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Decadent Recipe

For small group on Sunday I made this decadent, mouth watering dessert. Jeff came in the door and asked when would I ever make food that smelled good!!! Of course, he was kidding. He makes me laugh. This is an extremely easy recipe. Delish! It is called Sopapilla Cheesecake. I got it online (well, at several places really with slight differences in the amount of sugar and butter used); unfortunately I have no idea where. Pioneer Woman, at one time held a 'submit your favorite recipe' call and I saved a bunch of those and this recipe was in there but I know I didn't use that one. Anyway, here is the scrumptious, to-die-for, all of it was gone in one night recipe:

Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

(2) 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Softened) (I am going to probably double this part next time)

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

For the Topping

1 stick butter (please use real butter)

1 cup sugar combined with (2) Tablespoons of ground cinnamon (mix together for topping, do not put into mixture cheesecake mixture reserve for top)


Beat cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer. Set aside. Unroll and press 1 can of crescent roll dough in a greased bottom of 13x9" glass baking dish. Spread cream cheese mixture on top evenly. Arrange second can of crescent roll dough on top of mixture to cover cream cheese. Melt stick of butter in microwave. Pour butter on top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes in preheated oven. Once you pull from oven, let cool. (I baked it for 20 minutes and then covered it with foil for another 10 minutes and it was perfect)


We've been discussing ethics in business in class this week. We had to take an assessment of our 'ethical values' and what is the underlying belief that drives our decisions. Character? Obligation? Results? or Equity? Mine is character. Good to know. One of the frustrations in business that a 'character' belief deals with: The word 'integrity' is used by many in ethical discussions, but modeled by few. The assessment is right. It does frustrate me. Integrity is modeled by few. I wonder what our world would be like if everyone lived a life of integrity. A life of character. I imagine our world would be closer to the way God imagined world could be.

Last Week

It is the last week of my first class in the MBA program. I completed all of this weeks required assignments, today , except the paper. I wanted to be able to concentrate on my paper, turn it in ahead of time, and have a couple of days of freedom before my next class starts - next Tuesday! Business Law. Yikes! I haven't had any kind of 'law' classes since...drumroll please...1981. No, I didn't make a mistake on dates. I meant 1981! I graduated from high school and started criminal justice classes in the fall of 1981 so I know there was some such 'law' class meshed in there. Do I remember any of it? You must be joking!

Pork Chop Supreme for dinner tonight. Sorry, I know - what does that have to do with class? Nothing, it's just my mouth was watering thinking about the pork chop supreme so I thought I'd interject that.

From the Photo Archives

So I decided to dig into my photo archives. But here's the deal: I'm just reaching in to my CD tower and picking out a CD. I have to scrap at least one layout from the photos on that CD. This was really fun! I pulled out May 2007. It just happened to be my niece Laura's graduation day from high school. But this page is more about the 'cousins'. Sorry boys for the 'girly' page. I'll definitely do this often.

From the Photo Archives 1

Family Swim Night

Thursday's seem to have become our family swim night. (Yes, I am writing this at 2:11 AM Friday morning - I woke up about an hour ago and couldn't get back to sleep) Anyway, family swim night. The boys have learned most of the basics now and they are honing their skills. Jeff introduced paddles and fins tonight for them. Our gym provides the short fins (which I need to try). Oh, by the way, I swam 1300 meters last night. I was exhausted again, until I got that second wind about lap 18. By lap 20 I had pretty much decided I'd go more than 24 laps. I did 26 laps instead.

So Thursday is our 'go to the pool' time. I've really enjoyed it even though I don't really swim with the family. I know the time Jeff has spent with the boys has been great. I've watched them occasionally and he is extremely patient when instructing them.

One of these days I'll need to take the camera for pictures.

Believing God

I believe in God. But do I believe God. All the time. How many people can truly say that? If you worry, you can't say that. If you doubt, you can't say that. If you fear, you can't say that. If you have low self esteem, you can't say that. Oh my, I am so excited about this study. I had planned on doing Esther by Beth Moore with my mentee but because the womans ministry is using all the DVD's at church for their bible studies, I needed to pick another study. I picked Believing God by Beth Moore, instead. My mentee is excited! We are both glad that Esther was being used and we had to 'settle' for Believing God - because I believe we got the best study for us - right now. I can't wait!

Now I can't let you go without sharing my latest creations. My surrogate daughter Mel and her hubby and son (her daughter was with friends), visited this past Monday on their way to their new duty station. (Mark is in the Air Force). I got pictures. We had a great time catching up and just hanging out. Blake, who calls us Grandpa Jeff and Grandma Susan was in normal form - wild and rambunctious - and we made some great memories.

Life is a Playground 

Mel and Mark June 2009

Just Stuff.

1. I would love to be able to sell stuff on ETSY but I don't think I'm really the business minded person to do it.

2. The first day of the boys being home hasn't exactly gone well. But it hasn't been bad either.

3. I need to clean my oven.

4. Elizabeth and Ella came by today. I took some pictures. Mostly because I don't get to see them often. And for those rare memories when I do.

5. My surrogate daughter, Mel and her hubby and kids are in town. They'll be over for dinner tonight.

6. If I'm not business minded why am I pursuing an MBA?

7. I now know what QRB stands for.

8. We watched Beverly Hills Cop II last night. Funny movie. Just bad language. Oh, and Jeff had to close his eyes or look up at the ceiling a couple times. He determined our ceiling is really dusty.

9. I made Double White Chocolate Truffle last night for small group.

10. I'm going to begin Believing God by Beth Moore on Thursday with my mentee.

11. I think in the fall I'm going to do Experiencing God by Henry Blackeby for my Saturday night study. Yikes! Challenging.

12. I bought two books today. Not for me. For the boys. I've decided an hour of reading everyday this summer will be good for them. I'm sure they'll be days when they don't read anyways.

13. That's all.