Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Virtual Cookie Exchange And My Best Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Bar

It's my day for the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop...welcome!


I got a little creative and put together what I think is the
Best Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Bar ever. 
It's got cheesecake, chocolate, and caramel...what's not to love!



Carol's Best Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Bar

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9” x 13” pan.

Layer 1:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, granulated sugar, and butter until combined. Press mixture on the bottom of the lightly greased 9” x 13” pan.

Layer 2:
2 8-ounce cream cheese packages, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Beat in vanilla and eggs until blended.
Carefully spread mixture over Layer 1.

Layer 3:
1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces (not evaporated milk)
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat sweetened condensed milk, flour, egg, vanilla extract, and baking powder until blended. Stir in chopped pecans and spread batter evenly over Layer 2.

Layer 4:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over Layer 3. Bake 30-40 minutes or until set and light/golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Optional Layer 5:
Once bars are completely cooled, drizzle with bottled caramel sauce and cut into bars.

For more delicious recipes, check out these blogs:


Don't forget to enter the sweet giveaway from Quilt Taffy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rosemary's Day To Exchange Her Cookie Recipes

Welcome to Rosemary's day for the Virtual Cookie Exchange!



I'm so lucky to have sweet Rosemary hanging out on my blog today.
She's sharing a couple of her cookie recipes including one from her
mother-in-law, Grandma B, who made them every year for Christmas.

GRANDMA B'S XMAS COOKIE RECIPE

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup oatmeal

Xmas Filling
Powdered Sugar Frosting
Angel Flake Coconut

Beat butter until creamy; add sugar. Beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.


Gradually add flour and salt. When mixed, add oatmeal.
Form into 1" balls. Make thumbprint and fill with Xmas filling... approx. 1/2 tsp.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 for 20 - 25 minutes.

When Cool, frost with Powdered Sugar Frosting and sprinkle coconut on top.


XMAS FILLING *

1 cup dark raisins
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup sugar
1 - 1/2 cup water

Combine ingredients and cook slowly over low heat until water has cooked down
and ingredients are well blended and thick. Add more water if needed. Cool. This can be
halved but I always freeze what’s leftover so I can make these whenever I want.

POWDERED SUGAR FROSTING

1/2 cup butter (1 cube)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 - 2 tbls milk
Cream butter; add powdered sugar and blend well. Add vanilla and mix well.
Depending on spreading consistency, add milk one tablespoon at a time.
Use more if needed. Beat well.

RASPBERRY-ALMOND SQUARES

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 cup flour
2 T. sugar
1/2 -8 oz can almond paste ( 1/2 cup) or marzipan, if you prefer!
2 T. butter
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
   (I forgot to toast my last batch - it's better when they're toasted!)
Powdered Sugar Icing (optional)

FOR CRUST: Beat the 1/3 cup butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. 
Add the 1/4 cup sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the 1 cup flour
(mixture will be crumbly). Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a
greased 8x8x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

MEANWHILE: Combine the 1/4 cup flour and the 2 T sugar in a small bowl. 
Cut in almond paste and the 2 T butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Set aside.

Spread jam over hot baked crust. Crumble almond paste mixture over the jam. 
Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack. If desired, drizzle with Icing. Cut into bars.
These are very sweet so I cut into small triangles. You might want to consider no icing
or using the icing sparingly.

POWDERED SUGAR ICING: Combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon
vanilla and enough milk (4-5 teaspoons) to make an icing of drizzling.


Be sure to visit these other blogs for more yummy recipes:


More Virtual Cookie Exchange Recipes And A Giveaway

It's another day for more cookie recipes and that sweet giveaway from Quilt Taffy.
I'm loving the recipes so far!


December 5

December 6

December 7

December 8

$20 giveaway from Quilt Taffy
The winner will love shopping in her store!


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's Time For The Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

I've been so anxious for today to arrive because...
 It's time for the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop! 
Woohoo...new cookie recipes!


Look who's baking this week:

December 5

December 6

December 7

December 8

Plus, there's a sweet $20 giveaway from Quilt Taffy
The winner will love shopping in her store!



Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #21 And #22

With Christmas approaching much more quickly than I'm ready for,
I hurried to finish the In Our Garden blocks #21 and #22 by Jan from Sew and Sow Farm.
Woo hoo! I'm all caught up!
Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy keeps me motivated, too...thanks, Amy!

My applique block #21
I added a couple flowers to remind me that there's a garden under that snow somewhere.


My pieced block #22


February
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July
You can find Joan's Block #11 and Block #12 HERE.

August
You can find Kris' Block #13 and Block #14 HERE.

September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
You can find Pat's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.


October

You can find Vicki's Block #17 and Block #18 HERE.


November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
You can find Lana's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.

December
You Can find Jan's block HERE.

January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Virtual Cookie Exchange And A Day Outside For Me

Sometimes I get carried away with sewing, blogging, and other important stuff and forget
to check out what's happening outside. So yesterday, with my finished quilt in tow, we took off
 to enjoy a day outside taking photos of the quilt. It was a beautiful day to be outside!

We took a long drive that had us ending up in the desert around Leeds in Southern Utah.
There's a special beauty to desert scenery, especially with red mountains in the background.



My crew member was scouting out the area and totally missed the guy standing in front of my quilt. 
It was actually a good thing that guy showed up since the quilt can't be shown until later.
Thanks, Santa! 
Oh, and thanks crew member for helping me!


The Virtual Cookie Exchange starts in four days...woohoo!
There's some yummy baking going on so be sure to check back on Monday.


December 5

December 6

December 7

December 8

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

I'm so thankful for my family, friends, and my blogging friends.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
May your day be filled with love.


Wouldn't this turkey look great in a quilt!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dresden Quilt With Moda's Manderley Fabric

I loved sewing a couple quilts for Therm O Web's Quilt Market booth in Houston this year using
Moda's Manderley Fabric. I was so happy to have some fabric leftover to sew one more quilt.

It's a Dresden quilt in Manderley Fabric...sweet sewing!


This was the bundle of fabric I started with:


I made this little mini Sleepy Bunny Snuggle...


and this child's quilt, Three Bears Snuggle.


It's was a great deal to make use of such a beautiful bundle of fabric!

I've been baking for the Virtual Cookie Exchange.
Here's a little peek at what I'm baking...


I'm so excited about all the ladies who will be baking for this blog hop beginning December 5th.


There's room for you if you want to bake, too...just let me know.
I'd love to see what you bake up for the holidays!


Friday, November 11, 2016

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #17, #18, #19, #20

I'm late, I'm late, for the In Our Garden Block of the Month!
Time just got away from me with new floors, etc., but now I'm caught up.
Check out Sew Incredibly Crazy for more info on this blog hop.


My applique block #17

My pieced block #18 

My applique block #19

My pieced block #20 

Here's the schedule for all the blocks:

February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July
You can find Joan's Block #11 and Block #12 HERE.

August
You can find Kris' Block #13 and Block #14 HERE.

September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
You can find Pat's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.



October

You can find Vicki's Block #17 and Block #18 HERE.


November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
You can find Lana's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.

December
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE