Friday, June 24, 2011

Sweet Cherry Surprise!



Call them a Cupcake,

Call them a Muffin,

Call them Sweet Cherry Surprise...







A delight for the taste buds ~~~ A treat for the eyes!

        ~

 
This delicious little cake is derived from a recipe from my mom's collection. The original recipe did not have a cheesecake filling. This was one of my contributions to the "real women of philadelphia" cooking contest last year. I concocted my own version and decided to make a cupcake/muffin with the required cream cheese, and it turned out to be a hit here at home.

As much as I like my mom's original recipe for cherry cobbler cake...I prefer these little cakes and I make them often... pie cherries and a light cream cheese filling on top of batter, then baked to become moist, delicious treats...



Prep time: 20 minutes ; Cook time: 20 minutes ; Total time: 40 minutes; Servings: Approx. 20


Ingredients:

•2 Sticks unsalted butter, softened
•2 cup(s) of Flour
•5 Eggs (4 eggs for batter and 1 egg for filling)
•1 Tbsp. of Fresh lemon juice
•2 Sticks unsalted butter, softened
•1 Eight oz. pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
•1 & 1/2 cup(s) of Plus 2 Tbsp. Sugar
•1 tsp. of Vanilla
•1 Can cherry pie filling
•1 - 2 TBSP. unsalted butter, softened
•1/2 cup(s) of skim milk (approx.)
•1 cup(s) of Confectioners sugar

 
Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In large mixing bowl, cream 2 sticks butter with 1 & 1/2 c. sugar.
3. Add four eggs
4. Gradually mix in 2 cups flour and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice until smooth.
5. Set aside and combine the filling ingredients as follows:
6. In second bowl, combine cream cheese with one egg, 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth.
7. Into lined cupcake pans, spoon in cake batter with an ice cream scoop to approx. 2/3 full, then make a slight well in the center of each.
8. Add approx. 2 tsp. cherries, then top with approx 2 tsp. cream cheese filling
9. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into cake portion of cupcakes.
10. Remove to wire racks to cool.
11. When cool, remove cupcakes to a platter and drizzle a small amount of glaze over each cupcake and serve!


12.  For glaze: Combine 1 cup confectioner sugar with butter & skim milk
 until smooth and the consistency of a glaze.



As I brewed my morning coffee, I remembered that I had several of these cuties left.  Despite the dreary, rainy weather outside my kitchen window, my day suddenly became brighter with the thought of heating up one (or more?) for a sweet morning treat!


HELLO CUPCAKE!


 
 
 
Sweet Delight!









Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Day My Daddy Cried




 

I miss my Dad! 


(the song in the background was from my previous post but I left it up because this is the song my dad would sing all summer long while working in his garden -
 he loved the outdoors)


  







When I was a little girl, I would stand by the door 
when it was time for my dad to arrive home from work...

all bubbly with excitement to greet him...

Me and Dad!


He'd pick me up

and give me a big kiss on the cheek

such a wonderful moment...

the best!



He was a hard working man; a wonderful provider for his family and a great example of what hard work really was. Knowing the value of a dollar, never squandering a cent, he always reminded us to save. He was a child during the great depression and knew first hand how difficult times can become.  I don't remember him sitting down much.  He would come home from work, and work some more...in his amazing vegetable garden, in the yard, in and around the house. He could and did repair and build anything... a jack of all trades, he took great care of us! 

He served his country in the navy and fought in WWII.

He had the gift of discernment...to see through a facade and tell it like it is...he was a very truthful man.

He was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion ~ As a result, he could be intimidating to some...(perhaps the reason I didn't have many dates)???!!! 

My dad had a sense of humor...a silly one! He made us laugh quite often with antics, jokes, made up names, etc. He was most humorous when he wasn't really trying! ;)

Mom and Dad
He was a moral man and loved his family dearly and was "in love" with his wife, my mom with his whole heart and soul all the days of their life!

Mom and Dad
He loved God and had a great deal of wisdom (although I didn't always see it as wisdom until I matured a bit). He was one of my biggest cheerleaders in life; my mom was the other.



Yes, he was tough; he was strong and his "love language" was one of works mostly. I suppose I don't have as many soft and sugary moments to tell about my dad as I do about my mom. She was the soft place to land - he was our protector and defender...a place of security, with a sensitive heart hidden just beneath the surface.  He had layers...depth!

Despite the fact that my dad is now home with his heavenly father, I still miss him! But...someday, I'll arrive home and he will be waiting by the door for me...

Daddy's kiss
He will pick me up and give me a big kiss on the cheek.  I will feel the security of the moment and the joy of being re-united with my dad. 


At his memorial, the pastor said "I believe Jim is tending to the most beautiful garden he's ever laid eyes on right now, and I also believe that if Jim could tell you one thing, he'd say....'you've got to come here'!!!" 


YES...I believe it too!                        



I wrote this poem after he had major heart surgery...his life was saved...


He Cried


He was a strong man,                      
Never shed a tear,                         
Solid as a rock
Carried no fear...

He was a tough guy,
A hard working man,
Showed his love by the work of his hands...
Not a man of flowery words,
Nor of many words at all,
But as far as I was concerned,
He was ten feet tall!


I was sure he could carry the world on his shoulders,
Sometimes I think he even tried,
Never a doubt in my mind,
That because of this strong man,
Life would be just fine...


Every day after work, I’d greet him at the door,
He’d pick me up and kiss me on the cheek,
There was nothing in the world I wanted more,
Than this moment of the day – so sweet.


Years later…
One day after work…
He laid down to rest,
He said he felt a “funny” pain deep inside his chest...
We knew this was bad when he didn’t fight,
And the ambulance rushed him off that night.

His heart was opened by that surgery,
And then it began to melt,
With words of kindness and expressions of love,
He finally told us how he felt!

The feisty fighter had a soft side,
He showed that side to mom and me,
In a three way hug that lasted a long time,
And his tear filled words “I love my family”!

The feelings trapped inside began to flow,
In words now, not just deeds,
The size of his heart began to grow,
His spirit was set free!


I’m grateful for the tears and expressions we shared,
They mean more than one could know,
I always knew how much he cared,
But I’m glad he found the words to show.


He was a strong man
And he made it clear,
That a strong man’s
Not afraid to shed a tear...


He was a strong man
With a gentle side,
The gift he gave me etched precious in my mind...

Was the day my daddy cried.


(written by Lorraine Brown/ copyright 2007)


H A P P Y   F A T H E R' S   DAY!

"Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, Who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, And joined in thy innocent glee." -- Margaret Courtney ..













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