Monday, February 20, 2012

Cherry Chocolate Pie/Chocolate Cheesecake

This is as good as any cheesecake I have had from The Cheesecake Factory!  I LOVE IT!  Yummy!

I will give you the link if you would like to watch the video, or try any more of their recipes.  The link is. . .  This is the ACH Food Company, INC.  You may recognize some of their products, Karo Syrup, Argo Baking Powder/ Cornstarch, Fleischmann's Yeast.

Anyhow, the recipe is as follows:

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
2 eggs
1/3 Whipping Cream
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1- 9 inch graham cracker crust
1 can Cherry Pie Filling (I have used strawberry and just plain whipping cream, still great!)

Melt- Chocolate in small saucepan over very low heat, stirring until completely smooth.  Set aside.

Beat- cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy, then beat in melted chocolate.  Gradually add corn syrup, beating until well blended.  Add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended.  Mix in cream and vanilla extract; pour into pie crust.

Bake- in preheated 325°  oven for 40 to 45 minutes until center is almost set.  Cool on wire rack.  Cover and refridgerate for at least 3 hours.  Top with cherry pie filling; slice and serve.

Prep Time: 20 min--  Bake Time: 40-45 minutes--  Chill Time: 3 Hours-- Makes: 10 servings

Another Great Series of Books to Read!

The Lost HeroThe Son of Neptune

This is second series in the Percy Jackson books.  They are called "The Heroes of Olympus".  There will be five of these books as well.  So far, only two are out :(   The first book, "The Lost Hero," is about Jason, Leo, and Piper.  Three new heroes we will learn about.  Percy is mentioned, but only the fact that he is missing.  He has been missing as long as Jason has been present and Jason can't remember anything before that period of time.  They have a great mission to save Piper's Father, who has been kidnapped and another very important person, who has also been kidnapped.

"The Son of Neptune" is back to Percy who finds himself also in a different place, other than camp half-blood, with a whole new group of friends.  He, Hazel, and Frank will also be placed on a new quest to kill the impossible, release a monster, to save camp all in a short period of time.  Hopefully all of this will restore Percy's memory and old live.

These were both wonderful books! Loved every minute of them. I could hardly put them down. Now, I have to wait until this fall when "The Mark of Athena" will be released.

The Mark of Athena Coming Soon Fall 2012

The Demigod Diaries
I have not read this one yet, but there is also "The Demigod Diaries" available.  It is a book of several short stories of the various demigods, such as Luke Castellan, Percy, and Leo Valdez.  Sounds like it could be fun too!

Book Four is Scheduled to be released Fall of 2013! (No name announced)

Book Five is Scheduled to be released Fall of 2014! (No name announced)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Boys Ties

For Christmas my sister in law made these darling ties for her boys.  I wanted so badly to learn how, so I looked up on Pinterest, and this is what I found...
 They are so easy!!!  I was able to finish all of these in 2 hours, and that included taking 3 phone calls, helping 2 people, and taking caring of my sons needs.  I thought that was pretty good.  I think they are so CUTE!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012


I LOVE pinterest! Greatest thing ever! Of course there are a lot of Valentine Day ideas floating around out there, but for those of you who have not been converted yet...I thought I'd share some of my fav's that I've found!
101 Valentines Day Ideas at
You can find this here
You can find the tutorial for "the husband gift" here

And here are just some yummy cute treats you can make...
Easy Peasy..
Love crepes found here
You can make some lovely hot cocoa
Lots of food hearts shaped ideas found here
Aren't those just the funnest cupcakes!? LOVE them!
And if you have kids and want to come up with cute saying for the valentines in class you can find them here
And I just think this is AWESOME! "The Game of Love" You can find how to do it here

Hope this gives you a couple ideas if you are stumped!
Happy Valentines Day!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


This was my first time couponing so I have to do the famous coupon post! It was so much fun! I have been wanting to start for a couple years, but it just seems so overwhelming...but I finally did it! And by big numbers were....The total came to $62 and I spent $27 for:
1 Gallon of milk
6 boxes of cereal
1 box fiber 1 bars
5 zone bars (all free :)
4 bags m & m's
15 propel
3 bags cheese
I was pretty happy and can't wait to do it again! These are the sites I used to figure it all out, and I get the 5 Sunday papers for the coupon inserts, and Grandma & Grandpa gives me one too.
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