Brownie Bottom Black Forest Cheesecake

I've always loved the looks of rich, decadent Black Forest desserts but my husband and I don't enjoy canned cherries that are typically used for them. So for this one I used Red Raspberries for a perfectly delicious flavor combination and we enjoyed a few pieces with plenty left to share with friends 
Crust: Prepare 2 (8 inch) Springform Pans 1 box milk chocolate brownies, divided Mix and bake according to package directions. Don't over bake but don't be afraid to bake completely. Cool slightly.
White Chocolate layer: 16 oz. cream cheese, room temp 1/3 cup white sugar 6 oz. white chocolate chips, melted 2 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla

Milk Chocolate layer: 16 oz. cream cheese, room temp 1/3 c. white sugar 1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate syrup, more or less according to your taste 2 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons flour

Pour separately over baked brownie crusts and bake till sides are puffy and have a dry look but the center is still a little jiggly when pan is shook sligh…

Creamy Coconut Cheesecake

Hello out there!

I've been MIA for a long time but I promise I've not been sitting idle! :)

If you enjoy coconut this one is for YOU!!

Preheat oven to 300°.

1½ cups Almond Meal
1 cup All-Purpose flour
¾ cup pecan pieces, toasted and chopped fine
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons cold butter
Place all dry ingredients into food processor and give it a whirl. Add cold butter (cut into slices) and mix till crumbs form. Press into bottom and up sides of a prepared 10 inch Springform pan. Bake at 300° for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and cool a bit.

Place a small dish of HOT water into oven on the bottom rack.

Meanwhile as your crust is baking--

48 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup white sugar
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon coconut extract
6 eggs, beaten

In Bosch mixer bowl combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar. Beat until smooth and somewhat fluffy. In a separate bowl combine the eggs and extract…

Shelf Road

So a few weeks ago we braved Shelf Road. What an intense place! In the heart of the mountain. Rugged, beautiful, and just a tad terrifying but not something you want to miss if you have even one adventurous bone in your body!
And yes, whoever gave it its name wasn't kidding! Shelf. Road. Definitely fits!

An above ground Gold Mine just outside the town of Cripple Creek that looks like a small "hill" on the side of the mountain when viewed from our front windows but up close and personal it is much, MUCH larger than it appears from said windows! Happy Monday!  Be Blessed!

Thy Word...

So thankful for The Word! It brings PEACE and worries fade, It breathes TRUTH and lies dispel It is LIGHT and makes darkness cease To BELIEVE and TRUST it means TO CHANGE! ♥Blessings!♥

White Chocolate Strawberry Delight

Need a quickie dessert for the weekend that will disappear before the Monday diet begins again? lol I was in my kitchen yesterday thinking I really should bake something but not in the mood for the usual chocolate chip whatever when I had a flash of brilliance. Why not use the strawberries in the fridge for something besides pie (as easy as it is, I'm not a huge fan of crust making) but for something quick and yummy that I don't normally make? Delights are quick and easy but that center part in all of it's sugary glory is always somewhat of a downer. So I had the idea to try it with an extra block cream cheese and dry instant white chocolate pudding. Still a far cry from healthy but not super sweet like usual. It was delicious and yes they, notice I said THEY, ate most of it for supper! Okaay! I had some too, because the cook always needs to taste new things, right? but in this case I could have avoided it because it tasted just like I thought it would. Not real sweet. D…


Because of His great mercies we are not consumed  they arenew every morning, great is His Faithfulness! We are coming up on two months since our move from PA to CO. We are enjoying it very much! Lack of humidity, "rat race," (that's usually a choice btw) less traffic, (Serena and I laugh when we go to town and meet 5 vehicles on the road that leads to civilization we comment that 'it's really busy today!) peace and quiet, God's AMAZING unaltered Creation! We feel blessed to be here at this time in our lives. Some of you have expressed an interest in 'seeing your house'. We live in a lovely house high in the mountains and we'd love to play host to you and introduce you to some real, raw beauty if you should care to visit. I guess a house parade isn't really my thing and seems unimportant and materialistic to me when you can enjoy things that truly matter like time spent with family or just Nature itself. @ "Garden of the Gods" just…

"Let them give thanks..."

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8&9