A friend of mine introduced the recipe during a Sunday school lesson one morning (love that woman!) and has had our little family hooked on the little guys since. It's a very simple, delicious recipe!
When Ashley asked if I could bring a side and snacks to our Memorial Day weekend getaway, my mind immediately went to sopapilla cheesecake. The recipe makes soo much and it's always a huge hit! Thus, I brought a salad for my side and sopapilla cheesecake for my snacks to share... How contradictory! Such is my life.
Sadly, I did not make the "clean eating" version since I'm rather new to the bandwagon and I was sort of making these at 11:30 at night..... Also no pics involved, but if you click over to the link, it'll have some pretty pitchas!
Ingredients for the "cheesecake" part:
2 boxes of cream cheese, softened
2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
1 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Ingredients for the "top" part:
3/4 cups of white sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of butter, room temp
1/4 cup of honey (I didn't use this)
To make the "cheesecake" part:
Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until consistency is smooth
To make the "top" part:
Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and butter together.
Open 1 can of crescent rolls, lay flat in bottom of ungreased pan, and flatten out so that it resembles a pie crust.
Pour cheesecake mixture and spread out evenly across bottom crust.
Open second can of crescent rolls and flatten out on top of cheesecake mixture to form another layer of crust. **Tip: For the top layer of crust, I laid it out on a cutting board and flattened it that way, then transferred it on top of the cheesecake mixture.
Pour top mixture (butter, sugar, cinammon) over the top crust, spreading evenly.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for roughly 30 minutes.
Wooowee it has been a busy couple of days. This post is coming a wee bit late in the day but for a good reason!
Yesterday morning, I left work to go to the ER. I was having severe pain in my lower right side of my abdomen.
Do NOT Google where your appendix is - you'll be so scared into thinking your appendix has ruptured.
Luckily, that wasn't the case for me. The doctors found that a cyst on my right ovary had ruptured. With some pain meds, spoiling by Hunter, and homemade meals, I'm back on the mend.
My wish for today is my lovely little ovary to heal itself back up nice and neat. Then I can quit having the feeling that a lime is sitting on my ovary and weighing it down. Off to relax and heal up my friends!
Today, I am thankful for Emily. I am thankful for her kind heart, sweet words, and her love for the Lord. She recently lost her grandfather and my heart just broke for her. I can relate to the pain and tears you are feeling, Emily. And as soon as I heard the news, I knew instantly who/what to dedicate this Monday's #gratefulheartmonday to. It's funny how things work like that!
While my heart broke for her and her family, at the same time, I smiled because Emily knows that she will see her grandfather again someday. I can only imagine what he is feeling now, being in the presence of Jesus. Holy cow that makes my heart explode with excitement and happiness!!
Emily, thank you for reminding us to slow down in this fast-paced world and to appreciate every day, even if it's a yucky ole Monday.
Emily, thank you for your smiles and funny stories. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog every. single. day because you're just an awesome woman.
And Emily, thank you for loving the Lord. We need more folks like you in this world.
We've been feeling so blah lately, not having much energy, so we decided to start with our diet first. I'm just amazed that Hunter's even on this crazy train with me! And no, we are not and will not ever give up meat. Yes, we are striving to eat "cleaner" meat in between hunting seasons. We just need to hunt more, come November! #sorrynotsorry
Do you think this lovely donut counts?? Probably not...
THREE: Some of our youth kids are graduating this week so we have been/will be attending their graduations. Of course, we're going to scream and embarass them when they're called on stage...
FOUR: I'm really shocked that the Febreeze folks haven't shown up to my house this week. I don't know what it is. Either we've been super busy, or we've been super lazy... But my house needs a deep cleaning ya'll. Looks like I'll be doing that Saturday morning before we head out of town...
FIVE: Uhm, have I mentioned that we're going to the beach this weekend?? This is our first little mini vacay in awhile so we're excited to the max! I'm ready to relax, have a few drinks, catch a few fisheys, and spend time with friends.
What big plans do ya'll have for the weekend? Anything exciting for Memorial Day?
I'm very glad that I did not hear the comment at the time because I probably would've shown her to the door. I'm grateful Hunter waited to tell me once we had left the church so that I wouldn't show my hiney.
I thought more about it later, just frustrated with the comment, and the audacity of her to judge students, youth, CHILDREN, because the music wasn't just the way she liked it.
Our church is going through, what Hunter and I call, a revolution. There is a change happening in the church. The older generation is struggling to maintain their power and control over the church while it is steadfastly dying with their generation. We are part of this revolution to change the church. We want to welcome any and all folks; I don't care what color your skin is, what you have done, where you have been. All we care about is
where you're going.
After I was done fuming (for the most part), Hunter said something to me that I will forever hold in my soul:
You judging her is no different than her judging the music, or our youth.
Uhm, deep?? Me judging her for her inability to actually put her selfish desires aside to worship a SELFLESS GOD, is no different than her judging the music or our youth. Or the sermon. Or the color of the sky for that matter (ya'll laugh but I'm telling ya, there are some folks who will argue this).
Thanks to Hunter, I realized I cannot judge her. Yes, she still irritated me. But I need to love her. Just as Jesus has called us to.
I need to still love those who spit in my face for my faith. I still need to love those who mock my God. I need to love those who say they are "Christian" but still live a lie.
Because I am NO DIFFERENT. I am just as much of a sinner as they are. And you know, what they do is between them and God. What I do, is between me and God.
So today I challenge ya'll, just as Hunter challenged me (thank you Lord for that man!). I challenge ya'll to LOVE those that make you so mad, you could just spit nails. I challenge you to embrace those who are full of judgment, just as Christ embraced those who judged and condemned Him.
I challenge ya'll to be a part of a revolution to change the world. Start small, in your home or church, and spread outwards. Show people the true reason why Christians do what they do. It's not to judge others, or belittle them for their different faiths or lack of. It's to show the love of Christ as He loved us.
To myself: I pray that I can fully love without restraints. I pray that I am slow to anger, and quick to love those that ruffle my feathers.
To the elderly woman who sat behind us yesterday in the pews of God's house: I pray for you and your heart to be more open to change. I pray that you will someday, maybe not in this lifetime, realize your hurtful words. And lady, I gosh darn it love ya!
for 3 days like I'm going away for a month, to a foreign country, where anything can happen. My dad and Hunter constantly pick on me for how much I pack when we take trips. Look, you never know what you may encounter so one must be prepared! Can I get an amen, hollabackatcha girl?!
So, if there are any fellow ladies out there like me, this post is for you. And your "obtrusive" packing skills.
ONE: Locate large enough bag to carry enough clothes in it for a week. This includes any and all outfits for warm days, hot days, and the awkward freezing-butt-off days THAT CAN HAPPEN. I have seen it with my own eyes, ya'll.
**Tip: I like to carry large duffel bags - it's payback for all the rib jabbing I get in regards to said packing skills earlier from Hunter. Because my southern gentleman carries my bags ladies.
TWO: Lay out each outfit for each day. This includes the top and bottoms, shoes, back-up shoes in case prior shoes fail you, and accessories.
THREE: Pack a couple of extra "nice" outfits in case you go out to a "nice" dinner. This includes shoes and accessories as well.
FOUR: Realize you don't like certain said outfits and would rather take that super cute romper you forgot you had instead. Repeat step two, and three if necessary.
FIVE: Grab a glass of wine because husband/future husband/boyfriend/general male has entered room and exclaimed in shock that you're over-doing the packing again. When in fact you have strategically planned this out. Men, what do they know.
SIX: Dump out entire contents of bag. Throw in all bathing suits, cute cover-up, and flip flops, and call it a day. You're going to be on the beach for goodness sake. Clothes, at this point, are optional.
**Totally kidding on optional clothing Ash... Nude colony will not be formed this weekend. Ha!
SEVEN: Finish glass of wine. Pour another for a job well done on the packing skills you have mastered successfully.
If you're new to the bloggy world, Liebster Awards are nominated to newer bloggers, or bloggers that have a smaller following, that have potential for growth. In my opinion, they're nominated just cuz their blogs are so dang cool! Ha! Typically, you answer the 11 questions posed by the nominator, provide 11 facts, choose 11 new nominees and pose 11 questions for them. The magic number here is 11!
With this blog still being a little wet behind the ears, I'm making friends as I go and have nominated many bloggers for previous Liebster Awards. Therefore, I am going to use Cat's 11 questions as my facts and my answers. That's how we do it down here, ya'll!
Here's what we have:
If you could do anything in life what would it be?
Easy, own land and farm. Granted, money wouldn't be an issue in this pretend life so we could enjoy the farming, rather than stressing and hoping crops grow. I would want land with a country-styled log cabin on it, pastures with horses, woods for hunting, and enough property to have both my parents and Hunter's parents close by.
Of course, I would blog on the side!
What is your must have beauty product?
I can only pick one?! Hmm... Dry shampoo. It can save you time in getting ready and save your locks from being damaged quickly.
What is your favorite Bible verse? or quote?
The Bible is my go-to for everything in life. Okay, to keep details out (due to respect for that person and his family's privacy), Hunter and I had a friend who was going through a very tough time. In the midst of that horrible time, we loved him and supported him. He is here today, living life, and smiling his awesome smile. One night we sat down over dinner with him, and despite all his troubles, he was still able to help people in need. The verse he told other troubled folks, that in turn helped save him?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. Is that not just amazing? Our God is so, so good!
What is your favorite song?
Currently? "You're My Kind of Woman/You're My Kind of Man" by Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. Hint hint: wedding dance...
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I've never been, but I've heard it's amazing. Out west. Maybe Montana, Wyoming. Somewhere where I can't see my neighbors.
I need a good laugh, so what is your most embarrassing moment? Or just share a funny story
Oh dear me. What's a good story? Hmm... How about the time I tried to help a baby mockingbird that had fallen from a nest and it's mother AND father were sitting by watching, waiting for the poor idiot to fall for that stunt. Of course, they swooped in and chased me down the streets, all while I'm screaming at the top of my lungs. In broad daylight. Down a busy road. I hate birds....
What do you look for in a blog?
Genuine character and a classy person. I'm not going to read blogs that has a cuss word every few words. Sorry ladies, that is NOT classy. If a couple slip out here and there, fine. But this is a public forum. Not your private diary hidden under your bed.
Why do you blog?
As a creative outlet for me to share my life song. And to keep my future husband sane from having to listen to me talk 24/7. He only hears me 16/7 right now... ha!
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?
Being outside! Whether it's sitting by a pool, fishing, hunting, gardening, walking, sitting, I don't care. I want to be outside in the sun!
What tv/movie character do you relate with the most and why?
Dang I don't know! Maybe Sandra Bullock? Because she's funny and likes to make people laugh like I do. I strive to make people laugh or smile. If I've helped one person smile in a day, I'm doing good. Plus, we both support the idea of adoption.
If you could offer one piece of advice to anyone what would it be?
What are you doing with your life? Are you really happy? If you're not, stop wasting your time being unhappy and seize the day to do what you love. Smile each day and laugh A LOT. You never know when the good Lord will call you home.
Wild Adventures. It's quite a fun park, a smaller version of Six Flags. While there, Christian rapper Lecrae will be performing and I cannot wait! He's the only rap I honestly listen to anymore.
FIVE: Sunday we have the usual church, but after that we're heading out to our reception location with my family and Hunter's family to start planning the layout of things. Plus, my parents have never seen it so I'm excited for them to finally see where we'll be gettin' down after the nuptials.