This strawberry cheesecake mousse is light, creamy, and not too sweet! It’s the perfect finish to Valentine’s Day dinner!
I recently read an article online that suggested we are doing our friends a huge disservice by announcing what they do for a living when we introduce them to people.
Like, “Hey guys, this is my friend Billy, he shines shoes at the airport”. (as an aside, can we all agree that it’s impossible to get your shoes shined at the airport and NOT look like a giant jerk?)
It got me to thinking — that article was totally right. I mean, what we do for a living doesn’t really define us. I know lots of fabulous people who fell into jobs that while honest and decent paying, don’t define their personality in any way. So I decided to take this whole thing one step further and stop the practice of asking people what they do when I first meet them.
I announced my decision to my husband, and he was unsupportive to say the least. While he agreed that a person’s job can sometimes give others an unfair first impression, he thinks it unlikely that I will ever actually put this plan into place.
Well, after 12 years, I’d like to think my husband and I have a healthy relationship. And by healthy, I mean that when he says I won’t do something, I go out and do it times a million. Some may call that childish, I call it strong willed and independent. Potato potahtoe.
He informed me that I was being irrational and asked what I WOULD ask people instead of asking what they do. Would I just say oh, hello there new person and then stand there awkwardly? I mean, there has to be small talk, right??
To prove my husband wrong, I came up with a whole list of questions I’d ask someone upon meeting them. All of these questions are much more important than what they do for a living, and give me all the insight I need into who they really are as a person.
1. When Kelly and Dylan cheated while Brenda was in Paris, did you think Brenda deserved it because she cheated too?
2. Do you agree that while delicious, hummus has an exceptionally unfortunate name? If named the new boss of hummus, what would you name it?
3. Do you know the words to Whatta Man by Salt N Peppa? If not, would you be willing to learn them for the sake of our friendship?
4. Do you prefer chewy SweeTarts or the traditional crunchy ones? Do you ever eat so many that your tongue hurts? If not, I think you possess too much self control for us to continue conversing. I only have room for weak people in my life.
5. You’re walking and you discover a tiny pebble in the toe of your shoe. The problem is that you are wearing laced up boots and thick, tall socks. Do you stop, remove the sock and boot and get rid of the pebble, or try to shake it into the side of your boot and keep walking?
6. You start off doing some light Facebook stalking, but an hour later, find yourself neck deep in a very casual acquaintance’s photos from 2 years ago. Much to your dismay, your toddler snatches your phone and in the process hits “like” on one of the photos. Do you A) immediately hit unlike and hope that no one noticed or B) own up to your creepy stalker tendencies and laugh it off.
7. What is your favorite color?
As you can see, I’ve really thought this out and feel that I’m moving in the right direction in regards to getting to know people on a more personal level. I hope that more you are also willing to step up and help rid the world of the stereotypes attached to our professions.
Also for real, question number one. We need to have that whole discussion.
I decided that Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse would be the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. It’s light, fluffy, and super simple to throw together — no baking or spending an hour over the stove. It’s kid AND adult friendly and would look totally fancy spooned into glass dishes and topped with whipped cream.
It’s truly a fabulous dessert. Not too sweet, super creamy and smooth, and perfectly flavored. And only FOUR ingredients and fifteen minutes!
Do it do it do it.
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup THAWED frozen sweetened strawberries, pureed until smooth (I use my blender)
- Place a metal mixing bowl and your mixer whisk attachment in the freezer for about five minutes. Remove from freezer and pour whipping cream and powdered sugar in cold bowl. Using your electric mixer, beat with the cold whisk attachment on high speed until a stiff whipped cream is formed. Scrape the whipped cream into a bowl and place in the refrigerator.
- Place cream cheese in the same mixer bowl and beat on medium speed with the whisk attachment until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add strawberry puree. Beat on medium until blended -- mixture might look lumpy or curdled at first and this is okay. Scrape the bowl and increase speed to high, beating until smooth and thick.
- Remove whipped cream from the refrigerator and fold into strawberry cream cheese mixture until smooth and combined.
I hope you love this mousse as much as I did.
Enjoy and have a great day!