JULY

JULY

July 18, 2018

CHERRY CHEESECAKE...PERFECT EVERY TIME!

This is considered to be a family heirloom recipe...
my grandmother made this every summer
and we were so excited when this was featured
on her big dining table on Summer evenings...
my cousins would come and it would be a family
affair with lots of talking and laughter....
sweet, sweet memories those are!


CHERRY CHEESECAKE
 1 Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 1/2 T. vegetable oil 
2 – 8 oz. packages of Cream Cheese
 ½ C sugar
4 eggs
1 ½ Cup milk
3 tsp. vanilla
1 can of your favorite pie filling -we love cherry or blueberry

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Reserve 1 cup of dry cake mix. In large mixing bowl combine remaining cake mix, 1 egg and oil (mixture will be crumbly). Press crust mixture evenly into the bottom of a 13” x 9” baking dish.


 In the same bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar. 
Add 3 eggs and reserved cake mix; beat 1 minute at medium speed.
 At low speed slowly add milk and vanilla. 
Mix until smooth and pour into crust. 
Bake at 300 degrees for 45-55 minutes until center is firm. 
Cool and top with your favorite pie filling.

ESTELLE'S SWEET TIP
Thaw a bag of frozen strawberries
and one bag of frozen raspberries 
in a medium mixing bowl.
Sprinkle with sugar and allow to marinate
in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve your cheesecake,
top with a spoonful of the cold berries,
over the cherry pie filling.
Serve with whipped cream.



July 16, 2018

SUMMER LIFESTYLE FAVORITES


I love when bloggers share the products they have
tried and are recommending for the seasons!
These are my favorite finds this summer and
I think you will love these items too...
foods and beauty products from Amazon and Target!


Love, love, love this oversized travel tote!
I found this COOFIT  TOTE BAG on Amazon and it is really big, roomy
and the neat thing is...it's reversible!
You can go from all black to this beautiful floral print.
It is perfect for traveling and also is rather sturdy!
This is the link in case you would like to pick this one up too!




This is the perfect body cream for summer...it's heavenly!
For your bum bum, legs, tummy, arms and all over.
Irresistible pistachio almond fragrance (love the scent)
Firms and tightens skin.
Hydrates and softens.
Mica provides skin with an instant glow...
from Amazon. 



This is the oil I purchased from Amazon
to help with the knee replacement scar.
It's wonderful....absorbs quickly.
If you have any scarring, Vitamin E oil helps tremendously
on keeping the scar supple and helps in healing.


NOW LET'S TALK TARGET!


Target's Bullseye Spot has some fun summer finds....I didn't need much
but I did pick up a darling pair of flip-flops to keep near the pool, ($3.00),
this adorable little sign, which I plan to use during fall, ($3.00),
and the Lavender Vanilla hand soap for $1.00!!!!



I have tried dressings from Brianna's in the past,
but this Vinaigrette was a new one to me....
two thumbs up...light and slightly sweet!
I will keep this on hand for sure!



This was perfect for a summer dinner salad which I served
along side my Italian spaghetti....our favorite dinner
for a Friday or Saturday night!


Have you tried the Mrs. Thinster's cookie thins?
They are beyond yummy!!!
We have tried both the chocolate chip and the toasted coconut....a new favorite!
The Think Thin products are divine....always in our pantry
and are perfect to tuck inside your purse when running errands!


I love pink passion iced tea in summer....not only is it delicious...it's pretty in pink!


I adore KODIAK CAKES and was over the moon
when they came out with the individual flapjack cups..
makes a delicious breakfast, snack or even dessert!



NOW...we are going to talk bath and body....
I love trying new hair care products and am really happy
with this Herbal Essences....lovely fragrance and very
good for color treated hair!


I love anything DOVE.....as we are preparing for a visit
from The Divine Miss M....I am stocking up
on body wash, the new shower foam and the exfoliating polishes!


BODY BUTTER....I am totally in love with this new
Target product....a delightful scent for summer too!
I could just dip my whole body in a big tub of this creaminess!


I love having different facial masks on hand
just to keep my skin and complexion looking it's best.
They are inexpensive, so soothing and can revitalize
tired looking skin!
It's like visiting your own spa for a few moments
of indulgence!


I am loving this Glamorous 3D White from Crest....
if you are coffee, tea or wine drinker, you may enjoy
seeing some positive whitening results with this brand of toothpaste!


Lastly, I did a little dance when I came across
this glade candle in the scent of Patchouli-Amber....
can you imagine this in your kitchen or bath when fall begins?

I hope you found something that peaked your interest!
It was fun to share with y'all today...

July 13, 2018

BEEF TACO FLATBREAD PIZZA


The darling is in the pink again....almost!
Rest and recovery went rather smoothly and now it's time
to get back to work, driving and enjoying life!
I snapped a photo of his Ortho surgeon's office wall as I thought
it was not only unusual, but sent a positive sweet message
to his patients....he is a MARVELOUS PHYSICIAN!!!


My home is going to be transitioning to
fall within a few months, so I am getting tons of
inspiration from You Tube and Pinterest!
The ideas and recipes are flowing...and it certainly
makes for happy thoughts!
It has been a summer of triple digits and I will
be more than glad to say good-bye to summer 2018!
I found this adorable cookbook holder and it's
my favorite word and theme for my kitchen!


We are back on the HELLO FRESH eating plan and I have
to share this fantastic flatbread recipe with you....
this is divine and better than any pizza you will find
in a restaurant!!

BEEF TACO PIZZAS
1 Roma tomato
1 poblano pepper
1 jalapeno
1 lb. ground beef
two flatbreads
3 T. Southwest Spice Blend
1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded
1/2 cup monterey cheese, shredded
4 T. sour cream
1 T. hot sauce
Cilantro

Brown ground beef, chopped poblano pepper, chopped Roma tomato
together in a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper
and 2 T. Southwest spice
Set aside once beef is nice and brown.

Toast flatbreads in 375 F. degree oven about 4 minutes.
Remove flatbreads and layer evenly with beef mixture.
Scatter both cheeses over each flatbread.
Return to oven and bake for 2 minutes until cheese has melted.

In a small bowl, blend sour cream 1 T. Southwest Spice blend
and1 1/2 t. water...season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle this mixture over pizzas, then drizzle with hot sauce.
Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and chopped jalapeno.
Cut into slices and serve!


Finally, I would like to thank Lana
for crafting this beautiful, beautiful birthday card for me...
it is SO pretty that I plan to keep in on display in one of
our guest bedrooms...how thoughtful she is...and talented too!

July 11, 2018

A TRADER JOE FAVORITE AND A FABULOUS SUMMER RECIPE FROM THE DIVINE MISS M


If you are looking for a perfect, divinely delicious
summer dinner recipe....then we've got just the one for you!
Miss M shared this with me and she was so right...
it's soooooo good and light...smells incredible baking too!


Zucchini Ravioli


If you are a fan of the EVERYTHING BAGEL...
we certainly are....
then be sure to pick up this seasoning blend at
TRADER JOE'S!


This is fabulous sprinkled on Avocado Toast....
a delightful way to start your day!!


July 9, 2018

JULY BIRTHDAYS WEEKEND


Our family celebrates three birthdays during the month of July...


First up is son Nick......
His arrival into the world was quite an event....
we were at the HUGE July 4th fireworks show at Vinoy Basin
in St. Petersburg and labor pains began...
we made a wild ride over to Tampa and McDill AFB just
in the "nick" of time!


I am tinkled pink over this lovely bouquet
and new Hearth and Home pitcher from son Robbie...
and....the sweetest, most heartfelt card ever!


These are absolutely stunning!


Things are right with the world when we spend
time with our youngest...home from Austin.
At the end of the month, he will be traveling
to Colorado with close friends all in honor
of an upcoming wedding...Rob is best man
for his friend Terrell.
They started school together in kindergarten
and continued all the way through high school.
They attended different colleges, but have remained
good friends, even sharing an apartment together for a few years
after they graduated and began their careers!


This was a special breakfast treat for this special weekend...
oh honey....divine!


I treated myself to this new veggie chopper.....
I have wanted one for years!!!!



On Sunday, Rob headed back to Austin
and I was treated to a marvelous visit
with our grands and son Nick!


I was gifted this beatiful birthday cake
which was a decadent moist white cake
with raspberry filling....my all time favorite!


Spending time with two out of our four children
was truly the best gift of all.....and yes,
I am fully admiting to my age....why not?



It's well worth turning another year OLDER when
celebrating with family...
time is certainly passing faster these days....
I am always thankful for another day...how about you?

July 5, 2018

ONE POT PASTA...SCRUMPTIOUS!


One word.....SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!
This recipe is THE famous One Pot Pasta 
from the one and only Martha Stewart!
I prepared this for the two of us for a marvelous lunch
this week and it really made an impression!
I am pretty good at saving recipes that I find in magazines
and placing them in a recipe binder, which I then love
browsing through from time to time....this goes all
the way back to 2013 I believe!
If you are wanting an easy to prepare supper or lunch recipe,
then save this one.....light, delicious and oh so yummy!
I tweaked her original recipe with some of the ingredients......


ONE POT PASTA
12 ounces of linguine (I used Bucatini)
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thinly (I used red onion)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thinly
12 ounces of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 t. cracked black pepper
2 t. salt (I used 1 t.)
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
 fresh basil
4 1/2 cups water


Bring pot to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for about 11-12 minutes.
Pasta will soak up the water.


You are ready to serve....
Divide pasta into serving bowls, drizzle with olive oil,
sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper....
garnish with fresh Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil.



Like I said....SCRUMPTIOUS!

July 4, 2018

SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF

I found this marvelous recipe to share with you today!
If y'all are like me, you enjoy using your
slow cooker on hot summer nights.
Summer can be a more relaxed time of year,
and you are spending days at the pool or just
chillin' on the deck, so the slow cooker
is doing your prep work for you.
This dinner has proven to be one of our new
favorites, so I hope y'all will enjoy it as much as we have!
Just a tip...if you cannot find sirloin tip steak,
you can substitute flank steak.


Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
  1 ½ pounds sirloin tip steak
 ¼ cups cornstarch
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
 ½ teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
¾ cups Soy Sauce
 ¾ cups Water ¾ cups Brown Sugar
 1 cup fresh Carrots
1 package frozen or fresh snow peas
 Green onions, for garnish


 ~Cut sirloin tip steak into thin strips. Add sirloin steak pieces and cornstarch into a ziplock bag. Shake to coat. ~Add olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and carrots to slow cooker. Stir ingredients. Add coated flank steak and stir again until coated in the sauce. ~Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender. 

Drizzle fresh carrots in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast fresh carrots in oven at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Sauté’ fresh snow peas in olive, oil, salt and pepper over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes.
~Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.