July 3, 2014

Easy No Bake Cheesecake

 Cheesecake takes a lot of time to prepare, first the mixing, and of course if you over mix you're already set up to fail in the end. Bake it too little, bake it just a little over, temperature to the oven isn't right? Fail!  Cheesecake is one of those challenges I can never pass up, it's too good to pass up. Even when it fails it's still worth eating. So what if it's too thick, so what if there's a huge crack straight down the middle of it. There's no way I will pass up a cheesecake and hog it all to myself - which I do. Don't ever try to take my cheesecake, I will fight you for every last bite.

Now, as for the challenge of making it, sometimes there's just not enough time for all the fuss ( but again I will claim it's totally worth it in the end)  Someday's though it's too hot, really no choice but to find a way around that long process and still end up with a treat to enjoy. This Mock Cheesecake is no bake, and you can mess with the flavors all you want. Feel like being lazy? Open a can of pie filling and dump it on top of the sucker, slice it,  share it, enjoy it.  My kids enjoy this , and it's a good treat for hot summer days.

Cherry Pie Topping
Ingredients

2 pkg. (8oz each ) Cream Cheese Softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups  whipped topping
1 ready to use graham cracker crust (9in)
* Optional-  1 cup of fruit, I like using crushed strawberries, or crushed raspberries . I have even used about a half cup to a cup of jam, or jelly within the pie to spruce it up just make sure it's sugar free.
* Additional Fruit for topping, any berry works, you can use one can pie filling as well. Your choice

Directions

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in bowl till well mixed. ( If using jam or jelly, make sure you beat this in with the cream cheese and sugar, move on to the next step)
 Fold in your whipped topping. If using fruit within the pie fold it in well now.  When mixed pour into your crust and spread evenly.

Perfect for the Fourth of July! This one has the crushed fruit inside. 

Arrange fruit if any on top of the pie, set it fridge for about 2-3 hours till set. If you plan on using pie filling for topping, pour this on right before serving.

Enjoy!
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July 2, 2014

Disney's Planes Fire and Rescue Activity Book

Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!



  If you haven't caught the previews, check it out below.



Along with the fun preview, you can check out the Downloadable Activity Book for the kids by clicking on the picture below. It's a .pdf file, hope the kids enjoy!


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July 1, 2014

Cheddar Cream Cheese Breakfast Biscuits

Summer is here and I've been super busy and obviously absent from blogging. Not only do my kids keep me busy as ever but things are changing around here and it doesn't leave me much spare time. A major project is happening as well, though in the very early stages it's taken up a lot of my time and will take awhile to get moving. You'll have to stick around to find out what it is, so if you aren't already follow me via the blog ( right side via GFC, or G+, or even follow me on Facebook )  you should follow now because there are huge things coming up.

Moving on to the recipe today. As I mentioned, summer is here, my kids are buzzing around first thing in the morning and just nuts somedays. I had this biscuit recipe a few years ago that I would whip together in a flash then lost the recipe . It was one I used with my Mom's homemade Bisquick, but it didn't have the cheddar in it. This is very similar, only even easier and since I lost the original I adapted this over time. It's quick enough to make and good enough to keep my kids quiet for a whole 5.6 minutes in the morning - > just enough time for me to make coffee and take two sips before the arguing begins again. Hey, I take what I can get these days!  The kids loved it, it's easy to make, there's no rising, there's no fuss or muss and it makes enough to have left overs for a snack later on in the day or even become a great lunch biscuit. This recipe makes 20-24 3 inch biscuits.


Ingredients

4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 packages  (8oz)  cream cheese at room temp.
1 cup milk
2 cups cheddar cheese
1-2 tablespoons red pepper flakes ( or chives) or if you don't want the red pepper flakes sprinkle the top of the rolled out dough lightly with pepper.


Directions

 Mix the flour into a large bowl along with the baking powder. Add in the cream cheese but by little pieces as you mix it. You can do this two ways, use a standing mixer ( faster) or by hand. Either way as you add in the cream cheese mix up the dough it will be very tough, you want to mix it up though so keep going till it's all mixed in.  After the cream cheese is mixed with flour add in the milk, and mix again, add in the cheese mix as you add in each. The dough will be tough  and will hold very well together. Set it down on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a 3/4 inch thickness.


 I used a biscuit cutter but you can use one of those plastic kid cups, which is perfect in size.
Place on baking sheet, and cook for about 20 minutes at 375F or until they are golden brown on edges. Test by forking one in the center to see if it comes out clean.

They may look small but they area really nice and fluffy inside. My kids said they make the perfect grab and go sandwiches whether breakfast or lunch. With cheese already in there my son said it made the perfect warm ham cheese sandwich. What mother will argue with that? 



To make an egg sandwich, keep oven heated at 375F Place your eggs in muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray and cook till the eggs are done to your likeness. It will take less than 10 minutes for the eggs to bake.
 A great way to make the kids happy is have them sprinkle toppings right on their eggs before they cook. Chives, bacon, vegetables, cheese even, ham. Combinations are up to you. They will come out in perfect biscuit sizes and make an excellent "on the go" breakfast sandwich for everyone in the family!

Enjoy!
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June 17, 2014

DreamWorks' HOME

Have you guys seen the previews for HOME?

I just saw it and it looks way too cute and fun for the family to see! Coming out in March of 2015, this will be one movie you don't want to miss!

HOME
Animation
Release: March 27, 2015, in 3D
Director: Tim Johnson
Screenplay by: TBD, based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Producers: Chris Jenkins, Suzanne Buirgy
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez

SYNOPSIS
When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.


Check out the quick clip from the movie below!





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Taken by Love



NEW RELEASE........

THE BRAND NEW BRADEN COUSIN'S 

Book #7 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15



TAKEN BY LOVE is the first of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.



Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again—but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her—and the man she’s never forgotten.



Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down—only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.



A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.



THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

My Review

This book was a little of a surprise, while I love all of Foster's book ( no worries I love this one too) the surprise came in an about face that a lot of people deal with - Bullying and domestic abuse. I think out of all the books I've read by Foster, this was one that dove deeper into something not easily written about and done so perfectly to make a beautiful story.

Dr. Daisy Honey grew up in Trusty, Colorado the last place she ever wanted to go back too after she'd left. More than happy to keep the past behind her from a town that tore her to pieces Daisy is conflicted when her father gets hurt, forcing her to go back to the dreaded place.

As she's back into town bumping into people is on the bottom of her list, that is until she collides with tall dark and handsome Luke Braden. Someone who had stood up for her as a kid when she was being bullied. While she had been prepared for jabs and pokes from the towns people what she didn't expect was what Luke stirs up more than a rare few fond memories she's had growing up. While she can't deny the connection she has with Luke, there's too many red flags she's not willing to ignore.

Luke Braden has his own past he's trying to forget and he's ready to really set an end to his checked past to settle down. One of the best horse breeders in the Midwest Luke is finding it easier to connect with horses than women, which is a bigger problem than he ever imagined. Until that is he bumps into Daisy. There's a connection he's been waiting for but Daisy has made it very clear her stay in town wasn't going to be permanent.

With their past weighting them down Luke and Daisy need to decide if it's worth keeping on too or letting go. Serious decisions must be made and it can go either way for both of them , don't miss another wonderful book by Foster and pick up Taken By Love to find out what happens to Luke and Daisy. You will not be disappointed!




**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**








About the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.




Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.



Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


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ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9





Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 





MORE BRADEN COUSINS COMING SOON......







NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

Five lucky winners will each receive Game of Love ebook

the 1st book from the Remingtons series !!
Ending on Sunday 6th July at 11.59pm EST
Open Worldwide

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June 4, 2014

Winding Down

If you haven't noticed I've been absent with the blog posts lately. School is still going on here, we're in the last few days so the fun filled chaos and end of the year bonanza of things is finally winding down.
My kids have a lot going on, and I've tried to be focused with their projects as well as school activities.

 Two of the four will be switching schools as well , so it's a huge transition for them and for me trying to figure out how things will be going.

 There will be a ton of new recipes coming your way so stay tuned and don't forget to check back , I'll be back up and running pretty soon!

Has school ended for your kids? Are you and the family ready for summer?
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May 25, 2014

Cranberry Almond Granola

My kids go through cereal fast, it's hard to keep up. This quick, frugal granola recipe is great and keeps them satisfied. Sometimes I make it with different nuts, depends on what I have on hand, and you can either use Agave Nectar or Honey. Go crazy and change the dried fruit up and make your own mix, all depends on what you want. From start to finish this only takes about 25 minutes.

My kids end up snaking on the clusters sometimes and it never makes it to their cereal bowl. 



Ingredients

3/4 cup  Honey or Agave Nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup sliced almonds ( pecans work great too, so do walnuts!)
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F

In a bowl mix all ingredients together. Place either parchment paper or a SILPAT mat onto a baking sheet. Spread your oats along the mixture and put into the oven. Let cook for about 10 minutes before mixing, make sure to spread back evenly and cook for remaining time.  Let it cool, mix up and then place in a airtight container. Can be stored up to a week.


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May 22, 2014

Venison Red Pepper Pasta

My kids devoured this meal fast. I'm glad they liked it but I got maybe three bites out of this total. No joke, they will attack pasta with vengeance and if you think they will be left overs? Think again. I ought to double it next time so I can actaully eat more than an ounce! ha

Quick and easy this dinner can be done in under 30 minutes , perfect for busy nights. Serve it up with a salad on the side.



Ingredients
1 box penne pasta
2 (12-ounce) jars roasted red peppers
1 cup grated Parmesan
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb  of venison ( ground)  you can use ground beef and or even top sirloin ground up.
1 large red pepper chopped
Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook pasta according to directions.
Red pepper sauce-
Combine red peppers, Parmesan, and garlic in food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the half the olive oil slowly,  season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, add in the chopped pepper, till heated slightly.  Add ground venison and cook until browned and cooked through  Stir in pasta and red pepper mixture until well combined. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or even mozzarella cheese .
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Read, Write, Love - The Remingtons


NEWLY RELEASED........

Book #5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #14



Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller—that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.



Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the steamy afternoon sparks a wild and sexy ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.



THE REMINGTONS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My Review:

Opposites attract in Read, Write, Love, by Melissa Foster.

Kurt Remington's world is knocked upside down by a free spirited Leanna Bray comes crashed- or shall I say splashing  into his life. As he writes in his beach front office he catches Leanna nearly drowning all the while trying to save her dog. The cute, soaking wet mess of a woman could possibly be the one things he's been missing all along, even if she is completely unorganized.

I love the clash, completely polar opposites and yet when they get together there's something neither can walk away from. Leanna is free minded, and goes out to live her life when Kurt is stuck in his own. They each bring something to the table and balance each other out nicely, it's fun to watch them figure things out along their journey.

In the short time that they come together, sparks are flying but will it last? Leanna has a new business she's going after, yet it may take her away. With they have a future together, or was this a once in a lifetime beach romance that they both walk away from?

You'll have to find out yourself and pick up a copy of Read, Write, Love by Melissa Foster. It's a sweet cute story that was fun to read. It will make you laugh and fall in love with the journey they go on.





About the Author


Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child
Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.




Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
or her personal website.


Follow the Author

 Facebook    Twitter     Google+    Goodreads    Pinterest 


Follow the Book Tour






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ALSO AVAILABLE 
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9
Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 


MORE BRADEN'S COMING SOON......

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR'S GIVEAWAY !!

To celebrate the upcoming releases of six more hot Braden novels
2 winners will each win one of these limited edition Braden T’s!

(Sizes available Medium, Large, X-Large)
Open Worldwide 
Ending on Thursday 5th June at 11.59pm EST

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May 17, 2014

No Bake Chunky Trail Mix bars



You know my obsession with granola bars by now, and if not well, indeed I am obsessed with granola bars. There's really no limit to what you could put in them, or how to make them. Mixing up your nuts, fruits and what not, you can make new varieties, sweeter one day fruitier the next day it's all up to you.

Trail mix bars are usually always loaded with a bunch of nuts, fruit and chocolate packing in a ton of things to one small bar and what makes this even better is it's No Bake! Everyone likes a no bake recipe.

Yes my cutting board is marked up. 



Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole almonds
2/3 cup whole cashews
1 and 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup ground flax
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup honey  or maple syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter, melted


Directions:

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.

Using a food processor, pulse the almonds and cashews to make small pieces. You don't want it all small , leave some big chunks in there. Transfer this into a large bowl and add in all the other dry ingredients then set aside. Mix your syrup or honey together with the peanut butter into a glass measuring cup and melting in the microwave and or using stove top. Place the measuring cup in a few inches of boiling water till the butter starts melting. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well till everything is coated. Scoop this into your prepared baking dish firmly pressing down until it's all even. Make sure it's nice and tight.
Set in the fridge for about an hour or two before cutting. They can be stored at room temp, but I like them better stored in the fridge.
Enjoy!


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