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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  I hope this day brings you joy and time with your loved ones.

I want to share a recipe with you that I found for Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie.  I saw it in a magazine, but it is also on and won rave reviews.  So - guess what one of the desserts I made for the day was...go ahead, guess. :)

Based on the reviewer suggestions I found on, I made several revisions to this recipe as the original version had many comments that it was overly sweet and took longer to bake than stated in the recipe.  My revised recipe is below.  Enjoy!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie


Pam Cooking Spray
3- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond extract
2 - 8 ounce cans refrigerated crescent rolls
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup honey


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).  Prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2) Unroll a can of crescent roll dough, trying not to pull apart the pieces, and use a rolling pin to shape each into a 9 x13 inch rectangle.  Press one piece into the bottom of the pan, and set the second piece aside. Place pan in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes.  Remove.

3) Beat the cream cheese with the sugar, egg and extracts.  Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the flattened crescent roll dough in the pan.

4) Place the second 9x13 crescent dough rectangle over the cream cheese mixture.  Use a pastry brush to brush the melted butter over the dough.  Mix sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle mixture over the top.

5) Bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes or until dough appears to be fully baked in the center.  remove from oven and drizzle with honey.  Cool completely in pan before cutting into 12 squares.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Jewelry Items for San Gennaro Festival

It seems like time has flown since I was accepted as a sponsor/vendor for next week's San Gennaro Festival in New York.  I have been working from sun up until the wee hours of the night making jewelry for this event.  It has been a lot of work but I'm not complaining.  Thankfully, I love to make jewelry!

Being the creature of habit that I am, even though I am making tons of jewelry for the festival, I don't have it in me to make several hundred pieces of the exact same item.  So - while I am making several hundred pieces of things like domino pendants featuring San Gennaro, for the most part, the necklaces, charm bracelets, etc. that I am making are all one-of-a-kind in design.  Along that note, I want to show you some variations of necklaces I have made for the festival.  The basic design element is the same between this particular style of necklace, however, I utilized different images, beads and chain to complete the finished product.  So, without further ado - here are some of the bronze cameo necklaces I will be selling at the Festival:

Virgin Mary - made with new and vintage moonstone-style beads.

St. Mary Magdalen - made with Czech glass crystals.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Made with Swarovksi crystals.

St. Therese of Lisieux - made with hand-colored metal rose beads and crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with green jadeite milk-glass style crystals.

Virgin Mary - made with bronze metallic and champagne colored crystals.

These are just a few of the necklace variations made for the event.  All have adjustable necklace chains.

If time permits before I leave for NYC in a few days, I will post a tutorial or two on coloring and enameling metal jewelry pieces.

Stay tuned!