Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Daily Dish

and this ain't talk soup either homies. It is sinful but I don't care. I do what I want!!

2 refrigerated 9-inch pie crusts
1 brick (8 oz.) softened cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (1/2 for filling, 1/2 for topping)
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk or heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unroll both pie crusts and place onto a lightly floured surface. Using a 3″ round cookie cutter, cut rounds out of crust until all crust is used. You should get approximately 12 rounds per pie crust, re-rolling scraps one time if needed.

In a mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, brown sugar and (1/2 tsp.) cinnamon until well combined. Place half (12) of the rounds onto a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese mixture onto the centers of the 12 crusts. Lightly brush water around outer edges of the filled dough then place remaining rounds on top of filled rounds. Gently press edges to seal.

Place sugar and (1/2 tsp.) cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Brush tops of pies with melted butter then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops of pies are golden brown. Once pies are cooled, whisk powdered sugar and cream until mixed well and a desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over tops of pies. Serve warm.

Planting the seeds.

While Victor is out planting the seeds of hope, I am at home debating on what literal seeds that am going to plant. My grandmother and mom both have green thumbs so obviously I have to try my "hand" at it. HA. I giggled. Anyway, I have been looking for flowers to put in our tiny little space in front of the house. I would prefer something colorful and that blooms more than once. The search continues...

Outdoor Kitchen Dream

Oh I dream a dream, of an outdoor kitchen. Actually I am still hoping for some new dining room chairs, but I guess I can have big and small dreams. I really enjoy entertaining and at the present time, Vic and I do not have enough space to put on the kind of gatherings that I would like to have. I guess this fits into that category, like everything else that you can't afford, "when I win the lottery". Pshhh.

Local Farmers Market

I love, love, love some farmers markets!! During one of Vic's meetings he found out that our area (Chamblee) will be hosting their own farmers market. Local farmers will be bringing their fruits and veggies to sell. I am very excited about this because in my home state of Bama, you see farmers out everywhere selling produce. I don't see it very often in our area. Now Vic and I only have to drive a mile down the road. Check out the website.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Our hero- Capt. Kyle Comfort

Our friend Capt. Kyle Comfort was killed by an IED in Afghanistan. Thus far, this event has brought the community closer together. People are bonding and showing their respects to a brave man who lost his life fighting to protect the rest of us. I found this photograph on his wife's fb page and thought it perfectly depicted the sentiment of the people that knew him.

The Pioneer Woman

My friend Kristi turned me on to a blog called The Pioneer Woman. She is very talented and has many skills. You can learn about photography, cooking, and her family(including her cowboy). No that is not a sexual reference, I am pretty sure that he is a cowboy. City girl turned country, while I am exactly the reverse.

Domestic Diva

Since I lost my job, I had to learn to fill my time with "other" things. So I have inadvertently taken on the role of a house "woman" or domestic diva. I have been cooking, cleaning, and babysitting the daughter (dog). I have even stooped as low as to become an addict of Desperate Housewives. The show is beyond ridiculous and the first time I watched it I was appalled. Then, like most shows, you find there is a message. If I ignore (and fast forward) through the Drama, I can usually find the message. To tell you the truth, the messages are not too far from reality. Bree Van de Kamp has to be my favorite. She seems very traditional and always well put together, but she has a dark side. She can shoot a gun, that's all the info I need.