Monday, August 31, 2009

Easy cheese bread recipe and Cocoa sugar recipe

Have you ever made bread from scratch? It can be time consuming depending on the recipe. Here is an easy recipe for cheese bread. Easy enough to make tonight with dinner!

Another one of my spice creations...this cocoa spice can be used for more than just baking...take a look!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Cheese rice recipe and gifts in a pan gift idea!

I enjoy cheesy rice! I often make it as a side dish! There have been times it was my entree as well :-) Sometimes I boil up a couple of eggs and add them to it for breakfast!

Give a gift in a pan! This is a great gift from the heart and the kitchen! You give the baked goods along with the pan you baked them a new pan of course :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thump cookie recipe (thumbprint cookie recipe) and Brie recipe (Fruit topped Brie recipe)

This Brie recipe is outstanding! The colors of the fruit make this perfect for fall and the Holiday season that is quickly approaching us! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the slide show of pictures!

Now this "Thump cookie recipe" is like a thumbprint cookie. These are filled with fruit!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bruschetta recipe and Pistachio cake recipe!

I came up with this Bruschetta recipe after I was inspired by the movie, "Julie and Julia". My dad is a chef and when I told him what I made, he said how good it sounds! (That is a compliment coming from a chef):

This cake recipe has been in my family for many years...I remember dousing my cake with the topping when I was a little girl!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What I learned at the mall

Sunday afternoon, Tommie's family went to the mall to let the children play in the play area there. Im not sure how it happened, but I was sitting there keeping an eye on all of the cousins as they played.

The indoor play area was full of children, smiling, playing... just having fun.

As I sat and watched, I saw my son begin to play tag with two other little boys. He never met them before, but they sure were having fun!

As I looked on, God showed me how all of these children were playing together, unified. They did not care what gender, race, religion or age the others were. All they were interested in was having fun together.

God then placed in on my heart that as adults, we should all play nice together! It should not matter what gender, race, color or age we are, we should show the love of Christ to one another. Speaking as a Christian, I need to show love as Jesus showed and shows love.

The Bible tells us: (NKJV) Matthew 18:3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

This scripture says just what I saw from these children. They all loved one another for the creatures that God created. They did not know each other, yet, they felt connected because they were all the same... little children.

Oh, if we as adults would walk in the love and acceptance that these children do, the world would be a much better place to live.

The Bible is always right and true. We must have hearts as children do to enter into the Kingdom of heaven one day.

Cinnamon chip recipe and caramel cheesecake recipe!

Two sweet recipes for you today!

This chip recipe is great for an after school snack! It is also great for a party or gathering of any kind:

Here is another cheesecake recipe to add to your collection!

Here are some tips to make your perfect cheesecake!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Food Network: Interview with Duff Goldman: Ace of Cakes and Gifts under $10!

Here is the long awaited article on my interview with Chef Duff with The Food Networks, Ace of Cakes! Article #2 will come along soon!

Need a gift ideas? Here is an entire list of them!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chocolate haystack candy recipe and Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook review

Here is a simple no-bake candy for you to try! I always make some form of these for Christmas. My neighbor, from Canada was the first to introduce me to these treats! Thanks, Roxann!

This cookbook is one you should really have! It has so many mouth watering recipes in it!

It is a great time to order this book from You can get it at a good price and it will ship straight to you!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chicken meatball recipe and Giving a gift of cookie dough!

Even people who like their meatballs made with beef like these:

Gifts from the kitchen:

I think giving a roll of home made cookie dough as a gift is a great idea!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monkey Munch Recipe and Christmas Music CD Review!

Ever see this recipe before? I saw it on Jon and Kate plus Eight...So, I tried it out! It is very good! I did alter the original recipe just a little bit :-)

Here are several Christmas CD's that I enjoy year after year! You can go to and get them shipped to you for a good price! Now would be the time...before the Christmas season gets too close :-)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

5 layer dip recipe, pine nut cookies recipe and rocky road candy recipe!

I have several good recipes for you today!

The dip recipe is very easy to make and tastes great with chips of all kinds!

Pine nut cookies...ever heard of them? Growing up we had the all the time!

Yesterday I shared with you how to make chocolate covered raisin candy. Today I will share a rocky road candy recipe!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Apple snack recipe and Chocolate covered raisins recipe!

Here is a great after school snack for children of all ages (that includes adults too). You can make these up in a matter of minutes for your family:

Now, for one of the easiest candy recipes ever made!

Enjoy these treats!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chocolate recipes! Hot chocolate recipes, chocolate cake recipe, chocolate cheesecake recipes & other chocolate dessert recipes!

First, I would like to say...Happy Birthday Julia Child! Her Birthday was yesterday, but there are celebrations going on all weekend!

Now, lets celebrate with chocolate! Here are several, but certainly not all, of my recipes containing chocolate!

Chocolate cheesecake (one of the best I have ever tasted)

Peppermint candy (peppermint bark)

and last but not least....

These are just a few, please browse around to view some more! Just click on one of these and browse my other chocolate recipes! Have fun and... YUM!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Eggnog recipes and spinach pie recipe

Eggnog: its not just for drinking! Check out these ideas of what we can make using eggnog!

This pie recipe is great for breakfast or brunch! You can even make it for a breakfast dinner!

I make the spinach pie on weekends and also for brunch at Christmastime! It can really be made any day though...its that easy!

Another note: when eggnog starts to show up at the grocery store, you can also find, "Soynog" made by Silk! It is soy eggnog and it is VERY good!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pork chops and stuffing recipe, lettuce wraps recipe and family travel tips!

This is an easy meal to fix! It is a little different from the standard pork chop recipe:

These lettuce wraps are a great way to get in your veggies! There are also other options included in the article:

Will you be traveling in the near future? These tips may help you:

Cook up something good for yourself or your family today!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Julie and Julia movie (vegetable soup recipe and how to make gift tags)

Julie and Julia movie

You may think you are about to read a review on the movie, Julie and Julia. But that is not what I am going to write about. This title for this post is:

How the movie, Julie and Julia has Inspired the Life of Deanna.

Yes, last night a good friend and myself went to see the movie. And yes, it was pretty good! I did learn a thing or two about food. I also learned something about Julia Child… According to the movie, she was a woman who was full of joy as well as one who loved and respected her husband very much. Oh, what we can learn from her!

This movie touched my heart in a way that I never expected.

First off, it has inspired me to cook. Yes, I do cook for my family each night. However, it is not always from scratch. At least twice a week I pop in a frozen pizza or call it a sandwich night. No matter how busy Julia Child was, she always made time to cook for her husband. When she went to school, she came home and cooked. As she wrote her first cookbook, she came home and cooked. After she spent the day testing recipes for the book, she cleaned up and cooked. You get the point. She always made time for her husband and this has spoken volumes to me.
Something that God put on my heart during this movie is that we are to put God first and do not forget that we only have one life to live. So, we are to love the life we have and be content with it. In addition to loving God and our life, we as wives are to love our husbands. We should do for them what they feel is important. Our way of showing love isn’t always the best way for them. For instance, my way of showing my husband love is keeping the house clean and cooking for him. However his idea is for me to honor and respect him, so that is what I do. I am far from perfect, but with Gods help, my goal is to please my husband.
Julia seemed to accomplish that with little effort and I look up to her for that.
My quote: “We only have one life to live so love your life, God and your husband”.

Oh, how I can relate to the disappointment of being turned away by a book publisher! My heart went out to Julia Child as this happened to her. I have sent our many query letters and book proposals to agents and a few publishers as well for my books: Party and Shower Planning, Step Out and Invite Them: Your Personal Guide to Hospitality, Christmas: Get it Organized and my latest novel, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. I have gotten positive responses, but I have not received a “yes” yet. I know how it feels to know you are doing what God wants you to do, but you have not gotten to where you are supposed to get yet. I know that all things will happen in Gods timing and I will not run ahead of Him nor trail behind Him.
My quote: Faith is not believing that God will do what you want Him to, but believing He will do what is best!

On the other hand, I can also relate to Julia’s elation when she received the acceptance letter from a publisher. When I won second place for the recipe contest with Taste of Home Magazine and opened up that letter stating that I had won… the first thing I did was yell for my husband to share my joy with him. Then, after I got quiet, I thanked God for the win. For without Him, it would not have been possible. As I watched the movie and saw how publishers were calling Julie left and right after she wrote the blog, it made me feel a bit sad. However, I quickly overcame that feeling. For I know that God is my provider! He will provide everything for me! Including but not limited to the perfect agent and publisher that will do my work justice!
My quote: There is nothing we can do to make things happen for ourselves. We must depend on God and know He will bring the desires of our hearts to pass…when we delight ourselves in Him!

Another thing I became thankful for was my kitchen! Yes, it sounds so simple but its true! We are to be content with what we have. I may not have the biggest and most gourmet kitchen in the world right now (but one day soon I will), however I am so thankful for what I do have. I came to realize seeing Julia Child in her large and open kitchen and then seeing Julie in her very small galley style kitchen, that is it not the kitchen that makes the meal. It is the love and effort we put into it.
My quote: Be thankful for all the things you have. When you are faithful with little, God will entrust you with much.
That about covers all of the things I learned about my life from this movie. Again, not what I expected to come home with. However, God will speak to us through all kinds of avenues. This movie was the avenue for me!

Here is my vegetable soup recipe that is so easy to make:

A great craft for the family:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

MacGregor pie recipe, hummus on cucumber recipe and decorating wrapping paper and gift bags

A MacGregor pie is one of those "all inclusive" meals!

How about a healthy snack for the whole family? These are also great for an after school snack:

You can make them ahead of time and have them ready in the refrigerator for when you need them:

Here is a great craft for the entire family! If you start now, you will have it ready before Christmas:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sweet potato salad recipe, crockpot beef stew recipe, pecan pie bars recipe and Banana milk recipe!

Lots of recipes today folks! From super healthy to not so healthy!

Try this raw sweet pototo salad:

Easy crockpot beef stew: Put it on in the morning, have your meal ready for dinner:

Dessert bars:

Make your own milk:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Coffee recipes, Hot chocolate recipes, Brownie ideas, Granola recipe and spice recipes

Weekend review: Save money Sunday!

Here are several things you can make yourself to save money:

Coffee (Why go to Satrbucks when you can make your own?)

Hot cocoa and Hot cocoa (continued) (Instead of spending $2.00 a box, make your own and save!)

Brownies (No more Sams club..make your own gourmet brownies!)

Honey granola (Do not spend up to $4.00 a box for granola bars or granola cereal...make your own!)

Pumpkin pie spice (A small bottle is $4.00! Make this and save $20 or more!)

Cinnamon sugar (Easy to make and save money too!)

Chai sugar (My own creation!)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Seasonal recipes: zuchinni recipes, squash recipes, peach recipes and fruit recipes!

Weekend Review

Todays theme is "Fruits and Veggies of the season". Fall will soon be here so I want to help everyone enjoy the last days of summer! Here are some great summer recipes to try:

Try some fruit recipes:

Enjoy these new ways to prepare your fruits and veggies :-)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Zucchini tomato pie recipe, cream cheese cookie recipe and Everything Christmas book review

I made this zucchini pie and it was wonderful! It was great served with spaghetti and meatballs:

This cookie recipe is a great basic recipe. You can make it personalized to your taste by adding to it:

The Everything Christmas book is a great reference book. If you have a question about lyrics to a Christmas song, it's in there. Or a Christmas recipe idea, it's in there. Just like the Prego pasta sauce...It's in there!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My first blog award!

I was given my very first blog award today! What a compliment!

So, I would like to pass it along to a few who have been so kind to support me!

Here is who I nominate the award:


Thank you for supporting me!
Thank you, "Baking Momma" for nominating me! I really appreciate that :-)

Maple caramel bread pudding recipe and Tips for staying calm at Christmastime!

It is August now and Autumn is on its way! Yey! Here is a recipe that will fill your home with the smells of the season!

This recipe uses cinnamon bread!

Several years ago, when I was pregnant, I worked as an office manager and the wife of one of the guys gave me this recipe. It was her favorite! Wendy, if you are out there, please email me!!!!

These tips for staying calm can be used year round! I know they help me out!

Have a great day :-)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Easy snack recipe, Weekly grocery store links and recipes and Towns with Christmas names

Whew...what a long title for this blog post!

Here is a great after school snack recipe for children! It is also a great snack for parties:

Here is a list of some towns that are named after Christmas:

The new weekly grocery store sale ad links with recipes:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cheese Dip Recipe, Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe and Grocery Shopping with Recipes!

Here is a great "Hot" cheese dip recipe! It has pineapples and what a taste of savory goodness it is! I like it with Wheat Thin crackers!

If you need an easy dinner recipe for one night this week, try this one!

Here is a recap for you: For a list of grocery store sale ad links and ideas on what to make for dinner according to what is on sale, check this out: (and please tell me if it is helpful to you)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekly Grocery Store Sale Ads and Recipes!

I have an article here with links to the Grocery stores sale ads. I have also added some of the items on sale with recipes to go with them.

Please let me know if this is helpful and I will do it again when the new sales start!

I am all about saving money :-)

Cinnamon Roll Recipe and Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Recipe!

It's a sweet day here at the blog world! I have two sweet recipes to share with you today... The first can be made for breakfast or brunch for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning! Actually, these can be made any day at any time...they are THAT good!

Here is a twist to the chocolate chip cookie: Chocolate chip and toffee cookies

Then, here are a few other articles you might like to go along with these:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Food Network Shows (Interview with Melissa d Arabian) and Christmas in August!

Are you a Food Network Fan? I have written some articles about several of the shows that are aired on the channel!

Here are a few others:

The Next Food Network Star: Who should be the winner? (click here and scroll down to the bottom of the article to read an interview with Melissa from the show!)

July has it's Christmas in August! As the Holiday Seanon gets closer, its a great time to prepare!

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