Cheescake Bars

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I came across this recipe when I was searching for something else!  I HAD to try it!!! It was simply AMAZING!!!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, walnuts and brown sugar blend; cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 2/3 cup for topping; press remaining crumb mixture into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheeses, sugar and flour until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg substitute, milk, lemon juice and vanilla just until blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 9 servings.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda brown sugar blend.

Nutritional Facts1 bar equals 219 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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6570 – Part 1

6570 – Part 1

Our family LOVES our church!  When I say Loves, I mean… L O V E s our church.  Our paster is AMAZING.  It was a big factor in us staying in Texas vs. Moving when my husband retired. Well there is a new series Paster Tim just started and it’s called 6570.  Basically it’s the amount of days you have with your child from the time they are born until they are 18.  Each of those days we , as parents, are responsible for teaching and parenting our child or children.  Those who know me well, know that I am a follower of Christ and I love that this information is all linked back to the bible. Even if you are not a Christ follower, this series is fabulous and so much good information. SO I will be posting the links to watch it live and also the written part as well.  It will be one week behind.  For example, this part I am posting today was actually last weekends service.  This weekends service will be posted next weekend.  Of course if you want to watch it live from the internet campus next weekend (the third part in the series, just go to the icampus web address and watch at the listed times.

All the notes are directly from the New Hope Church Website.

6570 – Part 1

http://vimeo.com/40552811

Series: “6570 Days” (Part 1 of 5)

Open: What do you (or would you) enjoy most about being a parent?

Explore: Read Ephesians 6:1-4. 1. Why is a child’s obedience to his or her parents pleasing to the Lord (vs. 1)? 2. What blessing is promised to children who honor their father and mother (vs. 2-3)? What does it mean to “honor” your parents? 3. How does God want fathers to treat their children (vs. 4)? Why is it easier for children to obey fair and loving parents than unreasonable and demanding parents? 4. The Lord is to be the center of parent-child relationships (vs. 4). How does bringing your children up in the “training and instruction of the Lord” provide guidelines for parents?

Reflect: Review key points from the lesson before answering the questions. Feel free to ask the same question to more than one person. 1. The Bible teaches that God must be the foundation of the home, just as Jesus is to be the head of the church. Why is this so important when it comes to raising a family? How would you describe the spiritual foundation of your home today?

2. In our culture today, parents tend to prioritize their relationship with their children over their relationship with their spouse. List some of the long term effects this can have on the marriage. …on the family. …on the child. What are some steps parents can take to ensure family priorities and values remain balanced and healthy?

3. Our responsibilities as parents include training, protecting, and introducing our children to Christ. Which of these do you think is the easiest to do? Which of these do you think is the hardest? Why? 4. Many parents focus on protecting their child from physical dangers, but Matthew 18:6-7 warns of protection from spiritual danger. What can you do to protect your children from spiritual danger?

5. One way to introduce your children to Jesus is by taking them to church, but it is important for them to be introduced to Jesus in your home as well. In what ways have you tried to (or would you like to try) incorporate Jesus in to your home?

Apply: Next steps. As a group: If you are a parent, share with your group what you will do differently this week in one area of your parental responsibility –train, protect, or introduce. Pray for and encourage each other over the next week as group members take these new steps. If you are not a parent, share what you will do differently this week to make God the foundation of your home.

On your own: If you are married, do something special for your spouse this week to cultivate your relationship. If you are not married, do something special this week to cultivate your relationship with Jesus.

Listening Guide Notes

If you want to be a good parent… 1. Your home’s foundation must be God.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

–Psalm 127:1a (p. 430)

2. Your most important human relationship must be your spouse.

Honor your father and mother.” –Ephesians 6:2a (p. 816)

3. Your responsibilities must be taken seriously.

Your responsibilities….

a. Train.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6 (p. 453)

b. Protect.

[6] “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. [7] Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” –Matthew 18:6-7 (p. 688)

c. Introduce.

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” –Matthew 19:14 (p. 689)

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4 (p. 817)

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

–3 John 1:4 (p. 859)

Easy Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Instant Fudge Frosting:

Instant Fudge Frosting
from Sky High (slightly adapted)

Makes about 5 cups

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 

3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons half-and-half 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

I like to use my KitcheAid, but there are many ways to do it.  Start with the butter at room temp. Mix until it is smooth.  Next add the half-and-half and vanilla extract.  Mix until it is smooth. Melt the chocolate and slowly begin adding it in.  Start adding in the powdered sugar a little at a time until it’s all in and it’s nice and smooth consistency.  You can over mix, so keep an eye on it and when it’s where you want it, STOP! 

Tip: I’m in Houston and my kitchen is often hot and humid.  If you work in similar temperatures, watch your frosting carefully and make sure it doesn’t get too soft and melt. If you see it starting to get too soft periodically put the frosting bowl and the cake in the fridge to let it firm up.

Now… Enjoy!

April Showers

I am so excited to say that I was able to take part in this amazing party by Fanciful Events, http://fancifulevents.blogspot.com/, was published in Birds Party Magazine! http://www.birdspartymagazine.com/

Its A beautiful Magazine dedicated to parties and such!  They have some amazing ideas!  I was able to make the cake pops for Suzanne from Fanciful Events and everything came together beautifully!

Take a closer look at the cake pops I was able to do!

How to Cake Pop?

I want to know from my readers or even just those passing through, what questions you have about cake pops or what cake pop you would like to learn to do?  Let me know and the ones with the most request, I will make tutorials for!  I want to give my readers what they want and need!  So please… ask away!!!

waImagent 

French Toast Souffle

I made this once for a friends baby shower brunch!  I’m about to do another baby shower brunch in a couple of weeks! I was going through some of my old recipes to get ready for this shower and I have to use this!  It was soooo good! So I thought I had to share!

French Toast Souffle

  • 10 cup (1-inch) cubed sturdy white bread (such as Pepperidge Farm Hearty White, about 16 (1-ounce) slices) $
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat-cream cheese, softened
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

Preparation

  1. Place bread cubes in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Beat cream cheese at medium speed of mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add milk, half-and-half, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture over top of bread; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. Remove bread mixture from refrigerator; let stand on counter for 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until set. Sprinkle the souffle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Amount per serving

 

  • Calories: 346
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 11.5g
  • Saturated fat: 5.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 11.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 51.7g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 169mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 396mg
  • Calcium: 131mg
from http://www.myrecipes.com courtesy of Becky Luigart-Stayner

Bubble Guppies Cake Toppers

Working on a cake tonight and these are going on the cake!!!

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would also go great with bubble guppies cake pops 

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Easter Decorations with PEEPS

What do you do with all those left over candies and peeps???  Decorate of course!!!!

 

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Peter Rabbit Inspired Party

Recently I have had the honor to work with Suzanne Ovel, from Fanciful Events.  She was putting together a Peter Rabbit Inspired Dessert table for a party and asked if I would help with the cake pops.  Of course I said yes… How fun… Here is what I came up with and the link to the rest of the party that has now been featured on “Amy Atlas Events”, “The Party Press” and “Catch My Party”.

“Amy Atlas Events”

http://blog.amyatlas.com/2012/03/cottontail-guest-dessert-feature/

“The Party Press”

http://www.thepartypressblog.com/2012/03/a-beautiful-beatrix-potter-dessert-table/

“Catch My Party”

http://catchmyparty.com/party-of-the-day/2172

I really loved the basket with the carrots

a few more closer pictures of the pops