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Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Puffs

24 Jun

Hi everyone!

I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever, but I’ve just had…..more important things to do.  You know… summer stuff!  We have been busy going swimming and working outside and taking vacations to the beach and visiting museums.

Plus, I just haven’t had anything I felt like writing about.

But, I am so proud because I just made up a recipe.  Totally made it up, on my own, with nothing to base it on. I consider myself a pretty decent cook, but I always have a recipe to follow, so when I just made this up and they turned out GREAT, I decided I had to share the recipe with you.

I am part of a summer Bible study at my church, and am bringing some refreshments for tonight.  I knew I wanted to make something chocolate, but I am tired of making my old standby, symphony brownies.  Everyone loves them, but I have made them so many times that I kind of feel sick to my stomach when I think about making another batch.

I was in the grocery store, and saw the their phyllo shells were on clearance, so I bought up all they had left (because they are so good filled with so many things).  And that was the beginning of my masterpiece!

 

Mini Choc cheesecakes

 

Aren’t they cute?  And they were really easy to make.

You will need:

3 packages of phyllo cups (there are 15 in each pack)

2 blocks of cream cheese (softened)

1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce

Cook the phyllo cups according to the package directions (You don’t have to do this, but I like them extra-crispy).  Mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well-combined.  Pipe the cream cheese mixture into the cooled phyllo cups, then top with the magic shell.  Pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the shell.

The kids loved these, and they could be really versatile.  You could add fruit, jam, pecans, caramel, or any number of toppings to change them up a bit.

I can’t wait to share these at Bible Study tonight.  Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Marshmallow Hearts

7 Feb

The kids and I made these wonderful, sweet white chocolate marshmallow hearts for a special Valentine’s Day treat.  They are so good and so easy to make!

Start with these cute strawberry-flavored marshmallow hearts.

Start with these cute strawberry-flavored marshmallow hearts. (Note the tiny hand reaching in to steal a marshmallow!)

Melt white chocolate chips then drizzle the melted chocolate over the marshmallows.

Melt white chocolate chips then drizzle the melted chocolate over the marshmallows.

My assistant, Charlie, sprinkled red sugar over the hearts.

My assistant, Charlie, sprinkled red sugar over the hearts.

Marshmallows and floats8

Aren’t they too cute?  These would be perfect for any Valentine’s party you are going to, and are fun to make with the kids.

It’s a Jammie Day!

22 Jan

That’s right, it’s jammie day at the Watkins’ house.  This is what we call it when we go the entire day in our pajamas (Well, the kids do at least.  It is a little after 2, and I do have clothes on now, much to Charlie’s disappointment!).  Charlie and Maddie love jammie days, and want every day to be jammie day, so they were really excited when I agreed to skip story time today and have a jammie day.

And it really is a great day for a jammie day, with it being so cold outside.

What do you do on a jammie day, you ask?

Lots of playing!  The kids have played with stickers, Legos, their doctor kit, and have dressed up in lots of superhero outfits.

Lots of playing! The kids have played with stickers, Legos, their doctor kit, and have dressed up in lots of superhero outfits.

We've read lots of books.

We’ve read lots of books.

And we made these wonderful strawberry cookies!

And we made these wonderful strawberry cookies!

We have tons of strawberries from my  mom’s recent trip to Florida.  These cookies are so good, so here’s the recipe if you want to try it out.  Don’t make them too far ahead of time, though-they are best when they are fresh.

Strawberry Cookies

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar and 2 tbs white sugar

1/ 2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 1/4 cup self-rising flour

1 cup strawberries, cut up

1. Mix your strawberries with the 2 tbs. sugar and set aside

2. Mix the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together.

3.  Add the vanilla and egg and mix well.

4.  Add the flour and mix well.

5.  Gently stir in the strawberries.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for a13-15 minutes until brown.  This makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Do you and your kids ever have a jammie day?  What do you like to do on a day like this?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

23 Jan

**There’s a party I’m hosting, and weenies for roasting, and sandwiches fresh from the stove.

There’ll be funny commercials, some plays controversial, and beer will be surely a flow!**

That’s right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Superbowl time! You may be thinking “wow, this girl is one football fan.” No, not at all!  I am celebrating the end of the season!  The end of Saturday and Sunday long, listening to my husband yell at the tv, don’t you dare change that channel, torture.  It’s a glorious time and requires lots of planning on my part.  This year is going to be a little different because we will actually have guests so, I’ve got to start my party planning!  The menu this season will be as follows:

Ham Delights

ham delights

It’s real easy, you buy a tin of those little dinner rolls that they sell in the bread isle.  Cut it in half, so you have a top and bottom.  Layer with ham and swiss cheese.  Place top half back on (or as some people call it, “the lid.”) Melt 1/3 cup butter.  Mix in 1 tbs mustard, 1 tbs poppy seeds, 1/3 tsp Worcestershire sauce.  Now spread that junk all over the top of them rolls, cover it up in some foil, and bake that stuff for 20 minutes at 350.  Mmmmm.

Mini Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in a blanket

I don’t feel like I really need to explain this recipe, but for those that absolutely have no idea, here it is.  Cheap red hotdogs, crescent rolls.  Cut em, roll em up, bake em.  Yum.

Slut Brownies

Slut Brownies

This is an easy one too.  Pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough.  Layer it on the bottom of a baking dish or pan.  Drop in a layer of oreo cookies, Then you get some brownie mix (the cheap kind), make it according to the directions on the box, and pour that goop all over those oreos.  350, bake it for 30-35 minutes, and mmmm.  I suggest waiting a while to cut them because they will crumble and not be pretty if you do it while they are hot.

(Just a note:  These are not pictures of the food that I have actually made, but it will look exactly like it.  I will post pics of mine in my follow-up blog about how great life is post-football)

We will probably have some chips and dip and I may throw in something fruity, but this is the easiest, best tasting Superbowl menu by far! After all my food is cooked, I like to pull out the nice Wilton Armetale silver platters to serve it on.  Gotta keep it classy!