Friday, August 28, 2009

Lost for 2 Weeks

I've been without a computer for 2 weeks....yes sad to say I was totally lost. What did I do before computers? I finally got it back yesterday and was so excited. Then this morning I went to check my e-mails and couldn't get on. I called my web host they couldn't figure out what was wrong. I guess it will go back on Monday :-(

My grandson started kindergarten last Thursday. I went and stayed with them for a few days so I could be there for his first day. He was so darn cute. I had tons of pictures to bore you with but lost all them when my computer crashed. Luckily I had uploaded them to Snapfish before it crashed I just didn't get a chance to make a CD.

Not only did I lose my pictures I also lost all my recipes. This paperless world is great until your computer crashes. HA! I spent hours yesterday looking for this recipe I had just tried for baked pancakes. They were Delicious!!!! I finally found it :-) I think we will have them for breakfast tomorrow.YUMMMMM!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I had some bannanas that need to be used up so as I was searching for a recipe for banana nut bread. (I'm still looking for a good one. I haven't found one I really like. Anyone have one that their family loves and want to share?) As I was searching I came across this recipe on bakeorbreak for Pecan and Salted Carmel Cheesecake. Did you ever try Starbuck's Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate? YUMMMMMM!!!! I'm not a big fan of sweet drinks but I was of this drink. It was sooooo good!!! So when I saw this recipe I knew I was going to have to try it.

Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake

•1 & 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
•3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Press into the bottom of prepared pan. Set aside.

I like to bake my crust first for 10 minutes at 350 plus I added more butter so the crust would stay together better about 1/2 cup total.

•32 ounces cream cheese, softened
•1 cup granulated sugar
•1 large egg yolk
•3 eggs
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until light, airy, and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing completely after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix until blended.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean and the center of the cheesecake is just set. Turn off the oven, leave door slightly ajar, and let cheesecake cool completely.


•1 cup granulated sugar
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter
•1/2 cup heavy cream
•1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
•1 large pinch sea salt
Stir together sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil until amber in color, about 3 minutes. Immediately stir in butter. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

Pour caramel over cooled cheesecake. Sprinkle with pecans and sea salt.

Just wait until you sink your teeth into this one. OMG to die for!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Big Picture Scrapbooking

Have you heard Big Picture Scrapbooking is offering a free class called
BUSY WOMEN out of time, on a budget, but STILL INSPIRED
go to Big Picture Scrapbooking to register. This class is only offered during the month of August so don't miss it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More on keeping cool!

Here is idea I saw over at Inspireco and I can't wait to try this one also.

The idea:

Freeze a bunch of waterproof toys into a block of ice. Just pour the water into the container (whatever will fit in your freezer) and pile in the toys. Little plastic animals where used here but you can use whatever your child likes. Give your little one some toy tools like a plastic hammer and a squirt bottle and watch the fun begin!

P.S. Sue the bunnies are growing fast. So are the baby quail.


The weather has been way to hot me. I guess by now you all know I'm pretty spoiled by the weather we have here in Ventura County. If the weather gets over 75 (which it has been lately) it's way to hot for me. I'm off to the beach but I wanted to show you this cute idea first.

I'm always looking for fun things to do with my grandsons when he visits. He doesn't like to go to the beach so I wanted something to keep him nice and cool. I found this cute idea on Little Hands,Big Work.

This looks like it would be so much fun in the pool or tub.

To Make fill muffin tins with water and add a drop or two of food coloring and freeze. The ice will immediately started melting and the colors start swirling in the water. It also makes for a great opportunity to talk about colors, melting, warm and cold. Warning: the water in the tub will be a funky brown by the end of the bath.
I can't wait to make a bunch of these up and keep them in the freezer so I'm ready for the next time my grandson visit.