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Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Crazy, crazy hump day ! ! !

Had to start my day with an MRI first thing thing at 7:45. Having it done on my coccyx and lower pelvic region. I have been having some major pain and at times I can barely walk. It's not sciatica as have been through some horrendous injections and manipulations with no relief at all. The MRI noise sent my head into an intense migraine. I went from there to the lab and I barely sat down and the alarms went off, announcing that there was a Code red in the ER! Fire alarm! ! ! !

The alarms continued to blast, turning my head into a time bomb ready to explode and then after what seemed to be ages, it stopped! ! ! They were doing a test! ! ! Thank you very much. 


from there it just got worse. My doctor  changed my pain meds to something that would actually help my pain. At first I thought it was going to be the just the ticket. NOT ! I started to itch like a mad woman and welts started to develop all over an the itching was intense and it was everywhere from the bottom of my feet to my eyes and scalp. It was even in the worst possible areas.  I called the ER and asked if I could mix the pain med with Benadryl. He said he couldn't advise me over the phone but in a roundabout way he said that he had heard that people had taken it that way before and they felt better. I told him I understood and thanked him and I am now laying in bed comfortably and I am going to say my prayers and thank God for giving me  some relief.

Thank you God and now I am going to say,
Goodnight and sleep well. I will. See you all in the morning light.
Goodnight my friend's,
Goodnight........zzzzzzzzzz

        

                                          

Whew !

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy Hump day everyone. Hope your week is going great so far.




I am so glad that so many of you friends and family are visiting my blog but I would so much love to hear from you. Even a hello or love or didn't care for your blog. Its just nice to get some feedback. I am trying to break away from spending so much time on Facebook, but I miss the interaction between you and I. Feel free to share anything on my blogs and I hope to see some of my old friends stopping by again. 
Hope you liked the first recipe. I will be sharing the Key lime Cheesecake recipe this weekend. See you then.

Baxter and Phoebe say Have a Woofy Great Day.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


As I Promised I am going to share this recipe with you. It is
 one of my very favorite cakes. I make it for  very special occasions and also for others upon request. It's not a quick 
easy cake but you should have no problems if you follow the
recipe I give. It takes two days do it right.
Make it when you're not in a hurry and your
family will love it and so will you.

 Red Velvet Cheesecake



INGREDIENTS;

CHEESECAKE;

Two (8 - ounce ) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

RED VELVET CAKE

2 1/2 cups all purpose flout
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ( not Dutch process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temp
1/12 cups vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup red food coloring. I use less just because I don't feel its all that necessary to be
dark red.... just by choice.
2 teaspoons white vinegar.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted lightly to remove any lumps
Two (8 ounce) packages Cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 unsalted butter, at room temp
1 tablespoon  Vanilla extract.

Method:

1. Prepare the cheesecake layer: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place a large roasting pan on the lower third rack of the oven. Place a kettle of water on the stove to boil. Spray a 9 inch springform pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Wrap a double layer of foil around the bottom and up the sides of the pan. ( you want to seal it so the water from the water bath doesn't seep into the pan) In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese - blend until it is nice and smooth and creamy.Mix in sugar and salt blend for 2 minutes , scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition. Finally mix in sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan into the roasting pan in the pre=heatd oven. Carefully pour the hot water from your kettle into the roasting pan ( it will fill the pan surrounding the cheesecake). Pour enough water so that there is about an inch of water coming up the foil along the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly. Remove the cheesecake from the roasting pan and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. When it has cooled, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely. This can be done in several hours or overnight. 

2. Prepare the cake layer? Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 =inch round metal baking baking pans ( or spray with nonstick baking spray with flour). In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar to the flour mixture. Using and electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape side and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pans, dividing equally. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pans, then invert cakes onto a rack to cool completely.

3. Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, using a electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy ( do not overbeat).

4. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer into the center of a cake plate or platter. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, take off the sides of the pan, and slide a knife under the parchment to remove the cheesecake from the pan. Peel off the parchment. Measure your cheesecake layer against the cake layers. If the cheesecake layer turns out to be a little larger round than your cake, move it to a cutting board and gently shave off some of the exterior of the cheesecake to get it to the same size as your cake layers. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the first cake layer. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake. 

Frosting the cake and applying  a crumb coat layer to the to the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of of frosting. Be sure to wipe off your spatula each time you are about to dip it back into the bowl to get more frosting ( this way you won't be transferring any red crumbs into the bowl of frosting)  Don't worry at this point about the crumbs being visible in the frosting on the cake. When your cake has a thin layer of frosting all over it, place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to " set"  the frosting. Once the first layer of frosting is set, apply the 2nd layer. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. 
Because you applied a crumb-coat layer you shouldn't have any red crumbs floating around in the final frosting layer.

Tip: I trim a little bit off the top of the bottom layer to use for the crumb portion. You can also use Red Velvet Rose cookies for the crumb crust. Also, I took plastic wrap and put it around the crumb covered sides and pushed the crumbs firmly onto the cream cheese frosting layer.

Soooo.... the rest is up to you. My first one came out great.



Yummers! ! ! and Enjoy!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Welcome back to my Primitive Nest.



 Welcome back to my Primitive Nest. 

Yes We're BACKKKKK ! ! ! ! 




Okay, since I am getting away from the infamous Facebook, I am going to be needing another outlet for my friends and family to stay in touch with me and the Fam. being Greg my dear sweet hubby, the fur babies and me. 

This blog will be more about the goings on around here where my other one punchdrunkneedleworks.blogspot.com. is more about my quilting, sewing, crocheting and other creative needleworks.

So my friends. please drop by for good recipes, tips, and what have ya to pass on. 

You will discover that Cheesecake is my weakness and I love them all but I do have my favorites.
 I will be sharing recipes and more. 
Baxter and Phoebe will always be here to give you all 
the great MacKay welcome. Hugs and stop by often.
Baxter                                      Phoebe            
                                  

Whoops!!! Looks like I better get busy. Hahah

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Punch Drunk Needle Works: MY SAVING GRACE

Punch Drunk Needle Works: MY SAVING GRACE: Oh my gosh, If God ever created tools this was one of them. I can thread a needle with my eyes closed. Seriously. This is the most awesome Needle threader I have ever used. It is made by Clover.
http://www.anniescatalog.com/list.html?criteria=clover+needle+threader&go.x=2&go.y=2
check this out. You will wonder how you ever got along without it.