Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas in July--Friday Baking and Movies

Welcome to another edition of Friday Baking and Movies! Today I'm featuring a recipe from the wonderful Paula Dean.  I love her! What made me think of her was that she has recently been a guest judge on two of my favorite cooking shows, Food Network Star and MasterChef.  Today's recipe comes from her wonderful book, Christmas with Paula Deen.

Cheesecake Cupcakes

Paula says, "These taste just like miniature cheesecakes without the crust.  Decorate with fresh seasonal fruit--a sliver of strawberry (if available) or kiwi for Christmas, or a dollop of fruit topping or jam.  You can eat about a dozen, so be careful."

  • Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Kiwi or strawberry slivers, fruit topping, or jam
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line 24 muffin cups with paper cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until very smooth.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Add the vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  3. Fill the cups about half full with the batter.  Bake for about 25 minutes, until cupcakes are set and golden brown.
  4. Make the topping:  Combine the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla and stir well with a metal spoon or spatula.  Spoon about 2 teaspoons on top of each cupcake and return to oven for 5 minutes to glaze.
  5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven.  When they can be handled safely, remove them from the muffin tins and let cool completely on wire racks.  When completely cool, place them in plastic containers with lids and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Just before serving, decorate with slivers of freshly cut seasonal fruit, or jam or fruit topping.  Serve at room temperature.
Makes 2 Dozen.

Today I'm sharing with you some movies coming to television in the upcoming holiday season.  I found this info at the wonderful blog, It's a Wonderful Movie.  Be sure to visit the blog for family entertainment news and the fabulous Christmas TV Schedule (I rely on it during the holiday season).

GMC (check your local listings to see if you receive this channel)

Christmas Angel

Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Teri Polo, Kevin Sorbo, Della Reese, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Izabela Bidovic 

This Movie was Originally Titled - The Angel Next Door. It is a sweet, family-friendly, faith-based movie about a young girl who tries to prove that the mysterious old lady next door is really an angel.

ION (again, check your local listings)

Christmas Twister 

Cast: Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, Richard Burgi 

When a massive, out-of-season storm system sneaks up on Texas at Christmas, weather scientist Ethan Walker (Van Dien) is hard-pressed to convince skeptics, including his meteorologist wife, Addison (Pratt), and her coworker, Logan (Burgi), of the fast-approaching danger. Produced by Hybrid Entertainment. 

A Christmas Wedding 

Cast: Marla Sokoloff, Chris Carmack, Catherine Hicks, David DeLuise, George Wendt 

After being fired from her high-powered job, Rebecca (Sokoloff) heads back home to see her mom, Shirley (Hicks), and attend her friends' small-town wedding on Christmas Eve. Initially convinced that the trip is a terrible mistake, especially her botched romantic conversation with former beau, Chad (Carmack), Rebecca soon learns that, indeed, you can go home again, and, again -- until you get it right. Produced by Hybrid Entertainment. 

Anything But Christmas 

Cast: To Be Announced 

John loves Grace and her 10-year-old son, Zachary. Although he wants to propose to her at Christmas, it's the one holiday John runs from. In this romantic comedy, chaos with exes, misunderstandings, parents and in-laws all imperil John and Grace's relationship. But can they get it sorted out in time for the holidays? Produced by CCI Entertainment. 

Golden Christmas 3 

Cast: Shantel VanSanten, Rob Mayes, Orson Bean, Mark Famiglietti, Nikki DeLoach, Alex Peters, Maxim Knight, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy 

This is a Sequel to A Golden Christmas and A Golden Christmas 2 - The Second Tail.

Heather is a charming, free spirit and Bobby is a naval officer home from serving overseas. Thanks to three golden retrievers, Bobby's spirited 11-year-old niece, Myra, and a fun-filled theatre production of "A Christmas Carol," these two unlucky and unlikely people end up falling in love at Christmas. Presented by MarVista Entertainment. 

A Star for Christmas 

Cast: To Be Announced 

The only thing that is working in Cassie's world is her small town business. Her Christmas Cupcakery is a huge success, but her love life is a mess. Cassie's whole universe is turned upside down when she falls in love with a co-worker who is revealed to be the famous and notoriously troubled actor Alex Gray. There's no denying that Alex and Cassie are in love, but can their relationship survive the pressure of Hollywood and the holidays? Presented by MarVista Entertainment. 


The Christmas Consultant

Cast: David Hasselhoff, Caroline Rhea, Barclay Hope, Jessica McLeod, Carrie Fleming, Aleks Paunovic, etc 

Storyline is Currently, unknown.

Holiday Spin

Cast: Ralph Macchio, Karen Olivo, Garrett Clayton, Erika Eleniak, Allie Bertram, and Hamza Adam

Holiday Spin is a sequel to another Lifetime movie, On Strike for Christmas.

Ralph Macchio portrays Ruben, a man who runs a famed dance studio that has fallen on hard times. He is preparing his star student -- and future step-daughter, Pia, for the annual Christmas Eve ballroom dance competition, the Holiday Spin, when his son Blake arrives, to live with him. After Pia and her partner have a falling out, Blake reluctantly steps in, much to Ruben's delight -- until he realizes that the new dance duo are starting to fall for one another.


Sounds like some good ones coming up.  Can't wait!

Don't forget about the QVC Christmas in July special running all weekend starting early tomorrow morning.  I never buy anything (no money), but it's my version of window shopping!

This Sunday on TCM, the classic film, Christmas in July airs on Sunday morning at 10:30am EST.

The Santa Clause 2 airs on Encore Family on Sunday at 11:20am and 7:00pm EST.

Enjoy your weekend!

Always in spirit....


  1. Great recipe! And thanks for all the movie info!!


  2. I think Paula is wrong about something, I think I could eat more than a dozen.

  3. What a thrill - to visit your absolutely lovely web-site and see that you have linked so kindly to mine! I am ecstatic! You have been so kind and gracious!

    Your site is absolutely stunning - especially love all the vintage Christmas images! Makes me want to start dressing up my blog for Christmas - in spite of everyone saying it's too soon. Who cares - I love it year round just like you! Maybe it's because we hold the real reason for Christmas Day in our hearts year round, too!

    God bless you and I'm so glad to see you are like the character Esther Smith, too!

    "Have yourself a Merry "'little" Christmas now!"


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