Nov 23, 2013

Pumpkin Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cheese Pie

1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened (Lowfat Neufchatel works fine, too)
½ - ¾ cup sugar (white or brown)
1 - 2 Tbs Molasses
1 tsp Cinnamon (I add a bit extra)
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
3 eggs
1 – 16 ounce can pumpkin (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups)
1 tsp Vanilla
1  9-inch pie crust, unbaked (I use a graham-cracker or gingersnap crust)

Preheat oven to 350°
Combine sugar with spices and salt.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually adding sugar & spice mixture.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.
Pour into pie crust.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Chill before serving with whipped cream.
Optional: During the last 15 minutes of baking, pecan halves may be placed around the top edges of the pie for decoration.

May 28, 2012

Let us remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. May God bless all of the men and women who are currently serving, and those who have served our country in the armed services.

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~Jewish Proverb

Dec 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 3, 2011


The winner of the Betty Crocker Molasses Cookie Mix as chosen by Random Number Generator is:

Katrina, I'll be emailing you soon. Congratulations!

Sep 21, 2011

Betty Crocker Molasses Cookie Mix Review & Prize Pack Giveaway!

Love molasses cookies, but could do without the preparation and mess? Betty Crocker® to the rescue! This fall, Betty Crocker® is introducing a molasses cookie mix, making this year-round favorite easy to bake in less than 20 minutes.

I've been a baking enthusiast since I was a little girl, and molasses cookies are a big favorite of mine.  I always bake cookies from scratch, so I was skeptical about trying Betty Crocker's new Molasses Cookie Mix.  The preparation was pretty simple - just combine the package of cookie mix, a stick of butter, an egg, and a tablespoon of water in a bowl, and mix until combined (I used my Kitchenaid mixer). You can drop spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets, or roll them in sugar (I used raw sugar for a great crunch) then bake. 

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good the cookies tasted.  They were so good, in fact, that I had to give them to my youngest daughter so I wouldn't eat way too many of them!  She took them to her older sister's house for a football viewing party, where they were gobbled up in no time.  When they asked me for the recipe, they were shocked to find out that a) their mother had baked cookies from a mix, and b) those yummy cookies came from a mix?

Look for Betty Crocker® Molasses Cookie mix in the baking aisle of grocery stores this fall.  You can print a coupon for $.0.75 off by visiting


Thanks to Betty Crocker® and MyBlogSpark™ I'm giving away a Betty Crocker® Molasses Cookie mix prize pack (pictured above) which includes a Betty Crocker apron, non-stick baking pan, and mixing spoon.

Tell me in a comment, what's your favorite Betty Crocker® product, OR what's your favorite thing about fall? (Please be original. Duplicate comments will be disqualified.)


"Like" Betty Crocker® on Facebook: and leave a comment with your Facebook name.

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PLEASE make sure your email is linked to, or included in your comment. Entries will be accepted until September 30th at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be drawn by and validated per rules. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. age 18+.  The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply before an alternate winner is chosen.  Good Luck!

Disclaimer/Disclosure: The sponsor provided the prize pack as described above in exchange for my blog post, as well as a prize pack for the winner.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I received no monetary compensation.

Sep 11, 2011

We will never forget...

"For the husband who told his wife I love you one last time before his plane went down in a field, for the wife who stopped in the stairs to call her husband to say I will love you forever, for the mothers and fathers who kissed their kids goodbye the morning they died, for the policemen who rushed in with the firemen to help get others out only to die themselves, for the soldiers who fought back and lost their lives. Today, tomorrow, 100 years from now, we will remember 9/11"

God Bless America.

Aug 26, 2011


The winner of the Talenti Gelato is #30.  Congratulations, Vee!

Aug 11, 2011

~CLOSED~ Talenti gelato e sorbetto Giveaway

Talenti Gelato e Sorbetto is sponsoring a “Talenti’s Cutest Moments” photo contest on their Facebook page, which began on Tuesday, July 26th and will go on for 6 weeks, until September 2nd. All of the contest details can be found here.  Every submission will receive a coupon for $0.55!

Talenti is asking its Facebook fans to post photos of themselves or their kids enjoying Talenti’s delicious gelato or sorbetto.  The photos can be cute, messy, funny…anything!   Each week, the photo with the most votes will be selected as the week’s winner and will be the Talenti profile photo for the day!  Each of these weekly winners will also be entered as finalists for the grand prize (a four-pack of Talenti each month for one whole year. YUM!).  The grand prize winner will be announced on September 12th.

Key Dates to Remember:
July 25-September 2  - Photo submissions and weekly selection of semi-finalists

September 5-11  - Final Voting on six semi-finalists

September 12  - Winner announced! 



Thanks to Jessica and Talenti, I have a coupon for a FREE Pint of Talenti gelato e sorbetto to give away! 


~Go to the Talenti gelato e sorbetto website here, take a look around, then tell me something that you learned about them. Please be original! Duplicate comments will be deleted.

EXTRA ENTRIES (Total of 3 extra entries.)

~ Follow me - amylou61 on twitter and tweet the following: " #Win a Free Pint of @TalentiGelato at Peace & Quiet: "

~Like Talenti gelato e sorbetto on Facebook. Tell me your Facebook name in your comment.

~Follow TalentiGelato on twitter and tweet about the photo contest.  Leave your tweet link in a comment.  Copy/Paste this tweet:  " Submit your Cutest Gelato Moment photo for a chance to win 52 pints of Talenti gelato or Vote for your favorite! "

PLEASE make sure your email is linked to, or included in your comment. Entries will be accepted until August 25th at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be drawn by and validated per rules. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only 18+. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply before an alternate winner is chosen. Good Luck!

Disclaimer/Disclosure:  I received a free product coupon for my own use and one to be used as a prize for the winner of the giveaway in exchange for this blog post.  I received no monetary compensation.