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Blessings from a No-Bake Cheesecake

I do always get the comment, “Your life is surely stressful!” when they find out that I have 4 sons and the first two having special needs. I am blessed to be part of a community and continuously being formed to always count my blessings. Stress will be ever present. But we can turn these stresses into opportunities to expand ourselves and grow.

So I say, rather than stressful, I would like to call our lives interesting and meaningful.

I have realized that the daily reality of taking care of my family is one way God speaks to me. He sends messages and directions through my encounters with my husband and children. I am also always affirmed of God’s love, first and foremost, through them. This leads me to be more thankful that I am able to care for my family and still have time to do OTHER things.

When some downtime is in order, some would find getting a mani-pedi, a massage, watching a movie or even a trip elsewhere for a change in environment worthwhile. While I agree with all these, I would like to share a simple recipe that relaxes me and is my personal treat whenever I want some “me time”. It is healthy, enjoyed by most people, and most of all, when I dig into a cup of it, blessings and opportunities seem to keep on flowing! BLESSINGS indeed!

No-Bake Cheesecake

CHEESECAKE

1 Heavy cream (250ml)

1 8oz cream cheese

1 tbsp lemon juice (more if you like)

1 tsp vanilla

Sweetener (to taste, I prefer stevia)

TOPPING (can be used as jam for breads)

Sweetener (to taste, I prefer stevia)

1 cup water

2 tbsp chia seeds

OPTIONAL

Gelatin unflavored ( I use Knox since it has no sugar)

• Mix all cheesecake ingredients till smooth.
• Scoop into cups then chill.
• Cut or mash berries to desired size.
• Boil fresh berries, sweetener, and water in low heat, stirring once in a while.
• Turn off heat (It should still have a liquid part since when you put in the chia seeds, it will be like have a jelly-like consistency), then add chia seeds. Mix and let cool.
• Top on chilled cheesecake. Refrigerate again. Cover with cling wrap.

OPTIONAL: once firm, you can put gelatin on top.

 

Rachel Arguelles

By God's love, a teacher by profession, an ATM (Always There Mom) to four boys and forever in love with husband Bboy. The ever multi-tasking wife is always eager to learn and willing to unlearn, especially in areas of making the house a better home and bringing Good News into the lives of her family and of others.

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