Six years and counting…

It was a hobby, something I started to fill the hours of my day six years ago and has since become something more than I ever thought. As of late it has been my therapy and support system (both emotionally and financially…thanks to all who do either as they are equally important!). It’s been a way to vent my frustrations at stupid (well people who have yet to educate themselves…I’ll be PC) or uptight people of the world who interact with me. My way to try new recipes and challenge myself and others. My way to annoy people (RSS feeds, Oreo’s, Funfetti). My way to help my mom raise money for cancer (she’s at it again if you want to help). My way to be a show mom with my dog. My way to learn how a camera works…yowza those first few years were harsh (and I still have a ton more to learn). My way to hopefully inspire people with my slightly off the beaten path recipes.

June 11th marks six years of attempting to come up with stuff that will keep people coming back to this blog. Some people tell me I make their day better. Some people tell me I make their day worse (FYI-why read this blog if that is true…find a life). Some people just want to see how much butter I go through in a month. For the record the answer to that question is about 12 pounds a month (for real)…though less in the summer months. I’m still amazed that people tell me while they like my food, they really like my writing. Could you all put that in a letter form and send it to my High School AP English teacher please, who would strongly disagree with that statement. :P

This blog has gone through many changes over the years. When I started I had no direction (not that I do now :) ). Then I got fancy and tried to make difficult desserts I learned in pastry school. I forced myself to blog three times a week. Then I got burned out and made hardly anything. More recently I switched to much easier things to make with easier ingredients to find (except for my UK and Australian readers…sorry guys), with a more complicated dessert from time to time. Some people really hated that ( I have even lost a few upper crust super-all natural food blogger friends who clearly weren’t my friends). But you know what; I want people to make things from this blog. That’s why I bother to write it (that and I am narcissistic :D ). And I noticed that when I make the easy stuff is what people actually make it. There are much prettier blogs than mine (most of them actually) and I love to look at them but never make a thing from them. For some people that’s okay, just not for me.

So in thinking how to recognize my achievement of actually running a blog this long, I decided to do more of the new school me than the old school me. Combining two of my favorite things of all time, Funfetti and Cheesecake. These are a spinoff of the Circus Cookie Cheesecakes I made for my real birthday a few years back. I loved those so much, I thought why not. These are more cheesecake than cake, but they texture is different than that of a regular cheesecake. Either way, I love them. They were the right choice for the celebration that is for sure. I am also quite sure you can use any cake mix you want. Which makes me want to try this with carrot cake, since that goes so well with cream cheese….maybe next week.

I would just like to thank all of you who read my blog, the new readers and old (long term…not old :P )readers alike. So on this my lovely 6 years anniversary/blog birthday whatever you want to call it…what keeps you coming back to my blog?

Funfetti Cheesecake-Cakes

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup sour cream
1 cup Funfetti Cake Mix

Preheat oven to 275F.

Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.

Add egg and beat.

Add vanilla, sour cream, and cake mix, beat until fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared cupcake liners.

Bake for 22 minutes, rotating half way through.

Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Chill in fridge in muffin tins for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Recipe makes about 8….I was going for self-control.

Top with whipped cream and more sprinkles if desired.

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

Comments

  1. Oh my word I want to eat all of these! I am in love with mini cheesecakes and Funfetti. :) These look soooo incredible!

  2. Wow, six years?! I haven’t even been doing this for a year nor am I as prolific as you and I’m already feeling a little burned out. Anyway, count me in as one whose day is brightened by your blog and your fanciful recipes. I’ve only made a few but bookmarked many, many more. I enjoy your fun stories and lead-ins to each recipe. Heck, I even enjoy your rants since I seem to hate many of the same things you do.

  3. Your beautiful creations, which I find so satisfying reading about that I don’t feel forced to eat them. (and my thighs thank me!) But most of all, I keeping coming back because I appreciate your attitude toward life, the universe, everything…

  4. 6 years already? Seriously? I just realized today is my 4 year anniversary… Should probably do something for that…

  5. Make that 5 years. Jesus.

  6. Congratulations! I love your blog. The picture today looks really yummy & fun to make.

  7. Congrats! I love all of your stages, and will follow no matter what direction you take. It’s so much fun to read your writing, and your recipes are always creative and fabulous, whether super-fancy or riddled with Funfetti. Here’s to 6 more years! (HUG)

  8. Congratulations on 6 years! Your blog is one of my favorites, both the humor and the treats keep me coming back. Looking forward to another 6 years :)

  9. Hey Peabody!
    Happy Blog-o-birthday! I’m new to your blog but I’m really enjoying it. I plan to read the archives as well as I can – I’m liking it that much. Pretty sure this will become one of my staples (I follow 3 food oriented blogs now) because of your wit and charm. There’s an ease to your style of writing that is very appealing. Keep up the good work!

  10. I meant to say “as soon as I can”. See what happens when you try to type while someone is talking to you?

  11. Caroline says:

    I am a long-time reader, but this is my first time to comment. Congrats on 6 years! I keep reading your blog because it feels like we’re having a conversation. I think that if we met in person, we would be good friends :) I love your writing style and your recipes are delicious! Keep up the good work!

  12. These look like the perfect celebratory cakes! Congrats on 6 successful years of blogging! You were probably one of the very first food bloggers:-)

  13. Congratulations and Thank you for making a great blog that is so honest, funny and informative! I don’t usually make desserts (being diabetic kinda puts a damper on it) but I love to read what you have to say, you’re so down to earth and likes hockey so whats not to like!

  14. Congratulations! I never post but I come a lot just to relax, to see something delicious (unfortunately I can´t bake what you bake). I like your truth. Keep being as you are!

  15. Happy 6th blog-iversarry :)

    I come back because I like your blog, easy as that!

  16. ‘Cause I make your stuff–and you play hockey—-and you write good

    I’ve said it before—I probably make more of your recipes than any other blog that I follow

    So, thanks

  17. Mary Ellen says:

    Happy 6th! Congrats and thank you. You are among the blogs I always go to…straight to the point, no BS, tell it like it is…love it! Recipes I’m interested in, stories I relate to, sometimes I laugh, other times something gets caught in my throat. It’s a place I like to visit.

  18. Happy Blogaversary!

  19. Jeanne H says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your readers have something to celebrate as well you do! :) Your blog is one I always read and always enjoy. Your photos are excellent; my resident semi-pro photog approves. Good photos are so important for cooks and bakers when making something for the first time.

    I must confess that I prefer to make the easy stuff, lazy person that I am, although I enjoy learning about the pastry chef type creations. I do need to be careful of artificial colors however, since I once had a major, long-lasting reaction to them. (Who knew that Nutri-Grain bars had so much freaking artificial color in the fruit fillings?!) So I save the food coloring consumption for the really important things like M&M’s! ;)

    Enjoying the New Peadbody’s recipes – who knows, maybe I will get some Funfetti cake mix!

    Best! – Jeanne

  20. We will always be your followers peabody. Where else can I get the inspiration or have special treats without the calories by just oggling.

  21. Sunshine says:

    It’s been a great 6 years! I love your recipes because they are simple and easy….even if you have to use box mix once in a while.

  22. happy blogaversary/blogthday!!!
    i have been following your blog for 4 years. your wit/rants/straightforwardness are all reasons that i read, but i also love your desserts. i really like the minimal pictures of the desserts…i don’t need to see a picture of butter and sugar being creamed. thanks for making me laugh, say “damn straight!” and showing us your cute animals.

  23. Happy blog birthday. You’re my favorite blog because of your rants, your creative fun recipes and your “furry family”. Another fun element is that you’re a former WW leader. Makes me laugh. Every time I lose an additional 10 pounds I buy a new baking book. Wishing you many more birthdays!

  24. Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading all your posts, and can’t wait for many more years of yummy food!

  25. Congrats on 6 years!! I love Funfetti – this is definitely the perfect way to celebrate :)

  26. Congrats on the 6 years!

    Your writing is what keeps me coming back! I can find recipes anywhere, but I love your sassiness, honesty and general attitude of not putting up with any crap. Reminds me of myself! hehehe

  27. Congrats, Peabody. Six years already? I’m one of those silent readers who hardly ever comments, but I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your recipes(especially the easy ones!) and I really enjoy what you write. As someone else said…you are real, and don’t lie about what needs to be said, and I admire you for that.

  28. Congrats on going strong for 6 years!

  29. My 8 year old has these on the agenda for her birthday in August! I’m sharing some dessert links on my blog tomorrow and plan to include these with a lovely link back to you. Happy blog birthday!

  30. You’re honestly the only blogger who is not a personal friend of mine that I read regularly. Your recipes are amazing and you are fun to read. Keep it up! I love the idea of trying this recipe with carrot cake. YUM!

  31. Ashleigh says:

    love your recipe. Cannot wait to try it.

  32. Hi Peabody….congratulations on your 6 year anniversary.

    I love your blog-I always find inspiration here-and many of your antics have made me smile.

    BTW-still lovin’ your Snickerdoodle Muffins…..those are THE BEST.

    Keep doin’ what you do-keepin’ it real. :)

  33. Happy Belated Blogiversary birthday thingy!

  34. Liz Vadset-Olver says:

    I will say congratulations on 6 years also even though I am a newbie I have really enjoyed reading all your posts and recipes. I want to make these funfetti cheesecakes for my grandson Hendrix’s bd which is in a couple of days and have a question. You list 1 egg in the ingredient list, but in the directions you say to add the eggs one at a time..are there more than 1 egg in the recipe? Thank you Peabody.

  35. @ Liz -Just one egg….sometimes late at night I write out the recipes and my brain goes bye-bye. :)

  36. Liz Vadset-Olver says:

    I hear you on that one! Thank you again for clarifying..appreciate it and I am anxious to make these, I know he will love them. In fact, I think I’ll also make them for my granddaughter’s bd because she loves funfetti cake.

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