In honor of Valentine’s Day, I figured I would have to share something sweet and pink. There are a lot of things that can fit into that category, but this cheesecake tops my list. I am partial to cheesecake as it is my favorite dessert and enjoy all different types. However, this one is so unique and fun — I felt like a 5-year-old again. But being an adult is so much better because I got to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love being a grown up.

Last year, my mom came into town and made me this for my birthday. Yes, I know — I am over 30-years-old and still totally spoiled. Not only was the cheesecake scrumptious, it was even more enjoyable that as a mom and wife who usually does all the kitchen work, someone else made me something. That alone can be such a great way to show someone you love them. Food isn’t just a way to a man’s heart, as they say — it really is a way to anyone’s heart.

Who doesn’t love the gift of a meal or sweet treat? I always appreciate the giving of food on a whim because I know how much time and effort go into cooking and baking. Most of the time it is hard enough to think about what we are going to eat, let alone think about making something for someone else.

Maybe this Valentine’s Day you could share the gift of a sweet surprise like this cheesecake. Or at least invite someone to come share a slice. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Brittany Arnold is the Douglas County Family editor and can be reached at

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