Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

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About a year ago I came across this heavenly recipe. I wish I could accredit the correct source but unfortunately I don’t remember what blog I stole this recipe from; however, I will be honest and say that I found this somewhere on Pinterest.

I’ve never, ever been a cookie fan. They are way to much work for me.¬†I like simple quick cake recipes instead! ūüôā These¬†cookies, however, are so amazing that I¬†usually don’t mind¬†doing the work. (Which really isn’t that much work….and that’s probably why I love them so much!) ¬†If you THINK you have the best cookie recipe in the world, you are sadly mistaken.

These cookies have the texture of a cookie but the goodness of a cheesecake!¬† This recipe made me about 5 dozen cookies; tis the reason I don’t make them often…I tend to eat them all!

Here is what you need:

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3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 sticks butter (20 tablespoons), softened, 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, graham cracker, pecan bits and a can of cherry pie filling.

This time I also used blueberry filling. They were not as tasty as the cherry filling but the point is….use whatever your little heart desires. ūüôā

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I started by combining the flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and set it aside.

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I then turned to my ginormous mixing¬†bowl (because that’s all I have) and combined¬†the¬†softened cream cheese, butter and sugar.

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I then¬†mixed with my trusty $5 mixer that I bought at Dillard’s ages ago for about¬†3 minutes…or until you see it all mixed pretty well.

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When that is all mixed up I then added the eggs and vanilla extract and continued to mix for about a minute.

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I slowly started to add the flour mixture to the wet mixture….very slowly…because sometimes I end up with a huge mess of flour!

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As you add all of your flour, your mixture should begin to thicken up and look like this. ^
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I¬†then¬†covered my ginormous¬†mixing bowl and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes….or 10 because I’m¬†impatient. The¬†dough is a lot easier to work with if you let it¬†firm up a bit….so¬†you should really leave it for at least 30 minutes. ūüôā
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While my dough was firming up some, I got out my handy little Ninja chopper¬†and crushed my graham crackers….yes¬†I still have my¬†Christmas tree¬†up. ūüėČ
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…then I added a large spoonful of pecans to my crackers. ūüôā

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Once¬†all that jazz what prepared, I got my workplace ready. I got my fillings¬†and¬†the crackers out and I lined two cookie sheets with PARCHMENT paper….umm…did you¬†guys know that wax paper is not the same as parchment paper???¬† (Wax paper doesn’t like the oven…FYI!)
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I then got my dough out of the fridge and made little two-inch balls and rolled them in my graham cracker pecan mixture.

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I rolled out as many as I could put on my cookie sheets which were about 30.
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To make room for the filling I used a round teaspoon and pressed each cookie. It’s perfect for these little cookies!

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I then went on and put a cherry or a couple of blueberries in each cookie. Make sure and put some of the actual filling in there too….that’s the best part!

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I popped them in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 13 minutes. Be careful because these cookies are kind of easy to burn…trust me…I should know. ūüėȬ† As long as the bottom of the cookie is a toasty brown you are still good!

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When the cookies are done take them out and let them cool for a¬†bit…which I personally think is the hardest part of the recipe.¬†Hehe! Then get to baking your second batch! ūüôā

This is my favorite cookie ever! Make sure and share with your neighbors! Be blessed! ¬†– Moni ‚̧

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 whole graham cracker rectangles
  • pecan bits
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Instructions: In a  bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar for about 3 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add flour mixture.  Cover the dough and refrigerate until firm. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 2 inch balls, then coat completely in graham cracker crumbs.  Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.  Using a rounded spoon, create an indentation in the center of each cookie and place a cherry in the center. Bake until cookies are toasted, about 13 minutes. Let them cool for about 10 minutes or so.

Stephanie’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

So I have this friend; she is beautiful,¬† smart and a great mommy. Everything that comes out of Stephanie’s kitchen is ridiculously delicious. I’ve been lucky enough to have tried many of her dishes!

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For one of our Bluprint Marriages night she made this amazing tortilla soup. I finally asked her for the recipe and tried it this weekend. It was so easy to whip it together! With her permission I decided to share this quick and simple recipe. I think this is something you can add to your winter menu that the whole family would enjoy.

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I had never had tortilla soup before BP marriages night. It just never sounded that great to me. I grew up in a very Mexican household and we never made tortilla soup.¬† It always sounded really Americanized to me…and it kind of is. Either way…it doesn’t matter because it is really delicious!

Here is the main cast of characters:
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1 rotisserie chicken, 8 cups of chicken broth, 1 large can of rotel tomatoes,  2 cans of black beans (rinsed and drained), 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of diced green chilies, 1 stick of butter and white rice (this is optional).

You will also need salt, pepper, garlic powder and  2 heaping tablespoons of flour. For the toppings, I used tortilla chips, avocado, cheese and yummy green onions. (Not shown in photo)

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The first step in Stephanie’s directions is to melt a stick of butter in a stockpot. Once it is melted add the two spoonfuls of flour and whisk. This will give the soup a little thickness.¬† Once that is mixed well then add about a teaspoon of salt, garlic and pepper. You can add more later if you wish.

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Once all of that is combined, you can add the 8 cups of chicken broth.

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Once the flour mixture and chicken broth is thoroughly combined add the cans of drained black beans, cans of corn, rotel and green chilies. Mix and bring it to a boil.

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While that is boiling start shredding your chicken. I’m about to say something crazy. Up until recently I always cooked my own chicken for recipes like this…I don’t know why I never thought about using a rotisserie chicken from Sams. One day my friend called me out on it and I was so ashamed that I didn’t already do this!

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Add your perfect chicken to the pot and leave it to boil some. I left mine for about an hour but I think 30 minutes will do. Right before I turned off the stove, I added two tablespoons of sour cream and let it melt in.

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Then fill a bowl with soup grab your toppings and VIOLA! Stephanie’s original recipe didn’t call for white rice; however, I decided to add some. It would be great with or without it. I cooked it in a separate pot and added it as I served it. I hate soggy rice. Lol.

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The best thing about this soup is that it taste so much better the next day. The flavors just melt into each other and create some sort of tortilla soup goodness!

I hope y’all give this recipe a try. I promise you will love it! Have a blessed week! – Moni ‚̧

Stephanie’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 8 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Large can of Rotel
  • 2 Cans of Black Beans
  • 2 Cans of Corn
  • 2 Cans of Diced Green Chiles
  • Sour Cream

Toppings

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Avocados
  • Lime
  • White Rice

Instructions: Melt a stick of butter in a stockpot. Once it is melted add the two spoonful’s of flour and whisk. This will give the soup a little thickness.¬† Once that is mixed well then add about a teaspoon of salt, garlic and pepper. You can add more later if you wish. Once all of that is combined, you can add the 8 cups of chicken broth. Once the flour mixture and chicken broth is thoroughly combined add the cans of drained black beans, cans of corn, rotel and green chilies. Mix and bring it to a boil. While that is boiling start shredding your chicken.¬† Add¬†chicken to the pot and leave it to boil some. I left mine for about an hour but I think 30 minutes will do. Right before I turned off the stove, I added two tablespoons of sour cream and let it melt in.

Then make your rice in a separate pot and fill a bowl with soup, grab your toppings and enjoy your soup!

Inspiration for 2014 – Topic 1 of Blogger Challenge

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I can’t believe it is already 2014. My life changed so much in 2013. I gave my life to Christ, I started an amazing new¬†job, I started singing again,¬†I started a BLOG!!!!¬† There is just so much to be thankful for praise God!¬†¬†God has really planted so many new seeds in my heart. I felt that 2013 was a year of preparation for me. I felt the whole year that¬†God was telling me, “In order to do this….you have to do that..”¬† It was a year of really feeling God’s direction in my life.

When the subject for the first 2014 Blogger Challenge went live, I knew exactly the verse that would serve as my inspiration for 2014.

16¬†You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit‚ÄĒfruit that will last‚ÄĒand so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.¬†

John 15:16

I declare that 2014 will be a year of implementing everything that God¬†has¬†showed me in 2013. That every struggle, trial, and triumph I went through be used to bear fruit in His name and to bring others to fruition.¬† That I might be a person of light for someone who is in darkness. I hope that I can be a person like the people I had encouraging me in 2013. I want to help people break chains. I¬† want to be so filled¬†with the Holy Spirit that when people are around me they feel it too and are completely consumed. It’s my desire to help people¬†know Jesus the way I came to know Him, to trust Him the way I came to trust Him, and to fall in love with Jesus the way I fell in love with Him.

I have always been¬†indecisive when it comes to my life goals….I want to be a teacher, I want to do makeup, I want to move up in my office,¬†I want to go back to school and then some days I just want to be a stay at home mom.¬† (See….INDECISIVE!)¬†There is just so much that I want to do in my life. I used to feel like I never had enough time. It used to make me crazy. However, God really showed me last year that he has something so much better for me. Something that I don’t even realize I can do. Something that will not only fill me but fill others.¬† He has a Bluprint for my life.

11¬†For I know the plans I have for you,‚ÄĚ declares the Lord, ‚Äúplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”¬†

Jeremiah 29:11

I started reading Undaunted by Christine Caine and it really has been speaking to me. For once in my life I feel like I truly have a purpose.

2013 became the year of preparation and 2014 will be the year I live UNDAUNTED! 

Join me and live radically for Jesus!¬† He is the only one who can fill us up. He is the only one who will love even our imperfections. He is the one in which we find our salvation. He is where we find rest. He is the one…the only one!

This is my first post for the 2014 Blogger Challenge. I hope you were not disappointed! Let yourself be blessed this year! ūüėČ Love ya’ll and God bless! – Moni<3

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My Best of 2013 – New Year’s Eve

Yay for ending 2013 on a good note!  I have never felt more accomplished at the end of the year as I do now! So many good things happened in 2013!

I love it when bloggers do their “best of” posts. It’s cool to see other beauter’s go to products….beauters…is that a word?

Anyway, I decided to share my go to products of 2013. I hope you enjoy!

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I’ve become some what of a lipstick junkie¬†this past year.¬† I love how I can put on a winged eyeliner and a red lip and look fabulous and completely made up….yay for being lazy.¬† These are my top four of 2013.

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<a href="http://www.milanicosmetics.com/p-153-color-statement-lipstick.aspx#!prettyPhotoMilani in Uptown Mauve-$5.49 РI absolutely love this berry colored lipstick. It was great for fall this year. It lasts all day and is super creamy.  Kudos to Milani for this one!

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MAC Cosmetics – Lady Danger – $15.00 – I got this beauty for free! Thanks to the MAC recycling program!¬† This is my go to red! It is gorgeous, creamy and helps whiten my teeth! lol. This photo doesn’t even do this color justice…it is almost a borderline orangey color. It’s perfect.¬† This has to be my favorite favorite of 2013. Go buy it!

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Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss – I think I paid about $5 for this. This is the third lipstick I’ve bought from this¬†collection. They truly are long lasting with great pigmentation.¬† They don’t smell gross either!

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Shocking Coral Р$7.49 This has to be my favorite drugstore lipstick. I have about 4 from this collection and they are amazing!  This was my perfect summer color for 2013. Not only is the pigmentation great but it really moisturizes too. This is a winner winner chicken dinner for me!

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The next thing on my list is the Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay – $27.00 I got this¬†amazing piece of¬†palette¬†as a Christmas gift from my sister in law last year.¬† I have used the crap out of it.¬†This is¬†by far the best thing out of the¬†Naked collection.¬†It has all of the colors you need to create¬†both a sultry sexy look or a sweet natural look on the fly.¬† ¬† This baby is with me at all times. If you don’t have this….you need it!¬† Buy it now!

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Stila Make Me Blush Valentines Day Palette Р$16.99 This is kind of a cheat. This is the valentines day blush Stila made a couple of years ago. I bought it when it originally came out but I dropped it and along with breaking it, it broke my heart.  This has been my favorite blush since then. I was so excited to find it on Ebay this year so I bought two!  If you can get your hands on it I recommend it 100%!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Kit¬†– $25.00 THIS….THIS STUFF IS AMAZING!¬† Kudos to Anastasia Beverly Hills! You have officially won me 100% over!¬† This year I really got into my bushy eyebrows!¬† I have struggled with my eyebrows for as long as I can remember. They grow way to fast and way to thick. I have finally found the best waxer and the best product to help me maintain them!¬† I’m excited to try their other products.¬† I think this is my favorite product of 2013.

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I’ve used Voluminous mascara for as long as I can remember; however, I discovered The Rocket Mascara from Maybelline this year and it¬†is AHHHHMAZZZINGGG!¬† It gives me the volume and length I need and holds my curl¬†without clumping.¬†I think it¬†runs about¬†$7 or so. ¬†I pair it with my Tarte Eyelash Curler and I get the perfect eyelashes! This is¬†by far the best¬†curler I have ever used. I bought this¬†special edition one at¬†Ulta for $19 but¬†the original is only $16. Completely worth it. ¬†My lashes are ridiculously straight and ridiculously long and usually don’t like to cooperate with anything!

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The next thing on my list is my Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation¬†-$27 This is a given. I’ve used it for years and I will always love it!¬†I also started using Mac Mineralized Concealer-$20 It really helps with my baggage and dark circles. It really brightens my face up when I use it.¬† It’s a keeper for me!

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The next thing on my list goes with the previous items. It’s Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder and is about $5 or so. Once again, this is a given. I’ve used this for a while now! If you are oily then you will love this! It keeps me matte all day!

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The final thing on my Best of 2013 post is Beyond the Zone Rock On Volumizing Powder.¬† $7.49 Although this isn’t a cosmetic item I thought it was important to add this to the best of list.¬† My hair is absolutely flat. I’ve never had any volume in it. This little magic wonder will do amazing things to my hair. You just sprinkle it in and tease with a comb or your finger and POOF lasting volume!¬† It’s my only way to get TEXAS sized hair. ūüėČ
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I can go on and on about products I love but these take the taco! What are some of your favorite products this year?

Well, I guess until next year! ūüėČ
I hope ya’ll have a safe New Year’s Eve! Love y’all and may 2014 be full of blessings for you and your family! -Moni ‚̧

I decided to add some photos of some of my favorite moments of 2013 down below. Enjoy!

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Hillsong United Concert in Oklahoma City!
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Women of Faith Operation Tamales!
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Bluprint Marriages!
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Family and friends!
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…and the biggest blessing…worshipping with my church family.

Goodbye 2013, you were so good to me!

Abundantly Blessed Giveway Winner!

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It has been such a blessing hosting this giveaway! Thank you all for your comments, shares and tags! The winner of the leggings from Abundantly Blessed is Brandi E! I will email you with more information! Thank you so much to everyone who participated! Make sure and add Abundantly Blessed as a friend on Facebook!   I hope you all have a very merry CHRISTMAS!

God bless you all,
-Moni

I’m sorry this just posted! I’ve been in the middle of nowhere…aka Dimmitt, TX…visiting my family!¬† ūüôā

Hillsong Live – Anchor (Acoustic)

I just felt like I needed to share this song today.  Ask yourself this…without hope who would we be?

-Moni ‚̧

“Anchor”

I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You

With endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You

There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Unshakeable

Unchanging One
You who was and is to come
Your promise sure
You will not let go

Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You