Cover: “Rise of the Phoenix” by Shadow Stephens

GORGEOUS Cover art on this book. Love to have such a work of art on mine!

Cover: “Rise of the Phoenix” by Shadow Stephens.

Yummy Turtle Cheesecake Bars

Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake Bars

Turtle Cheesecake Crust:

  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Toppings:

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 11-oz bag caramel candy, unwrapped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons milk, divided

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, so parchment extends over long side of pan. In a bowl, mix crust ingredients together with a fork; press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust for 20 minutes; while crust bakes, prepare filling.
Cream together cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. After crust bakes, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour filling over chocolate chips and return to oven; bake for 50 minutes.

Allow cheesecake to cool for about hour, then place in refrigerator to chill overnight.

When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from pan using parchment paper and place on serving platter, then prepare toppings:
Toast pecans in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl, along with 4 tablespoons milk.
Microwave in 30 second intervals until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth. Pour caramel sauce over cheesecake and immediately sprinkle on toasted and chopped pecans. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons milk, and microwave in 30 second intervals, about 2 minutes total. Stir until smooth and drizzle over caramel-pecan topping.
Allow chocolate to set before serving.

Homemade Twix Bars

Hello Wolff Pack!

I’ve decided to add a recipe or two a week as well, after all, even Aliments and Cambiare have to eat. Here is one that sounds scrumptious!

Homemade Twix Bars

For the Shortbread layer

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

For the Caramel layer

  • 2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Chocolate layer

  • 3 cups chopped milk chocolate or dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional)

Directions

1) FOR THE CRUST: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan lightly with cooking spray, or line with parchment, and set aside.

2) In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour. At first the mixture may seem dry, but will come together as you continue to beat at medium speed.

3) Take the dough (it will be somewhat stiff) and press it evenly into the pan. Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.

4) Prick the crust all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape and the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.

5) Bake the crust until it’s lightly golden brown on top and the edges are deeper golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set it aside to cool completely.

6) FOR THE CARAMEL LAYER: Melt the caramel and cream over low heat in a small saucepan. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and firm up.

7) FOR THE CHOCOLATE LAYER: Melt the milk or dark chocolate slowly in a double boiler or over very low heat. If it seems very thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to thin it. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread to cover all of the caramel. Return to the fridge until the chocolate is well set. Cut into 2″ x 2″ squares to serve. It’s best to store these bars in the refrigerator.

8) These bars can also be cut and dipped in milk chocolate to resemble Twix ® bars. After the caramel layer has chilled firm, cut down the length of the pan, splitting the bars into two long, narrow bars. Then cut each long strip into “fingers”. Dip the chilled bars into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set for several hours.

An Angelic Devotee.

Hardly angelic, though I’ve been known to take men to heaven…figuratively speaking of course.

The name’s Evangilique. I’m not really sure what you all want to know. Hmmm…I guess I can start by saying, I’m human. I know. One might think this makes me subservient to my “master”. Bullshit. I’m no one’s pet. I serve because I CHOOSE to, not by the behest of someone else.

Granted, I’m not exactly your typical Vessel. In fact, I have never actually been merely a Vessel. I was born a Devotee. My parents, grandparents, even aunts and uncles have served some of the most prestigious houses in the world. My mother…oh my gods! My mother is fanatical. She adores the Aliment children in her care, almost more than she loves me. Though, I have to admit, sometimes I wonder. She works as a nanny for a wealthy Aliment family. She home schools the two little Lords during the day and sees them fed, bathed and to bed in the evening. Her’s is the face they see last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It’s one of the most honorable jobs a human can be given. And Sophia Aiello takes her status as Alla Pari seriously. She had hoped I would go that route as well. I had intended to. Really, I had!

Thankfully, the gods had other plans for me. I guess, in actuality that makes me the black sheep of my lofty family. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not the position of il Scelto they disapprove of. There is no higher calling. It’s simply Jacen’s lack of status. You see, I was chosen by a nobody from a house with no standing. I may have been born to serve a Padrone but this wasn’t what they’d envisioned.

I don’t care. As far as I’m concerned, he rescued me from a dull, thankless life and gave me more than I’d ever thought I’d get. I may be il Scelto of Jacen of Samsaveel but he is my chosen one. He ignited a desire within me I’d never before experienced. In a few short breath-taking days, I went from being simply the dignified daughter of a well respected Alla Pari to embracing the life of a Devotee in all it’s wanton glory. Plans to be anything else disappeared when he whispered Angel for the very first time. But, oh my gods, does he make it worth it!

Oh and before you tell me how foolish it is to love one of their kind, I must caution you. You have no understanding of the power of the il Scelto bond. They claim you body, heart and soul. You become theirs in every way possible. And you will love them despite your own reasoning. Somewhere deep within, a small part of you might resist…knowing that what you feel can never be shared…but you will feel it just the same. I understand that what we have can never be more than what he chooses it to be. It doesn’t matter. Jacen loves me in his own way. And I love him with all of me, I am his and he is mine.

Nothing will ever change this.