Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Darkness Calls Me: January Poetry

January is that time of year,
in between, not there nor here.
Holiday season over and done,
the winter lull from fun's begun.

Hibernation's my first thought.
Big vat of soup simmering in a pot.
Hide inside til the dreary darkness goes.
(which is the theme Monthly Poetry Group chose).

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Darkness Calls Me

"Change your clothes, then brush and floss." 
"I'm not tired, I'll turn and toss,
and darkness scares me," little girl said.
"I don't want to go to bed."

"What I told your sister, do the same."
"Just one more hour and I'll beat this game,
and darkness comes too early," little boy said. 
"I don't want to go to bed."

"You have tests tomorrow, it's already late."
"But I'm going out Mom, I have a date, 
darkness is for parties," teenager said. 
"I don't want to go to bed."

But for mom there is no break,
"pay the bills and then I'll bake."
"Darkness calls me," tired mom said.
"Oh how I want to go to bed."

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, a chocolate crust is filled with a creamy dark chocolate cheesecake mixture, baked, then sprinkled with a little chocolate crumble. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, a chocolate crust is filled with a creamy dark chocolate cheesecake mixture, baked, then sprinkled with a little chocolate crumble. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Darkness
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares The Darkness Fades.
Diane of On the Border shares Light in the Darkness.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

Printable Recipe

12 chocolate graham cracker sheets
1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 TBSP butter, melted

1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder

1 1/2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, room temperature

*Wrap a sheet of tin foil around the bottom and partially up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Lightly grease the inside of the pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

*Melt the dark chocolate chips in the milk in the microwave until smooth. Add the coffee powder and set aside.
*In a food processor, crush the chocolate graham crackers to fine crumbs. Set aside about 1/2 cup for garnish. Mix the remaining crumbs with the powdered sugar and melted butter and press into and partially up the sides of the prepared pan.
*Beat the cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, heavy cream and vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Last, beat in the melted chocolate.
*Pour the batter into the prepared crust. Bake for 60 - 75 minutes, until the center is just set.
*Remove from oven, sprinkle with the reserved graham cracker crumbs and allow to cool to room temperature. 
*Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before gently running a knife around the cheesecake and removing the side of the pan. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


  1. Cheesecake looks divine and a big fat no no for me but man I'd love a taste.
    Great job with the poem and no one wants to go to bed unless they are over 35 LOL then we hit over 50 and don't want to get up! I've never loved sleep more than I do at this point in my life.

  2. At 57 I am early to bed and ealy to rise most days

    1. Since I've spent so much time sick and I'm trying to get my strength and stamina back, I've actually been going to bed early, but I still fall asleep late. I'm a little more successful at sleeping in, trying hard not to get up too early in the morning.

  3. Ah, yes, the young have not yet learned the lovely, restorative power of sleep.

  4. Cheesecake looks wonderful! I miss chocolate
    I agree with Mom!

  5. Cheesecake gets my attention, chocolate perks me right up and dark says adventure. Let’s go!


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