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A few new things

It seems that I often find myself trying to come up with ideas to utilize partial amounts of ingredients such as part of a can of evaporated milk, a cup of spaghetti sauce, or half a block of cream cheese. I recently ran across a recipe that would utilize that half block of cream cheese that was in the fridge and decided to try it. The result was these delicious Cream Cheese Brownies. I saw the recipe on the America's Test Kitchen TV show on PBS. We thought the brownies were delicious and I plan to definitely add this recipe to my file.


I needed to make a dessert for a church function recently and I tried a new recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Cake from the King Arthur flour website. It too was very tasty. It helped use up some fall apples that were starting to shrivel a bit. The frosting is especially good.


Hyacinths are one of my favorite flowers. I found this bulb in the vase at the grocery store a couple weeks ago and we have enjoyed watching it grow and finally bloom. It smells wonderful! After it wilts Rob will plant it out in the yard to add to our collection. Forcing spring bulbs is one of my favorite after Christmas traditions. It makes it seem like spring truly is approaching soon. 🙂


Anything new going on at your house?


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2 Comments on “A few new things”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Feb 4th, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    The Cream Cheese Brownies sound really terrific – but I would have to buy some cream cheese! I am trying to clean out frig and pantry items, too! The tips at the bottom of the recipe about dolloping and swirling were quite helpful I thought.

  2. #2 Deb
    on Feb 5th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Becka, That cream cheese brownie looks right up my alley! Of all the desserts in the world, I’d pick a brownie over anything else. And adding cream cheese can only make it extra special!

    I’m in your neck of the woods for a few days trying to help out with my mom in rehab. I wasn’t due to come yet, but I thought she needed some encouragement. So I’m catching up on blogs tonight. Thanks for your post.

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