Oreo Graveyard Cheesecake Recipe

Monday, October 31, 2016
Probably the spookiest cheesecake you will ever eat. Hot Fudge and Oreo Graveyard Cheesecake a delicious addition to your Haunting Halloween menu.

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You will need:

Store bought frozen cheesecake plain or make homemade click here for recipe
Chocolate  stuffed Oreos (fudge middles) around 6 or 7 crushed in food processor
1 jar hot fudge sauce any brand warmed
1 package of Milano Milk Chocolate cookies or homemade recipe for Milano cookies click here

Garnish: Use assorted Halloween picks, bones and candy eyes for decorate


Pour warmed fudge on top of cheesecake. Add crushed oreos on top. Decorate with candy bones, picks etc.
Take a toothpick and using warmed hot fudge write R.I.P. on each cookie and stick inside the cheesecake.






Halloween Italian Meatball Pumpkin Recipe

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Your favorite meatball recipe or use mine click here
Sunday sauce store bought or use mine click here
Fingerling carrots you will need two one for the stem and half for the nose
Pitted  black olive slices any kind
1 Bell pepper cut into the mouth and outer ridges of the meatball

Mix the meatball mixture. Shape into a pie plate to mound into a large ball. Add the sauce to the top of the meatball mixture. Add the stem, cut out the teeth from the pepper ring. Use some for the eyes.

Bake at 350 until the meatball is cook all the way through around an hour or more.

Happy Halloween


One big pumpkin meatball to share with the gang for the Halloween get together. Isn't he festive?

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Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies
Pumpkin Soup
Tex Mex Pumpkin Corn Muffins
Pumpkin  and Sausage Bow Tie Pasta
Pumpkin Rum Shortcake with Caramel
Pumpkin Drop Cookies
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters

Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts

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Beer Stew Recipe

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Most of the stews I make have wine. This one I used beer and the meat just melted apart. Great tenderizer and the taste was awesome. I was pleasantly surprised on this drunken stew. Get the best crusty bread ready to dip this amazing sauce in!

all in one pan beer stew with beans, meat, potatoes in a rich tomato sauce

Beer Stew Recipe

3 pounds boneless pork, beef or chicken
4 cubed potatoes
3 zucchini cut
3 plum tomatoes cubed
1 cup peas
1 cup sliced or finger carrots
1 stalk celery
1 pound mushrooms
1 pound green beans cut
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 sliced bell peppers
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon each Italian seasoning, granulated garlic, salt, pepper
cayenne pepper is optional to taste for a little heat
1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes 
2 - 12 ounce cans beer
water if needed if too thick

Dump everything into a huge saucepot. Simmer on low for 3 hours or until meat falls apart and sauce is thickened. 
NOTE: You can also use a slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours or low 6 to 8 hours but only use 1 can beer. 

Pumpkin Cream Dessert Recipe

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
This is the perfect dessert for a crowd. Either using a big trifle bowl or making individual dessert cups, this dessert will feed the whole gang! Creamy cheesecake filling and one the of easiest and festive desserts you will make for the season


Spice cake mix (1 package 18.25 ounce size of any brand) you can use other flavors also if you like

1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Mix all in a mixing bowl. Pour into a greased 13x9 sheet cake pan. Bake on 350 degree preheated oven to package instructions. Completely cool. Cut cake into 1 inch cubes.


1 container whipped topping to equal 2 cups or whipping cream whipped

2 packages  instant pudding cheesecake flavored (instant pudding mix)
2 cup cold milk
2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
Beat together the pudding, cream cheese and milk till set, then fold in the whipped cream. Set aside.


1 cup crushed cinnamon graham crackers

Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup crushed toffee bits

Using either a huge glass trifle bowl or individual dessert cups, layer cake, pudding, cake then ending with a garnish of crushed graham crackers, pecans and toffee bits on top.


Pumpkin Spiced Caramel Latte Recipe

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Here is a soothing to say the least cup of wonderful pumpkin spiced caramel latte. So easy to make. Just blend the ingredients and microwave till hot. What more can you ask for?


Halloween Ghoulish Meatloaf Italian Style Recipe

Friday, October 21, 2016

Here's what I am serving up on Halloween night! Halloween Ghoulish Meatloaf Italian Style!
Here is one the kids will love. Getting them to eat meat sometimes as a child isn't easy. This is a fun way to prepare meatloaf especially around Halloween. Try the recipe in individual cupcake tins.
Fun to make and delicious to eat. Italian style of course!

This is a meatloaf decorated for Halloween to look like a scary pumpkin wiht olives and peppers for teeth for Halloween.


Semi Homemade Pumpkin Cake Peanut Butter Chip Recipe

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Whenever there is a cake mix involved I already know it's a winner for me with my busy schedule!


White Chocolate Pumpkin Blondies Recipe

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Just when I thought I made every pumpkin recipe in the past that I love and this one comes along! It's a few simple ingredients to throw together you usually have in the pantry even without the chocolate in them they are awesome!


Best Ever Apple Muffin Recipe

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's that time of the year when apples, cinnamon and baking comforting treats for fall come out of the oven. The wonderful smell they have baking makes it hard to wait to eat them! Great plain or slathered with butter. Cold or warm,  this is my go to apple muffin recipe.
Simple and utterly delicious, moist and tender.

Best Ever Apple Muffin Recipe

1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped mcintosh apples or other baking apples

Line cupcake tin with 12 wrappers (paper liners) I like to spray them with oil spray also. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream the butter white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.  Add egg then buttermilk mixing well.
Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Fold in the apples.
Scoop batter into cupcake tin and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar over each one. (you can add cinnamon to the 1/2 cup sugar if you like also around 1/2 teaspoon)

Bake muffins for 25 to 35 minutes, use a toothpick in the center to ensure they are fully baked.

Hurricane Tips and Preparation

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Amazing what can be in store when a storm is coming your way. Being prepared is key. If you are in an area that has tropical storms, this post will give you some of the important
tips to follow. Awaiting 9/5/2017 for Hurricane Irma to hit Florida.

Today is 9/12/2017. Irma pounded us for more than 15 hours. We experienced 20 tornado activity in Brevard county. Lots of floods, mobile homes ripped to sheds. Fish thrown from the rivers and alligators walking across the street in downtown Melbourne. We just got our power back on and very grateful with minimal damages. God Bless Florida and pray for all with the devastation throughout the entire state. We are grateful in Melbourne Florida. This time we had lots more of frozen plastic water bottles and containers replacing the food in our freezer to keep coldcuts, cheeses safe during the outage. I also had bread dough made ahead of time to use out side on the grill to make pizza in cast iron skillet, fried dough and the old fashioned coffee pot didn't fail me. Perfect must haves with no power. This was the first time we had plenty of days to prepare using the tips below.

As we were waiting in 2016 for Hurricane Matthew to hit on October 6th and 7th, we began preparing the shutters on the doors, getting everything necessary to stay inside for a few days to include non refrigerated foods, lots of water. Fill the bathtub, drain the pool 2 or 3 inches. The unplug anything that could be a possible power surge like laptops, any extra tv and other electronics that wont work in a power outage. We packed just in case putting  all our valuables in a plastic container to include all important paperwork needed after the storm. Don't forget any medications. Also place things higher in the home wrapped in plastic that can get water damage. This is a bit stressful to say the least. I like to cook when I am stressed and knew if it was coming I was losing alot so I started to make what I could. Some of them in the photo below.

The storm strengthened and Melbourne Florida (which is Brevard County) became the target of this huge storm. The news continued to say it would make landfall here. 

Now the valuables, packed suitcases ready to go and pets packed in pet carriers were all we took to evacuate. House was secured. It's always a guessing game on where it lands but packing a category 4 or 5 strength, there was no way we wanted to take the chance. 
Back in 2004 we got hit by Jeanne and Frances. Both storms damaged our home with a total of around 50k in loss. Grateful it was only material things and we were not harmed as we stayed. 
The storm sounded like a freight training going through and pounding against the house for over 19 hours. This time I wasn't staying for that stressful night and praying for the best outcome for everyone in our state.
We did evacuate and drove to Fort Myers and stayed with family. 

Our cousin's home, Karen and Bill, they were gracious hosts and offered to accommodate our family in their home. We truly  are blessed to have them in our lives here, we appreciated their hospitality. My husband, son Curt,  daughterinlaw Jenni and both grandchildren Antonio and Talia packed up and left. We also brought all three cats in carriers. Trina, Fonzo and Regina. Remember in storms hotels book quickly make arrangements early you always cancel if you don't have to evacuate.

My other son Chad stayed behind and secured his home and waited it out. He is fascinated by storms as a hobby and kept us up to date along with checked out home after the storm as he was completely untouched by damages.

Every time we have these storms I learn a little more on what we need more of. Batteries are never enough and flashlights. 
Water is never enough because if you have a boil water alert you use it for even brushing your teeth. I had a case for each person.
The tub should be filled for sponge baths.
Cell phone portable chargers charged ahead of time. Of course you can sit in your car and charge the battery also.
Landline phones if you have service they have to be corded
You will have no tv or internet in a power outage unless it's satellite and stays stable. Buy a portable weather radio.

Get an extra tank of propane for your gas grill to cook on.
Power outages are very inconvenient for sure, get led candles to put in the bathrooms, closets and other darker areas. 

Fill those gas cans have at least 3 - 5 gallon pails or more everyone runs out of gas at the pumps.

Cook as much food as you can ahead of time and buy ice to keep in a cooler you're going to lose it without a generator.

Don't throw out soda plastic 2 liter bottles and milk container.  Fill with water and freeze them. They will keep the freezer cold much longer.

Buy extra pet food. Kitty litter if you have a cat.
Cakes, cookies, muffins, bagels, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, bread. Get foods that do not need refrigeration.
Get disposable plates, cup, plastic forks and spoons. 
We have a gas grill with a side burner to make coffee on it in the morning. Buy an iron cast skillet and camping coffee pot.

Gas up the cars.
We got to our destination safely. Glad to report we had minimal damages, screens ripped and frame to the screen enclosure was the worst that happened and we were grateful. It took 3 days to get power back on and we had a boil water order.
The after effects are hard to deal with. Cleanup, roadblocks, no traffic lights, diversions, boil water orders, everything is closed. Remember it can take much longer to get power back. Preparing is key.

The beach side had massive damage and this storm continued North damaging one area after another. These storms should never be taken lightly. Prepare, be safe and listen to direction. Life is too precious to take chances. Thankful they were wrong and it stayed on shore no one is ever certain what the outcomes will be.

Hope this helps someone out there that ever has to prepare for a storm and new to Florida or other places Hurricanes can happen.
Any questions I will be happy to answer. I have never left until this one. I will always leave the area when it's higher than a category 2.
Thanks for reading. Grateful here in Melbourne Florida and very fortunate, good luck to all my readers.

Here is my old list from 2004 Frances then Jeanne took off our roof:
Some other useful tips during a hurricane, or any power outage storm can be found below:

Here's my go to list!  :

Charge mobile phone and buy car charger for phone in case the power is down.
Check tire pressure, fill gas tank and top off all liquids.
Back-up computer files and keep external hard-drive and/or flash-drive in a Ziploc bag. Unplug everything except tv and refrigerator you need to keep it cold as long as possible.
Freeze bottles of water and keep them in the freezer it will keep the food frozen longer then you still have drinking water later.

Photograph or video all personal property that's expensive like jewelry if you can't take it with you. video every room, closet, use a tablet or your cell phone. Video even the food in your freezer for proof insurance will need; download to a thumb drive. Keep one copy and send another to a lawyer or family member for safe keeping. 
Create a master list of accounts, contact names and numbers for all credit/debit cards, bank and mortgage accounts and insurance policies; also include contact information for lawyer, accountant, financial adviser, friends and family. Download a copy to CD or flash drive to wear around your neck.
Keep identification on you at all times, including a small, wallet-sized card listing emergency contact numbers and insurance information and social security.
Secure animals in a crate with their favorite toys and a long-lasting rawhide bone before, during and after the hurricane and always keep them on a leash. Pets should wear collars with current identification and also be micro-chipped.
Store a week’s supply of pet food, flea and tick and heart worm medicine, as well as some prescription pills to relax your pets during the storm, in an air-tight container.
Keep prescription medicines, spare eyeglasses, wallet, credit/debit and ATM cards, checkbooks, passport, and copies of all insurance papers (homeowners, auto and medical), as well as current HUD statements, car titles, medical records, pet licenses/vaccinations and any other valuable papers, stored in a Ziploc bag. Scan copies of the above items to a thumb drive.
Fill all bathtubs with water to use when flushing toilets. 

Note: You can use tap water until the storm hits.Bottled water is best for drinking,  if you run out of clean fresh water, be sure to purify with eight drops of bleach or water purification tablets.

Again you will not remember everything you own
VIDEO TAPE YOUR HOUSE whole house for insurance. I will keep reminding you. Insurance companies are not your friend!


A gas grill with two or more extra tanks of fuel.
Have plenty of cash on hand;$1's, $5s, $10s and $20s are best.
In lieu of matches, purchase multi-purpose lighters.
Stock up on canned foods,  peanut butter, dried fruit and granola bars.  Canned Oranges, raisins, snack bars, crackers and apples dried or fresh. Hand canopener.
A large cooler and plenty of freezer packs. Disposable, rinse-free toothbrushes, liquid hand sanitizer and baby wipes are also good to have on hand.
A watertight storage container with a snap-on lid, plenty of Ziploc bags and disposable disinfecting, surface wipes.
Freezers should be jam packed with container of frozen water with lids. To keep it cold if power goes out and you can drink it later.
Tubs full of water to flush toilets.
Ply wood or storm shutters up on all windows.
Ziplock bags with all important papers, insurance, birth certificates,  anything important so they don't get wet.
Old fashioned coffee pot to use on a grill to make coffee.

Get ready ahead of time and plan leave if it's mandatory take no chances.
Take all valuable jewelry there will be looters.
Fill empty jugs with water to drink most places are out save milk, soda and 2 liter bottles with it. Freeze it until ready to leave or place the refrigerator frozen to thaw and keep cold in an outage.
Propane tanks filled,
Extra Gas cans filled extra you will get stuck in traffic sometimes for hours when trying to evacuate.
Generator: if you can get one make sure it works in May not when a hurricane strikes in the season!
Every food you can eat that is ready made such as peanut butter, jam, breads, snacks, soda, tuna, dried meats etc.
Bleach you will need this to disinfect if any sewer water gets into the home
Batteries for everything flashlights, electronic candles
candles, matches
Pack a suitcase with lots of clothes you wont know how long you may be gone or what you come back too
Pills do not forget medications
Pet carriers and don't forget them!
Full tank of GAS days before they run out with gas cans full

If you leave:

Unplug everything, TV, shut off hot water tank ( we made the mistake of leaving it on and it got hit by lightening, flooded the whole house, because it's inside the wash room) all small appliances can start fires so unplug EVERYTHING!
Bring extra phone chargers for the car. Get extended battery packs for your phones.

Finally to all good luck and god bless, leave a message if you have any tips for us..

Blueberry Almond Scones

Sunday, October 2, 2016

I love Blueberry Almond Scones , I have made all kinds that make me smile. These were another one of those combinations I had to try. I like the ease making them, not a cake, not a bread, not really a biscuit but close. A perfect biscuit/scone to start your day or mid morning snack with a good cup of Joe.

these are a delicious homemade buttery flavored baked biscuits called scones. These have blueberries in them with a drizzle of thin frosting over the top with slivered almonds. They are usually eaten at breakfast time in European pastry shops


Mini Muffin Apple Scones Recipe

If you're a hurried baker like me but love scones, you will love the ease of this recipe. Scones with apples and cinnamon all with the big flavor and texture of scones but without the fuss of rolling and cutting. Add them to this mini muffin pan and out comes the tastiest little morsel ever! Often the larger scones are too much for me and these are perfect with a good cup of tea or coffee.
You can either dust with powdered sugar, dip them in a caramel sauce or drizzle some frosting over the top whichever way you choose these will be a go to recipe. Did I tell you I love these?

Mini Muffin Apple Scones

2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar or brown
1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Optional: heavy cream and sugar mixed to brush before baking

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with oil spray.
Beat the sugar and butter together till light. Add the cream or milk , vanilla, egg and fold in the dry to this mixture until blended adding the apples last.  
Drop around 2 tablespoons in each muffin cup and bake at 400 degrees for around 20 to 25 minutes or till starting to get brown around edges.

Cool and either top with powdered sugar,  drizzle with frosting or dip in caramel sauce.