3 Favorite Recipes and 3 Years of Blogging

Today marks my 3 years in the blogosphere.  I hadn’t even given it a thought until WordPress sent me a congratulatory message this morning.

To celebrate my blog turning 3 years old, I decided a virtual party was in order, so here are a few of my favorite desserts for you to indulge in.

These HOMEMADE LEMON CUPCAKES are one of my favorite cupcake recipes. Moist and lemony – these are perfect recipe for any Spring or Easter celebration.

This OLD-FASHIONED CUSTARD PIE WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE is one of my favorite pie recipes.  The smooth sweet taste of custard is countered with the tangy strawberry sauce.  This pie will delight your flavor buds – guaranteed.

And these CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE BARS are one of my favorite bar recipes.  These cheesecake bars will take care of any craving you might have for chocolate and cheesecake at the same time.  The caramel is just a huge added bonus.

Thank you all, for reading my blog and helping it grow.  Without you, the readers, it wouldn’t be what it is today.  Your interest is what inspires me to continue baking, writing, photographing, and sharing glimpses of my country life.

 

 

My Favorite Cream Cheese Recipes

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It’s summer, and summer is a busy time for all of us.  The day’s are longer but the time seems to slip by faster. 

I’ve been busy working on the Pink Paradise and I’m just about ready to share another update with you.  But first, I thought I’d  share three of my favorite cream cheese desserts. 

 

Mini Lemon Cheesecake with Peach Glace’ Topping (bottom left)

Chocolate and Cream Cheese Crostata  & Mini Cakes (bottom right)

Chocolate Covered Caramel Cheesecake Bars (top right)

What is keeping you busy this summer?

 

Chocolate Covered Caramel Cheesecake Bars

“Good things happen unexpectedly.”  My quote for the week.

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Does it matter that I failed miserably at making homemade microwave caramels this weekend? Only if you’re interested in what I did with the failed batch of caramels caramel sauce I ended up with. 

I should have listened to the little voice that kept telling me to go to the store and buy butter and not substitute margarine.  But I didn’t listen and when my  caramels didn’t harden I wasn’t surprised.  I’m not complaining though because instead getting a pan full of caramels I got one of the most delicious caramel sauces to ever touch my lips.

So, what do you do with unexpected caramel sauce?  You serve it on ice cream, you dip fresh sliced apples in it, and you make something so rich and sinful that you forget all about the little voice that told you that you should have went to the store.

I scoured the internet for recipes that called for caramel and when I landed on this recipe for Deluce de Leche Cheescake Squares at the browneyedbaker  it was love at first site.

Michelle’s recipe looked perfect.  I did cut the filling recipe in half (since I wanted a smaller batch), I added a pinch of salt to the chocolate glaze, and of course, I used my caramel sauce in place of the Deluce de Leche that her recipe called for.

These bars are absolutely delicious.  I guess sometimes when you fail at one thing you succeed another.  

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How do you handle failure?  Do you throw in the towel, or does it make you more persistent?