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Crescent Cream Cheese Danish


    • 2 Crescent Roll Tubes
    • 1-8 oz. package of Philly (or other brand) cream cheese (softened)
    • 2 tb butter (fully melted)
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup – light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup – regular white sugar
    • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons milk

    Preheat oven to 350º.
  • In a medium bowl, use a mixer to combine the softened cream cheese, lemon juice, pure vanilla extract and the white sugar until well-combined. Set aside.
  • Open your crescent roll tubes but do not unroll them.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut through them – slicing them. Make thick slices.
  • Lay each slice on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Use your fingers or a small measuring cup to create a small wall around the edge (to hold the filling).
  • Using a brush, take the melted butter and add in the 1/4 cup of light brown sugar and mix
  • Brush the mixture over each danish.
  • Dollop even amounts of the filling into each of the danish.
  • Bake at 350º for 16-18 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  • Let cool and add drizzles of glaze.
  • In a small bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and stir until smooth, then drizzle over each warm Danish.
  • Top with cherry, blueberry or strawberry filling.
  • ENJOY!

Some of my Favorite Crafting “Stuff”

It’s wonderful when you’re crafting to find products that you really like.

I must have tried every “sticky” product on the market – tapes, rollers, glue sticks, glue guns – if it’s out there, I have it. I finally found a glue I like. It’s made by Beacon. The tip doesn’t harden and block the glue, it can be repositioned, but it also acts quickly, it’s not messy, and best of all – it’s strong.

I’ve been making a lot of boxes lately that require using ribbon, twine, yarn, whatever. I never seemed to have the size or color that I needed. I found the perfect solution. I’ve used so much of it, but it seems that I haven’t even started using it. Could it be replenishing itself during the night? No, of course not, but it’s a joy to find the right color easily. I keep it in a basket on my desk.

I go through a lot of cardstock since I do a lot of print and cut items. I use it with my laser printer. This is a tad heavier than most brands I’ve purchased, but I use it for cards, boxes, almost all of my projects. It’s a very nice quality. I use the 8.5″x11″, 80 lb. white.

I use a color, laser printer, even though I have an inkjet printer as well. I hate to spend a lot of money on ink cartridges, and it did seem I needed to order them all the time for the inkjet. When I create a print and cut design or planner stickers for Silhouette, I like to print it out to see how the colors show and whether the design ‘works’. I got my laser printer two years ago, and didn’t have to replace the ink cartridges until last month. Amazing, because I do a lot of printing. I am absolutely crazy about this printer. It’s one of the most important devices I have to design and create. Love it.

I can’t rave about favorite products without adding the Milcoast glossy sticker paper. It’s a nice, fat pack of paper for a good price. I haven’t tried their matte sticker paper, but only because when I reorder, I like the glossy so well, I order it again. I use a “kiss” cut for sticker sheets. I have a video to show you how to do it, if you never have.

Breakfast with Avocados

I often fix my Breakfast Casserole – it’s quick and easy and yummy! The other day I ran across an article about freezing avocados and decided to give it a try since I always seem to have to toss one or two out when I buy a mesh bag of them at Sam’s Club.
Avocado freezing: I waited until the day all of my avocados seemed “ready”. Then I sliced each in half, removed the pits and used my FoodSaver to freeze them.
This morning, when fixing my casserole, I remembered the avocados in the freezer and decided to try them. Alas, when I took a couple out of the bag, and resealed the bag, I realized that they were too hard to cut, and I didn’t want to toss them in the microwave. So, I just put each side of avocado on top of the uncooked casserole and let them bake.
I thought I might have a problem, wasn’t sure. But, the avocado softened during baking, and they were so easy to take out of the ‘shell’ and spread them on the cooked casserole.
Results? It turned out great. I would have preferred the avocado mixed in with the egg mixture, but this was better than expected. The avocado tasted as good as if it were fresh. Freezing avocado is definitely something I’ll continue to do.
Happy Breakfast!

The Dots & Stripes Collection

Polka Dots and Stripes on many different designs – using the same colors. You can purchase the designs in my Silhouette Design Store – just click on the design.

Pastel polka dot and/or stripes on designs with coordinated colors on print and cut planner sticker sheets or printable backgrounds. Each element can be cut and printed individually – combine the polka dots and stipes. They can be used on window clings, tags, cards, charts, planners, stamps, scrapbooking, labels – wherever you can put a sticker or label! They can be re-sized without affecting the quality. Several coordinated, matching designs and backgrounds are available in our Silhouette store.

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My Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. I make it differently each time, depending on what I have on hand.
4-5 eggs
2 tbl. mayonnaise
Breakfast meat (Spam, cooked sausage and/or bacon, even ground beef) – about a cup – whatever you decide
1 cup cheese – whichever is your fave. I prefer Monterey Jack, but do use cheddar also
Filling – whatever you want or none. You can add mushrooms, avocado, onions, vegetables – it’s all up to you!

img_4499Here’s how I do it:
Place about 12 -15 frozen tater tots in an oven-proof pan. Whip eggs with the mayonnaise and pour over the tater tots. Place other ingredients in your pan and cover with the cheese.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Top with salsa, green onions, sour cream – you choose. Or, don’t.
I put the leftovers in a Tupperware container, made for the microwave. To re-heat, set at about 5 for 3 or 4 minutes. It gets better as the days go on.

This is very filling. It seems like a “splurge”, but when you think about 5 eggs and a cup of breakfast meat being split into several servings, it’s not a lot.

Using a Drill on Pumpkin

1400266_10201267464746272_904139169_oA few years ago, I used a drill instead of a knife to carve my pumpkin. So easy (notice that’s an important word when I’m discussing crafts?). Just gather various sizes of drill bits – plan a pattern and go for it. I didn’t plan mine – just kept going till I thought it was okay. Then clean it out, let it dry and pop a strand of lights inside. This is my one and only attempt. Plus, the pumpkin was from my pumpkin patch which made it really special.