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Changes and Resolutions

2010 rocked. I hope 2011 will bring even more great things to everyone.

I plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing all along — writing, learning, working on my degree. Not to mention being a mom 🙂

So, to start, I’m doing Editpalooza through Savvy Authors 

For the month of January, I’ll be working with a dedicated critique partner and an editor to get one of my novels into shape. It’s currently in pretty horrible first draft form. Lesson 1 was a complete read through from page 1 to The End. Oh, man, is it in bad shape.

So, for the next two weeks, I’ll be concentrating on rewriting the darn thing. It’s bound to be interesting.

Then, I’m going to start submitting to NY Agents once more. Let’s hope this time around I’m a bit luckier, LOL.

What do you have on your resolution list?

Day after Sleepiness

Hope ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving.

Mine was wonderful. Today, we’re just hanging out, playing games with the kids and eating plenty of yummy leftovers.

See ya next week.

Pumpkin, Chocolate and Cheesecake

Any or all of the above is good all year long. But the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more there seems to be around.

I love pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cheesecake rocks. But above all, I’m a chocolate freak.

This year, as my family’s traditional Pie Lady, I decided to combine all three loves.

I’m making a Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake in addition to Pecan, Fruit, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mousse. I found the recipe online, but like everything else I cook, I changed it up to make it my own.

Ingredients:

1 Graham Cracker Pie Shell (Bought or homemade)

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

4 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup half-and-half or 3/4 cup light cream

chopped chocolate

1 Tub Cool Whip

Prep Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 1 1/2 hrs

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2 In medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg; beat on low speed until smooth.

3 Spread cream cheese mixture in the crust.

4 Sprinkle with the chopped chocolate.

5 In a bowl combine pumpkin, brown sugar and spice.

6 Stir in 4 eggs.

7 Gradually stir in half and half.

8 Slowly pour pumpkin mixture onto the chocolate layer.

9 Bake 60-65 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

10 Refrigerate to cool

11 Add layer of Cool Whip

12 Top with more chopped chocolate

I’ll let you know how it turns out, since this first one is for home 🙂

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