Deep, rich chocolate flavors this low-fat Red Velvet Cheesecake. Who says dessert can’t be healthy?
This recipe, Red Velvet Cheesecake, is dedicated to my little one. I married two of her favorite desserts, cheesecake and red velvet cake, and made one glorious dessert that has been “lightened”. It seemed appropriate to do this for Christmas since Christmas is so much about family and children. We’ve really tried to build traditions into the season that promote family time.
Every year my grandparents come for Thanksgiving. While they are here, we go to a tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree. It is so cool to have my grandparents, parents and little one all doing this together. It is always an adventure and something always goes wrong but I still love it. There are always “war wounds” from carrying the tree in. This year it was my turn to fall into the tree. Our tree has fallen down more than once. Oh, how I hate that! It now gets tied to the wall. This year it didn’t fall but we had just gotten the lights on and saw it was leaning. The tree had broken the tree stand. Ugh! Thanks to fantastic neighbors, the tree was hoisted into a new stand the next day and is now standing straight and proud.
Christmas Eve is filled with family traditions. My parents spend the night. We have lots and lots of appetizers (not usually very healthy), shrimp bisque soup and we watch White Christmas with Bing Crosby. My little one totally does not understand that movie. Why are they singing? Why are they dressed like that? Why does the phone have a cord? What kind of car is that? I feel old! We also open one present. It’s always Christmas pajama’s for my little one and all of us. We read The Night Before Christmas and put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care and off to sleep my little one goes.
In the morning, she will call to us to see if she can get out of bed. Yes, you read that correctly. She doesn’t get out of bed but asks if she can. I have no idea how we have managed to continue that. I keep waiting for the 3 am poke in the back asking if it is time to get up. We all get up and go down stairs. She patiently waits for pictures and coffee. Then digs into her stocking. We take turns opening presents. She usually wants to stop and play with every toy she opens. We check to see if Santa ate his cookies and the reindeer enjoyed their carrots. Santa always loves his glass of milk. The rest of the day follows with lots of food, toys and Christmas movies. It is a Merry Christmas.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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