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Megans Cookin: A New Look, Easy Cheesy Danish and The Redwoods!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A New Look, Easy Cheesy Danish and The Redwoods!

Welcome to the newly designed Megan's Cookin' How do you like it?
Since I'm coming up on the 2 year anniversary of my blogging AND it's my 300th post,
I thought it was time for a face lift! Actually this is my 301st post, but who's counting?

So... come on in, Join the party!
Grab a drink and enjoy some pictures and a danish.

Note: If your just here for the danish, it's at the bottom. But Since your here,
please stick around and enjoy The Redwoods!

Living in Northern California, I'm just hours away from almost anything. An hour to the mountains, few hours to the coast, few hours to the city, heck,
I even have two beautiful lakes in my own back yard.
On our way home from our Oregon vacation,
we spent our last night in the Redwoods.

These pictures were taken in the Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Grove. It's a pretty fern lined path that loops through the grove of these Redwood giants. They are just awe inspiring! It was a misty foggy lovely afternoon and we had water droplets falling on our heads.

Aren't they beautiful?

You can see how huge they are. There's Kellie peeking between two trees.

This next picture is for Grandma.
I thought she would enjoy a picture of the family and friend.

Now ya ready for some danish after that little hike through the redwoods? This is an easy cheese danish that I got from Jo at The Adventures Of Kitchen Girl. I made it her way the first time and my way the second time. Yep! I've made it twice in a little over a week.

And it all starts with a couple cans of crescent rolls,and some cream cheese!

Roll out your dough!

First I slathered it with seedless raspberry jam.Then I flavored the cheese mixture with not only the vanilla but a little bit of rose water. You couldn't taste the rose, but I think it complimented the raspberry filling and just gave it some depth.

Then instead of just putting the top layer of dough on top, I thought I would do a lattice. That way some of the cheesy goodness could peek through.
I just thought that I was so darn smart. :)

Drizzle a little glaze over the top and that's it. If you would like to see another similar version of this, check out My Tasty treasures. Donna made individual danishes using the same stuff. Enjoy!

Easy Cheese Danish


2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (I used 1 8oz package)
1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added more, I LOVE vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon rose water (Optional)
1 egg
1/4 cup any flavor jam
1 egg white-for egg wash

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk (I used less)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350* degrees and grease a 13X9-inch baking pan.
Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together.
Spread jam all over dough.
Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the jammed crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

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Blogger Carla said...

So much better than what I could offer!! Where did you get your design?

July 16, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I love love love your new look! So fun! The pictures are great too. Glad you had a nice time.

July 16, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

Love the new look, and that danish looks irresistable! I love the lattice look on top!

July 16, 2009 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations on the new look and 300 posts! Very nice! The danish looks easy and delicious!

July 16, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger the ungourmet said...

I haven't been to see the Redwood's in years. I really want to take my kids there!

Your danishes are so yummy!

July 16, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Such awsome pictures- I'd love to see the redwoods sometime!
The danish looks delicious... and so easy!Yum!

July 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Yummm... those danish look so good, and you are very clever!!

Terrific new blog look! I want a new blog look!!!

July 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

These danishes look delicious. I love the way you made yours! Thanks for the shoutout bout mine.

July 17, 2009 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger April said...

Love the new look!! and these danishes look so good, and easy peasy!

July 17, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Megan, What great pictures! Makes me want to walk on down that path! It is so neat when you don't have to go far to enjoy nature's beauty!
I'm going to try your danish. My daughter is a picky eater though, do you think it would be good with Nutella instead of jam? Maybe half and half, do you think that would work?

July 17, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Nice! And the new design is so pretty! Thanks for the mention too :)

July 17, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Those trees always amaze me, I mean they are so majestic and just incredible. Congrats on 301!

July 17, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Great new look! TOO CUTE! And you make me long for a good hike in the woods!

July 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

We are headed to southern Oregon/Northern California in about a week and a half, so I can't tell you how excited this makes me!! And the danish looks great - as well as the new blog look!

July 17, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Reeniā™„ said...

Oh Megan what beautiful pictures - I love that mist. I love your new look too - and congrats on 300 posts! This danish looks delicious!

July 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

Your new site is beautiful:) The redwoods are amazing too. I remember when I visited Northern California we went to see the redwoods. My grandfather had a cabin in Arnold and seeing the redwoods was one of our favorite things to do. Oh and your danish looks really tasty too. I love how easy and fast it looks to make. Always a good thing:)

July 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love the new look, congrats on 300+ posts! The danish looks great, I definitely have a weakness for cheese danish.

July 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Well just about this whole post is awesome. I totally dig the design, the sights, and the pastry. Meg, you have the whole package rolling today :)

July 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I love the new look! I can't believe you did 300 posts in 2 years! WOW! I am impressed!

July 19, 2009 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I'm certain your danish was yummy as I've made my own version of it as well. I like the addition of preserves (& rosewater). I also like that you laticed the top instead of hidding away all that goodness.

Those redwoods are HUGE! Thanks for sharing!

July 25, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

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