Cheesecake Brownies

I was reading my new copy of Country Living US today and I came across this recipe, which frankly combines my two favorite things in the world….chocolate brownies and cheesecake!! I’m soooo making these sometime next week. Here’s the recipe, thanks Country Living!

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New start

Welcome to my new blog.  I’ve been on here a while as Geek Mum, and whilst I still retain my geeky roots this is primarily a blog for my new business.  I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think that I’m going to have a job much longer and I don’t think I want to work for someone else again.  I work very hard, I’ve improved the IT business processes hugely where I work and I’ve still after nearly 2 years to get a payrise!

So sod it, I’ll work for myself for a while and see if I can make a go of it 🙂

When I had my daughter, I found a side of myself that was very admiring of handmade goods.  You have to bear in mind I’ve always been a woman who couldn’t see the point of knitting  or sewing when you could buy the same thing in Tesco’s or M&S.  But as my daughter has grown I’m starting to see the point of it all, from knitting (which I still can’t do!) to gardening (which I’m excellent at!) I’ve become a mini Martha.

The idea of this business started a few months ago when I was chatting to my friend Kate about the lack of wearable clothes for my tall 4 year old daughter.  She’s in age 5-6 and soon to be 6-7 and I’ve recently discovered that all the large stores, whilst they carry this size it’s just the same thing they dress the 13-14 years in but smaller and the same price.  Now whilst my daughter *loves* wearing big girl clothes, I really hate her looking like a mini teenager/hooker! We’ve had endless arguments over the subject, which whilst I was expecting this when she was a teen, I wasn’t expecting it at 4 years old.

So I was ranting onto Kate and she pointed out she was a trained dressmaker with a *lot* of vintage 1970’s patterns and a lot of material.  Having chatted to all my friends with daughters of the same age, I realised there is a gap in the market.  All our daughters are tall for their ages (lets face it all teenagers are giant and it hasn’t happened overnight!) and we were fed up with mini skirts and boob tubes as a clothing option for our daughters.

So this is where I’m at at the moment, Kate’s going to make some clothes, we’re going to try and sell them with my web techie know-how.  But the big thing is I need to cross sell, I can’t just sell Kate’s clothes as fab as they are, I need to sell other things.  I’ve seen a load of really beautiful handmade items on the web and I want to buy them all.  I’ll be loading up the blogs that have inspired me on the blog roll later – there are some fabulous ones out there!  Seriously check them out they are wonderful.

Anyway this is the picture that inspired me to just go for it.  It’s my daughter 4 years ago in the blanket her great-grandmother crochet for her.  It’s still a favourite in our household and something I hope to hand down to my grand-children


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