Friday, November 25, 2016

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bundt Cake

OOOOOOO I am just loving this cake!! Moist and chocolaty!! You will not be able to eat just one piece!! Below is how you can make your own!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 oz unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. espresso powder
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1-½ Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 16 jumbo maraschino cherries, drained
  • ¾ cup cherry pie filling
  • 2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. mil

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray a Bundt pan with baking spray and flour. Set aside.
  2. Cake
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, salt and baking soda. Set aside
  4. Combine the water and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until the butter has melted - about 2-3 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and stir until no lumps remain. Add in the chocolate chips, heat again for about 20 seconds until the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Combine the chocolate sauce with the dry ingredients, whisk to combine, then blend in the sour cream. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract and stir until well combined, being careful not to over mix.
  6. Cheesecake Filling
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the flour and egg and beat until smooth.
  8. Adding Batter
  9. Pour 1½ tbsp melted butter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle 2 tbsp brown sugar evenly over the melted butter. Place 2 maraschino cherries into each well of the pan.
  10. Pour ⅔ of the prepared batter on top of the cherries and smooth with a large spoon. Add the cheese cake filling into the center of the batter, being careful not to touch the edges of the pan. Spoon the cherry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling, again being careful not to touch the edges.
  11. Pour the remainder of the batter into the pan making sure that both the inside and outside of the batter is well coated with the chocolate so that the outside of the cake will be all dark looking when done. Bake for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cake and cool completely.
  12. Glaze
  13. Glaze 1:In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and skim milk and whisk until the glaze is smooth.
  14. Glaze 2: Add the dark chocolate chips and skim milk to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
  15. Place the glazes into icing bags and drizzle the cake. Add a few more Maraschino cherries, drizzle a bit more and then let the glaze set and serve. Enjoy!

Sephora Gift Guide 2016

Guess what time it is?
Thanksgiving is over and even though we are all still in a turkey coma it is time to get our shop on!!!
My favorite place in the world is Sephora!!!
I am going to show you what the hottest items this season are!!
I hope you are ready to see some amazing items!!!

Sephora is a great place to shop!! It is a one stop place for beauty and skin care!
You can get brands from all over the place here and you can easily shop all in one place!!

Here are some of this years Favorite items........................
Make sure you let me know which ones are your favorites!!

Marc Jacobs

        Object of Face and Desire Face and Eye Palette $69. You can get it here.

 About Last Night Style Eye Con No 20 Eyeshadow Palette. $99 Get this one here.

Kat Von D

   Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set $49 click here.

  Studded Kiss Lipstick $21  here it is.

  Metal Matte Palette $60

Sephora Brand ............. You can see these here.


  Sephora Weekend Collection $20-$49

  Lash Story Deluxe $125

   The mini Team $22

   Brush Set $85

  Winter Wonderland Collection $59

Sephora Z-Palette

 Kate Summerville Cult Favorites $75 Get it here.

Too Faced Christmas in New York $58, Find it here.

Bumble and Bumble $39

 Living Proof Hair care $25 Find it here.

 Korres Winter Skin Rescue $45 I found it here.

Estee Lauder Go Glow $42

You all should RUN RUN RUN and get whatever product here that you want because some are limited edition and they will sell out VERY fast!!!

I hope you find a Sephora near you and if you dont you can always buy online..
Here is a link to the online store!! Sephora WebSite,

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

I really love me some Texas Sheet cake....
Now imagine how great they are in cookies!!!!
Well............................. Guess what?? I have a recipe for that and OMG they are soooooooooooo
tasty!! So chocolatly and super bite size so NO plate NO fork!!!

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ cup flour
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat, set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and sugar together until light, scraping sides frequently.
  4. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated. Mix in baking powder and salt.
  5. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour. Dough will be thick.
  6. In a microwave safe bowl heat chocolate chips on high in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.
  7. Mix melted chocolate directly into cookie dough until evenly mixed.
  8. Drop dough by a measured tablespoon sized mounds onto baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes until cookies just appear set. They will still be very soft on the inside. DO NOT overbake!!
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder and milk over medium heat, whisking until melted together. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar.
  2. Pour icing over cookies and allow icing to set before serving.

Boot Camp Graduation for Eugene

I recently made the 12 hour drive from my house to Chicago, Il.
Wow what a ride!! But it was totally worth it because seeing my nephew graduate just melted my heart!!!                        
                                                     This top one is us getting ready.
                                            Here they are lined up
                                                          Here they are swearing in
Here we are after the ceremony
I cannot begin to say how proud I am of his graduation!!!!
                              Here we are with him the next morning at 5 am waiting while he heads to Texas from Chicago for his next adventure!! We are going to miss you sweetie!! Looking forward to the holidays!!! God Speed!!