In short, I develop a passion for it.  It may be a certain style of music,  a book that I cannot put down and have to read over and over again.  Some passions dissipate, others hang on for a lifetime.

Cheesecake, I've carried the passion for a good, gourmet cheesecake since I first tasted one.  The more exotic, the better.  I'm not talking Sara Lee now, I'm talking a homebaked New York cheesecake that has fresh fruit piled on top, or an amaretto chocolate cheesecake decorated with chocolate shavings.  It is something that I will look forward to with excitement and anticipation and once in front of me, slowly savor each bite, tasting a bit of heaven.  Once finished, an instant sadness overcomes me and once again, I anticipate for the next time that I can enjoy another piece.

My greatest passion is the passion I carry for my husband and daughter.  Often they are the very air that I breath and the reason I get out of bed in the morning.  They have been my greatest pleasure and at times, my deepest sorrow.  The love that I have for them is unconditional and regardless of the ebb and flow in the dynamics between all of us, it is the love that we have for each other that pulls us all through even the most trying of circumstances.

It's often said that a woman cannot carry a passion for football because she cannot really play it.  It is true, there's very little opportunity in the US for a woman to play football, especially professionally.  The closest I've ever come to playing an actual football game were the touch football games that were played on the dorm lawns on Sundays before the NFL games.  The co-ed games that were used as an excuse to deliberately, accidentally grope the female members of the opposite team.  And it's true, a woman probably couldn't have the same passion that a man who has played the sport has, but can still have a passion for it. 

I've often been asked for tips on how to get a girlfriend or wife interested in football, in reality, this is something I cannot answer.  Having grown up in Western Pennsylvania, football tends to be the big thing there, whether it's high school, college or the NFL.  At the time, I was a team supporter more then a football supporter, watching only when my team played - whether it be the Steelers or my high school Jayhawks.  That began to change though when I left home.  I started watching other teams, especially the 49ers and the Dolphins, along with my beloved Steelers.  After all, I justified, Marino and Montana were both western PA boys.  In time, it grew into a love of the game, period. 

As I get older, I find myself following more, long after the year is over.  Where I once had no interest in the draft or who was acquired via free agency, I now follow it religiously.  This, in part, because of my husband.  This was something he taught me.  From there I started to watch the proceedings at the Combine and followed Scouts day.  Today I'm as immersed in the NFL and all things football almost as much as I am with my family. 

So my passion is the Steelers, but I'm still in love with the game and because of this, I'm still here, watching the teams race to February, having in mind who will go and sympathizing with the fans who's teams didn't make it. 

Welcome to my blog.  Perhaps this is the best place to start, a little background and a love for the game....(and no...this will not replace my Monday Morning Musings...I promise).

Category: General

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2008 10:45 pm

Cheesecake, Family and Football

What an amazing blog, sex and cookie recipes, I thought I was pretty stable, but now I think I need a therapist!!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2008 9:42 pm

Cheesecake, Family and Football


I always enjoy your opinions and comments (I might not tell you all the time).  Thank you for all your conversations...and I can undersand why you would want another style of cheesecake right now...

And thank you for your input.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2008 8:35 pm

Cheesecake, Family and Football

Great job Momluvs, as always. I too enjoy football, cheesecake and family. I couldn't play team sports as a youth because of family issues. I was needed at home after school in the olden days, things being what they were. I did have the skills and desire for baseball but wasn't considered big enough for football. Even though I was quick on my feet, I wasn't considered fast enough. I stopped growing at 16 and at 5' 8", and being fairly light I never got to play outside the sandlot.  After a few years and far too many slices of cheesecake I've gained a few pounds. I now have a nice recliner from which I watch my favorites play. I've admired alot of different teams and players over the years including your Steelers, but I've been loyal to the Patriots since 1960. I'm not an expert on the game, and likely never will be. I still learn something new every year, and not always about football, heh heh. I do have my opinions and will blather on sometimes incoherently when the urge strikes me. How can a person not love this game? So many different factors coming together to form a winning team make it a complex delight. Long live the NFL and New York Style cheesecake. Keep writing and I'll keep enjoying Moms.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 2:12 pm

Cheesecake, Family and Football

LOL Jazzman,

Well, I'm looking forward to your recipe, it sounds delicious.  As far as the pecans and macadamias in the toll house, I've tried pecans, but we're not much on pecans (unless it's in pie) in our family...I did have a chance to do it with the macadamia's, they're definitely delicious.


Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:12 pm

Cheesecake, Family and Football

Wow Mom, recipes, wisdom, and a tribute to Sweetness.  Be careful, this Bears fan might fall in love with you <jk>  LOL.  Don't worry, I am far away and too lazy to break up anyone's home.  I have a grill recipe I will post for you if you and your family enjoy Southwestern styled chicken.  The marinade includes Tequila.  Hmmm, Hmmm.  But, I have to locate my recipe binder so that I do not miss any of the marinade ingredients.  I have already copied some of your you have posted.  I will let you know how I did with them.  However, as often is with creatively bent cooks, we often use a recipe as inspiration as opposed to a step by step game plan.  We tweak here and there in an attempt to create what we would like to taste. 

BTW, the Toll House Recipe is a favorite of mine.  I do mine with pecans and macadamias.  Try it.  I'm sure your family will enjoy.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 4:25 am

Cheesecake, Family and Football

Thanks Steelhat, glad I can evoke those feelings in

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 4:24 am

Cheesecake, Family and Football

Rivers, I'm glad to see you back again and looking forward to chatting with you the rest of next year and the next.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 4:20 am

Cheesecake, Family and Football

one two three, thank you for your kind comments.  Yes, I do mean the Jeannette Jayhawks, unfortunately I've left the area 9 years ago so I haven't followed the high school games at all.  Did they take State?

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 3:07 am

Cheesecake, Family and Football

O.k. You've made hungry, nostalgic and anxious all at once. Keep Hammering MomLuvs.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 2:27 am

Cheesecake, Family and Football

Hmmm, I can't quite remember when I first read something that 'MOMS' wrote, was probably last year, when I joined this site as "Rivers-side".

What I do remember was thinking---HUH?, this lady loves here Steelers and her football....and that was good enough for me.

I've not talked too often to Moms this season, Yet I'm with you in your spirit and love of the game.

Mom-lus?, I missed chatting with you this season, may-be next others?


"There's always next year"

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