Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tasty Tuesday ~ Puff Pasty Cannoli's

INGREDIENTS
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese, drained (see how in Step 1 below)
6 sugar ice cream cone
1 egg
1 tablespoon water 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
1/4 cup chopped pistachios (optional)

DIRECTIONS
To drain the ricotta, place it into a fine sieve over a bowl. Top with a paper towel and then something heavy to press the liquid out. Let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour (the longer it drains, the thicker the cannoli filling will be).

Heat the oven to 400°F. Cover the cones in aluminum foil, tucking any excess foil into the top. Spray the foil cones with vegetable cooking spray. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.

Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Cut the pastry sheet into 3 rectangles along the fold marks. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 4 strips, making 12 strips in all. You will need 2 strips for each cone.

Starting at the pointed end, wrap 1 strip around the cone, overlapping the edges slightly. Brush the end with the egg wash then firmly press the end of another strip to join and continue wrapping. Repeat with the remaining pastry and cones. Brush the wrapped pastry cones with the egg wash. Place the cones onto a baking sheet (pastry end-side down).

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry cones are golden brown. Let the pastries cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Carefully remove the pastry cones from the foil cones.

Stir the drained ricotta cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, liqueur, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Gently fold in the whipped cream just until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Microwave the remaining chocolate chips in a medium microwavable bowl for 30 seconds on HIGH. Stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted and smooth after stirring.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip half of each pastry cone lengthwise into the melted chocolate, sprinkle with the pistachios, if desired, and place onto the baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Spoon or pipe the ricotta mixture into the pastry cones. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 8 hours before serving.

For a fresh twist, stir 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest or 1 teaspoon chopped candied orange peel into the ricotta mixture.

You can make these ahead of time. Make the cones and filling and keep separately for up to 1 day (filling in refrigerator and cones in an airtight container). Filled cones can then be refrigerated for up to 8 hours.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday


I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.

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For Today... Jan 22nd, 2018

The weather...Its 37° and rainy - the high is 48° today... this yo-yo effect of the temps is crazy!

Right now I am... trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords".....I need to visit the library and get some other reading material


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... binged watched Longmire on Netflix

On my TV... Bachelor, Fosters, This Is Us, Chicago series (see above), 911, Blue Bloods

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ spaghetti, garlic bread and salad
Tuesday ~ tacos
Wednesday ~ breakfast - not sure what yet though
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ left overs
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ ??

On my to do list... housework

In the craft basket...I finished my purse... the lining didn't go as planned (a seamstress I am not), but I am pleased with how I did get the lining in. I just need to figure out the toggle part. I have a cross stitch project I want to start, a completed pocket letter, and still working on my afghan.

the purse

the lining


One of the Valentine pocket letters I made this last week

the front

and the back


Happening this week:
Monday ~ not working, nursing a migraine, work on Bible Study
Tuesday ~ work, work out, work on Bible Study
Wednesday ~ work, work out, work on Bible Study
Thursday ~ work in craft room, sew Lici's pillows - I WILL get to this today, work on Bible Study
Friday ~ groceries, errands, possibly nails
Saturday ~ work on my planner
Sunday ~ church, ladies meeting

Looking around the house... I am seeing little piles of clutter that need to be taken care of.

From the camera... my planner layout for this week


What I'm wearing today... blue top and a pair of leggings and my robe

One of my simple pleasures... watching youtube videos - random ones at that

On my prayer list... family and friends

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Weekend in Review

I have started a new meme, called Weekend in Review.  I had participated in one like this a while ago, but it has long since stopped.  I liked writing down what I had down over the weekend, whether it was filled with lots activity or just a lazy weekend, so I went ahead and started my own version of this meme.

Weekend rewind. If you want to play along, grab the button code below and tell me all about your weekend!  I will have a Mr. Linky on the actual weekend post for everyone to link up to.


Weekend rewind. If you want to play along, grab the above button and tell me all about your weekend!

Friday ~ Grocery shopping in the morning, home for a quick shower, then off to run some errands. Worked on a few videos, and finished up a few craft projects until time to start dinner. Watched a little TV then off to bed

Saturday ~ the hubs had to work (boo), so worked on my planner, a few more videos, then lots of editing. Made dinner and then hung out with the hubs.

Sunday ~ church in the morning, finished up a purse, added the lining and watched football with the hubs. Had a very low key weekend.

Let me know if you play along.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Stealing

Head on over to Sunday Stealing to see what others have to say.

Friday Questions

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on the WTIT Blog with Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim's questions in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!


Kim is a vegan architect and runner from a Chicago suburb. She posts a question every Friday at ilaxstudio. I collected a bunch of her Friday questions.





1. Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you? I have not, but I would love to learn Italian one of these days

2. Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type? I do not donate, my iron is to low. I am B-

3. Have you ever been in a play or musical? nope

4. Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone? I do have specific ones for my hubs and the boys. I don't use the default for others, I have changed it

5. When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on actual film, or all digital now? Oh my.... its been a few yeas....over 10 years ago or more when I first got one. I only shoot digital now

6. What do you think someone else would say the most daring thing you’ve done is? probably one of my crochet projects

7. Do you talk with your hands? I do

8. Do you have a lucky number? What is it, and what is the story behind it? I do not

9. What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now? whole milk or 2%..... I don't drink milk now, only use it occasionally in cereal and use 2%

10. What is your favorite kind of pie? Pumpkin

11. Are you a note taker? I am

12. Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all matchy matchy? Its an eclectic one. You cand see my collection here

14. What is the longest amount of time you’ve worked at one job – and what was/is it? I did daycare in my home for 17 years

15. How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To where did you fly? I was 18 and flew to California

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday 9 ~ Jump

You can see the others that participate in this fun meme at Saturday 9.

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!


Saturday 9: Jump (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) David Lee Roth does a lot of jumping in this video. He credits his flashy moves to his study with marital artist Benny Urquidez. Have you ever tried karate, judo, or jiu-jitzu? I have not

2) Dave claims to be fluent in Spanish. Say something "en espaƱol." Como estas

3) Dave appeared as himself in an episode of The Sopranos, playing poker with Tony Soprano. Are you a good poker player? no

4) Though known for his prowess on the guitar, Eddie Van Halen wrote the opening of this song at the keyboard when he was still new to the synthesizer. When do you recently venture outside your comfort zone? Was it a success? I was a knitter for years, but when asked if I could do a pattern that was crochet, I tried talking my way out of it, as I just couldn't figure out... but I stuck with it, and now prefer crocheting over knitting as it works up so much faster...so I would say after years of being asked to make certain crochet items I have become successful at it.

5) Eddie's older brother Alex is the Van Halen drummer and his son, Wolfie, began touring with the band in 2007. Have you ever worked with a family member? no

6) Van Halen's first manger was Marshall Berle. Mr. Berle's uncle was Milton Berle. Does the name Milton Berle mean anything to you? other than I know he is an actor

7) In 1984, when this song was popular, AT&T/Bell Telephone was broken up into 24 separate companies. Today, who is your phone provider? Comcast

8) Also in 1984, Michael Jackson was severely burned while filming a Pepsi commercial. Would we find any Pepsi in your kitchen right now? Nope, not a fan of Pepsi

9) Random question: Have you ever been so angry that you kicked or hit an inanimate object? I have

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday ~ Newborn babes are too precious



Head on over to Wordless Wednesday to find others who have played along. First comment will be a description of the photo(s).









Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday


I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.

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For Today... Jan 15th, 2018

The weather...Its 15° - back to the cold, cold temps

Right now I am... working...and trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords"


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... binged watched Longmire on Netflix

On my TV... Bachelor, Fosters, This Is Us, Chicago series (see above), 911, Blue Bloods

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ spaghetti, garlic bread and salad
Tuesday ~ pork chops, mashed taters/gravy, corn and rolls
Wednesday ~ omelets, sausage and toast
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ left overs
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ ??

On my to do list... housework, sewing projects

In the craft basket...I have to finish up a purse, then back to my afghan...if I can get into a crochet groove again since my break for the holidays, sewing project

Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, work out
Tuesday ~ work, work out
Wednesday ~ work, work out
Thursday ~ work in craft room, sew Lici's pillows
Friday ~ groceries, errands, lunch with a friend
Saturday ~ work on my planner
Sunday ~ church, then veg for the day

Looking around the house... the kitchen needs some attention, after the dishwasher was on the fritz, I hate what seems to be a little project that turns into a major project... ending in possibly having to get a new dishwasher

From the camera... my planner layout for this week


What I'm wearing today... black leggings and a purple tshirt

On my prayer list... for myself... I have some foot pain going on right now that is making it so very difficult to walk.

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!