Sunday Share: 10/30/2011 {Recipe Finds}

{Sunday Share}

Can you believe that Halloween is here? 

What is “Sunday Share”?

Well, on the Gypsy World Spice Cafe Facebook Page, {Recipe Finds} are shared daily.  I find cool recipes on twitter, blogs, Pinterest and internet searches and love to share them…

Currently, sharing recipes that related to coffee and the upcoming holidays… somehow Nutella recipes always get included. 🙂

Below are links to {Recipe Finds} shared last week. Be sure to check out these great sites, blogs and recipes.

Enjoy!

Recipe Finds – Cooking with Coffee

Creamy Mocha Pudding (momstart.com)
Creole Coffee (foodcreate.com)

Recipe Finds – Just Because

Resse’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini (daydreamerdessert.com)

Recipe Finds – Holiday Cooking/Baking

Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing (epicurious.com)
6 Steps to Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (thehungrygoddess.com)
Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip (half-bakedbaker.blogspot.com)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (lacosmopolatina.com)
Pumpkin Recipes (savvyentertaining.com)
Fall Fig Cocktail (thekitchn.com)
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake w/Creamy Pumpkin Glaze (iammommy.typepad.com)
Pumpkin Brown Butter Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting (sprinklebakes.com)

Making Good Choices {Food for Thought}

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Every day we wake up and have to make choices.

Some choices are easy while some require thought and planning.

Regardless of the type of choice that you need to make, you always have the opportunity to make good choices.

Good choices improve you.

Good choices improve the important people in your life.

Good choices benefit the community.

It is not always easy. Life has a lot of distractors..people…things…nonsense.

However, at end of the day, we are ultimately accountable for our choices that either keep us on the right path or veer us off in the wrong direction.

Life is not perfect. People make mistakes. Learn from them and leave them behind you.

Go forward in life making quality decisions, leading a quality lifestyle and leaving a mark of quality as your legacy.

Make it a habit!

Sunday Share: 10/23/2011 {Recipe Finds}

{Sunday Share}


Hope you had a great weekend!

On the Gypsy World Spice Cafe Facebook Page, {Recipe Finds} are shared daily.   I find cool recipes on twitter, blogs, Pinterest and internet searches.

Currently, sharing recipes that related to coffee and the upcoming holidays… somehow Nutella recipes always get included.  🙂

Below are links to {Recipe Finds} shared last week.  Be sure to check out these great sites, blogs and recipes.

Enjoy!

AlDenteBlog.com’s Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

LatinFood.about.com’s Flan de Café con Leche

SkinnyTaste.com’s Pumpkin Sherbet

GardenBetty.com’s Balsamic Fig Jam with Black Peppercorns/

TheArtofTwoTarts.com’s Nutella Truffles

Cinnamon Spiced Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

This “not diet friendly” dessert recipe was actually inspired by one of my favorite low calorie desserts/snacks….

It is all about balance.  So, go ahead and have a treat once in a while.  Be sure to counter the calorie intake with exercise and be mindful of portions.  

Definitely worth the extra workout… 

Enjoy!

Denise

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip with Cookies

Cinnamon Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Ricotta Cheese (I used part-skim)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Espresso Powder
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, and espresso powder until creamy.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip Preparation I

  • Gradually add the sugars and mix until well blended.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

  • Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

  • Transfer to an airtight container.  Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4-6 hours).
  • When ready to serve, transfer to a decorative bowl.
  • Serve with chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafer or strawberries.

Note:

  • This was a big hit! 
  • We think that Polish Chrusciki would  have been really good because they have a flavor/texture reminiscent of cannoli  shells.  Next time….
  • My “diet” version is 1/2 cup fat free ricotta, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon, 1 packet of Splenda.  Mix well with a spoon.  Sprinkle with 6 mini chocolate chips.  Yum! 🙂
Coffee Beans

Food for Thought: Coffee Time!

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“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.” ~Unknown

Some of my favorite conversations are sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee with my husband, family or friends.   I just love the camaraderie and the stories (the sillier the better). 

It’s great to take time to unwind and just “be myself” around people who mean the world to me.  

“Some people make you laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter, and your life a little better.” ~ Unknown.

My opinion -> Coffee breaks with loved ones ….priceless…

How about you?

P.S. Check Out My Recipe for Sexy Spiced Coffee

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches (Served up Philly Style…Of Course)

It’s almost unbelievable that summer has come and gone…

Once it starts to get cooler, I tend to use my slow cooker a lot to make soups and stews. 

I recently purchased London Broil cut of beef and was inspired by my favorite hometown sandwich, the Philly Cheesesteak. 

While London Broil is definitely not the kind of beef used for Philly Steaks, the end result tasted very similar.  We bought hoagie rolls (not as good as those in Philadelphia…but they did the job), added the beef and cheese…  It was a big hit. 

There are different toppings for Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches.  Half the family goes for ketchup and the other half prefers marinara sauce. 

Enjoy!

Denise

P.S.  Dedicated to all my special “Philadelphia Peeps” ….

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches (Served Up Philly Style … Of Course)

4 stalks of Celery, trimmed to fit your slow cooker

2 medium Onions, sliced thinly

2 lbs. London Broil

1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/3 cup Red Wine

Salt & Pepper

  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Line the bottom with your celery.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Cover the celery with half of your sliced onions.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Season the London Broil with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano.  Place in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Top with remaining sliced onions.  Season with salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Pour red wine into slow cooker (along the side so it goes straight to the bottom of the slow cooker).
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Remove meat and trim fat.   Discard celery.  Shred meat with 2 forks.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

  • Add meat back to the slow cooker.  Stir to coat with meat juices.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Beef Sandwichese ... Served Up Philly Style

Serving suggestion:

  • Add meat to roll.
  • Add cheese of choice (American or Provolone recommended).
  • Grill or microwave to melt the cheese.
  • Serve with ketchup or marinara.

{Food for Thought} Dream…Plan…Achieve…

”Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” ~Oprah

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As a working mother of two boys, there are days where I am “time challenged”.

It can sometimes feel like a lot…

Like most moms, I keep a “to do” list. I review my list everyday to make sure that I am targeting all of my priority items (personal, family and career).

Keeping a “to do” list and sticking to it has taken a big weight off of my shoulders.

Putting things on a “to do” list helps you separate the “have to do’s” from “like to do’s”. It also brings attention to the nonsense things on your list that do not line up with your goals (and need to come off the “to do” list).

By keeping a “to do” list, I realized that there are days when only my “have to do’s” get done and some days when I have to say “no” to people. This is okay. There is always tomorrow.

How do you manage through days that are “time challenged”?

…Denise