Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Deep Thought & then Something To Make Your Mouth Water

A Deep Thought....
 As different folks that I know have seen my pictures on Facebook & here on my blog about taking down the giant pine tree in front of our house, I received numerous comments like, "I can't say that I even realized that tree was there."  

Even my own mother made this comment!  And, in case you missed my blog post from yesterday & the pictures that went along with it, let me show you exactly how big this tree was.....

Do you see the gigantic tree that covers half of our house?  That's the one the folks just didn't quite remember being there.

And, here comes my deep thought.....Isn't that the way it is sometimes in our own lives.  We have this gigantic ____________(issue, problem, sin, etc. - you fill in the blank) that overshadows our life.  But, we become so accustomed to it.  It becomes so ingrained in us, that sometimes we forget that it's even there until someone else points it out to us.

And when we finally remove that _____________  (fill in the blank again) from our lives, we become amazed at how much more light can come in & how much more we can truly see around us.

Something to Make Your Mouth Water...
Actually, I have two 'somethings' to make your mouth water.

First, is a link to recipe for home-made granola.  I found this recipe over at Chicken Scratchings.  I had never made home-made granola before.  Somehow I had always assumed it was difficult to make.  But it's not at all!  And, it's really delicious!

So, please go check out Rebecca's recipe for Almond Peanut Butter Granola!  You won't be disappointed.
My first batch

The second tummy tempter I'm going to share is a dessert that my friend Lisa brought to a Mexican food themed birthday dinner.  These were so amazing that I made them for Super Bowl Sunday.

It's for a Mexican cheesecake or 'Sopapillas'.  The recipe is from All Recipes.com ( a site I just love!).  Go check it out there if you like.    But I'll share it here as well.....  It's super easy & very decadent!

picture from All Recipes.com

Sopapilla Cheesecake 


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.


  1. Hey Karen, thanks for the link to my blog! So glad you enjoyed the granola! I like your thought about missing the big __________ in our lives!

  2. I love homemade granola, I would eat that whole jar. I love it on greek yogurt.

  3. Love me some granola. I always thought it was super healthy...then I found out the kind I loved the most was worse than a Big Mac. Oh well....love the stuff. Thanks for the link!

  4. I love homemade granola. I'll have to make some soon!

  5. I would have to say I am surprised the tree was not noticed! LOL These recipes look delicious! Thanks for sharing them. Have a great week!


  6. Great deep thought! And how true. I am going to follow that link for granola. Thank you!


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