Friday, July 31, 2009

I need to vent!

Hello, all :-) There is something on my mind and I think if I could write about it, I will feel much better.

Most of you know that I write for Examiner.com. I enjoy it so much! However people leaving rude comments on my articles has really been disturbing to me.

I never claimed to be a "know it all" about cooking, baking or food. I just enjoy it! Therefore, I enjoy sharing my experiences with others. I have had several people (that I do not even KNOW and that do not know ME) leave some mean comments for me. Didn't their parents ever teach them that if they have nothing nice to say, not to say anything at all?
How about showing love and support to other people..you know, love your neighbor as yourself...The Golden Rule: Do onto others and you would have them do to you!

Ahhh...I am starting to feel better now.

It just disturbs me how people think they have the right to purposefully try to hurt or slander someone else. I just do not get it.

Often times, jealousy does play its part in these instances and I try to remind myself that I am here to please God and not man. (That always makes me feel better)

I hope I have not made you bored with my thoughts...just felt like I needed to get them out.
Thanks for listening :-)

Chicken lasagna recipe, Christmas parties and Bobby Flay!


This is a lasagna like no other! There are no noodles involved. Check it out:



Want to have a party? Here are some reasons to have one:



Have you ever seen Bobby Flay from the Food Network? Check out, "Throwdown":



Cook, party and watch TV!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

National Cheesecake Day, July 30th! Cheesecake Recipes!


Tomorrow is National Cheesecake Day! Anyone who knows me knows that this makes me very happy! In my community, I am known for my cheesecakes. I enjoy making them but most of all, I enjoy EATING them :-)


I have several recipes I have posted on my Examiner.com pages. Here is a link to all of my published cheesecake recipes:



I have many more I will be posting throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled for those.
Above is a picture of my award winning "Mascarpone Cheesecake"! In 2008 I won second place in a Taste of Home contest with this recipe!


The Cheesecake Factory will be selling cheesecake for 1/2 off tomorrow! I am not sure if that is per slice or per cake. I would call to find out!


In the mean time, Happy Cheesecake Day!


Food Network Chopped, TLCs The Cake Boss, Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe and How to Cook a Pumpkin


July 30th is National Cheesecake Day! To join in on the celebration I want to give to you a new cheesecake recipe!



Have you ever baked with fresh pumpkin? It is the best! Cooking a pumpkin


To all of the food fans out there....




Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Adagio teas review and Christmas photo tips!


If you enjoy tea, I recommend ordering some from Adagio Teas:


I bet you will find the exact flavor you need! And they have the worlds best microwavable tea pot...check this thing out!


Have you ever taken pictures at Christmas and the lighting is all messed up? How about the blurr? Have you taken a picture so blurry you can barely tell who it is? (I think we all have) Well, here are some tips to help you out:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Peach Pound Cake Recipe and Christmas Treasures Book Review!


Its time for peaches! Here is a great peach recipe:



Want to read about peach day at the Farmers market?




Try this great little book for all kinds of inspirations, ideas and recipes:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Zucchini and Squash Satutee, Zucchini Bread and Candy Kisses Christmas Tree Craft!


I figure since zucchini is in season right now, I will post a few recipes to help you cook up something good with it!

Ready for more zucchini? Here is a tasty recipe:



And do not forget yesterdays recipe:



This is a great craft to make with children! You can make several and give them away as gifts!





Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Zucchini Bread Recipe and Martha Stewart Cookies DVD


Zucchini...its in season! Try out this zucchini bread recipe! It is low fat but had a great taste!



Need some new cookie recipes? Check out this DVD by Martha Stewart:


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Bars, Chicken and Broccoli Fried Rice and Cookie Baking Times


I have quite a collection of articles for you today!

The first is a simple dinner dish you can make:



Next, is the recipe for the anticipated:


These will make your house smell like the Holidays within minutes! (And they are low fat!)


Baking cookies? Need some help with how long they are supposed to bake?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Crockpot Pork Ribs Recipe & The Java Gourmet Store Review


Get ready! Here is a recipe for pork ribs that will blow your socks off! The meat just falls off the bone! Just put them in the crockpot in the morning and for dinner, enjoy!



Going to Myrtle Beach? Be sure to try this place! If you are not going...take a look at the website!



Enjoy your day today! Count your blessings...its an instant pick me up :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cookie Tips, Cinnamon Tips, Coffee Tips and Holiday Tips


Weekend Review: Tips!

This weekend is all about tips and tricks to help us cook, bake and plan better!


Cookies Tips:







Cinnamon tips: (what can cinnamon be used for?)



Coffee Tips: (new ways to fix your coffee)



Holiday Tips:





I hope you enjoy all of the handy tips and tricks listed here today! Check back tomorrow for more!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cutting Pineapple, Crepes and The Christmas Mouse


Have you ever sliced a pineapple and forgot to remove the core? Here is an easy way to cut your next pineapple:



Next time you get to craving crepes, use this easy recipe:



Have you ever visited "The Christmas Mouse" store? The one in Myrtle Beach, SC is great! Talk about Christmas all year!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Grilled Vegetable Packets and Pet Sitting Service



Grilling out this weekend? Grill these vegetable packets along with your meat! Grilled vegetables




Going out of town? Live in Raleigh, NC? Call the per sitter: Pet sitting

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vistaprint Product Review (Holiday Items) and Sloppy Joe recipe


If you are in need of a simple meal to make for dinner tonight, try sloppy joes! If you do not care for beef, you can replace it with ground turkey or chicken. You could even use soy meat!



I placed an order for several items through the online company called "Vistaprint". I have written an article that includes pictures of what I ordered.



It is a great time to start preparing for Christmas! Use Vistaprint to order your supplies!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Holiday Lemonade Recipe and Pineapple and Nut Dessert Recipe


It seems I am focusing a lot on fruit today!

Here is a great recipe from the 1940's for a Pineapple and Nut dessert:



Here is a great lemonade recipe that I actually got from my neighbor and friend:



This lemonade recipe is great for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is also great for any day of the year!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Grilled Corn and Shopping for Christmas All Year!


If you are a griller, you will enjoy this recipe!

The herbed butter adds a great flavor to the sweet corn on the cob:



It is smart to be prepared for Christmas ahead of time. This way we can enjoy the season without having to scramble to get things done.

Here is a list of monthly sales and when to shop for items at the best prices:



Happy grilling and shopping!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Cookie Tips, Freezing Instructions, Russian Rocks and Peanut Butter Balls!


Cookies!

Oh, how I enjoy a good cookie! Here are some great cookie recipes for you as well as tips on making good ones and freezing them.


Chocolate Chip:

These are so good! This has become one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes:



Peanut Butter:

I tweaked this recipe from one I had. I have been making these for years! I taught my Niece how to make these and they are one of her favorites!



Making Cookies:

Originally entitled, "What Happened To My Cookies?", this is an article to help you bake them just right :-)



Freezing Cookies:

Make too many cookies again? Its OK. Just freeze them!



Russian Rocks:

A family recipe that may have come over straight from Italy! My sister makes these every year for Christmas!



Peanut Butter Balls:

OH, What a cookie! These are so rich and creamy! My Aunt Mary makes these every Christmas! Now, her Granddaughter, my cousin, makes them too!



Bake 'em all up and freeze them for later... if they last!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chocolate Honey Cake & Crafts with Paper


This chocolate cake recipe was given to my by a friend! She enjoys it very much. You make it sweet with honey instead of sugar! It is great for those who do not eat a lot of sugar in their diet.

Chocolate Honey Cake:



Are you children home from school? Do you need projects to help keep the occupied? Try one or all of these easy crafts:

Crafts Made with Paper:



Have fun with this recipe and these crafts!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gooey Brownies and Christmas Planning Sheets!


Are you ready to make the ooeyest, gooeyest brownies ever? Here is a recipe for brownies you have to eat with a spoon! The first time I made these I thought, "These are too soft". But then I realized that they were special. They were brownies you have to eat with a spoon!

Spoon Brownies:



Are you a list maker? I sure am! Here are some great planning sheets for you to use this Christmas! They will help keep you on track and organized. I would go ahead and print them off now and begin organizing!

Planning Sheets:

Monday, July 6, 2009

No Recipes On Monday!?


Hello all! I just got back in town. We went to Myrtle Beach, SC. It was a nice trip! Beleive it or not, it was not very busy down there!?

I guess you have seen that there were no recipes posted today. Sorry about that :(

I tried to post before we left but the signal was too weak. Then, I tried posting from my phone while riding home and as you can see, THAT did not work :)

So, I will be posting again tomorrow. I will post something really good to make up for my lack of posting today!

Thank you to everyone who faithfully follows my blog and Examiner articles. I truly appreciate all of you!!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July weekend treats

It is the day after the 4th, but Im sure there are still going to be some gatherings going on! Here are some ideas for your gathering:

Punch recipe:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-5523-Raleigh-Cooking-Examiner~y2009m4d22-Punch-recipe

Dont forget the cheesecakes:
Chocolate cheesecake:
http://www.examiner.com/x-5523-Raleigh-Cooking-Examiner~y2009m3d17-Deannas-Double-Chocolate-Cheesecake

Dont want to turn on your oven? Try no-bake cookies:
Chocolate chip:
http://www.examiner.com/x-5523-Raleigh-Cooking-Examiner~y2009m4d15-No-bake-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July recipes!


Here are 2 recipes that would be great for the 4th of July!

The first is a super easy dip recipe:

Artichoke dip:



Here is a no-bake cookie recipe that would be great to make with your children! You can even add red, white, blue and silver sprinkles to make them even more festive:

Snowball cookies:



Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cookies and Chocolate!


I have always been a HUGE fan of chocolate! Ever since I was little I enjoyed it. Over the years I have had to cut back a bit. I would eat it all day if I could! Since I have always been so interested in it, I realized I have learned a lot about it. So, I have put an article together to share with you what I know!


Chocolate:



When I was a little girl, my Aunt made these peanut butter balls every Christmas. You can read about my memories of them with this article:

Peanut butter balls:



Enjoy your chocolate today!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My thoughts...kitchen tips and Pimiento salad

Well, it is almost July 4th! We are halfway through the year already! I have been thinking about Christmas and have started to make gifts. I am thinking about giving gifts from the kitchen this year... jam, spices, hot cocoa mix, gifts in a jar, those type of things. I have also thought about making aprons. Thursday I am going with a friend to look at some fabric. Have you heard of or driven past the Mill Outlet on Capital Blvd? I hear they have good prices on fabrics. I am looking forward to the trip over there.

July 25th, QVC will be having their annual Christmas in July day! Everything sold will be Christmas related. You know I tune in all day long! I will remind you again as it gets closer :-)

I have some kitchen tips to share with you today. Its never too early to start organizing for Christmas!
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-11697-Christmas-Examiner~y2009m7d1-Preparing-the-kitchen

Here is an easy recipe for Pimiento cheese:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-5523-Raleigh-Cooking-Examiner~y2009m7d1-Pimiento-cheese-recipe

Enjoy the tips and recipe!
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