Thursday, March 15, 2012


Sorry we haven't posted in a little while!  I'm hoping to get more recipes up within a few days!  Please click on the blog button "Candles and Chandeliers" on the lower, right side of this page to read my latest post on my other blog.  I think it is really important and want everyone to see it.  Thanks!  Jennifer

Friday, March 2, 2012

Emily's Party Part III 2012 (Ham Delights and Curry Chicken Salad)

Ham Delights

     This is one of my absolute FAVORITE sandwiches! A lady named Gay McLeod at our church first introduced them to me a couple of years ago, and several months ago I got the recipe from my good friend, Emilee. We've made these delights numerous times since, and the recipe is so easy!

(the Ham Delights are the sandwiches in
the background- for some reason we didn't get a close up of those!)

 Ham Delights

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 of a small onion, finely diced
sliced Deli Ham
sliced cheese of your choice (we like to use provolone)
1 bag of dinner rolls or 1 loaf of bread

Mix first 5 ingredients (butter, mustard, W. sauce, poppy seeds, and onion) until well combined.

Split rolls and spread the sauce on both the top and bottom of the inside of the roll. Place ham and cheese in the rolls and place on cookie sheet.

One of our friends, Julie, and myself spreading the sauce on the dinner rolls.

These just need some cheese!

Place in the oven at 250 degrees for about five minutes, or until bread is lightly toasted and cheese is melted. Serve immediately and enjoy!


                                                                                                           ~ Hayden
Curry Chicken Salad
The first time I had these was several years ago at a Mother's Day luncheon.  The hostess was a former caterer who gave me the recipe.  Although we served the chicken salad on dinner rolls, they are the BEST on croissants from the deli!  The chicken salad is on the right.  These are pimento cheese sandwiches in the front.


Several chicken breasts (I used about ten since it was for a party and I wanted leftovers)
red, seedless grapes
two yellow apples (mildly sweet and soft skin)
red curry powder
shelled and crushed pecans
a jar of mayo
optional:  diced celery (I leave this out)
               croissants/dinner rolls 

Start prepping your ingredients:  boil chicken, cool, skin and remove bones, and chop.

Save your "chicken water" in the freezer for soup!

Find a couple of urchins to shell your pecans or buy some!

A large bowlful of white, chopped chicken

A new bottle of curry powder

Shake the curry in like crazy until it all looks speckled like this.

I used almost half the container for all this chicken.  Don't worry, it won't be that spicy!  It needs a lot.

Chop your fruit.

I cut the grapes in half.

It took an entire bunch for this large amount of chicken.

I diced my yellow (they look green here) apples.

Mix them in.

Get your pecans.

Crush them.

I used over an entire jar of mayonnaise.  The chicken soaks it up like crazy.  I used about a jar and a half for this large batch.

So yummy.  It looks like ordinary chicken salad, but it has so much flavor from the curry and the fruit.  Taste and add salt as needed.

Emily and her friend Nikki construct the sandwiches a couple of hours before the party.

Remember that pimento cheese spread from the tea party?  We made sandwiches for the party with that too.  For your encouragement, I have posted pictures of my ten year old, Sammy, who made the entire thing by himself.  To see the recipe see our tea party post!

Don't forget the salt, pepper, and one quick shake of hot sauce!

Then Jesse said to his son David, "Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp.  And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them."  I Samuel 17:17-18


Emily's Birthday Party Part II (Chocolate Cheesecake)

Hayden's favorite dessert. 

     If you like rich, need a whole glass of milk, chocolately goodness; this cake may be one you'd like to try.  Even folks who don't like cheesecake seem to like this!  This needs to cool overnight, so remember to make this ahead of time.

Here Hayden is making flowers to decorate the cheesecake the day before while Sammy works on his math.

To see the recipe for candy flowers, click here.

This is the cookbook where I found this recipe.  I have probably made this at least once a year since then!

1 cup crushed chocolate wafer crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, strawberries, or any other type of decoration
springform pan
spray Pam
aluminum foil
a large cake pan that the springform pan can fit inside

Cover outside of springform pan with aluminum foil for extra protection against water leakage during baking.  Cheesecake will be baked in a "water bath".

Crush chocolate wafers.

Combine 1 cup of crushed wafers with 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Stir in 3 tablespoons of melted butter.  Save any leftover crushed wafers from your bag for a yummy ice cream topping.
Spray springform pan with Pam.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Press wafer mixture into the bottom of pan.  Place pan in refrigerator.

Melt the chocolate chips over low heat and stir until smooth.  Set aside.

In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. 

Add flour and beat well.

Add eggs and beat on low just until combined.

Stir in vanilla.
Stir in melted chocolate.

Pour over crust.

Place springform pan inside another pan and carefully add water around the sides.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until center is set.  This will prevent your cheesecake from splitting.

Ah, the Wand tradition:  licking the chocolate pot clean.  Where is everyone?

Uh oh, Emily just happened to walk down the stairs and catch Joey!

Gotcha!  Time to share, Kiddo!
The cheesecake cooling.  Notice the foil has been removed to get any water away from the cake as soon as possible.

After ten minutes, slice gently around the sides.  Wait another hour.  Chill overnight.

Place cheesecake on decorative plate and remove the sides of your springform pan.
Hayden decorated this cheesecake with whipped cream and her chocolate flowers.  In the past, we have also topped the cake with mini chocolate chips and drizzled chocolate syrup in a criss cross pattern across the chips after piping the whipped cream.

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.  Proverbs 17:1