It’s been such poor air quality here due to the Mountain Fire that I’ve been painting up a storm here. I can now also say that I am finally retiring my paint clothes.
As horrible as the fire is, it does make for some colorful sunsets. Unfortunately it is still only 10% contained. I could certainly live without the smoke and ash though.
We had a HUGE wind storm here last week for several days. Figured it was a good time to get the shed started. Just cleaning it out was a project in itself.
As you can see hubs has vacuumed about half of it from the dust that settled everywhere and in everything. Each piece being taken out had to be cleaned also.
We did find this cute little guy living under the floor. Hoping the new floor will help seal it better. More pictures next week.
OREO COOKIES & CREAM CHEESECAKES adapted from Martha Stewart Makes 30
42 OREO cookies, 30 whole and 12 coarsely chopped
4-8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 275° degrees.
- Line muffin tins with paper liners.
- Place 1 whole Oreo cookie in the bottom of each lined muffin cup.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
- Gradually add the sugar, and beat until combined.
- Beat in the vanilla.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Add in sour cream and salt, beat to combine.
- Using a large spatula, fold in the chopped Oreo cookies.
- Divide batter evenly among the cookie-filled muffin cups, fill each cup almost to the top.
- Bake, rotating muffin tins halfway through, until the filling is set, about 22 to 28 minutes.
- Transfer the muffins tins to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Refrigerate (in the muffin tins) at least 4 hours (or overnight).
- Remove from tins just before serving.
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So here’s MY story:
I began this blog to keep sanity while renovating an investment house. I started this as a place to relieve the stress, but quickly became addicted as I met more and more bloggers and developed friendships that are irreplaceable! Blogging has become a way of life for me and I love it!
Beyond keeping everyone posted about our renovations and stumbling blocks I also post about my adventures in the kitchen, quilting, life in general and whatever ends up filling my days.
Do you have every recipe you ever cut out from a newspaper or magazine?
I do, or I did. 5 boxes worth, count them, 5 boxes worth.
I’ve been working real hard every evening on scanning in these boxes full of recipes and throwing away the actual papers. Here is what I have left of that stack of boxes. I love flash drives. Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for this great Christmas gift!
The construction of a recipe to me is a visual thing. I start with my main ideas and then add instructions and last minute ingredients. I may change this many times while actually cooking, but color coding helps me so much.
I had a good week of experimental recipes and plan on using Sunday to get them all posted.
- Paprika Pot Roast
- Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
- Caramel Glazed Apples
- Raisin Cinnamon Buns
- Layered Pasta Salad
- Tangy Ranch Dressing
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Clouds
- Angel Kisses
- Beef Barley Stew
- Parmesan Corn Muffins