Weight a minute….

Dear Kirstie Ally,
How brave it was of you to go on to Oprah and push your new weight loss program. The one you haven’t actually lost much weight on, but plan to. The one where you claim you are going to lose it all by November of this year.
I’m actually all in favor of this WILL going to happen stuff, that is why I am writing you. I plan on inventing something really great. I can’t tell you what it is yet (just like you can’t tell us what your diet is…knew you would understand). Since my great idea is going to make me a ton of money, I thought that you could loan me the money up front and I could pay you back in November. How’s that working for you?

Ah, Kirstie. I am so tired of hearing how brave she was to show people she was fat again. She is not brave, she needs money. She wanted to promote her soon to be new weight loss program (run, don’t walk to buy that crap).
Kirstie is the shinning example of why people should never say the phrase “I’ll never be that weight/size again” because reality is, you might be. I cringe when they say it on the Biggest Loser, I cringe when Oprah says it, I cringe when my friends say it. It’s not that I don’t want any of these people to keep the weight off, it’s just been a pattern. Food is not the issue with most people…though it is for me (love me some food).
Which is why I am such a love yourself where you are at this moment kind of person. Fat, skinny, tall, short (or fun sized as I like to call myself), bald, hairy, you name it. It’s you, please celebrate that.
And I am not quite sure why society is so obsessed with it anyway. I mean, let’s take the other yo-yo dieter of the world, Oprah. Why does she feel the need to come out and apologize for packing on the stress weight? She is a busy woman, she’s bound to stress eat from time to time.
And what about the opposite? Lindsay Lohan, she’s melting away. I’m quite sure the magazines that are snapping her photos aren’t doing it out of concern for her health. She broke up with someone. She’s sad. She’s dropped weight. Pretty much every girl I know who breaks up with someone drops a few pounds afterwards. Why should we be concerned. If it is an unhealthy weight for her let the people around her who are her friends and family deal with it.
If Lindsay does want to pack on a few pounds though, this little dessert can help her out. It’s very deceiving in the fact that it is very light to taste, but with heavy cream and cream cheese, light is not exactly how one might want to describe it. The best part is, no baking and can be made ahead of time. Perfect for say a Memorial Day celebration. This originally was a key lime mousse cake but I couldn’t find any, and wanted fresh. So I switched to lemon. I also switched out the graham crackers for gingersnaps to give it a little more of a bite.
Hope everyone enjoys your holiday (if you celebrate it) weekend. Be safe!

Lemon Cream Cheese Mousse Cake

2 cups crushed gingersnaps
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 TBSP brown sugar


6 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 envelope (about 2 ¼ tsp) unflavored gelatin
2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided
10 ounces white chocolate, chopped
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 TBSP lemon zest

For the crust:
In a medium bowl, combine the gingersnaps, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For the filling:
In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice and gelatin; let stand for 2 minutes.
Bring ½ cup cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add white chocolate, stirring until smooth. Stir in the gelatin mixtures, and allow to cool.
In a large bowl (or use a stand mixer), beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest at medium speed with an electric mixer until combined.
Slowly beat cooled white chocolate mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
In a large bowl, beat remaining cups cream at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into white chocolate mixture, and pour into prepared springform pan.
Cover and freeze overnight.
Remove from freezer and gently run a knife around the edges of the pan to release the crust from the side of the pan.
Garnish with chocolate curls.
Cut into wedges with a knife that has been dipped into hot water.

Adapted from Best Desserts: Paula’s Favorite Sweets by Paula Dean Magazine


  1. Why doesn’t Kristie realize that until she loses weight no one is going to believe that here system will work? I mean how dumb is that? It didn’t work for her obviously. And did anyone really think she weighed 140 on the Oprah show when she weighed in a bikini with a coverup and a line going up and down the middle, and PANTY HOSE to use every trick in the book to “appear” thin?

  2. Darlene says:

    I love you Miss Peabody. This blog brought a tear to my eye.
    Now I must go make a cheesecake.

  3. Looks delicious! Beautiful pictures!

  4. The cake looks lovely. I am very tired of all the celebrities that are looked up to for losing weight and so on. They have access to personal trainers etc……we should all be so lucky!!!

  5. preach on sista girl! as i sit here and slide really smooth green tea ice cream (3rd time today) onto my tongue!

  6. Made it a few days ago. It is gone!!!!
    Everyone liked it frozen best of all

  7. Bonsoir, je découvre ton blog à travers celui de anula, je ne comprends pas l’anglais mais tes photos sont magnifiques, je suppose que tes recettes doivent trop bonnes !
    bonne nuit

  8. I used to be one of those people who constantly decided I was going to lose all that weight by *insert random date here.* Then I decided that I do much better when I don’t weigh myself at all, so I started running and realized that when my jeans feel tight, it’s easy to lay off the desserts for a week.

    My jeans are fitting just fine, and this cake looks like something I might need a slice of…

  9. Melissa says:

    I love your attitude! I hate listening to people talk about their weight issues (big and thin alike). Life is so much more enjoyable when you just ENJOY it. As long as you are healthy who cares how many calories are in that mousse cake? ;)

  10. mmmm… that looks great. is it more of a light texture, or heavy like cheesecake?

  11. Hello ! je ne comprends pas et ne lis pas du tout l’anglais mais j’ai vu que tu étais passé sur mon blog.
    Ton dessert est super joli !

  12. Hello, gorgeous cake, but I have a quick question. Do you think it would be okay to keep this in the fridge versus the freezer, or would it not set enough? I would prefer it not to be a frozen “icebox” dessert, so I was wondering if the fridge would work. Thanks!

  13. @Chelsea- I would let it set up in the freezer and then move it to the fridge for an hour or so before you want to serve it.

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