The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake Ever and a Winner

I was looking for a Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe the other day . . .

~ ~ wanted to make one for my Sewing Group that I was hosting.

I searched the Food Network site . . . and came up with one that had 5 stars!



In the past, cheesecakes always intimidated me and seemed complicated to make . . .

~ ~ and why make one when my niece made the most scrumptious cheesecakes for me.


One day I read a post by Laura of Top This Top That . . .

~ ~ featuring a great Banana Pudding Cheesecake . . . She said I can do it . . and I did!


Here I am serving my dinner group, the banana pudding cheesecake that I made . . .

~ ~ my friend Chris had to document this moment by snapping a pic from her phone . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ while I got a standing ovation!


So thanks Laura for the encouragement!


I have made three of these pumpkin cheesecakes . . .

~ ~ for 3 different functions in our neighborhood . . . and each time it was a hit.


This is Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe . . . a 5 star rating!

You can find the recipe here on the Food Network site.

And now to the winner of the pretty Pflatzgraff Winterberry dinnerware . . .

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When I hit the button to select the random winner on Rafflecopter, I had to look twice.

Serioulsly???!!! . . . . and the winner is . . .

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Kim Nichols……. Congrats Kim!!

A big thank you to all those who entered.

Have a beautiful day!

I am joining:

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  1. Yay Kim congrats! Oh my and now my mouth is watering seeing these yummy treats!

  2. Oh those cheesecakes look delicious! And congrats to Kim! That’s just wonderful! 🙂

  3. Gosh that cheesecake looks scrumptious. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Oh that looks good!! I had to check it out because I have a pumpkin rum cheesecake recipe with gingersnap/pecan crust I’ve been making for years that I think is pretty yummy:-) The banana pudding one looks pretty awesome too!!

  5. Oh how delicious, I am definitely making this for Thanksgiving dinner, Shirley. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. how awesome is that for Kim to win! I love me some cheesecake. That one is still my fav recipe yet. Hope you have a wonderful week.

  7. oh, geez, Shirley, is there anything you can’t do! Both of those look so wonderful and yummy, yet you are so skinny and svelte! A genius of all trades. Stop, I’m so jealous of how you get so much done, every day, all the time! Love this blog!

  8. The little Christmas trees in the bowl. Adorable!

  9. The cheesecake looks delicious. Once upon a time, when I actually cooked a lot, I made cheesecakes for sale around Christmas time. Congrats to Kim on the win!

  10. Congratulations to Kim!

    Both cheesecakes look amazing. Our family will be here Sunday for Thanksgiving. G’pa and I are getting a break this year. We only need provide the turkey. We were going to have the whole meal catered, but the girls wanted to do our traditional sides. I may have to try your pumpkin cheesecake, as a surprise for the family.:-)

  11. Both cheesecakes look yummy! Congrats to Kim!

  12. Those cheesecakes have my mouth watering, Shirley! I’ll be over for a piece 😉

  13. Congrats to Kim!!!
    That cheesecake looks out of this world!! I bet you didn’t have any left.
    Mary Alice

  14. I have been wanting some pumpkin pie, but this cheesecake looks delightful and I know that it tastes out of this world. Maybe I will try one for Thanksgiving. They both look so good!
    Congratulations to Kim.
    Have a great week Shirley.

  15. Yum! I’m having surgery so will be going to the kids house for Thanksgiving. I will miss cooking all the special things I only cook at Thanksgiving but my son-in-love is a great cook. He just always wants bread dressing instead of cornbread. Have a great holiday.

  16. Shirley, Both of these cheesecakes look amazing. I’ve never attempted to make one but just seeing these makes me want to try.

  17. I haven’t made a pumpkin cheesecake is quite some time, and I am not sure why because the recipe I use is outrageously good and has been passed around many times. Maybe it’s time to find it again. Good work on yours.

  18. Oh my those cheese cakes look amazing! I for sure have to try them, who will make one for me? LOL

    Hugs Jo

  19. That cheesecake looks amazing! I think cheesecake is one of the hardest desserts to make, at least for me. I’ll give this one a try next time. Looks yummy! And congratulations to Kim!

  20. I am so impressed with your cheesecakes. And the banana pudding cheesecake…oh my, oh my.

  21. Congrats to Kim and just send me a piece of that cheesecake & I’m good!! xox

  22. Oh my, BOTH look delicious! CUTE pcture of you!!! Congrats to Kim! I bet you couldn’t believe your eyes!!! XO

  23. Oh my goodness, congrats to Kim! Lucky girl! I’ll bet you couldn’t believe your eyes when you saw her name! You tablescape is lovely! The pumpkin cheesecake sounds and looks yummy! I have to give this a try!

  24. Congrats to Kim on winning those dishes! She loves dishes, so I’m sure they will get a lot of use. That cheesecake looks good. That is one of my favorite desserts. I’ve never tried pumpkin flavor though. Sounds great for this time of year. It’s pretty too. I have a recipe that I make on occasion and it’s my favorite. It’s chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Now you’re making me want to go make one!

  25. Your cheesecake sounds delicious Shirley! Congrats to Kim 🙂

  26. Congratulations to Kim! Are you SURE it didn’t say ALYCIA Nichols??!?!?? 🙂

    I’ve never eaten pumpkin cheesecake. Yours turned out very pretty, though, and I’m sure you knocked it out of the park. That banana one looked great, too! Well-deserved standing O!

  27. I love that picture of you! Pure joy

  28. Thanks for sharing those links to the cheesecakes, Shirley! I am going to try the pumpkin one for sure for Thanksgiving company!

  29. Congrats to Ms. Nichols! I hope she enjoys the Winterberry as much as we do. Shirley, wanted to thank you for the email you sent in response to my earlier comment. Means a lot to know my thoughts were received and appreciated. Keep up the inspiring work!

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