Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Special Day Today.....of What The Lord Can Do!

Hi all you sweet ladies!

First I have to say thank you to those who have wished us a Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!! We were married at 9:59 (don't ask me why.....we were young?) in the morning 38 years ago on the farm we live at. Don't freak by this picture! If you would like to see our story, I have written it  the last few years on my blog. It is a story of redemption! You may go Here August 2010, and Here August 2011. I am not proud of my past, but am thankful for a gracious Heavenly Father who sent His Son to redeem my life and my sweet mans! My whole family has come to Christ thru repentance and think He took one young lady a precious sweet man and used our lives, because we said "yes"....I am forever humbled!  If we let Him, He loves to make all things new and washes us clean by Jesus' shed blood! I love my sweet man and he loves me......what a blessing! It will be a special day.... even if we are at the college!!!!!! 

Okay.........I finally have the recipe for you for the........ 

Tressa made these up and it was a hit with the college kids. It would be wonderful for a special dinner also! It might look hard, but it is not! Apples should be available at the stores for fall! Sometimes cheaper also. 

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 T. sugar
1/2 tea. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. unbleached flour
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium blow, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. /Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 1 T. sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with homemade caramel and serve cool. Enjoy!

Found the recipe HERE

The recipe asked for carmel topping, but we don't care for that. We like making our own using this recipe we found some time back in a MaryJane Farm Magazine. 

Holiday Caramels
1 cup cream
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Line an 8" square pan with 2 sheets of crisscrossed parchment paper.
2. Combine cream, sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy 3 to 4 quart saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook , stirring, until the mixture reaches 245 degrees on a candy thermometer.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts (optional). Immediately pour into prepared pan, and allow to cool at least 2 hours or overnight.
4. After carmel has cooled, remove from pan and cut into 4 equal lengths; then cut each length into 10 equal pieces.
5. Wrap each piece in a 4" square of waxed paper, or store between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container. 

I made the Sandhill Plum Jelly tonight! Oh my is it wonderful! I will announce the winner when I get home. You all can still sign up whoever hasn't until noon central time!!!!!

Hugs to your day! 


  1. Hi Linda,
    I am so rejoicing with you for the grace of God you are experiencing as you back to to the college. I'm sure it's tough, but also I feel you have a real ministry may God bless your every contact and interaction there! And give you all joy in it!

    And, I would love the sand plum jelly if you drew my name! (smile!)

    God bless you,

  2. Oh my stinkin' heck! The caramel apple cheesecake?! I will never lose the last five pounds now!

    I love your love story! I've read it before and it's so like mine. I'm so very, very grateful for a merciful and gracious Father who loves me way more than I deserve. He has blessed me with an amazing hubby and five kiddos and some days, I still can't believe it. (Some days, I really can-when everything's a wreck- but that's beside the point!)

  3. I love your wedding clothes!!
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure it has either led others or planted many a seed. I used to work in a preg crisis and so many times girls were so discouraged, but to hear the story of a woman who turned her life around for Christ gave them hope and a goal.

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    God is truely awesome!!

  5. Happy anniversary to you both!
    Your wedding dress was beautiful! do you still have it?

  6. Hope you are doing something special for you anniversary! Thank you for the caramel apple bar recipe and also for the lemon bar one! Always love these lemon bars!
    Have a blessed and sweet day! Look at the time! Work day is almost over! Yea!
    Hugs! :)

  7. Happy Happy Anniversary!!!! To the two greatest people I personally know. Thanks for loving all of us kids and giving of yourselves. Thank you for showing us what it takes to make a marriage work in this day and age. I love you both so much and hope and pray that you both have 38 more wonderful years together. I know that the Lord will continue to bless because you have both been so faithful. Love you Mom and Dad

    Your oldest Jason

  8. Loved reading your stories. I went back an read the last 3 of your anniversary post. Sweet!!!! GOD is good and HE can make anything new again. HE is a mighty GOD.

  9. My goodness I came over and left messages previously! Oh this blogger is a stinker! I wished you and your honey a beautiful anniversary! Our oldest daughter will be married 12 years this year! We are very proud of her God has blessed your marriage! I love this photo! Sweet!


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