It's FALL 🎃🍁🍂!
The calendar officially says it's AUGUST, so now it's time for the humidity drenched days to end...right?! Ah, who am I kidding?! This is North Carolina! We likely won't get a noticeable break until late September or October! Well, either way I'm sure it's time for Starbuck's to start pushing everything pumpkin or caramel, so I'll jump on the bandwagon!
The Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake is the first autumnal flavor to welcome the season! Perhaps your like me and not a lover of cheesecake. Well then this is “the dessert” for you! The magic of whipped cream elevates this from a cream cheese tasting dessert to a light airy mousse creation. There is too much whipped cream gently folded into the batter for the texture to resonate as a traditional cheesecake. The addition of pumpkin’s favorite spicy friends will warm your palette in the most delightful way — fresh cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a hint of clove. And wait, there’s more! All that lusciousness is hidden under a billowy blanket of even more whipped cream topping the mousse cheesecake! There’s a total of nearly 2 cups of heavy cream (before it’s whipped and nearly doubles) between the mousse and the topping. Take it to ANOTHER level by choosing optional Heath toffee or toasted coconut to grace the whipping cream topping. No graham cracker crust in sight! It’s gingersnap crust all the way for the perfect finish.
I had some of my friends very excited when they read one of my FB post and thought I was opening a retail storefront. After reading a few comments, I realized the word "digital" was down at the very bottom of the post. 🤦🏾♀️ If you know any my story, you already know I've been down that path right of pastry school and have ZERO, zilch, zippo, nada desire to do so again.
I feel like I have enough activities going on in a given week for enough material for a sitcom, so I'll share 2 key "festivities" with you.
After an automatic iPhone update my (ancient) 6S Plus would no longer connect to WiFi and then needed to stay plugged in constantly or the battery drained at an accelerated rate. I was leaving on my birthday weekend getaway to my friend's lakehouse in Tennessee, but when I fired up the phone's GPS it immediately flashed a "temperature too high" or "phone too hot" warning. It promptly shut itself down never to come on again. Thankfully, I had already received my replacement phone -- I'm up to an iPhone 7 Plus now! So only 5 minutes away from home, I was forced to turn around and setup the new one in order to have a working phone for my trip. The new one connected to WIFI like a champ and within an hour all my apps had downloaded. I made note of my passwords for a few key apps then hopped in the car to start my mini vacation. I didn't realize until I arrived in TN, I wasn't logged into 99% of my applications after the upgrade, didn't have any of those passwords with me, so I was cut off from email the entire trip. Not the worst thing ever since it was supposed to be a mini vacation.
As for my frost-free freezer fail...
I discovered ”the store” will close your service ticket if they don't have an ETA on the required part AND offer you a buy out BUT for the price you ORIGINALLY paid. Don't take the buy-out until you check the NEW selling price for the appliance. When you get the buy-out email you only have 1 BUSINESS DAY before they start issuing the payment and cancel the remainder of your protection plan, so you have to move quickly. Thankfully I got on the phone first thing the next morning and found the service company had just received notification from their distributor that TWO of the parts I need just came in! Thankfully again, I wrote done the reps name, the time, and exactly what she said. This turned out to save me as this whole event unfolded as a 2nd rep (45 minutes later) at the service company was giving me the "we don't have that part" response. I was on the phone for 1 hour getting everything straightened out, but it was worth it! The part for my freezer is scheduled to be installed this week. Thank you Jesus! Now I don't have to spend many hundreds of dollars more on a new unit AND pay for the old one to be hauled away.
I'll save the rest of my adventures for a subsequent post!
Be sure to check out my new article in LKNConnect! It's scheduled to post on 8/3! Until then, order the Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake -- it's truly love at first bite!