Thursday, February 16, 2012

Maple Monkey Bread Muffins

 Monkey Bread Muffins

Everything is better in miniature size!
If you love the famous Monkey Bread ~
then you will flip for this mini version.
Make some today - your family will thank you!!

Maple Monkey Bread Muffins
2 12-ounce can refridgerated biscuits
3 T maple syrup
1/4 c melted butter
2/3 c white sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/2 c pecans, chopped fine
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Put cupcake liners in 12 muffin cups.
In a small pot, melt butter, cinnamon and brown sugar until bubbly.
Combine maple syrup and melted butter in a small bowl.
In another small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon and pecans.
Cut each biscuit in 4 pieces and roll into little balls.
 Dip each piece in butter and then roll in sugar.
Place 4-5 pieces in each muffin cup.
Drizzle the tops with bubbly butter sauce.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts
...a special sweet treat for those you love!
You can make these little cutie pies in any shape
and fill with your favorite jam or preserves.

Homemade Pie Crust or Store-Bought
Favorite Preserves
Vanilla Icing Glaze
Roll-out pie crust and cut with desired shape or in the traditional rectangle.
Place 1 T preserves in the center of one little pie top with matching crust.
Seal the edges with a fork.
Bake @ 400 for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Drizzle with glaze and decorate with sprinkles.

Vanilla Icing Glaze
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar with 1 T of milk at a time
 until the consistency of a drizzle - add 1 t vanilla.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Total Trust

Dearest Bloggy Family,
It has been quite some time since I have last posted -
many things have happened in our lives.

On October 7, 2011 my beloved mama went to be with the Lord.
We were all with her night and day in the hosptial.
She has always been a fighter and she always lived her life
to the fullest - she was more than a conqueoror in all situations.

Today is my mom's birthday - she would have been 65.
She was the most incredible person I have ever known - and
 the more time passes the more I miss her and long for just
one more day to hear her voice or to hug her.
Happy Birthday Beautiful Mama!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Time Of Prayer

 Dearest Blogging Friends,
At this time I am at my mother's bedside in the hospital.
It has almost been a week.  My whole family is here believing for a miracle.
My mom has been very ill and we are all standing full of faith for her recovery.
In Christ all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge are safely kept.
Colossians 2:3
 We are praying specifically that every root of sickness
will be revealed and that the evidence of her healing will come quickly!
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God
and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting
consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts
and establish you in every good word and work.
II Thessalonians 2:16-17
I say this because I know what I am planning for you, says the Lord.
I have good plans for you, not plans hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.
Jeremiah 29:11
The future for my mom is in the palm of God's hand.  He loves her an our family
 and only goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives!
We know that all things work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
This is our testimony!  No matter what it seems to be we know that our God is good
all the time - He is faithful and just - He is a promise maker and a promise keeper!
I do not know when I will be back to blogging - but I will be visiting all my favorite sites
and leaving comments whenever I get some moments to do so. 
Please keep us in your prayers.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Secret Recipe Club ~ M & M Candy Pudding Cookies

It's time for the great secret recipe reveal!

Secret Recipe Club 

I love participating is this fun blog hop!
Every month you are assigned to feature a recipe from someone else's blog.
It is a great way to meet new friends and explore some magnificent places!
Thank you Amanda @ Amanda's Cookin for this fabulous club! 
We all keep our secret until the big reveal day - TODAY -
and then we all post our dishes at the same time.
This month I was assigned to Big Bear's Wife hosted by Angie.
I have been a huge fan of her site and recipes for quite a while
so I was thrilled to choose something from her collection!

Big Bear's Wife is also the leader of our Secret Club Recipe Group.
Her recipes are amazing so it was a difficult task
to choose just one to showcase!
I made a version of her Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookie.
She makes delicious homemade chocolate chips -
but I added M & M candies to this batch.
You can find her original recipe HERE!

M&M Candy Pudding Cookies
1 c butter, soft
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 pkg. (3-4 oz.) cheesecake instant pudding mix 
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
2 1/4 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 c M & M candies

Preheat your oven to 350F
Beat together the butter and both sugars until creamy.
Add in eggs, & vanilla extract.
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients:
flour, baking soda, and salt and pudding mix.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
with the mixer running until combined.
Gently stir in M & M candy by hand.
Prepare a metal cookie sheet with cooking oil. 
Drop rounded 1" scoop of dough onto baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
Allow cookies to rest a few minutes on baking sheet.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blogging Break

Dear Beloved Friends,
I will be taking a 10-day break from my Blog~Of~Life.
Our church anniversary services are fast approaching
 and we are putting aside all media related activities
(TV-movies-internet) as a way of preparing for our
special services and getting closer to the Lord.

I will be sharing many delicious recipes and
wonderful posts upon my return.

I will also be visiting all my favorite blog sites and friends!

May God bless you all richly in every aspect of your lives
and in everything you put your hand to.

Much Love, 

Hawaiian Luau Gourmet Club

Breaking Bread With Friends
Gourmet Club
Hawaiian Luau
Another month of: feasting.fellowship.fabulous food!

Meet the friends...

Rick & Carol
Eddie & Bonnie
Gordon & Teresa
Fred & Tanya
Chris & Mary Ann
TJ & Concetta

The Hawaiian Luau was hosted by Rick & Carol

Their home is beautiful and welcoming!  So comfy.
Carol took care with every detail of our Luau.
Our night began by a greeting at the door and a
lei placed around our necks - perfect!
The table took our breath away with the most amazing
centerpieces, a vibrant green net as an overlay (genius!),
scattered seashells, flowers and eye-popping place settings.

The food was sumptuous!

~ Menu ~
Hawaiian Style Punch
Go Nuts For Banana Bread
Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Hawaiian Surprise Salad
Roast Pork & Dipping Sauce
Baked Navy Beans
Hawaiian Fruit Dip
Sweet Hawaiian Cream Cake

Hawaiian Style Punch
compliments of: Chris & Mary Ann
A delicious blend of Juicy Juice Fruit Punch, Ginger Ale
and Tropical Sherbet then garnished with fresh orange slices.

Mary Ann served our beverage in these adorable floral glasses
with jumbo paper umbrellas!

So was a divine drink to serve at the luau.

Go Nuts For Banana Bread
compliments of: Fred & Tanya
3 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 c light brown sugar
3/4 c vegetable oil
1/2 c sour cream
3/4 t ground cinnamon
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
3/4 c chopped walnut pieces
1 3/4 c all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350F, lightly grease 6x9 loaf pan with shortening or butter.
Peel bananas and place in small bowl, mash with fork until no lumps.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and sour cream whisk smooth.
Add the cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, salt, bananas
 and walnuts to the egg mixture and whisk to combine well. 
Add flour and stir pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake about 1hr 10 min.
Cool on wire rack and turn out loaves after 10 minutes.


Hawaiian Chicken Salad
compliments of: Gordon & Teresa
1 8 oz. Cream Cheese, soft
1/3 c Mayo
1/3 c Salad Dressing
1 can (20 oz.) Pineapple Tidbits
(reserve juice)
1-1/2 c Seedless Red Grapes, halved
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts, grilled & cubed
1 c Pecans, chopped
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
Mix in mayo and salad dressing with 6 T pineapple juice.
Stir in pineapple, grapes and chicken until evenly coated.
Chill and add pecans 1/2 hour before serving.
Serve on bread of choice or crackers.

Hawaiian Surprise Salad
Compliments of: Eddie & Bonnie
1 can (14 oz.) Crushed Pineapple
3/4 c Sugar
1 C Water
2 sm. pkg. Lemon Jello
1 (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, soft
1 c Celery, finely chopped
1 c Carrots, finely chopped
1 c Pecans, finely chopped
1 (16 oz.) Whipped Topping
Place pineapple, sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil.
Add the lemon jello and stir until dissolved.  Cool.  Beat in cream cheese.
Add the celery, carrots and nuts.  Chill.  Fold in whipped topping.
Pour into a 9x13" pan.  Chill overnight.
Cut into squares and serve on a lettuce leaf.

Our main entree was presented by our hosts: Rick & Carol.
The most succulent pork roast with a heavenly dipping sauce
that we all wanted to drink with a straw and a steamy pot
of saucy baked navy beans.

Pork Roast & Dipping Sauce
Marinate pork tenderloins in Old Dutch Sweet & Sour Dressing.
Grill until juicy and tender.

Dipping Sauce
1 (32 oz.) Ketchup
1 can (2 c) Crushed Pineapple
1 lg. can Frozen Orange Juice
1 c Brown Sugar
1 sm. bottle A1 Sauce

In a large saucepan, bring ketchup, pineapple and OJ to a boil.
Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve.  Simmer 15 minutes.
Remove from head and stir in steak sauce.

Baked Navy Beans
3 c Navy Beans
9 c  Water
3 t Salt
1/2 c Onion, chopped
1/2 lb. Salt Pork, cubed
1/4 c Molasses
1 c Ketchup
1/4 c Brown Sugar
2 t Dry Mustard
Wash and pick over beans.  Place in cooker. Add water, salt, onion & pork. Mix well. Cook on low for 13-15 hours, until beans are tender.
Drain beans and reserve liquid.  Add last ingredients to cooker and stir. 
Return liquid to pot and blend well. Cook on low 3-4 hours.

Hawaiian Fruit Dip
compliments of: TJ & Concetta

1 c Sour Cream
1 pkg. Vanilla Pudding (instant)
1 lg. can Crushed Pineapples
1 c Coconut
Stir together until well blended.  Chill.

Served with an array of delectable fresh fruit.

Sweet Hawaiian Cream Cake
compliments of: TJ & Concetta
recipe to be featured soon!

One of the highlights of the month is getting together
with our beloved friends for Gourmet Club.

Is this hilarious?
Rick & Carol even had a photo opp set up for us!

Sweetest ending to the evening...
One Hot Hawaiian Husband!
Well...he is not really Hawaiian, but the first day we ever met he was
wearing black shorts with the words "Mele Kalikimaka " all over them.
It means "Merry Christmas" in Hawaiian.  That counts.
I will be linking to my favorite parties after I return
from my 10-day blogging break.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fresh Strawberry Bread

I love strawberries...but my son truly is the lover of these berries!
It is difficult to even make strawberry recipes because he plows through them so fast!!

I decided I would made a sweet strawberry bread for my son to enjoy.
In my recipe collection I already have a  lovely and quick one for Strawberry Bread
from Southern Plate, but I wanted to try something new.

I found the most delectable and sweet bread over at The Reluctant Entertainer.
This blog is packed full of all kinds of scrumptious recipes to try!

I made 6 adorable mini-loaves.

Fresh Strawberry Bread
3 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t salt
2 c sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c oil
1 t vanilla
2-1/2 c strawberries, sliced
Prepare loaf pans with cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl after sifting.
Mix together eggs, oil and vanilla and add to dry item.
Combine well and stir in strawberries.
Place batter in pans.  Sprinkle on raw sugar.
Bake for 35 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.
Enjoy a slice of heaven! 

I am linking to the following parties:


The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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