Hi folks. Today is a very special day. 1 year ago today I entered the blogosphere. I was encouraged to open a cooking blog by a very dear friend named Amy Valentino. I met Amy online playing a game called Mousehunt. After playing the game together for some time we became buddies. I was always posting what I was making for dinner or what I was baking on facebook. Quite frankly I was making people drool on keyboards before even opening the blog. I started to get a lot of requests for recipes. As you know I am a pretty busy mom. Even though my kids are older I am still fairly involved in the day to day stuff. So time has always been a factor for me. I hate taking time away from my kids. So I was trying to figure out how to get recipes to the people who wanted them without always needing to be at the computer sending emails. Amy mentioned a blog would be useful as people could just get them there. I was unsure at first. I had only read one blog and really did not know much about them. Me being me I jumped in with both feet. I kept the blog on the down low for months and months. I know it's shocking to you all but I am actually sort of shy and quiet. I know right! Hard to believe. I coasted along posting recipes with terrible pictures for months. Then I found foodbuzz and started to connect with other bloggers. It was a bit of a rocky start. At one point I almost quit as I had a couple of ladies who were not very kind to me. I think I assumed every one blogging was kind and friendly. Most are but I was unfortunate to run into a couple who were not. It almost had me quitting. Then I had a chat with a lady you all know as my bbff, Dee from Deelicious Sweets. She set me straight and got my head in the right place. From there the rest is history. So a huge thank you to Miss Amy Valentino for giving me the push to start this blog. Also a big thank you to Dee for giving me the best advice and keeping me from throwing in the kitchen towel.
When I started I had no idea how time consuming blogging could be. Doing quality posts and trying to improve photography is a ton of hard work. It's work worth doing though. I have always been passionate about cooking. I had no idea I would find passion in the writing as well. I enjoy it immensely. There are days where trying to be funny is hard, I'm not going to lie. Without a long drawn out story my life is difficult at best. We have been faced with some huge challenges this past year but I really try to keep that part of my life off the blog as best I can. Some days trying to be upbeat and cheery can be quite difficult. But I just refuse to let my circumstances dictate my mood or my voice. I may not have control of some things in my life, but I sure can control my attitude. I love to laugh and have a great time. I hope that comes through every day on the blog. I really am having this much fun with life. There's little taken seriously here. At the end of the day you can choose to laugh or cry, I always choose to laugh.
I'd like to take a minute to thank everyone who reads. Without you this blog is just dead air. You give it life with every comment. It means the absolute world to me that you enjoy visiting and welcome my zany life into yours. Hearing back from people who have made recipes lights up my life. Having you all share in my adventures of mommyhood also makes me happy. The fact that you all know me so well, and the kids shows how invested you are. I do not take that lightly. I never will.
So moving forward this little blog will continue to go through changes to make it operate more smoothly. I will be adding things and changing things that I think will enhance the site. If you ever have any suggestions or requests never hesitate to shoot me an email. I enjoy the feedback and am always thrilled to hear from readers. I hope I can continue to improve the site and myself while never forgetting the root of it all is the reader. If I ever have a moment where I seem too big for my britches feel free to slap me a little bit. Or a lot. Whatever works.
I am trying really hard to improve my photography. I am somewhat limited by my craptastic camera. Every day I work with it I try to figure out how to best utilize it and work it to it's full potential. A new camera is a huge priority but until hubs is working again it's taking a back seat. But I promise once things improve it's on the list of must haves. Better photos are a must moving forward. I think I've hit the proverbial wall with this old thing.
So enough of the talky talk talk. I love ya, I appreciate ya, I shall try to continue to entertain ya, and above all I shall feed ya! Muah Lunatic fans, you rock my Lunatic world! xx
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ½ cup icing sugar
- 1 package 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup graham crumbs or Oreo crumbs
- ¾ cup skor bits
- ¾ chopped pecans
- 1 batch of caramel sauce recipe link below
- 2 ounces of chocolate melted or chopped for garnishing top
- In a mixer combine your whipping cream and icing sugar until well blended. You should see some peaks and then you know it’s ready.
- In another bowl using a mixer beat your cream cheese until super smooth.
- Now add half the cream cheese to mixer with whipping cream and icing sugar and beat until well blended. Once it is add the other half and continue beating until smooth.
- Now add your melted semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla and beat again. Scrape sides as needed.
- Now take 4 canning jars, I used the 250 ml size.
- Place a layer of graham crumbs in each jar. You will be repeating this step so don’t use them all. I used about 2 tablespoons per jar for each layer if I recall correctly.
- Now add a layer of chocolate cheesecake filling.
- Now add a layer of skor bits and pecans.
- Now repeat those steps by adding a layer a graham crumbs.
- Then chocolate cream cheese.
- Then skor bits and pecans.
- Pour your caramel sauce over top.
- Now garnish with either chopped chocolate or melted chocolate.
- Now pop them in the fridge for about an hour or two.
- Serve with a smile!
Caramel sauce recipe can found on Banana Sticky Buns.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. You all know I love me some Turtles. For more Turtle recipes follow the links below:
Yup, I need a new hobby. Preferably one that shrinks my butt not expands it! But who can resist Turtles.
Toodles and smoochies! xx