Mixing Away the Mean Reds

IMG_0690On days like today, I am reminded of the famous Audrey Hepburn scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

You know the days when you get the mean reds?

The mean reds. You mean like the blues?

No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?


Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!

Were I Holly Golightly, days like today would possess me to doll up in my black Givenchy dress with my finest pearls and take off for Tiffany’s, a croissant in hand. IMG_0696

Sadly, in this small mountain town, Givenchy would be laughed at, rained on and discarded, and I don’t think there’s a Tiffany’s nearer than a three hour drive. That’s alright though–I am not Audrey Hepburn, and I don’t need jewelry to cure the mean reds.

Instead, I have a Tiffany blue Kitchenaide stand mixer that waits to cure the blues, reds and any color in IMG_0661between. All it takes is a quick whir of the mixer to set my mood at ease–nothing bad can happen while beating air into a big, fluffy mound of whipped cream.

Today’s stress-baking recipe is a no-bake chIMG_0665eesecake, the most perfectly decadent dessert to de-stress to.

Here’s the best part: not only is it delicious and diet-wrecking, it requires lots of beating and whipping of various ingredients– and nothing is more anxiety relieving than violence taken out on heavy cream and sugar.

This recipe can be modified endlessly to suit your mood. If chocolate sounds killer, add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the sugar/cream cheese mix, or add a few of my favorites–honey and lavender.

To simplify the recipe, use a premade graham cracker crust and frozen whipped topping. I prefer to make my own crust (crushed graham cracker crumbs and enough melted butter to make them stick) and whip my own cream, but it’s entirely up to your preference.

So, without further ado, here is my cure-all for the mean reds. This recipe pairs well with a viewing of the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but can stand alone if necessary.

No Bake Cheesecake

16 oz cream cheeseIMG_0704 - Copy

2 c whipped cream

1 c sugar

1 t vanilla

Graham cracker crust


Beat together sugar and cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Trust me when I say it makes all the difference in the world to have room temperature cream cheese.

Fold in the whipped cream.

Spoon into graham cracker crust and chill thoroughly (or freeze!) Top with fruit, pretty herbs or your choice of garnish.


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