Weekend: a party + a cheesecake recipe.

dinner table setting

In addition to wearing bright fuchsia lipstick, eating waffles, and watching too much television (Girls, Game of Thrones, and Sister Wives) this weekend, I went to a gorgeous birthday party on Saturday night. A sit down dinner with candles, flowers, and real china.

dinner table

I brought beer and a koozie, but now I think I want Waterford crystal and dinnerware. LOOK HOW PRETTY!




Jen made the cheesecake, which had this shortbread crust, delicious extra layer with almond extract, and a topping of sugared strawberries. It was a winner, and I’m prone to only liking cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts.

jen and emily

Not to worry! I snagged the recipe from Jen the next day.


Norma Jean’s Cheesecake

Okay, how much do you love the name?! The recipe is from a friend of her mom’s in Washington state.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 6 T melted butter

1. Stir, press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

2. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes until set and light golden in color. Turn oven down to 325 degrees F.


  • 3 8-oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

3. With a mixer, blend cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy.

4. Add in eggs and blend. Add flour, milk, salt, and lemon juice. Blend once more. No need to overbeat!

5. Pour into pan and bake for one hour. Can be wiggly but should look dryish and matte. Turn oven off, prop door open. Leave cheesecake in oven to cool for about an hour.


(add after cheesecake cools)

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 capful of almond extract

6. Mix topping ingredients together and spread on cheesecake. Jen served it with sliced strawberries, sprinkled with a bit of sugar. IT WAS AMAZING!

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9 Responses to Weekend: a party + a cheesecake recipe.

  1. Janis says:

    What an elegant dinner! And you guys look like a fun bunch. I am bookmarking this for the cheesecake recipe. Thank your friend for me, too. And I love your beer and koozie. It adds character to the table setting!

    • Sarah says:

      It does at a nice juxtaposition. The koozie was a gift from Laney. It seemed everyone in NOLA had koozies with them.

  2. Chelsea C says:

    Great photos of a stunning party!! I must make the cake, thank you for the recipe :)
    P.S. is the kitchen really pink? How great is that? Did it match your lipstick??

  3. I love your photogrqaphy style, and the cake sounds amazing :)

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  5. Rebekah says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos! Looks like a fantastic house and party…like something you’d see featured in a Williams-Sonoma catalog.

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