Cheese cake that can be sugar free AND delicious!

My best friend shared this wonderful cheesecake recipe with me. You can use Splenda instead of sugar to have a sugar free cheesecake! Its still DELICIOUS and you can't tell the difference! I also won 3rd place in a cake-off with this sugar free recipe!!!


What you need:
- 10 inch spring form pan

For crust:
~ 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
~ 3 Tbs. melted butter

~ 3 packages Philadelphia cream cheese
~ 1 cup white sugar (or Splenda if you are doing sugar free!)
~ 2 Tbs. flour
~ 3 eggs
~ 2 tsp. vanilla extract
~ 1/4 cup milk

What to do:

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

~Mix crust ingredients together and press into spring form pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

~ Reset oven to 325 degrees.

~ Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar (or Splenda), and flour until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add milk and mix well until blended smooth.

~ Pour filling over crust and bake 50 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. Let cool 20 minutes, then cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours before serving.

Can be served plain, with pie filling over the top, or walnuts, chocolate chips, caramel and fudge sauce for turtle cheesecake!


Monkey Bread--- from Boot's

I have a daughter who loves to help in the kitchen. NickJr.com has some great recipes that the kids can help with that also taste great. This is one of our favorites... my husband and daughter make it for me every Mother's day!

You'll Need:

12-inch bundt pan
4 tubes of refrigerated biscuit dough
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 stick margarine
1 tsp. vanilla

Next you will:
~Preheat oven to 350
~Have kids help you cut each biscuit into 3 pieces
~have kids mix 2/3 cup of sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon in large bowl and have kids dip each piece of bread dough into the mixture.
~show kids how to grease the pan with the margarine and drop in pieces of dough
~in small pan mix together remaining ingredients, margarine, cinnamon, and vanilla. Heat on stove until it reaches a boil. Pour over the biscuit pieces and bake for 40 minutes. When done turn bread over onto a plate and serve.

Serves: 16, or one hungry mama during the entire day, and kiddo and daddy for breakfast! (It heats up great!)



S'mores Brownies the kiddies will LOVE!!!

As a Girl Scout Troop leader I have had to come up with some pretty creative ways to help celebrate being girl scouts and incorporating traditions with being in a library with no kitchen, or stove (or campfire) and s'mores are the "official" snack of the scouts. So... what's a girl to do?!?!
I made these brownies which were a HUGE hit with the kids, and their parents, and was VERY easy.
I bought the Truffle Brownie Mix from Trader Joes; this is literally the BEST brownie mix EVER! Made the brownies according to directions, -5 minutes to keep the "fudgy". Then pulled them out to cool.
Once cooled I added "Fluff" to the top, if you don't have fluff in your area you can try any marshmallow cream. Fluff is its own special entity however, so it might be a little different, its not quite as sweet as most other marshmallow creams.
Then, I added crushed graham crackers to the top of the fluff and had to press it in to keep it from falling and making a huge mess.
TA-DA! S'mores in a pan! They were great, were gone in a few minutes, and the girls requested I make them for every badge ceremony! DELISH!!!