Saturday, January 31, 2009
Deanna's Favorite Punch
1 liter of Sprite (7up or ginger ale can be used as well)
1 large can of pineapple juice
1/2 gallon of sherbet (any flavor)
Combine soda and juice in your bowl. Then, scoop in the sherbet.
Prepare this punch just before your guests arrive, so that the sherbet stays frozen as it is served.
Serve with a ladle and enjoy!
Warning: this punch will not last long, so be sure you get a cup too!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Home Made Air Freshener
10 whole cloves (or 2 teaspoons of ground cloves)
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Apple and/or orange peels (if you have them available)
Take a small pot and fill it half way with water. Add your ingredients to the pot.
Place it on a burner of the stove and simmer on a medium-low setting.
This will fill your home with a warm, refreshing scent.
Be sure not to let all of your water evaporate, or the ingredients will burn to the bottom of the pot :-) ..... we live and learn :-P
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This recipe is actually printed in my first book called, "Party and Shower Planning Made So, So Simple. This book also includes recipes for your events. I have copies of this book if you are interested in purchasing. They are also for sale in the book store at, Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest, NC!
If you have a sweet tooth, this will for sure, quench it for you!
Chocolate Mocha & Raspberry Truffle Brownies
1 box of brownie mix
1 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee*
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/3 cup raspberry jam
Make your brownies as directed on the box or bag.
Add 1 Teaspoon of instant coffee to the mixture.
Bake brownies and let them cool.
Mix cream cheese in a mixer until fluffy.
Add sugar and jam to the cheese and mix until well blended.
Melt chips in microwave until melted. Stir frequently to prevent burning. This should not take longer than 1-2 minutes. Check at 30 second intervals.
Add remaining 1 teaspoon of coffee to this mixture. Mix.
Fold chocolate mixture into cheese mixture.
Spread over cooled brownies and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
Cut, serve and enjoy!
* If you would like a more intense coffee flavor, add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee to the mix and 2 teaspoons to the icing.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This is so exciting! To the left is the actual picture of my cheesecake that was published in Taste of Home Magazine! My "Mascarpone Cheesecake" was published in the August/September issue of TOH (pages 35 & 37). It had also been published in two of their cookbooks, 2009 TOH Annual Recipes (page 122) and Best of TOH, Volume 2 (page 152).
This cheesecake has been a hit with my family and friends.
You know, when I entered the contest, my reason for entering was to win a free issue of the 2009 TOH Cookbook. But, God's ways are so much better than ours! Not only did I win the book, I won the Best of TOH book and I also received a check for $150.00 for a dinner for 4 at the restaurant of my choice! I am so thankful!
Following is the winning recipe!
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cartons (8 ounces each) Mascarpone cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 envelope whipped topping mix
1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping
Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter.
Press onto the bottom of prepared pan.
Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cheeses, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Before serving, prepare topping mix according to package directions. Garnish cheesecake with whipped topping; drizzle with caramel. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The pancakes came out fabulous! Here is the recipe: (Using Bisquick)
Follow the directions on the box:
2 Cups Bisquick mix
1 Cup milk
1 small container of apple sauce (4 ounces)
1 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Encorporate all ingredients well.
Spoon out about 2 Tablespoons of mixture into a hot non stick pan, for each pancake.
Cook on the first side until bubbles appear on top of each pancake and then flip. Cook until underside is browned to your liking.
I like my light.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Have you ever tried snow cream? Of course you need to have snow, for it is the main ingredient! We got the snow from our back deck this morning...being very careful not to scrape the bottom :-) I made it for Anthony, it was his first time tasting this tasty concoction.....
Milk (we use soy)
Place snow in a bowl or mug. Add milk, vanilla and sugar to taste.
After you add the milk, it sould have a slushy texture. I have heard of people using sweetened condensed milk in the place of regular milk...talk about sweet! :-)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1 Cup Margarine
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 1/4 Cup flour
1/4 Tsp. salt
3/4 Cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Powdered Sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 400*.
With mixer, mix margarine, sugar and vanilla. Mix in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds.
Form into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet (I line my sheet with no stick foil).
Bake 10-12 minutes until set, not brown. Immediately roll in powdered sugar. Allow to cool and roll in sugar again.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Hello! Get out your heavy coats, hats, scarves, gloves and fuzzy slippers! This week, we should see some of our coldest temperatures in years! Just when I found peace in the weather.... accepting it wether it be warm or cold, it decides to get cold. Its OK though.
I will press through and bundle up when I run! Not a big deal.
I pray you all are warm and toasty with your heaters on and fireplaces lit! Enjoy the time and make the most of it. Lay a blanket down in front of your fireplace and have hot chocolate with your family...hey, roast some marshmallows together!
Happy winter 2009!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It is about a single patent attorney who finally starts dating again. Her family is a bit strange. Her brother...even stranger. She is part of a singles group at her Church and has just had enough of her life and decides to make some changes.