Friday, February 5, 2016

Chocolate Almond Cherry Mousse Pie and Secret Subject Swap

Hey, how's it going? Well, here it's been a flurry of sweet cravings, NOT what you want in the new year when you thought you'd go all clean and healthy again. LOL right! I would love to, well my body needs me too. However, my stomach, mind and cravings have other ideas and I've been weak and giving in. Your benefit is this, more dessert recipes! Yum
One easy recipe, two great ways to enjoy it!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Your “Secret Subject” is:
If you were given one chance to change something from your past, what would it be?
It was submitted by:       

I have been given a SSS very similar to this in the past. Twice I think. So as not to repeat myself, I am going to take this a whole different direction. I hope Carol doesn't mind.
I have always said I would not change my past because if I did it would alter my present and at times my present has been great but mostly for the reason of my kids. But for the sake of the subject... let's say I DID change something.

Let's go back...35 years. I would have gotten a job in high school, (not gotten married at 16) lived life,(dated, gone to parties, the prom) applied myself(joined organizations and not hidden) and gone to college. After graduating I would have embarked on a fascinating career in New York as a designer. I would have been discovered by Diane Von Furstenbug

We would have traveled to Paris for the Spring collection reveal. My designs would have been the talk of the town and my fame would have been great. Wined and dined by romantic handsome wealthy men, living in the lap of luxury, travel abroad like most common folks take the L train, dripping in jewels, invited to ALL the fashion events, begged by celebrities to create dresses for them to wear to the Emmy awards. My designs on the red carpet, rich and famous clamoring for my attention. Weekends in the Hamptons, skiing in the Alps, relaxing on my yacht in the Riviera...yes this would be my life.
I would donate to organizations that REALLY help others. I would start my own foundation for young girls who without a helping hand will be doomed to listless lives of labor and sadness. Girls who want out but have no way. Girls who need a positive role model and someone who believes in them. I would have a huge ranch loaded with animals, rescue animals. All living the dream. Fields to roam, rivers to swim in, food and water with lots of love everyday.
My family would lack for nothing. My Daddy would have had the best health care money could buy, he would not have died so young because he could not afford a transplant or medication. He would still be here. He would see me rise above my impoverished upbringing and achieve success, fame, fortune and he would be proud. My mother might actually like this person, be proud and love her.
I would never forget where I came from and I would be just as comfortable in old jeans, a t-shirt and flip flops as I am now.
If I could change one thing, it would be that at an early age I would have believed in my abilities to achieve my dreams and reached for the stars.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Chocolate Almond Cherry Mousse and Pie
1 chocolate cookie crust (use Oreo's and butter or buy a chocolate crust)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 oz unsweetened chocolate bar
1/2 tsp almond extract (you can leave this out and it will be fine)
10 oz jar maraschino cherries, chopped
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup cold water
1 (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds

Mix 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened chocolate bar, almond extract if using and melt in a small sauce pan. Allow to cool. While it is cooling, cream the cream cheese until fluffy slowly add water and the remaining milk. Beat well and add the pudding mix. Whip the 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and set aside. Once combined well fold in the whipped cream. Stir in the cherries and almonds. Pour into the pie shell. Freeze for 1 hour and store in the fridge. If your pie is too soft you can always store in the freezer. We enjoyed it as a mousse nice and soft and half as a frozen pie. You could top the pie with more whipped topping and garnish with chocolate covered almonds or a cherry.
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  1. This made me sad :( now I want to drown myself in your desserts, wait...was that the plan? :) If it counts, I like you just the way you are and a different life would have made you a different person with a different perspective, that would be a shame. Great job!

    1. I really wouldn't change my life but for the purpose of the prompt I went with it. And yes, please jump right in the desserts, I have a few...hundred :D

  2. I have to agree if things had changed back then you wouldn't be the person you are today and that would be a shame.

    1. Aw thank you. I love my life now and I wouldn't change it.

  3. I love who you are and I'm glad you wouldn't change a thing, but I hope you know it isn't too late to be designing clothes. Just sayin'.

  4. I agree with Shannon - as fabulous as your alternate life sounds, the quintessence is that there is a sense of not being good enough for your Mom, yourself or both. You have come such a long way and proven so much courage and positive spirits - you are nothing but admirable to me!

  5. Honey, if your daddy loves you, he will be proud of you even when you are not. This doesn't change after they pass on, because they are always in your heart.

    I'm kinda glad you're not uber-famous. We may not have met otherwise. I (heart) you, woman!

  6. I love the twist you put on my question -- bottom line.....our past makes us who we are and you are a beautiful, talented lady.

  7. Your amazing the way you are, though it is fun to think "What if". I wouldn't change a thing for the same reasons you mentioned ( yep married at 16 the first time).

  8. I agree, changing one thing could make everything change and you may not like the results. I am glad for all I have and have been trough. Now how are you going to share those desserts with us??????