Thursday, April 23, 2009


I’ve just discovered Swagbucks in the last several months and like it so much I wanted to share. :) I’ve been a member for 6-8 weeks now and have already earned 33 Swagbucks, mostly by using their search engine. Just 12 more and I’ll have enough to trade in for a $5 Amazon gift card. I’ll probably be saving them up for awhile instead and getting some airline miles.

It took about a week for me to get used to searching with Swagbucks instead of Google, like I was accustomed to. Downloading the search bar was a big help. Once in awhile I still switch over to Google when Swagbucks doesn’t come up with quite what I need, but most of the time the results it comes up with are quite sufficient.

Why not give swagbucks a try? Use them for your everyday online searches and you can be redeeming your “bucks” for gift cards in no time at all!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sun in March

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."

~Charles Dickens


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chocolate Cream Pie


1 prebaked 9-inch pie crust

1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus an additional 2 tablespoons, divided use
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy whipping cream


In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt; bring to a simmer, whisking frequently. Whisk the eggs together in a medium bowl, and gradually whisk in half of the hot milk mixture until combined; whisk the egg mixture back into saucepan containing remaining milk. Heat mixture, whisking frequently, until it starts to thicken up and coat the back of a spoon.

Remove pan from heat and stir in chocolate chips, tablespoon butter and vanilla. Pour filling into pie crust and cool completely in the refrigerator, about 1 hour.
To make the whipped cream, combine heavy cream and additional 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl, using a mixer on high speed, and beat until stiff peaks form - about 1-2 minutes. Spread whipped cream evenly on pie and sprinkle with chocolate shavings if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I'm Alive!

I am so sorry I have taken soooo long in updating. I have been swamped since New Years. Studying cheese making and teaching it . Trying to create a mozzarella cheese that is similar to Water Buffalo mozarella for a group of restuarants. Had a group of six chefs watching me the other day which was nerve wracking. So needless to say, I am glad to be back, and I hope you will forgive me for my long absence. :) I hope to be able to update more than let's say... once every three months!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Homemade Granola...


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cashews(optional)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts,sesame seeds,wheat germ, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.Add chocolate chips when cooled down enough that they don't melt.

You can make granola with so many different ingredients. Sometimes I add cinnamon, dried apricots and other types of dried fruit.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Life's Seasons...

I am currently backing up files from my desktop computer, and preparing it for a major overhaul. I keep coming across photos from years ago, and what memories it is stirring up.
How life changes.
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

The beauty in the way God designed the four seasons is that, though each one is distinct, they all work together to bring life and growth. Spring is a period of freshness and new life. Summer sees growth and productivity. Autumn is a time for harvesting the rewards of past labors. Winter is the season of dormancy and closure. Each season has its own unique beauty and makes a significant contribution to life.

Just as God planned seasons in nature, He planned seasons in life as well. Life has its springtime, when we begin new things and look excitedly toward the future. Summer comes and we work diligently in the heat of the day at all that God has assigned to us. With autumn comes the fruition of things begun at an earlier time in our lives. Winter brings an end to a particular period in our lives. Sometimes winter brings hardship, but we remain hopeful, for another spring is just around the corner!

In God's perfect design for our lives, He has planned for times of fruitfulness and activity. He will also build in times of quiet and rest. There will be times when He asks us to remain faithful doing the same work day after day. But there will also be periods of excitement and new beginnings. By God's grace, we will enjoy seasons of harvesting the fruit of our faithfulness. By God's grace we will also overcome the cold winters of heartache and grief, for without winter there would be no spring. Just as it is with the seasons of nature, these seasons in our lives work together to bring about God's perfect will for each one of us.

Devotion taken from, Experiencing God, by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby

Friday, January 9, 2009


The following picture is my mom's art!

It's beautifully snowy outside. God's amazing...and life keeps flying by!!

Have a wonderful day with Jesus!