Thursday, August 28, 2014

~ Pineapple Cheese Cake ~

Pineapple Cheese Torte Recipe
This recipe is from Taste of Home ~ years ago.

Pineapple Cheese Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1/3 cup butter, softened

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

Pineapple Topping
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Fresh strawberries, optional

In a bowl, combine crust ingredients until blended; pat into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Stir in juice. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 25 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack.

For topping, drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice. Set pineapple aside. In a small saucepan, combine flour, sugar and reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat; fold in pineapple. Cool.

In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold into topping. Carefully spread over top. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. Garnish with strawberries if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Joining ~ 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~ Tuesday Thoughts ~

Humans of New York

"When my husband was dying, I said: 'Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?' He told me: 'Take the love you have for me and spread it around.'"

Humans of New York
"Like the prophecy says-- if you have love and goodness in your heart, you must share it." 

Humans of New York
Seen on the Upper West Side

Humans of New York
And on the subway ~

And last, but not least, a gentle reminder for all of us!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

~ Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake ~

Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe
Recipe from Southern Living ~ years ago!

If you've had Mexican chocolate, you'll love this. Have you tried Mexican coffee? Divine!  

  •  1 (8-oz.) package semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped * or  NestlĂ© Abuelita Mexican Chocolate
  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • large eggs 
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Garnish: powdered sugar 
  1. 1. Microwave chocolate baking squares in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 1 minute and 15 seconds or until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring every 15 seconds.
  2. 2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. 3. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan or a 12-cup Bundt pan.
  4. 4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack, and let cool 1 hour and 30 minutes or until completely cool. Garnish, if desired.
  5. *2 (4.4-oz.) packages Mexican chocolate, chopped, may be substituted for semisweet chocolate baking squares. Omit ground cinnamon, and proceed with recipe as directed. 
I'll be happy to come over for a taste test if you'd like!  :)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

~ Prayers Please ~

My kids' step-mother is having surgery this afternoon ~ very, very serious!  Her name is Joyce and I really believe that "where two or more are gathered in my name...." has unlimited power.

My chemo buddy, A, is also scheduled for surgery sometime this week. Dr hasn't determined the exact day. For those that are unaware, I volunteer with Chemo Angels. It is an incredible support system for those going through treatment...any age, any gender. There is also a support group for Seniors.  They don't have to be going through treatment...some are alone, whether at home, retirement center, nursing home, etc. Many do not have families or their family members live quite a distance from them and rarely visit. They love getting mail and knowing someone's thinking of them!

I so appreciate your lighting a candle, thinking good thoughts, whatever your choice might be for these two women.  May I also suggest that we all pray for Ferguson, MO ?  I can hardly watch the news on a good day but this is so sad. It makes me wonder what country I'm living
in ~  :(   The situation in the Middle East is heartbreaking too!  There are so many angry people, violence that is unbelievable and lives lost for really no reason. 

I'm so grateful for my health, a safe place to live, fresh water, food, utilities and of course, freedom!

UPDATE:  Thursday
I wanted to advise that Joyce came through the surgery well ~ thanks to each of you for your kind words and prayers!  A has not advised me when her surgery is.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

~ Silent Sunday ~

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Matthew 21:22  (KJV)