Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Pie RECIPE


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Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Pie
I'm doing a new series on Sundays about "The Fruit of the Spirit" - you see, when one becomes a Christian they are filled with the Holy Spirit.  As a result, there are certain characteristics that overflow from a Christian's life (like love, joy, kindness etc).

I decided that during the week after each "Fruit of the Spirit" post I will feature the actual fruit that I symbolically used for that characteristic.  Most recently we studied "KINDNESS" (click HERE to read the entire post "Fruit of the Spirit #5 - KINDNESS").  Today, I am featuring one of my recipe creations using BLACKBERRIES - (this was the fruit that I used as a symbol of KINDNESS).


PRINTABLE RECIPE



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This recipe is a bit more complicated than most of the recipes that I have shared with you in the past.  I have separated it into 4 steps:
STEP#1 - Blackberry Juice
STEP#2 - Pie Crust & Chocolate Layer
STEP#3 - Cheesy layers
STEP#4 - Putting It All Together


STEP#1 - Blackberry Juice

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries (rinsed and drained)

1 1/2 cups water cups water (preferably filtered water)

Prepare the blackberries as described above.  Place the blackberries and water in a medium pot and bring to boil.  Simmer on very low heat for about 30 minutes to an hour  Now you will need to strain the juice to separate the blackberry seeds/pulp from the liquid (see pictures above left).  Allow the juice to drain out of the colander for an hour (you should have 1 cup of juice after straining out the seeds).

Allow juice to cool and continue on to make the rest of the pie or place in the fridge for other uses.

NOTE - For this pie recipe you will only be using 1/8th of a cup of juice.  Use the rest of the juice to make syrup for waffles or pancakes (click HERE for Blackberry Syrup RECIPE)


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STEP#2 - Pie Crust & Chocolate Layer
Click HERE to learn how to make your own pie crust - use the single crust recipe & bake in a preheated 475 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until desired golden brown color is achieved.  Allow crust to cool.


Once the crust has cooled then melt 1 tablespoon chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.  Gently spread along the bottom of the cooled pie crust (see picture above).  Please in the fridge to cool until step #4. 
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STEP#3 - Cheesy layers

BLACKBERRY CHEESE LAYER
1/2 package cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8th cup blackberry juice (from previous step - cooled of course!)
a few drops of red food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup whipping cream (already whipped with 1/2 tablespoon vanilla sugar)

With an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, juice and food coloring.  Mix until everything is combined and it should resemble the picture above on the left.  Now gently fold in the whipped cream and it should resemble the picture below. (set aside until building the pie) 

LEMON CHEESE LAYER
1/2 package cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
juice from half of a lemon (I also used the rind but there will be little rind bits so if you don't like that you may omit the rind)
a few drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup whipping cream (already whipped with 1/2 tablespoon vanilla sugar)

In a different bowl with an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, juice and food coloring.  Mix until everything is combined and it should resemble the picture above on the right.  Now gently fold in the whipped cream and set aside.

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STEP#4 - Putting It All Together
The chocolate layer should be hardened by now and the pie ready to be put together.  Spread the blackberry cheese layer on top of the thin chocolate layer in the bottom of the pie crust (previously baked and cooled).  Now gently spread the lemon cheese layer on top of the blackberry cheese layer.  Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.


Cut, Serve & ENJOY!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #269

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #269!
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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "Peonies & Petunias" by The Red Painted Cottage
2. "Chicken Zucchini Meatballs" by The Bearded Hiker
3. "4th of July Dessert Recipes" by From Play Dates To Parties




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Monday, June 18, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (June 2018)

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Welcome to week#3 of the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

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5 Must-Grow Veggies for Home Gardeners - with RECIPES
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the

June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
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Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the May "You're the STAR" blog hop)

6 Ways To Turn Around a Crappy Homeschool Day by Home Made Lovely
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #30

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #30

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
Today's featured song is "Above the Hills of Time" - by Thomas Tiplady.

"Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;  let the hills hear what you have to say."
Micah 6:1



I have included 2 YouTube videos of this wonderful song (see below the lyrics) - the first version is by a Women's Gee Club and the second version is performed by an extremely talented 16 year old musician! 
ENJOY!
Above the Hills of Time
Author is Thomas Tiplady                                      Irish Traditional Melody

1. Above the hills, of time the cross is gleaming, Fair as the sun when night has turned to day;  And from it love's pure light is richly streaming To cleanse the heart and banish sin away.  To this dear cross the eyes of men are turning To day s in the ages lost to sight;  And so for Thee, O Christ, men's hearts are yearning, As shipwrecked seamen yearn for morning light.


2. The cross, O Christ, Thy wondrous love revealing, Awakes our hearts as with the light of morn, And pardon o'er our sinful spirits stealing, Tells us that we, in Thee, have been reborn.  Like echoes to sweet temple bells replying, Our hearts, O Lord, make answer to Thy love;  And we will love Thee with a love undying, Till we are gathered to Thy home above.









A special thanks to "Jamie Gidley" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "James Linden Hogg" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Garden Delights - BLUE FLOWERS


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This week I am featuring BLUE FLOWERS
Last year I did a series on this blog where I classified flowers by their color.

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click HERE to read my post titled: "Flowers by Color - BLUE"


The following are a few beautiful blue flowers that I did not include in the post above.  Click on each title if you would like to purchase and grow your own!:


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Features From The Toledo Museum of Art - COUNTRY #4


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Features From My Visit to: The Toledo Museum of Art - COUNTRY#4

TMA (Toledo Museum of Art) is one of my favorite places in Toledo, Ohio.  I first visited this beautiful museum when I was in high school in Canada.  I grew up in the Windsor area and I was privileged to go to a high school with an advanced art program.  We actually visited the TMA twice throughout my high school career.  I had no idea when I was a teenager that I would actually marry an American and then settle in the Toledo area!  I now visit my favorite museum once a year.

I will be featuring a few pieces from the TMA each month.

It's June and this month I will be featuring artwork that depicts something summery.

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“The Country Gallants”


By John George Brown (American, 1831-1913)


This artist was born in England but moved to New York City when he was about 20 years old.  His parents tried to dissuade him from becoming a painter by pushing him towards becoming a glass worker.  In 1855 it was actually his father-in-law who encouraged him to continue painting and that is exactly what John George Brown pursued for the rest of his life.


Since the industrial revolution was changing society at that time, the American country rural life was becoming a thing of the past.  In the featured painting seen above you can see that this artist was depicting those sentimental scenes of everyday life in rural America hoping to capture that life before it disappeared.


I just love this painting because it is more of an illustration that one might find in a children's story book - it leaves me with a wonderfully content feeling.



ENJOY!

Other TMA Posts:
GLASS#1 - Church Stained Glass
COUNTRY#1 - "Hazy Day on the Marshes"
COUNTRY#2 - "A Dutch Road"
PEOPLE#1 - "Rainy Day, Boston"
GLASS#2 - Tiffany Chandelier
PEOPLE#2 - "The Open Air Breakfast"
COUNTRY#3 - "The Scottish Highlands"

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