Cherries, Goals, Joseph and Josh McDowell

My daughter recently had a birthday, and I was lacking in taking pictures of the food, so I will just tell you about it.

Her theme was cherries, so I decided to include cherries in every part of the dinner.  We had cherry coke and cherry koolaid to drink, cherry glazed pork roast and cherry coke bbq ribs for our main course, cherry applesauce and a tossed salad with dried cherries for sides, cherry muffins and cherry jello topped of the dinner off.  Dessert included  cherry pie cookies and a chocolate cake shaped as decorated as a cherry.  Cherry heads, cherry tootsie pops and cherry twizzlers garnished the table as well.

I had a lot of fun making these dishes, most of the recipes were new.  And, she was excited that cherries touched everything!  I think her love for cherries is waning slightly…probably just because we were inundated with them for awhile.  😉

Anyone interested in the above recipes, shoot me a message!  🙂

In other news…I know I have not done well with blogging every day as was my goal.  Gallbladders and floods got in the way.  BUT, I have to say that God is drawing me closer.  Definitely giving me new questions to tackle and research, which means I am digging into His word more, which is always a good thing!  I am by no means digging in as much as I could/should, but I am getting there…only because of Him.  In my gallbladder craziness, both food and exercise went by the wayside, but it actually helped me get back to normal living.  I found that overtraining leads to overeating for me, because the calories you burn can’t compete with the incredible hunger.  So, I am mixing it up, doing different cardio and strength routines, not getting stuck in a rut and not getting crazy hungry.  ‘At first there was no difference, but I am happy to say that I am finally seeing some more definition in my body AND shed a couple pounds (just a couple, but I am ok with that for now).  😉

I recently finished UnDaunted.  It is a nonfiction book about Josh McDowell.  Josh McDowell is the author of More Than a Carpenter.  Josh learned to forgive the unforgivable, to trust the untrustable and to hope in something he didn’t quite believe all because of God.  The writing may not be the greatest, but the story is amazing!

My husband and I began watching Seasons of Gray~A Modern Day Joseph Story.  WOW!  So good!  We have to finish it tonight but I can already recommend it.

That is my eclectic post for the day!

🙂

Festive Fun!

We recently hosted a Christmas party and had about 100 guests.  I LOVE this party!  It is a lot of prep, but I just love that so many families gather together.

Here are some fun desserts (you all know I enjoy making desserts!)

rice krispy trees

 

pumpkin cakes and cookies, chocolate covered oreos, peppermint white chocolate brownies, Happy Birthday Jesus cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Idea of Tea

I adore the idea of tea.

Sitting down with friends with tea and cookies and catching up, or sitting on the front porch with cold tea watching the kids play.  Curled up on the couch with a blanket, reading a books, holding a cup of tea.

Tea holds many health benefits for everyone.

I do not like tea.

I force myself to drink tea to try to be healthy.

I am more of a hot chocolate girl.  I enjoy doing all those things with hot chocolate (except not daytime front porch, but evening is good)…unfortunately hot chocolate doesn’t hold the same health benefits.

Oh the war of the beverages.  😉

Silly speculations of the night.  🙂

Fun festive Christmas treats

cake balls with skinny candy cane sticks

beginning to set up

chocolate chip walnut cups and sugar cookies

red and green tortilla chips

Christmas pound cake…inside is red and white

peppermint bark is so much fun to make!

traditional black and white cookies Christmasfied!

chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles

egg nog bites

preparing some more

Paula Deen quiche

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/spinach-and-bacon-quiche-recipe/index.html

4 and 40

We celebrated the Fourth of July with friends and then again with family.  On the day of our family celebration we also celebrated my parents’ FORTIETH wedding anniversary (a little bit early, but it was a surprise).  🙂  Here are some festive treats we had in honor of both occasions.

My kids refer to this as the donut cake.  Version 1 above, version 2 below

Version 1 is white cake made in a bundt pan and covered with icing and sprinkles, while version 2 is a traditional pound cake with bolder color icing.  The best part is you divide the batter in 2 sections and layer them so that when you cut the cake the inside is red, white and blue.

 

 

 

4 and 40 cookies

This cake was a 2 layer red velvet cake made with buttermilk…I think anything baked with buttermilk is fantastic!  my first try at red velvet and I loved it!  It was fortunate the batter made it to the oven.

Red White Blueberry Trifle

Assembly:

Layer of pound cake or angel food cake

Layer of pudding mixture

Layer of berries

Layer of whipped cream

Repeat

Top layer of whipped cream top with cherries

Pound cake recipe:

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter or margarine softened

3 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/4 cups milk

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 egg yolks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt pan or two 9″ by 5″ loaf pans.
    2. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar and butter or margarine just until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add flour and remaining ingredients; beat until well mixed, constantly scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to high; beat 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl.
    3. Spoon batter into pan. Bake in Bundt pan 1 hour or in loaf pans 45 to 50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan; cool completely on rack.

Pudding layer:

8 ounces cream cheese
I packet lemon instant pudding mix

1/3 cup powdered sugar
16 ounces Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in half the Cool Whip. . Refrigerate.

Berries: sprinkle with sugar and let sit at least 2 hours in refrigerator before adding to trifle