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May 22, 2014

We Made Room For Dessert 13 - Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites

We made room to have dessert this week!  I am not much of a baker or dessert maker, but when I saw the recipe for these on Pinterest I knew even I could make these.  Plus they sounded deliciously decadent!  You can find the original recipe here, on Julie's Eats & Treats.  Find the my pin here.

Cheesecake, apple pie, yummy glaze... What's not to like?  Super easy, I modified the recipe a little for what I had on hand.  You can sub whatever pie filling is your favorite, and I had the idea as well that subbing Nutella for pie filling would be AMAZING.  The original glaze is just two ingredients (super simple), but I added cinnamon and vanilla as well to mine to amp up the flavor factor.

I had my bf and a girlfriend try it... They both loved it.  I think you will love it too!!!

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites


  • Cheesecake *** Important note - this cheesecake filling is amazing, and if you doubled the recipe, a great idea would be to use it as a dip for fruit (try it!)
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs milk
  • Assembly
  • 1 package of cresent rolls (mine contained 8)
  • 1 can pie filling (I used Comstock Caramel Apple)
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Grease muffin tin.
Mix together cheesecake ingredients until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
Unroll and separate cresent rolls.  Place one in each muffin tin. Top with a spoonful of pie filling.  Top with a spoonful of cheesecake mixture.  Fold corners of cresents over top.  Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.
Mix together all ingredients of glaze until smooth.  Drizzle over top of bites.

May 13, 2014

Special Post - Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe

We are doing something new this week!  Instead of me cooking, my friend Sarah (the one you saw get 2nd place in the chili cook-off contest), did the cooking.  Sarah has to follow a gluten free diet, and with so many other people now who are on the GF plan I thought it would be fun to have a GF recipe here on No Room For Dessert.  So I send Sarah a lot of pins I think she might find interesting, and last week she decided to make the recipe I found her for spaghetti squash casserole.  She added her own spin to the original recipe (which you can find here.) by adding sauteed mushrooms and onions, chicken, and then putting in extra garlic, basil, and oregano.  Sarah also added Parmesan in addition to the mozzarella.  She declared that it came out delicious, and sweet friend that she is, brought me some leftovers to try so that I can see how it tastes!

I was so happy when I tasted it!  Sarah did a great job.  If you leave out the chicken this is a good vegetarian meal.  If you subbed ground beef for chicken, you would have a great potluck dish.  You could also add in other veggies such as broccoli, carrots, or zucchini.  This is a totally customizable dish, and I hope you try it soon!

 1 spaghetti squash

1 egg, beaten
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch basil leaves, finely chopped
1 tbs oregano
3 cups baby spinach
1 package mushrooms, sliced or chopped
1 onion, diced
1 lb chicken breast, diced and sauteed
1 8 oz package shredded mozzarella
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup pasta sauce (pick your favorite, jarred or homemade)

Preheat oven to 375.
Prep squash.  Slice in half, scoop out seeds.  Wrap in plastic wrap and microwave for 8 minutes.  Let cool before handling.  Use a fork to shred out flesh, it will look like spaghetti!
While squash is cooking, saute mushrooms and onions together until tender.  Once squash is done, and onions and mushrooms have been cooked mix together all ingredients except sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.  Smooth in to a baking dish.  Top with one cup of pasta sauce.  First sprinkle mozzarella on top, and then the Parmesan.  Bake casserole for 25 minutes.
Special thanks to Sarah Eastburn for making and photographing this recipe!  Your efforts were well worth it!!!

May 5, 2014

Restaurant Review 18 - San Jose's Original Mexican Restaurant

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  In celebrating today, I thought I would write a post about Mexican food.  I recently moved and there is a great little Mexican place close to my house.  It is not the best Mexican food I ever had, but is pretty good, and more than satisfies my cravings.  
San Jose's Original Mexican Restaurant has three locations in the metro Orlando area.  One is Clermont, one in Ocoee, and one in Altamonte Springs.  In addition to sitting down at one of the locations to eat, San Jose's offers both carry-out and catering.  You can find more out about the restaurant, including hours and addresses by visiting their website.
As you may have guessed by reading this blog, I LOVE enchiladas.  San Jose's offers a dinner platter with 5 different enchiladas, called Enchiladas Supreme.  They are topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.  They also offer lettuce, but I am still in the phase where I cannot stand warm lettuce so I ask them not to put it on my order.  They are very accommodating there, and instead of getting all 5 different varieties, I get my plate with 3 cheese and 2 shredded beef.  Yum!
They have a lot of standard fair, including tacos, burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and quesadillas.  There is a whole section of House Specialties, and Monday through Saturday they have a lunch menu.  There are also daily specials.I am going to be trying the fajitas on my next visit, we saw someone order them the last time I was there, and they looked and smelled delicious.
San Jose's California burrito is enormous.  If you are especially hungry, this is the burrito for you.  You get your choice of meat, and sauce for the top.
The chimichangas are delish, fried to perfection, and a much more reasonable size.  My friend was so enamored with hers that she ordered it again the next time she went.
I did not try them yet, but the quesadillas are said to be quite tasty. 
Service is a hit or miss sometimes.  On a Sunday visit, our server was prompt, attentive, and sent over other workers when he was busy to make sure our party's needs were met.  One Saturday when it was just me and my bf we got excellent service, but on another Saturday, the service was poor.  I am fairly confident this was due to a bit of a language barrier.  The server did try to make up for this by not charging us for our drinks. 
Give them a try if you are near one of their locations.  It's worth a visit where you will get a tasty meal!