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An Easy Recipe (November 19, 2007 - 5:19 p.m.)

Well. The Sunday Thanksgiving lunch at church turned out pretty well. There was some awesome food, as always. Christi came to church with us and even stood on the stage and sang with the praise team. That's how good she's doing after this surgery!

And the sopapilla cheesecake turned out marvelously! It was a hit. I'm making another one for Thursday. It's super easy and quite tasty. I'll post the recipe at the end.

Today, Christi got out and drove a little. Took Stephanie to 24-hr fitness and even got on the exercise bike for a few minutes (very mildly, she promised). Oh, yeah...Stephanie is out of school for the week. Then they picked up some Subway for lunch.

In baseball news, there is tremendous, and I do mean Tremendous news! Reports say that Mike Lowell and the Red Sox have reached an agreement, which means that Lowell will remain on the Sox for three more years. This basically keeps this season's championship team intact for next year. Of course things can still happen during the off season, trades, etc. Manny, no doubt will want to be traded at some point. Happens every year. Somehow, they manage to placate him and he stays. "Manny being Manny."

Stephanie and I will be going to Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark in January, and next year, we will also attend the Sluggers of the West Awards Dinner the Friday night before. We've never attended this event before, so that should be lots of fun.

We are also making plans to return to Boston again next August for another visit to baseball Heaven, Fenway Park. Once again, we are planning our trip for when the Rangers are in Boston. Hopefully, we will also get to visit Walden Pond on this trip. Christi and I saw it about seven years ago, on our whirlwind tour of New England. It's in Concord, MA, along with the cemetery in which Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Thoreau are buried. Hawthorne's birthplace can be seen in Salem, just north of Boston, along with the real "House of the Seven Gables."'s the recipe for Sopapilla Cheesecake.


2 8-oz packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cans of crescent rolls (pillsbury-type)
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cup sugar (separated into 1 cup and 1/2 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon (I actually used 1/2 tbsp)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out and press one can of rolls into the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. I sprayed some "Pam-like" stuff in first. Mix cream cheese, vanilla, and one cup sugar until smooth and creamy. Spread over first layer of crescent rolls. Put second layer of crescent rolls on top of cream cheese mixture. Melt butter, mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon with butter. Pour over top of second layer of crescent rolls. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Can be served warm or at room temperature.

There you go. Enjoy.

Oh, and one friend wanted to know what my favorite thing to cook is. That's a tough one. I think it's tie between my baked ziti recipe and this thing I make with chicken, onions and bell peppers, kind of stir-fried, on top of rice. I also enjoy cooking chili, but I use a canned mix for my chili. If you're interested, it's made by Rotel, simply called "Chili Fixins." 1 can of Chili Fixins, one can of tomato sauce and 1 pound of ground beef (we use extra lean) makes a quite delicious chili.

TTFN, y'all!!

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