Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cheesecake recipe for the 4th of July

This recipe is very easy and fool proof. You can't go wrong with the Lion house cheesecake recipe. The lion house cake and cupcake book has all American recipes, perfect for the 4th of July. It is classic Utah recipes.

4th of July Lion house cheesecake with fresh strawberry filling and whipped cream on a pedestal.

Lion House Cheesecake

Makes about 12 to 14 servings
1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

3 (8 ounces) Packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

For crust: Thoroughly mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press firmly onto bottom of a 10-inch pie pan or springform pan; set aside while preparing filling.

For filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; add sugar a little at a time. Add lemon juice. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in vanilla and combine thoroughly. Pour into crust; fill to within 1/2 inch of top to allow room for topping. Bake 55 to 60 minutes 

For topping: When cheesecake is almost finished baking. Beat sour cream with a wire whisk; add sugar and vanilla and mix well. Pour over completely baked cake and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with desired fruit topping or serve plain.

I skipped the topping and added the fruit filling with fresh strawberries and piped whipped cream.
I keep the decorations, like little flags you find on store bought cakes and use them later.

What are your plans for the 4th of July?


Monday, June 25, 2012

French party on Monday

I took this picture with my phone in my bathroom. The light was not good but look how cute those are!

So there is a picture for everybody. If you like dreamy white, pink, Vintage and cartoon.
Bonbon Filter is an iphone picture App, It's FREE!
You can grab it on the website:
Or in the Apple store: Bonbon filter App
Follow on Facebook
And Twitter!

For the party, link old and new French inspired posts!
Please be courteous and link back to your host Le chateau des fleurs.


Friday, June 22, 2012

My evening at KSL 5 news studios and the new "Twilight" trailer

I am a big "news" addict and baby and i watch KSL 5 TV everyday. I want to know what is going on in my community.   Although i do not blog about it.  I have very strong opinions on a lot of subjects and even politics. You can imagine my excitement when i was invited to a Utah blogger's meet in their studio.

With Deanie Wimmer

Kevin Eubank and  Dave McCann

Mike Headrick

Brooke Walker from studio 5

I was so happy to meet in person some bloggers i have known online for years.

Kirsten from The crafting chicks

Ashley from I am topsy turvy

Kaysi from Keeping it simple

The "behind" the scene. Where "my" news are made. I loved all the televisions with news from all over the States and maybe world?

KSL weather center

I got the chance to read the entertainment news for the new "Twilight" trailer.

Putting on the microphone.

Molly from Fleur de bee

It is harder than it seems but i really loved it. I would do it everyday. I was more exited than scared.
We had one take. I think we needed more. LOL

I can't wait for the new "twilight" movie to come out. It will be amazing.

Gap Cardigan / Downeast basics dress / Harmons  leggings / Charlotte Russe shoes

What an amazing evening thanks to KSL 5 news.
One more dream realized.

Love you all,
Isabelle Thornton

PS: Please be kind about the video. LOL

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lately from my iphone App, bonbon filter and KSL Blogger's meet

Some cute little girl is now playing with her toys, rolling around, eating mashed bananas. She is 4 1/2 months.

My Fairy is exited for preschool.

My first 4 flowers. I planted millions of Zinnias and wild flowers in my front yard. I only see millions of weeds. It is like faith. You just have to be patient. 

Zacky our maltese. Did you know that a shaved Maltese looks like a chihuahua? Now you do. 

Lately , incognito. Doing my hair and makeup is a luxury. Sporting an Iron man T-shirt that should only be worn inside...The baby takes all my time.

But tonight i will look good. I have been invited to a blogger's meet with the whole KSL team. Wish me luck!

iphone pictures edited with Bonbon filter

Monday, June 18, 2012

French party on Monday

My new App is an iphone picture App, It's FREE!
You can grab it on the website:
Or in the Apple store: Bonbon filter App
Follow on Facebook
And Twitter!

Just a little example. This is the Strato effect.

For the party, link old and new French inspired posts!
Please be courteous and link back to your host Le chateau des fleurs.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Russell Thornton for Amber Alert GPS was on Good things Utah

My Husband was on Good things Utah few days ago for Amber Alert GPS. He his the founder.
View the video.
To tell you more of the story, after we lost My boy and found him. He told me to look for a GPS.
In my research, i could not find anything satisfactory enough for me. You had to be home on your computer to track the GPS on your child. How do you go after your child staying home?
Russ thought that the best way was to track a child from a cell phone and follow the GPS to find your child. Only one problem...The technology did not exist!!!
Russ decided to invent it. He invented the first child tracking GPS from your cell phone.
I am very proud of my man, how hard he works. He is very good looking in the video too. LOL

You can check the video here:
Russell Thornton at Good Things Utah,

Happy Father's Day sweetie! Love you!
Happy week-end and Father's day to fathers out there!
Isabelle Thornton

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lately from my iphone

Soso is so darn cute, she is 4 1/2 months old. we have a stupid cold that won't leave. Going slow lately. Not going anywhere. Boring.

"sweet banana" peppers will be ready when turned pale yellow, if left alone it will then turn orange then red. It's a new favorite.

Green tomatoes for now...i am exited!
I have my veggies in pots on my deck.

Trip to the Aquarium in Sandy, Utah. We love the penguins...

And their photo booth...

Wrote this post...How to look good on Facebook. Funny but very practical. LOL

The kids are still in school but we are enjoying the heat and summer.

Hope your week is great,
Isabelle Thornton

Sunday, June 10, 2012

French Party on Monday and the Free Bonbon Filter iphone picture App! Come and grab it!

I don't' have a giveaway, i have something better! Bonbon filter is a cool new iphone App for your iphone pictures and it is FREE!!! is mine. I worked very hard on it. Tell me if you like it! I love it!!

You can grab it on their website:
Follow on Facebook
And Twitter!

Please be courteous and link back to your host Le chateau des fleurs.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

25 ways to look good on Facebook

Some people are only on Facebook to brag. I think i should name Facebook, Facebrag. If you are like me and have nothing to brag about (alright, except for the kids and crafts...) maybe you should start faking it. Here are some great ideas to make you feel good about yourself.

Crop and cut the top and you are in Hawaii, California or Florida...Mmmmmmm

1-If you can't cook: Next time your friends gives you a meal or treat. Take a picture of it and post it. People will think you cooked it and you will feel better about yourself.

2-No vacation in 10 years? No problem. Go to the lake and take pictures of the kids in the sand. Oh the possibilities if you have photoshop or can crop a picture!

3-Loosing weight? No biggie. Photoshop can shrink you too! Or no pictures attached. They won't know.

4-Just brag about how wonderful your marriage is, a poem, anything cheesy. I heard that people who do that have a terrible marriage but who knows? You will look good.

5-Make sure to have your birthday in the system. So you can have people leave a happy Birthday. So you can say thank you to everyone and will get a lot of attention. Thanks by the way. Today is my Birthday. I appreciate all the comments and i love you all. I love to be 27. (cough).

6-Get a trophy at the dollars store and take a picture with your kid.

7-Take a picture of a cute house and post it. They will all think it is your house so you won't feel too bad about the Foreclosure you just had.

8-Same for garden and tell how much you love your flowers. 

9-Post as many pictures of your kids as you can. Not the ones where they are crying.

10-Take pictures of yourself in very expensive clothes. Don't mention you got it at the thrift store.

11-Tag famous people in your comments.

12-Never comment on other people. You are the center of attention.

13-Take pictures of girls at any event with you. You will look like you have a lot of girl friends.

14-Take pictures of pets and post it. You have to look like you can do it all.

15-Take pictures of the food at a restaurant and tag some very expensive restaurant. They will not know the difference.

16-Become friends with as many possible people you can find in your field. Like if you are a photographer, friend all of them you come across. 

17-They all want to see how you look after 5 kids, plastic surgery and 60 hours a week at the gym. (Don't say it is not your body). Just google great bikini body and take the pic without the head or from very far or the back...

18-Oh crafts....Millions out there. Grab a picture, you made it this week-end!

19-Shout that you made ___ money this week-end with your on the side business or your husband had a raise of____.

20-Week-end gateway. Tag a cool place on Friday night. You will be back for church on Sunday, not to worry...and it was free!

21-Never, NEVER complain about ANYTHING! NO negativity.

22-Never ask questions. People never answer and the ones who would, are the closest one anyways. Just message them.

23-If someone gives you a compliment on your wall, milk it. Tag the person and try to have it last as long as you can.

24-Share a quote.

25-Re-post any good article but not political.

26-Say thank you, thank you and more thank you....oh was i supposed to stop at 25?

27-Post funny things...Ohhhhhh

Don't share this post on Facebook. It's our secret. If you can't live it, dream it! HAHAHA
I would post a picture when you feel crappy about your life and memorize this list. 
If you have more ways to add. Make sure to comment and share.
Happy Facebook.

It's really my Birthday by the way... 
Isabelle Thornton

Soleil's pictures at 4 days old - Frenchy photography


Soleil is 4 days old there. I love the tutu and the pink headband. So dreamy!
I have her 9 days pictures coming up and they are so gorgeous!!!
Isabelle Thornton

Sunday, June 3, 2012

French party on Monday

Thanks so much for linking last week! 
I have the link up every Sunday nights. Link up your French inspired posts, store, crafts, furniture, fashion etc...

I am looking for sponsors for the parties. If you are interested in being Featured, i will charge you $5.
As you know the picture link is not Free and i will need the money also for my time. You can also have a giveaway at the same time with no additional cost.

I get 24000 views a month. So, lots of exposure for you if you sponsor or link.

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Wendy Elf  won a 1 month add  on my side bar! Congrats!

Please be courteous and link back to your host Le chateau des fleurs.


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