Saturday, September 17, 2011

a foodie post... (with raspberry cream cheese coffee cake recipe)

Pin It Not a lot of sewing going on here...

but I did have a few food related somethings to share. :)

We have a lot of tomato plants, with a lot of tomatoes.  And my husband loves tomato sauce... (gotta have that lycopene, right?), so I wanted to make some.  Trouble is, peeling and seeding is a pain for me; I just hate doing it and it's messy.

With inspiration from my friend Amanda, I washed,

a part of the harvest

Chopped (skin, seeds and all), added some basil, salt, pepper and onion and simmered.

gettin' saucy

Threw it in the blender (we have a fancy-pants VitaMix blender my mom gave me; Amanda uses a hand-held immersion blender to make hers), and then in to zip-loc bags and in to the freezer.  They smelled delicious, and were so easy.


Sunday morning, I made my husband's favorite breakfast -- a raspberry cream cheese coffee cake (we eat this every Christmas morning).

Sunday morning breakfast

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

3 oz. cream cheese
4 T. butter
2 c. biscuit mix
1/3 c. milk
1/2 c. raspberry preserves (we use seedless - and you can use a bit less too)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 to 2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the cream cheese, butter, and biscuit mix until crumbly.  Blend in 1/3 c. milk.  Knead on floured surface 8 to 10 strokes.  Roll to approx. 8" x 12" rectangle and turn onto a greased baking sheet.  Spread with raspberry preserves down the center of dough.  Make 2 1/2" cuts at 1" intervals on long sides; fold strips over filling, sealing well.  
raspberry cream cheese coffee cake
Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  Make glaze with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, and drizzle over warm coffee cake. 
raspberry cream cheese coffee cake

Serve and enjoy.

raspberry cream cheese coffee cake


And lastly, since I haven't had a pumpkin spice latte yet, I decided to make some pumpkin spice caramel corn (again, inspired by Amanda). :)

pumpkin spice caramel corn

Recipe here

Enjoy!  36 1/2 weeks now... (Steiger came at 38, 1 day... we'll see what this baby has in mind, but I'm getting large!)


Tamara Hampton said...

the coffee cake looks delicious!!! yummmm!

Sara said...

I had to open this post and drool at the raspberry coffee cake!

Library Gal Quilts said...

Yum O!!! You are just busy as a bee! I think that Amanda has a great influence on us! I made raspberry jam last weekend and was amazed at myself. It is delicious and I'd love to take a canning class with her..maybe someday we'll all get together! xo Pam

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Those are some great looking recipes, and you know that just the sight of something when you are prego can cause desperate cravings! I'll just say THANKS, LOL

I know you are counting down the days...can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl!!!

Vesuviusmama said...

Yum-my! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

1st: I miss you. 2nd: We need to get together ASAP. 3rd: Pam kills me. 4th: I have cinnamon pear butter & fabric for you. 5th: Are you huge? 6th: Tell Steiger I say hi & I liked Nemo. 7th: Once Chop gets his schedule some what normal I think I'm going to drive him to work in the morning & come visit- he only works like 15 minutes away from you! 8th: I'm going to teach you to knit this week. 9th: I'm making pot roast today in the crock pot & I'm compiling crock pot links/recipes for you. 10th: I MISS YOU AND WISH I WASN'T A LAZY BONES!

Kristen said...

These look so good! I am all over that popcorn! Funny how we all end up making food traditions. Homemade Cinnamon rolls for Christmas on this end. Though I could definitely make room for this on Christmas Eve. :)


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