Dec 25, 2015

Raspberry Cream Cheese Christmas Coffee Cake

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm a candy cane person.  It is such a classic symbol of Christmas!  So I decided to take a tasty holiday breakfast coffee cake and turn it into the shape of a candy cane!  It was super tasty and super festive!




Raspberry Cream Cheese Christmas Coffee Cake
yields 2 candy cane cakes

Cake Filling
3 (8 oz. each) pkgs. refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
21 oz. can raspberry pie filling


Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk


Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2.  Unroll crescent dough, flatten and seal the perforated edges, and arrange into a flat candy cane shape.  You will need approximately 1.25 packages of dough for each candy cane cake. (the extra will be used for topping stripes).
3.  Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla.  
4.  Spread half of the mixture evenly over each dough cane, leaving a small plain border (to keep everything from leaking overboard).
5.  Top each with half of the pie filling.  You can spread evenly, or swirl it.  Whichever you prefer.  I made one of each. :)  (you may want less than half, depending on your preference and design)
6.  Cut the remaining dough into strips, and arrange over filling evenly in diagonal striped pattern. Press ends along the border to seal edges. 
You can see the difference between the swirled and the evenly spread raspberry filling in these two photos.
7.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. 
8.  For glaze topping:  Mix powdered sugar and milk until glaze consistency and drizzle over coffee cake.
9.  Enjoy!


Merry Christmas!




Raspberry Cream Cheese Christmas Coffee Cake



yields 2 candy cane cakes

Cake & Filling
3 (8 oz. each) pkgs. refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
21 oz. can raspberry pie filling

Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk


Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2.  Unroll crescent dough, flatten and seal the perforated edges, and arrange into a flat candy cane shape.  You will need approximately 1.25 packages of dough for each candy cane cake. (the extra will be used for topping stripes).
3.  Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla.  
4.  Spread half of the mixture evenly over each dough cane, leaving a small plain border (to keep everything from leaking overboard).
5.  Top each with half of the pie filling.  You can spread evenly, or swirl it.  Whichever you prefer.  I made one of each. :)  (you may want less than half, depending on your preference and design)
6.  Cut the remaining dough into strips, and arrange over filling evenly in diagonal striped pattern. Press ends along the border to seal edges. 
7.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. 
8.  For glaze topping:  Mix powdered sugar and milk until glaze consistency and drizzle over coffee cake.
9.  Enjoy!

Dec 1, 2015

Christmas Candy Cane Centerpiece

Candy canes are an iconic element at Christmas time.  The shape, the classic red and white stripes, the peppermint flavour that is added to everything over the holidays... You can't go anywhere without seeing one these days.

 I love the Christian symbolism that helps remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  Have you ever heard this poem?
'Look at the Candy Cane.
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus My Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!'
Isn't that a great poem to help teach children about Christ and the reason for the season?

So why not use them to make a beautiful and elegant centerpiece for your table? 




Start with a clear vase, the same height as the candy cane.  I used a square vase, but you could easily convert this to other shapes (like circles, ovals, hearts..).  Line it with candy canes, all the way around.  Next, wrap a red ribbon around the outside, and tie a big bow.  I used a wired ribbon, to help make the bow keep its shape.




Once the vase is decorated, fill with your favourite Christmas flowers.  I find it best to stick with red and white floral with deep greenery.  In my opinion, it keeps the colour combination in line with the candy canes, and keeps it on the elegant side.




Doesn't it look great on the table?  I like it so much that I tend to move it wherever I go so I can continue looking at it throughout my house.  :)  

Merry Christmas!

Nov 22, 2015

Moving Card

Being in a military family, we are quite accustomed to saying goodbye.  It happens all year long...goodbye as we move to a new location; goodbye when others move away; goodbye to our families that we don't get the privilege of living near; goodbye to a spouse who deploys.  Really, saying goodbye is the one constant we can count on.

Not that it makes it any easier.  This is one area where practice definitely does NOT make perfect.

Regardless of how difficult it inevitably is, people move away.  As a simple gesture showing them how much we love them, I decided to make a card for some friends of ours that were moving away.  It wasn't much, but I think it represented that we care and will really miss them.



U-haul truck with stamps "We Will Miss you". 


My stamped personal card logo on the back. 

We will miss you!!!!