Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake covered with Leaves of Chocolate

“I CELEBRATE MYSELF, AND SING MYSELF.  AND WHAT I ASSUME, YOU SHALL ASSUME.  FOR EVERY ATOM BELONGING TO ME AS GOOD BELONGS TO YOU.”  Walt Whitman

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake with Chocolate Leaves | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY BiRtHdAy To Me!!!

I LOVE my birthdayIt always feels like such a special day to me, because even though I know that I’m not the only one in the world celebrating a birthday today, I TREAT myself as if I am the only one celebrating a birthday today!  Every year I make myself a different kind of cake.  I have yet to make anything pumpkin this season, so I thought today would be a fitting day for some pumpkin cheesecake!  I added a splash (or two!) of bourbon, cuz I am in celebration mode after all!  And I used a pecan shortbread crust.  But my favorite thing about this cake are the chocolate and white chocolate leaves!  Actually, it was the hike in the woods to pick the leaves that I enjoyed the most!   This upcoming year, I am going to take the time to find something special in every day.  And celebrate more for no reason at all!!!  There are so many good things in life to embrace……this cake is just one of them!  This year for my birthday, I treated myself to ……… [Read more...]

Tequila Mockingbird

Tequilla Mockingbird | From My Sweet Heart

  • 3 ounces of apple cider
  • 1 ounce of white tequila ( I used Cazadores Reposado)
  • 1 ounce of creme de cassis
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Fill a shaker 2/3 full with ice.  Add the apple cider, tequila, creme de cassis, and lemon juice.  Shake well.  Place 4-6 ice cubes in an old fashioned size glass and strain the drink over the top.  Garnish with fresh apple slices if desired.

There is one thing I can tell you about myself for sure and that is that I am a HUGE classic literature buff!  Actually, buff may be too kind and nerd like may be more appropriate!  I have read To Kill a Mockingbird 4 times.  Once as a teenager, and once as an adult; and then once each when my boys read this novel in high school.  It has always been one of my all time favorites!  So when I saw the name of this drink…..it naturally caught my eye!  I wanted a sweet fall drink, but was not quite in the mood for the warm ciders and mulled wines just yet.  I stumbled upon this cocktail recipe and at first glance of the ingredients I thought…..how in the world do these work together in the same drink?  And the answer is BRILLIANTLY!!!  This is my absolute new favorite fall drink!  The tequila does something to mellow out the sweetness of the cider.  The cassis deepens the color of the drink. (Look at the color of the pitcher of cider in the background compared to what’s in the glass!)  And the lemon juice adds a bright freshness to it all!  This is extremely refreshing and not overly sweet.  I’ll definitely be drinking this until cider season is over!

So as I was on my deck taking pictures…..look who crashed the photo shoot…..LITERALLY!

This poor little guy tried to enter my family room via a closed window!  He fell to the deck, stunned, and I feared that he was injured.   And he just sat there for the longest time…breathing kind of fast….and unable or unwilling to fly.  I was on my belly right in front of him taking this picture.  He didn’t look hurt…but he wouldn’t move!  So I went inside and got online and got the numbers for the animal rescue in my area.  But just as I began to dial the phone….he turned, got his puffy leg back into position…and flew away!  

So enjoy this drink while listening to a clip from THE DIXIE CHICKSAnd one of my favorite songs  LET HIM FLY.

Chocolate Nemesis

“YOU ARE MY SWEETEST DOWNFALL.  I LOVED YOU FIRST…I LOVED YOU FIRST.”  Regina Spektor

Chocolate Nemesis | From My Sweet Heart

The dictionary defines nemesis as ‘the inescapable or implacable agent of someone or something’s downfall.’  And for me….that usually amounts to pastry dough!  But I have to tell you, this chocolate conqueror, well…….you won’t want to escape!  This fabulous dessert is a delicious cross between a flourless chocolate cake and an Italian budino.  It is rich, creamy, fudgey and very intensely chocolate!   And I’m not ashamed to tell you that this is just what I needed after a chaotic week of sorting out my behind the scenes blog woes!  This may be exactly what you need, too. . . . . [Read more...]

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing

“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.”  William Cullen Bryant

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

With fall baking comes pies!  Lots of pies!  I love pie and I love making them.  And the finished product is always so impressive.  But when you just want an itty bitty bite…. it’s hard to cut yourself just a little sliver.  You know what I mean!  That piece of pie, which is so tall and full and stands so proud on your plate…..well as delicious as it may be ….it’s reduced to a fruity crumbly mess when you try to cut just a thin slice.  So here is all of the goodness of a pie, in this case pear, in a flatter form.  I’ve cut these into little pie wedges; but you can cut them into bars or squares.  So cut yourself a small piece ….because you’ll still have the bottom crust, the top crust and all that great fruit in between!  And the interesting ingredient in this recipe (at least to me) was…….. [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter and Cranberries

“MY DREAM IS TO BECOME A FARMER.  JUST A BOHEMIAN GUY PULLING UP HIS OWN SWEET POTATOES FOR DINNER.”  Lenny Kravitz

Sweet Potato Strudel with Brown Butter & Cranberries | From My Sweet Heart

I am with Lenny on this quote! There is so much I would be willing to give up just to live life more simply.  You know how complicated life can feel sometimes.  The more we can simplify, the better off we are, right?

Well this sweet potato strudel recipe is very simple.  But it doesn’t compromise in flavor.  It’s a simple combination of sweet potatoes, carrots, brown butter, golden raisins, cranberries, pecans, salt and pepper! And that’s it!  All rolled up in puff pastry and it doesn’t get any easier or more satisfying than this! 

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