Recently my nephew graduated from high school and the memories came flooding back to my own high school graduation.
The relief I felt when that chapter of my life was over. No more early mornings to get to class on time, no more late night study sessions, no more teenage angst, because now I was an adult. I’d crossed over that invisible line that was holding me back.
I could look forward to a future that had a million possibilities. A future full of promise and excitement where everything was within my grasp. Money would never be an issue, distances be damned, and I would hurdle over any obstacles placed in my path.
Then reality smacks you in the face!
Whether you attend university, college, or get a full time job, you still have to get up early in the morning. Surprise!
Instead of late night study sessions, there’s late night feedings, diaper changes, and trips to the ER with ear infections. Surprise!
Although there is no more teenage angst, there is PMS, menopause, and a mid-life crisis to deal with. Surprise!
And just so you know, money is always an issue, sometimes going across the street is too far, and though you may hurdle over an obstacle or two, most of the time, it’s easier to walk around.
Congratulations Class of 2014!
Even though these delicious little stacks of cheesecake-y goodness look like they’ll keep you up at night, they are super simple to make so you can still get a full night’s rest. Surprise!
In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined.
To assemble your cheesecake stacks, spoon about 2 - 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture between layers of chocolate wafer cookies, being careful not to press down on the cookies while making the stacks. Top each cheesecake stack with a dollop of the cheesecake mixture and top with caramel drizzle and fresh fruit. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. This last step is important so that the cookies will absorb some of the moisture from the cheesecake mixture and become soft.