Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Sopapilla story (And Sopapilla cream cheese bar recipe)!

The first time I tasted a version of this delectable dessert I was at a ladies brunch at my Church. After asking a few questions and doing a little bit of online research, I found a recipe that looked good and made some changes to it to make it "me".

I was on the phone with a good friend of mine who happens to be Cuban. I was TRYING to tell her about this dessert I wanted to make (note that TRYING is the keyword here).
Finally, after slaughtering the pronunciation of the word, "Sopapilla" by calling it So pa pill a...
she figured out what I was trying to say and told me how to say it properly. Keep in mind that in Spanish ll is pronounced ya. She said, "Its So pee YA", so I said "So pee ya, without emphasizing the YA at the end. After just about jumping through the phone and strangling me, she said, "You have to emphasize the YA at the, finally I got it!

What I learned: When speaking to my friend, pay attention to how to pronounce words or I may end up hurt :-)

Here is the recipe for the Sopapilla Cream Cheese Bars

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My version of bruschetta! (And bruschetta recipe)

How do you pronounce it? Bru sk e tah or brushetta? Either way, it sure tastes good!

When I went to the movie theater to see, "Julie & Julia", I got the idea for this recipe. Towards the beginning of the movie, Julie made a version of it for her husband and it made my mouth water! Prior to seeing the movie, I never had a desire to make this thank you to the writers and producers of, "Julie & Julia"... you have made our mouths and tummies very happy :-)

This recipe went over great with all of us the night I made it: Bruschetta recipe

After seeing the movie, "Julie & Julia", I wrote this article: Julie and Julia movie

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Have you ever tried walnuts in syrup on your ice cream? (Plus: wet walnut ice cream topping recipe)

Chances are you have seen this treat offered at your local ice cream shop. Often times, they are called, "Wet Nuts". My mom was a big fan of these when she was alive. Back then, I did not have a taste for them. But, as we all know, our tastes do change.
For Christmas this year, I made a batch to top a no-bake banana split dessert I made. The dessert was a hit and so were the nuts!

I was on the phone with my sister in Pennsylvania and I was telling her how I could not find them at the grocery store so I decided to make my own. She shared with me that she did not like them. So, I asked her "Why?" Her answer... "Mommy used to eat those on her ice cream. Do you know how embarrasing it was to go out for ice cream and have your mother ask for wet nuts?" So there you have it, my sister was scarred for life over this sweet treat!

What did I learn from this? Call them walnuts in syrup when ordering!

Here is the simple recipe I came up with for Walnuts in Syrup

Monday, December 28, 2009

The story of the cheesecake!

Doesn't every recipe have a story of some sort attached to it? My goal is to find a story to go with each recipe :-)

In 2008, I submitted a recipe for Mascarpone Cheesecake to a Taste of Italy contest with Taste of Home Magazine. It won 2nd place! When I received the letter in the mail informing me of my win, I screamed so loud, my husband thought I was hurt! It was a great day!

The Story of the Cheesecake

I have been making cheesecakes since I was a young girl. About 14 years ago, I was whipping one up due to a craving I was having to enjoy the sweet, creamy goodness of a cheesecake.
As I chatted on the phone, I completed the preparation of my sweet, creamy cheesecake. I popped it into the oven and waited patiently (OK, I was NOT patient) for it to bake.
About 2 hours later, I removed it from the oven, for the original recipe called for it to sit in there for an additional hour after the baking was complete. I put it into the refrigerator for 3 hours to firm and I just could not wait any longer to indulge.
I took it out, cut a big, fat slice for myself and took a huge scoop of it with my spoon. I shoved it into my mouth as fast as my hand would allow and I barely chewed it before I swallowed. It tasted so...... Nasty!
Apparently, I forgot to add the sugar! It was terrible! I was forced to throw it away and start all over again!

What, you may ask, did I learn from this horrific experience? Not to talk on the phone while I bake. And to this very day, I will not! I hang up before I begin the baking process!

Here is the recipe for Mascarpone Cheesecake.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New year comes with a new focus?

Ever feel like taking a new direction in your life? Maybe you are traveling down a road...a long straight road... and its time to take a turn...
I have been feeling that way for several months now. Today, I am seeing things a bit more clearly. I know I am traveling down the right road...I just need to widen it a bit!

I feel some changes coming...good changes of course! I am looking into some new groups and classes for myself... that will help to widen my side street into a main road!

I am very excited!

I felt led to share this with all of you in my blogging universe today.
Maybe it will encourage someone out there to widen their road too!
The key is to pray and allow God to show you if you are to head down a new path in your life.

Have a great weekend...maybe your new year will be under construction like mine!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas! Search for Christmas recipes and ideas!

Merry Christmas! Buon Natale!
I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed, joyful Christmas this year!

You can always search the blog for a specific recipe or article you would like to read.

You can click here for recipes


You can click here for Christmas articles, including some recipes

Merry, Merry :-)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Steak Ums and eggs recipe, other brunch recipes and breakfast recipes and Christmas ideas for the family!

I thought of this one morning because my husband HAS to have meat at every meal. This is easy and definitely and economical way to enjoy steak and eggs!
Steak Ums and eggs

If you are planning a breakfast/brunch this Christmas, check out these recipes:

Jello fruit salad


Pimiento cheese

Potato and egg salad

Easy crepes

Ambrosia salad

Pimiento cheese roll

Scrambled eggs

Breakfast banana split

Honey granola

Banana and strawberry pancakes

Fried egg in toast

Pecan cranberry scones

Spinach pie

Egg muffins

For Christmas ideas for the family, take a look at these articles by the National Christmas Examiner:
Christmas family traditions
Things to make with paper
Helpful Holiday travel tips
Christmas A B Cs-Christmas tips and ideas
Fun family Christmas ideas
What children want for Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Turkey curry recipe, Christmas recipes and recipe card gift craft!

Many of us have turkey for Christmas which means we have turkey leftovers as well. Here is a simple recipe to try with your leftover Christmas turkey:
Turkey curry

Other turkey recipes and side recipes:
Tender turkey breast
Sweet potato salad
Easy pasta salad

Whipped sweet potato casserole

Pumpkin casserole

Sweet potato casserole
Easy stuffing
Orange honey glaze (for ham)
Brown sugar ham

From the National Christmas Examiner, here is a great gift idea that really comes from the heart:
Recipe card gift craft

For more great gift ideas, click here!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gingerbread cookie recipe and other cookie recipes!

Here is a gingerbread cookie recipe from Sun Maid!
Sun Maid gingerbread cookies

For more great cookie recipes, click: Raleigh Cooking Examiner: Cookies

Happy Baking!

Easy clam chowder soup recipe and more soup recipes!

Here is a super easy recipe for clam chowder!
It was a big hit for the whole family when I made it. A great way to keep warm on a cold winter day!
Easy clam chowder soup

Here are a few other soup recipes:
Vegetable soup
Cream soup
Chicken and vegetable soup

Almost soup:
Easy Chili
Crockpot beef stew

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Food recipes to warm you up this winter!

Monday is the first official day of winter!
Check out yesterdays post for great soup recipes!
Here are some great recipes to help you stay warm this winter season:

For starters:


Apple cider coffee

Hot cocoa

Hot cocoa (continued)

White hot cocoa

Pumpkin latte

Vanilla cinnamon coffee

Coconut coffee

Chocolate vanilla coffee

Creamy spiced coffee

Spiced whipped topping

Crockpot Hot Chocolate
Crockpot cider


Banana and strawberry pancakes

Fried egg in toast

Pecan cranberry scones

Spinach pie

Egg muffins


Brie recipe

Beef and cheese ball

Sausage balls

Zucchini bread

Zucchini apple bread

Easy cheese bread

Cheese biscuits

Easy pumpkin bread

Fall recipes: Easy banana bread

Easy Chili

Cream soup

Chicken Parmesan casserole

Orange honey glaze (for ham)

Easy stuffing

Eggplant parmesan

Fried barbeque chicken

Cinnamon rolls

Pineapple cheese bake

Batter fried apples

Chicken Adobo

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Easy crockpot recipes and Christmas tips!

Yesterday I posted: Crockpot stuffed peppers

For the Weekend review:
I thought you may enjoy some more easy crockpot recipes!
Crockpot beef casserole
Crockpot pork ribs
Crockpot beef stew
Chicken and vegetable soup
Vegetable soup
Meatballs or meatloaf
Sausage dip
Crockpot Hot Chocolate
Christmas ABCs Cider
Crockpot meatloaf

Christmas tips from the National Christmas Examiner:
Christmas photo tips
Holiday tips
Easy Christmas decorating ideas
Christmas party ideas
Helpful Holiday travel tips
Christmas A B Cs-Christmas tips and ideas
Holiday budget tips
Fun family Christmas ideas
Womans Day Christmas gift giving ideas
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