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Sarah Perdue

Decorations, Projects

St. Patricks Decor

The creative adventures with my Cricut & deco mesh continue. I repurposed lots of glass bottles & glasses – even converting some of those Grinch bottles. I loved making the Leprechauns. Happy St. Patty’s Day you all! Definitely lucky to have discovered the Cricut!

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Cakes, Food

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake


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Red, White & Blue Cheesecake

This was such a fun patriotic cheesecake to make!

Course Dessert

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
CRUST:

CHEESECAKE:

Course Dessert

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
CRUST:

CHEESECAKE:


Instructions
CRUST:
  1. Grind graham crackers in food processor until fine.

  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, granulated sugar, and sprinkles together with a rubber spatula in a medium bowl until combined. The mixture will be thick, coarse, and sandy.

  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of the a 9 - 10 inch springform pan. Make sure it is tight and compact.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 325°F. Remove and cool.

CHEESECAKE:
  1. Place a large baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. Fill it halfway with water. Let the oven preheat to 325°F again.

  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.

  3. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and flour and beat again.

  4. Add the eggs and beat until they are mixed in.

  5. Divide the batter evenly into 3 bowls. Use the food coloring to tint two of the bowls red and blue.

  6. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crust, alternating the colors.

  7. Drag a butter knife through the batter going up and down and back and forth until you get a good swirl pattern. Do not over mix.

  8. Place the pan on the oven rack above the pan of water.

  9. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven immediately and place on a wire rack. Let the cheesecake cool on the counter for 1 hour, then refrigerate for 4-6 hours.


Recipe Notes

Source: https://insidebrucrewlife.com/red-white-blue-cheesecake-bars/


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Baseball, Travel

Ballpark Review: Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)

We finally had the opportunity to visit Minute Maid Park, the home of our old Central division rivals, the Houston Astros. We visited this stadium with family after a fun Caribbean cruise while visiting my sister that now lives in Houston. We really appreciated the closed roof in humid Houston, which still provided a decent view of the Houston skyline through glass panels on the left field side. The abundance of local concession options (tacos, BBQ, breweries) was a huge plus. The overall atmosphere was energetic as fans rooted on their major league record leading team. Overall, we had a great experience and hope to see the Astros finally win a World Series this year – as long as it’s not against the Cardinals that is.

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Grandma's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Food

Recipe: Grandma’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Grandma's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This is my Grandma Schatz’s bread recipe she made when she worked at a bakery in Germany before WWII. She moved to the US after the war and passed this cherished recipe on to her children and grandchildren.
Grandma's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Course Bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
loaves
Ingredients
Bread
Filling
Course Bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 180 minutes
Servings
loaves
Ingredients
Bread
Filling
Grandma's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Instructions
  1. Starting with dry ingredients, mix all ingredients on a counter or bowl.
  2. Knead by hand or with dough hook in stand mixer until dough comes together. Add additional flour as needed to form dough.
  3. Cover with damp cloth or saran wrap and let rise for 1.5-2 hours, until doubled in size.
  4. Split dough into three balls.
  5. With a rolling pin, roll out each ball to ~10"x12" rectangle.
  6. Mix together cinnamon-sugar filling and sprinkle evenly onto dough. Alternatively, you can use sprinkle cocoa as the filling instead of cinnamon-sugar.
  7. From the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. Fold both ends under to form a loaf (3 total).
  8. Spray three loaf pans with oil and transfer loaves into pans.
  9. Cover loaves with damp cloth/saran wrap and let rise 1 hour until loaves rise to fill the pans.
  10. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool in pans for ~10 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling. Slice and serve warm with butter. Freeze loaves that are not consumed within a few days.
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