Friday, December 31, 2010

James Taylor - Auld Lang Syne

I wish for each of you love, hope, faith,
good health and prosperity.
May this new year bring you all that you hope for.
Have faith in Him and Hold Strong!
If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Please be safe on the roads tonight and tomorrow!
Love and Peace in Christ,

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I don't know about you but I am always on the search for a good appetizer. These are really good, a little kick to them but not too spicy!! They are addicting tho so make bunches!


1- 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
8 oz of grated Parmesan (about 2 cups)
4 TB seeded and chopped fresh jalapenos
1 large egg beaten
3 cups of Italian style bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350

Mix the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, jalapenos, and egg to form a paste. Shape into balls using about 1/2 tablespoon of paste for each. Roll the balls in the bread crumbs. Place on an ungreased non-stick baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve Warm.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Breakfast casseroles are one of my all-time favorite brunch foods. Assemble this dish the night before, and bake the next morning. This would be great on Christmas morning !

This recipe is from an old Southern Living magazine.


Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 (16-ounce) Hawaiian bread loaf, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) finely shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (8 slices)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salsa or sliced fresh tomatoes


Arrange bread cubes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over prepared dish; press down bread cubes with a spoon to allow bread to soak up liquid. Cover and chill 8 hours. Let stand 30 minutes before baking.

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until set and golden. Serve with salsa or sliced fresh tomatoes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Worldwide Candle Lighting Video

Sunday, December 12, 2010...Light a Candle in Honor and in Memory of your Loved Ones who are no longer here....7:00 pm in whatever time zone you live in...Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony creates a virtual 24 hour beacon of Light and Love for all of Heaven to see.

Friday, December 10, 2010


WOW ..... if you have never attended a performance of Trans Siberian should ! Last night we went to New Orleans....hubby was able to get the company suite @ the New Orleans Arena....had it all to ourselves and it was amazing! We took the kids and I think they really enjoyed it...its a must do on your bucket list!

I am SO not ready for Christmas...are you?? Still so much to do and so little time. But I just love the hustle and bustle of it all ! It wouldn't be Christmas if we weren't out shopping at the last minute ! Today I saw this quote from Dr Seuss and thought that I just HAD to share it here...

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

Friday, December 3, 2010


The best of both worlds...cheesecake AND pralines !!!!

For the crust:

  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine, melted

For the filling:

  • 24 ounces of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F.

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the crust and press into a 10-inch spring form pan.
  2. Combine cream cheese and brown sugar using a mixer until creamy. When thoroughly mixed, beat in the eggs one at a time, being careful not to over mix.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes. Cheesecake should be observed closely after 45 minutes to avoid over baking. Do not open the oven door, as this will allow cracks to form on the top of the cheesecake. When cheesecake is done, it will be brown on top, and the middle section will be the same height as the outer edges.
  5. After baking, remove cheesecake from oven and gently run a knife around outer edges of pan. Cool the cheesecake on a rack away from any heat.

Hugs, Mona

Monday, November 29, 2010


I am a HUGE lover of bread pudding! I have never met a bread pudding that
I didn't like...or love!
This one is super easy and super yummy!!!
I promise you will not regret making this one!


3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (melted)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
10 slices whole wheat bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish or casserole; set aside.

Beat eggs, granulated sugar, milk, 1/4 cup Butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl with wire whisk. Stir in bread until evenly coated. Turn into prepared dish.

Combine pecans, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup Butter in small bowl until blended.

Evenly spoon topping over bread.

Bake uncovered 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm and, if desired, with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


The hubby is painting my living room...yeahhhhh ! AND we will be getting new flooring and a new couch before Christmas!! Am I excited or what? L.O.V.E the color of the's called Vanilla Latte and I borrowed it from my baby sister ! It makes the room look so warm!
Cannot wait to decorate for Christmas now!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010


OK so my previous blog [healingtouch] has been hacked! One minute all was fine, then when I clicked on it about 30 minutes later...everything was gone...poof! O M G I was so mad!!! So I had to cancel it all and delete it then run virus/spyware scans. I am in the process of creating a new one and don't know where to start. All my recipes...gone : ( Oh well, what can you do? I hope all of you who followed be before will continue to follow me. Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for more blogs to come !