Friday, February 8, 2013

Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bundles


Before I was a mom of 3, and before I lived in my Lemon Tree Dwelling, and before I started blogging.... I had a whole other life as a Campus Minister at an all-girls Catholic high school. I led retreats, service projects, prayer services, reflections, social justice awareness activities, and community outreach programs for 600 high school girls....and I loved it! I put my heart and soul into my work and felt such a sense of purpose that, for a long time, it felt totally worth it.
And then my kids started getting older....and I started to feel the pull of their needs....and slowly, over time, putting my heart and soul (not to mention my nights and weekends) into my work didn't feel quite as worth it anymore. And so, when I was pregnant with our third child, I made the decision to quit my job and stay at home.


For me, the decision was anything but easy....and I was surprised by how often I still thought about my job! For days, weeks, months, now years (!) I would actually have dreams about it (crazy, I know...) and in my dreams I was always struggling with whether or not I had made a mistake in leaving. Let's be clear - there was no mistake in leaving! There was barely even an option in leaving. But that doesn't take away the fact that 6 years of my life were spent there, or the fact that my job had more or less become my identity, or the fact that I missed CREATING...... which is what ultimately led me to blogging... so I guess things really do work out in the end :)


But every year around this time I still think about Freshman Retreat - one of the biggest things we did all year - a huge part of my focus from the beginning of October through the end of January. There were actually 2 retreats, which took place on two consecutive overnights, which meant that from a Wednesday morning to a Friday evening I lived and breathed Freshman Retreat. The one bonus? I got to sleep at home (rather than at the retreat center, like I did with most.) A definite bonus.


I will never forget the first time I came home from a Freshman Retreat send-off. It was a Wednesday night around 9:30 pm... and I was exhausted, not just from a long day, but from a long week and an even longer few months of planning and preparation. I was looking forward to getting into some comfy clothes and falling asleep..... but when I pulled into the driveway I could see that the lights were off and there was a dim glow of candles inside. Jorden greeted me at the door and led me into the living room, where he had set up a little candlelight picnic, complete with wine, blankets, pillows, and my absolute favorite: cherry cheesecake.


We sat together and enjoyed our picnic and talked about how the day and night had gone....and in that moment I felt such love and support that all my exhaustion and worry just melted away. It was the perfect end to a very long day.

I have to admit - every Freshman Retreat from that point forward I would come home and wonder (hope) if Jorden would have a picnic waiting for me. Unfortunately, it was just a one-time deal.... But somehow, from that point forward, I have always associated cherry cheesecake with love. Which brings me to today. I woke up this morning and wanted to share some love with my sweet kiddos....and since cheesecake for breakfast would be a little much (even for me), I decided to make these (the next best thing!) Crescent Rolls, cream cheese, and cherry pie filling. Yummmmmmmmm.

Needless to say, my kids were excited about their breakfast treat (anything with powdered sugar on it is a sure hit!) and I was excited to be able to show them a little extra love first thing in the morning :)


Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bundles
1 package Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
4 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1 can cherry pie filling
powdered sugar 

Fill each crescent roll with 1/2 oz. cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. cherry pie filling. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes (until golden brown). Sprinkle with powdered sugar and share with the ones you love! 

(For even more deliciousness, top with additional cherry pie filling.)



So...what is your favorite "LOVE" recipe? I'd love to hear from you!






Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy   





69 comments :

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    1. Wow, that looks so easy and delicious! I'd love to invite you to link up to Wonderful Food Wednesday sometime and share this recipe and a couple other yummies! www.athometake2.com.

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  2. Wow these look so yummy! Cherry "pie" for breakfast...oh yeah!
    Ps - your newest follower on GFC.

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    1. Thanks, Jovana! I know - dessert for breakfast is the only way to go!! lol

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  3. These look so simple and yummy! Have a great day.
    Angie G.
    http://mycraftycollections.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Angie! You're right - they're both!!

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  4. My mouth is watering just looking at these! Thank you for sharing. My favorite "love recipe" are chocolate covered strawberries. :0)

    Melissa
    redflycreations(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Mmmmmmmm.....chocolate covered strawberries.....

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  5. These look wonderful and I will definitely have to make them for my husband and daughter! And what a wonderful treat upon your arrival home from the retreat! Maybe your husband will get the hint after reading this post! Here's to hoping! ;)

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    1. Seriously!! Yes, I hope you do make them - they're the perfect little treat!

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  6. Oh yum, yum, YUM! I will be stopping by for breakfast :) These look amazing and I will definitely have to try them sometime!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. I hope you do, Stephanie! And feel free to stop by anytime ;)

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  7. Cheesecake for breakfast?! Count me in!! That looks incredible! I am pinning this and making it very soon! Beautiful pictures by the way!

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  8. Y U M !!! Wish I could be enjoying this for breakfast right now! ;) Pinned! Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! The great news is they're SO EASY to make... you can enjoy them for breakfast tomorrow!

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  9. Yum! Can't wait to make these for the kids as a surprise some time. This is a treat that even a busy mom can make--love the simplicity. I loved the story that you shared--so meaningful and from the heart. Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Yep - perfect for busy moms like the two of us! And I appreciate your comment on my story. It's a big part of who I am :)

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  10. What fabulous recipes you have!! Thanks for sharing them. Linda

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  11. These look delicious Cathy! And, as amazing as you were as a Campus Minister, thank goodness you aren't doing that job anymore. You are one amazing mom and wife.

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  12. Wow,easy and yummo....my favorite combo!

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  13. This is the cutest post ever!! Even got tears in our eyes! Our kids grow up soooo fast! Oh, and your cherry cheesecake breakfast bundles look amazing! We have loved dropping by and visiting your blog! Have a great week! Sending hugs your way!! -The Six Sisters

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    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate you visiting - what a sweet comment. Hope you have a great week too!

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  14. Another awesome recipe to use crescent rolls! I'm hosting an Iron Chef Mom link party and this week our secret ingredient is cream cheese. I'd love it if you came and linked up this recipe! http://growingupgabel.com/iron-chef-mom-cream-cheese-battle/

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  15. Yum, you had me at cherry cheesecake! I have a party going on called Saturday Spotlight, and I'd love for you to drop by and share this or any of your other great ideas or recipes!

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-3/

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    1. Thanks, April! I appreciate the invitation!

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  16. OMG these look delicious! Totally pinning! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  17. These look so easy and so delicious. They would be perfect for a Valentine breakfast. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Tuesday Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/pintastic-tuesday-link-party-26.html#.URp4AKXoTCc

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! And I appreciate the invite!!

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  18. These look absolutely delicious! How could they not be wonderful with cream cheese and crescent rolls? Thanks for sharing the love with us!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks, Nici! You're right....can't go wrong with cream cheese and crescent rolls! :)

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  19. These look yummy and easy to make. Thank you for sharing at http://www.finecraftguild.com/linky-party-52/

    Sarah
    http://sarahmschultz.blogspot.com

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  20. This looks absolutely scrumptious! Thank you for sharing at my link party.
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  21. These look delicious! I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-29.html

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  22. This has to be the prettiest dish I've seen in a while. Breakfast? Dessert? Both? Sounds wonderful.
    New follower and FB fan here. Would love the like and follow back.
    Also, please stop by for my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! I'd love it if you'd add your links.
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

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  23. Absolutely divine and mouth watering! I want to eat this every day. :)

    Crochet My Heart Blog

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  24. Aww, I love the picnic idea, and the support. The cherries in the dessert look just luscious!

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  25. Yum that looks delish. Thanks for sharing. Found you on the Pin me Linky party.
    Leslie
    www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

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  26. I pinned them. I think I pinned these before but just to be sure, I pinned them AGAIN! I am so making these today. I am going to the store anyway and will get the ingredients. And thanks so much for coming over to What to do Weekends. This weekend, I'm making Cherry Cheesecake Breakfast Bundles... :)

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  27. Super yummy looking breakfast bundles! So glad you shared them at my weekend link party @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope you have a fantastic week!

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  28. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #62!

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  29. So yummy!!

    I featured them on my TT&J FB page :)

    oxoxo

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  30. What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing it and your recipe at Pinworthy Projects :)

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  31. I'm afraid I won't be able to stop thinking about this until I get some. I'll be dreaming of cherry cheesecake breakfast bundles tonight. Mmmm. Thanks for the recipe. Following on fb so I don't miss any other dreamy recipes ;)

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  32. Awesome recipe! It seems so delicious!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #22 :)
    Have a great week!!

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  33. oh, this photos make me hungry!!!! Thank you for linking them up at the party!

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  34. Oh they look mouthwatering! I hope one day my husband will wake me up with something delicious like that!

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  35. Oh my, I have been obsessed with anything cherry lately. Secretly wishing for spring/summer! lol They look delicious! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com

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  36. These look great Cathy! YUM!! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  37. Looks delicious, Cathy. Would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html

    Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

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  38. Just pinned and shared on Facebook!! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Have an awesome day!!

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  39. Oh, the (faux) 'ebilness' of it! Lol! Who could resist these, for breakfast? Or dessert? Or any time you have cherry poor filling, cream cheese, powdered sugar, & crescent rolls all in the kitchen at once? We will be having these, next weekend, for sure!

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  40. Just caught these for the first time, look delish! And, I learned a little more about you from this post too :) I love that these look fancy but are so simply made! Win-win!

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