Happy New Year!

by jerseygirl on January 1, 2009 · 43 comments

I just wanted to wish everyone a healthy and happy 2009! We brought in the new year at a good friend’s house. The kids as well as the adults had a blast. Today was another day of friends and food. I have eaten so much in the last 24 hours that I need a wheel barrow to roll me to bed. I made a NY style cheesecake and a chocolate peanut butter pie but I can barely stand to look at any more sweets. We have some leftover and I might as well just glue them to my thighs.

So come next week, I will be featuring healthy recipes enriched with lots of veggies. But in the meantime, here is a great favorite of the kiddos. It is one of those simple, non sophisticated, throw together desserts that kids just love. If you are interested in a good cheesecake recipe, click here. This is more of an adult style dessert. I made mine with a black cherry topping. We cut it before I snapped a picture but here is a leftover piece.

Have a great weekend and be ready to think HEALTHY!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
1 8 or 9-inch prepared or home made chocolate crumb crust
1 (11-oz. pkg.) Nestle chocolate and peanut butter chips (if you can’t find these, you can substitute half PB chips and half chocolate)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
chocolate shavings for garnish

Set aside crust. Microwave chips in a medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH power for 1 minute; stir until smooth. Beat melted chocolate, cream cheese and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until light in color. Fold in Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm. Top with chocolate shavings.

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Paula January 2, 2009 at 1:46 am

Happy New Year, Lisa! I hear you about craving veggies! Can’t wait to see what you cook in 2009! 🙂

Beth January 2, 2009 at 6:18 am

Happy New Year

Mari January 2, 2009 at 6:56 am

Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing good things all year long!

JerseyBites.com January 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

Oh Lisa, I hear ya. I can’t look at another cookie or brownie. I look forward to your healthy recipes. I’ll be working on mine as well. Healthy and cheap, that’s my New Year’s resolution. Happy New Year.

Tanya January 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

Happy New Year to you Lisa! I hope you have a truly wonderful 2009.

culinarycory.com January 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

Happy New Year! I look forward to reading about your healthy recipes.

EAT! January 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

Happy happy New Year!!! My family will be very grateful in the new year if I make this yummy looking pie.

Debbie January 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

Happy New Year to you!!! Both desserts look great.

Megan January 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

OMG that pie looks awesome, thanks for the recipe. Happy New Year!

Mary January 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

Happy New Year, Lisa> I suppose that one more piece of something absolutely delicious won't kill me. I'm thinking peanut butter pie.

Cathy January 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Happy New Year, Lisa! I am so glad that I found your blog — I always enjoy your posts! I look forward to hearing more from you in 2009 (and I could certainly use some great healthy recipes after the holiday eat-a-thon!)

These desserts look fantastic!

Lisa magicsprinkles January 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Happy New Year!

biz319 January 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

My daughter would LOVE that pie!

Happy New Year Lisa! Hope you don’t mind I added you to my blogroll – finally getting the time to update it!

Clumbsy Cookie January 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I’ve been eating a lot lately too Lisa. Bring on those healthy recipes!!!

HoneyB January 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

oh, Peanut Butter Pie!! Everyone here loves it! Happy New Year!

Bridgett January 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Happiest new year to you and your family, Lisa! I love the first pic of the ornaments glowing. How pretty is that? Not as gorgeous as the pie though 😉 I am with you on craving a bit more healthy at this point.

melissa January 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Oh Lisa! I am not a dessert person, and yet that peanut butter chocolate pie looks reeeeally really good. Yum.

I can’t wait to make healthy meals all week next week too. My body is craving it. Happy New Year!

That Girl January 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I do love chocolate and peanut butter together!

Patsyk January 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Happy New Year!

I can’t wait to see what healthy meals you have in mind for next week. I’ll be doing the same!

Sara January 3, 2009 at 12:43 am

Happy new year! I’m ready for some healthy eating!

Lori January 3, 2009 at 7:14 am

Cheesecake with black cherry topping sounds SO good!! Happy New Year! 🙂

Zesty Cook January 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

Happy New Year Lisa! No wonder you had a good time. Look at the dessert 🙂


Jeena January 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Happy new year Lisa.

This is something I could so dig my spoon into it looks totally delicious! 🙂

Erica January 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm

hahhaa- “I might as well just glue them to my thighs.” You crack me up. Both desserts look great! I look forward to seeing all of your healthy creations 😉

Bunny January 4, 2009 at 12:51 am

Happy New Year Lisa, I ‘ll be excited to see what 2009 brings to your blog!

Katrina January 4, 2009 at 12:52 am

Hope you’re off to a great start to the new year! Great looking pie and cheesecake. Yep, need to start anew. Made some yummy salmon last night. Can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing!

Cynthia January 4, 2009 at 3:09 am

Happy New Year to you and the family Lisa! Thanks for always taking the time to visit my blog.


The Blonde Duck January 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I’ll think healthy right after you slide over a piece of that cheesecake.

Pam January 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

Oh Lisa, I know what you mean…I need to eat healthy. The peanut butter pie would make my daugher so happy!!

Katherine Aucoin January 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

Happy New Year Lisa! Can’t wait to see the healthy recipes!

alexandra's kitchen January 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Happy New Year to you! That chocolate-peanutbutter pie looks unbelievable … just one more bite before resolutions begin?

Aggie January 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Oh Lisa…both of those pies just sent me over the edge! lol…they look so so good. MMMMmmmmmm….

I can’t wait to see your upcoming healthy recipes, we are both on the same page!! I’ll be needing some ideas!

Happy New Year!

Catherine Wilkinson January 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Belated Happy New Years, Lisa! Thanks for all your kind encouragement and your awesome blog and recipes! You rock, Jersey Girl!

ConversationsWithACupcake January 6, 2009 at 11:52 am

That pie looks incredible! Yum Yum, and a delicious New Year to you, too. 🙂

Colleen January 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Hey, it can’t hurt to look at a picture right! lol – Happy New Year!

mikky January 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

i love your pic!!! happy new year!!! 🙂

Jan January 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I love your expression about gluing the leftover sweets onto your thighs. Both your desserts look fab.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2009.

Annie January 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Looks so yummy. I know what you mean about gluing the sweets to your thighs. I am so there.
I am still eating leftover junk from Christmas and I feel so sick after eating it. But yet I keep doing it every night. I am having my last Christmas get together this weekend with relatives that I couldn’t see before the holiday. So there will be another full round of sweets and junk all around me.
Oh well, I will have to go cold turkey after this weekend! Happy New Year! 🙂

Meg January 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Happy New Year! Both recipes are amazing!

The Food Hunter January 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Happy New Year! There’s an award for you on my blog.

Kevin January 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I like the sound of a chocolate peanut butter pie.

Happy new year!

Jenny January 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Happy New Year Lisa! I always love checking your blog to see what’s cooking in your kitchen! Now that I’m getting settled, I can get back to my blogging schedule! Those pies look to die for!

Jeff January 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Droool….chocolate and peanut butter. Save me a slice!

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