Friday, October 19, 2018

Picadillo and FOTW October

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

This is a Cuban comfort food dish, my husband loved it. Me...not so much.
Have you ever burned incense? Well, I had not.
So we had mildew in our storage closet due to a roof leak. I'm very sensitive to smells and having just come home from the hospital I did not want to get sick. So my husband thought he was helpful, he bought incense.
So, I light one, go in the kitchen and come back out in just a few minutes.
I step outside. "Dang honey, those things were expensive and they don't last worth a dang! I just lit one and in less than 3 minutes it's gone! Burnt up!"
He cracks up. Did you blow it out?
I said no how  would it burn?
He is cracking up big time now.
Trying to catch his breath he says "NO no you blow it out and it is the ember that burns slow".

So thankful to now be living away from the hurricane threat area of NC coast but I miss my home, what is left. Hurricane Flo really did a horrible number on my hometown. So many lost everything. Just like I did two years ago. We had to evacuate one of our sons, he lost his job and apartment, so until further notice, this mama bird has one of her babies back in the nest.
The below photo was sent to me by my Aunt, the tree barely missed her home. So thankful she is okay.

Quote of the month! "She's a serial monogamists, next week she'll be in a new relationship."

While at the hospital doing my pre-op and admission, I noticed the phone on the desk...two receivers?! I guess this is old school conference calls?
Picadillo - Cuban Comfort Food
2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onions, diced
4 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (drain would be better I forgot)you can also use ripe tomatoes and dice 4 large. the traditional recipe calls for 28 oz can)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar (or a good cooking red wine)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
pinch ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins (up to 2/3 cup) I used the small amount but tradition calls for the larger
2/3 cup olives sliced and pitted (I used the ones with pimento)
In a large pan over medium heat put the olive oil, onions and cook until onions soften. Add the ground beef and allow it to cook, season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg, stir and lower the heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Covered. Now uncover and add the raisins and olives, allow to cook another 15 minutes and serve over rice. (traditionally it also calls for chirizo but I didn't use it)
My youngest son's daughter, he sent me this text and said "I don't know whose kid this is" LOL right! He was my only child that loved dirt, yes I had all boys but he was the only dirt lover. Like father like daughter.
Beau, my big love bug, he will not leave my side and as you can see, he likes to help me blog.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  

One evening I'm sitting on the couch and all of a sudden, there's a foot in my ear! Didn't bother him in the least. 
A lot has happened this month.
My oldest granddaughter got married. She's 21. (my adopted daughter's oldest).
My Sissy's daughter got married.
My husband's truck transmission went out so we bought him a Jeep Renegade.
The hurricane hit my hometown and it is devastated.
Our oldest son is living with us and working already.
We bought furniture! Our second NEW set in almost 30 years, everything has been second hand. I love it.
I had another surgery. Hopefully the last.
AND Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 8!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate Friendly

Hi all, just a post about my newest life change. On July 29, 2018 I was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. After test I was told I had a kidney stone and an UTI. Given medication and sent home. For the next 8 days I continued a dangerous downward spiral. I went septic and was taken back to the ER on August 8. After less than an hour of being there I crashed, they almost lost me, they spent 3 1/2 hours trying to stabilize and keep me alive. There are a lot of details I left out but you really don't need them all, even though they are very vivid in my mind. I am thankful to the staff, once nurse in particular. She started the ball rolling as soon as I was wheeled in. I have a fantastic doctor who has worked tirelessly to keep me alive and healthy.
Why do I bring all this up on a food blog you ask? Well, because of the stone, 9 mm in size by the way, I have had to change, drastically change, how and what I eat.
I've learned a lot about nutrition over the years and I've tried a lot of different 'ways of eating' but this one by far has been the most challenging but I am determined because it has changed my life. It is also helping keep me around which I enjoy.
My kidney stones it seems are due to high oxalates. Oxalates form when ...this is from the website
Oxalate is a natural substance found in many foods.  Your body uses food for energy.  After your body uses what it needs, waste products travel through the bloodstream to the kidneys and are removed through urine.  Urine has various wastes in it.  If there is too much waste in too little liquid, crystals can begin to form.  These crystals may stick together and form a solid mass (a kidney stone). Oxalate is one type of substance that can form crystals in the urine.  This can happen if there is too much oxalate, too little liquid, and the oxalate “sticks” to calcium while urine is being made by the kidneys.
what does this mean? Well, it means no more chocolate, spinach, collards, okra, nuts, seeds, wheat, sweet tea, and a host of other foods. It means I have to eat 1000mg of calcium a day, no supplements, 12 eight oz glasses of water a day or more, no stevia, no tomato sauce or cooked cans of tomatoes. Raw tomatoes are okay. No potatoes. No strawberries! AND no chocolate! Gosh do they know me?? BUT if it means being healthy, I'm all in.
Most of the recipes I've posted lately have been dishes that I prepared and had written up prior to my first trip to the ER. I've been creating new dishes and revamping yet again old dishes.
Funny how when I was keto, carbs were off limits, now they are no concern, I still am cautious of them.
I love fruit and am happy to be eating it again, well the allowed fruit anyway. I also love vegetables and missed them when keto, but some of my favorites are big no nos now.
Here is a dish I made a few days ago and it is low oxalate and delicious to boot.

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate friendly
butternut squash, diced
brussel sprouts, sliced in half
broccoli, spears
white pepper (black pepper is high oxalate)
olive oil
All of my veggies were frozen with no additives, I placed them on a piece of parchment paper on a baking pan. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled on the salt and pepper. Sliced the bacon and placed on top.
Baked for 30 minutes. I then removed the pan and drizzled the  sauce on top.
Sauce: 1/3 cup maple syrup and 2-3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce. Mix well and drizzle over vegetables. Stir and spread out. Roast another 10 minutes.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cat Poop -Spooky and Fun - BWF

Spooky and Fun...well I'm not into spooky but who doesn't love fun, right? Some might say this is gross not fun but I thought it was fun over ten years ago and still do.
Wait, ten years ago? Gosh, it was about 11 years ago and my boys were in youth group at church. Me being who I am, I was there helping out, bringing food, hauling a bunch of sweaty smelly boys around and jamming out to music. Yep, I was that mom. So it was early Fall and the weather had turned cooler with a wonderful crispness in the evening air. The youth were having a bon fire/cook out. Complete with their own version of competitive  gross games. We parents were asked to help provide food. As luck would have it, I was asked to help with desserts.
Since I knew the games were "slimy" because it was October, I thought why not make a gross slimy dessert. I told my boys what I wanted to do and Jesse was totally on board, Joey however thought it was gross and disgusting, I said PERFECT that's exactly what I was going for.
AND this is how the cat litter box dessert was born.
When I arrived, early so the kids would not see it coming, I snuck over to the picnic table and placed an extra large cat litter box firmly in the center, (it was new and clean) along with a litter poop scooper. Jesse laughed, Joey cringed and I stood by and watched as the unsuspecting guest arrived.
The girls squealed and moved away, the boys were like ugh who put cat litter on the food table. I will admit that one was WAY better and realistic than this one and I so wish I had pictures. But that was back in the day before cell phone cameras and I didn't carry my camera that night, well because it was night and I knew the photos would not turn out.
Jesse broke the ice, he walked over, took a turd out and ate it. The girls screamed, the boys were like "DUDE!" and the parents looked on in disgust. After a few bites, I confessed it was a dessert and perfectly okay. The parents still thought I was weird and my kids even weirder but we didn't care. It was fun.
The games were totally gross and I made the boys hose off before allowing them in my car!
So if you have an upcoming party with kids , a Halloween themed party or wait until April Fool's this is a fun, easy and delicious dessert.

Cat Litter Dessert
1 large box instant pudding, I used banana but you could use vanilla or white chocolate
1 family size package of Golden Oreo
10-20 Tootsie rolls, roll and shape
3 cups milk
Prepare the pudding in a large bowl, set aside. Crush the Oreo's in a food processor or in a large zip top bag. Mix half in the pudding, spread in the litter box, sprinkle the remaining on top.
shape the rolls into little turds and roll in the cookies, bury in the pudding to form the "dirty box"
Be sure to check out the other participants, this post is part of Blog With Friends, a monthly post where we pick a theme and each blogger interprets that theme in the style that suits their blog.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dessert Heaven - Cinnamon Apple Caramel Dumplings

Here is a delicious Fall recipe. It is very simple and delicious, you could use pre-made items to make it quicker  but I prefer to make my own, when I'm up to it.
These were delicious and definitely something I will do again. You could use any fruit or pie filling from a can if you prefer. Great for potluck, or even a small party. 
Cinnamon Apple Caramel Dumplings or little bites of apple heaven as I like to call them.

4 large Fuji apples, peeled and diced
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 stick butter
2 oz bourbon

12 yeast rolls, thawed
caramel sauce, optional
vanilla ice cream, optional

I used a square baking dish, 9x9, rubbed it down with butter to prevent sticking and add an extra layer of flavor.
In a non stick skillet, place the apples, butter, brown sugar, a splash of bourbon, and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are tender and allow to cool.
Take a roll and flatten it by hand, stretch it out or roll it. Fill with 1 TBSP of apple mix and fold shut. Place in the baking dish. Repeat until all rolls are stuffed. I had apple mix left over so I poured it over the rolls. Sprinkle with more brown sugar and cinnamon. 
Bake until done. 400 degrees for 25 minutes, depending on your oven. I have gas so it tends to be hotter.
Drizzle with caramel and serve with ice cream.

Friday, September 21, 2018

FOTW September

Sorry I missed August but from July 30th through August 27th I was in and out of the hospital. 

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Spatulas on Parade         

Just two weeks before going in the first time, my hubby blessed me with a new vehicle. I was still getting used to it when I went to the ER. Here is my beauty, still waiting to recover fully so I can drive.
Our poor little container garden. It did not do well this year and we can't figure out why. Oh well, we did get two cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, dozens of jalapenos and little grape tomatoes.
I normally cut the kitties claws each week, I've done it since they were babies. Well,  being sick the last thing on my mind was kitty claws. Until I came home from the hospital and Lily feels like hypodermics walking across my lap!

My spoiled babies were glad for me to be back home. Not as much as I was and am. The hospital is NO place to rest. They say "sleep and rest" then come in every 3 hours for vitals and to wake me up and say "do you need anything?" good land! BUT they did take very good care of me.
Ms. Lily on top, Sugar my baby bottom left and Beau my big love bug bottom right.

In August my youngest son and his family transferred to their new duty station. Now they are only 6 hours away!! I'm so excited. Hoping that means MORE grandbaby time!
** Surprise! They came to see me Sept 7-9! It was marvelous!!

So my husband, bless him, has had to cook and clean on top of holding down a job AND caring for me since the end of July. Bless him. It has taken its toll.
We sit down to breakfast and I'm thinking, huh? There's a jar of pickle relish sitting there. I said "Honey, why is there pickle relish on the table?"
He walks over and says "SHOOT I saw the purple lid and thought it was grape jelly."
We had a good laugh. I said "You know this will end up on Fly..."he said "yeah yeah." LOL

Watching jeopardy one night and I said "why aren’t you answering the questions?"
He replied ,"I was watching black head removal videos."
I turned and said "are you serious?"
He said, "uh huh". SMH 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Loaded Pumpkin Bread

I actually made this in July, yes July. My husband said, "pumpkin bread now?" I said YES why does it have to be Fall to enjoy pumpkin bread?
I set about making a loaded pumpkin bread that was DELICIOUS not just to me because it only lasted about 4 days with just the two of us. So I'd say it was enjoyed by both parties. hahaha
I found myself without pumpkin spice so I made my own. Very simple.
homemade pumpkin spice
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves, ground
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Mix well and store in an air tight container.

loaded pumpkin bread
1 cup oil
2 cups solid packed pumpkin, puree
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
*brown sugar (1/2 cup divided)
*candied pecans (1/2 cup chopped)
*chocolate chips (1 cup)
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients. EXCEPT for the optional ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry into the large bowl. Stir gently. Fold in the chips. Grease a bundt pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and preheat your oven to 325 F. Pour half the batter in and smooth it out. Sprinkle in the brown sugar and pecans. Pour the remaining batter on top. Smooth out. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Oven time varies. I have a gas oven and it took mine right at 50 minutes.
My bundt pan is spring form so once the baking was complete I popped open the sides and allowed it to sit for about 20 minutes. Then invert on a plate to cool.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tropical Sangria - Rock It - BWF

Welcome to another edition of Blog With Friends! This month's theme? Rock it.
Rock it? Like rock out with some 1980's big hair rock 'n roll?
Rock it like in a boat?
Rock it like you killed it? Meaning nailed it. Meaning did FANtastic?
Rock it like the rocks we paint and hide to encourage and uplift others?
Rock it? I think is pretty open to whatever you want it to mean.

So we rocked out with some tropical sangria. (this was before I got sick because I can no longer drink) But it was good and I'm not a wine drinker at all. Time to "rock it" with an adult beverage and chill one last time before summers end.

This was beyond simple.

1 bottle of wine, your choice
I used a California moscoto white
1 bottle of mango juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup strawberries quartered
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mandarin orange slices
Mix well and allow to sit in the fridge and chill. You can pour the juice and fruit into a container and freeze then add the chunks to the wine in glasses, I did and it kept the drink cold longer without watering it down.
Be sure to see what everyone else's interpretation of "rock it" looks like.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Chicken A La King (two ways)

If you remember, in my Pink Champagne cake post, I was talking about recipes from the year I was born. Well, here is another. Chicken A La King. Nope, my mother didn't make this. She would NEVER make this or eat it. She is a good cook but she only eats about 12 things and they are your simple good ol' country meals. You know, fried chicken, pork chops, roast, fish, meatloaf, chicken and rice, chicken and pastry, BBQ chicken, once in a blue moon spaghetti or an even rarer occasion tacos! She has branched out over the years, she will fix BBQ wings or my bacon wrapped BBQ chicken tenders. But that's about as far out as she gets.
I had heard of Chicken A La King for years, but honestly didn't know what it was. So after browsing the internet and finding a few dozen recipes, I decided to make my own version.
We really enjoyed it. My husband especially enjoyed his over the spatzle. German noodles.
Chicken A La King
6 button mushrooms, finely diced
1 bell pepper, orange, finely diced
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/4 cup diced pimento
diced chicken, 4 chicken thighs cooked

1/4 cup butter
1 TBSP flour
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
chicken bouillon cube

Use leftover chicken or boiled, cool, dice 4 chicken thighs or two breast. Prepare your veggies. In a skillet with a dab of butter cook your veggies al denta. Now add your butter, flour and seasoning, stir well then add your milk. Toss in all the other ingredients. Allow this to simmer and thicken.
Serve over rolls, rice, biscuits, puff pastry or spatzle for something a little different.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze

Here is a simple delicious side dish perfect for the coming Fall season and holidays or just  because.
I love sweet potatoes, baked, fried, mashed, in a casserole but these oh my goodness. These may be my new favorite.
 Bake 4 medium to large sweet potatoes, 350 degrees for 45 minutes
slice in half and scoop out the middle, leave some on the sides
place in a baking dish
the scooped out potato goes into a bowl, add a dash of nutmeg, 3 TBSP butter,  1/8 cup of milk or heavy cream, salt  and 3 TBSP of brown sugar. Mix with an electric mixer. Scoop into the hulled out potatoes.
In a sauce pan, 1/2 cup brown sugar, dash of nutmeg, 3 TBSP butter, 2 oz Evan Williams white label bourbon or whatever brand you prefer and  1/2 tsp of molasses. Cook on low until it begins to thicken. Too long and it becomes candy.
Spoon the glaze over the potatoes and pop in the oven 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Friday, August 24, 2018

FOTW - Aug

Since July 30th I have been very sick. I normally have a document that I keep things in that are funny or interesting.
This month that just hasn't happened as I've spent more time in the hospital than at home. So instead of making something up, trying to think of something funny or interesting. I'm going to forego this month and direct you to the other participants.
I promise you will not be disappointed. There is always something funny going on with these ladies.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 6 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Spatulas on Parade         
My Brand of Crazy          
Go Mama O.                    

Monday, August 20, 2018

Pink Champagne Cake and the year was...

I spend a lot of time alone these days. Since I no longer work outside the home, the boys have been grown and gone for years and I have no family members that I'm taking care of. Not complaining about that last one at all. BUT with that in mind, I have a lot of free time. I mean, come on, it doesn't take long each day to clean, cook, prepare ingredients or straighten up 1000 sq ft of living space.

So...I get bored, did you see my post on boredom? LOL well, I do. I get bored and when I get bored my mind wanders. PLEASE if you see the poor little thing send it home, it is entirely too small to be out in this big ol' bad world. Anywho...when my mind wanders it takes to Google and starts searching random stuff. Not bad stuff or naughty, just random.

Example of my random searches... who invented Oreos and why are they called Oreo?  My Oreo 1 recipes 2 and three
Weird laws in my county...oh boy there are some doozies!

What dessert was popular the year I was born. NOW we're on to something! By the way it was Chocolate Tunnel of Fudge Cake, need I say more? If you know me you know that I am a self confessing chocoholic through and through.
So that brought me to my next search, what was popular the year...each of my boys were born. Interesting but not as thrilling.
Next, what was a popular dinner served birth year. Okay, 1966. I know, I know. Dang I'm old but glad to be here kicking.
Curious as to what it was? Chicken a la King, with shrimp cocktail being a new fancy appetizer on the scene but small parties were serving up a new quick dip. French Onion Dip with chips. Yeah boy 1966 was a good year!
There was also the ever popular jello salad or mold where they used a bundt pan filled with fruit and jello. GROSS not my thing but I do remember my mother, aunts and grandmother making these on a regular basis. For me it's a texture thing.
Fondue parties were a big deal in the 60's and they were revived several years back with the restaurant The Melting Pot. I even succumbed to the idea and purchased a fondue pot, which I used three times in ten years and sold at a yard sale.
Meatballs with grape jelly in the sauce, yep you heard that right. My first encounter with this was in the 90's a church. It seemed every potluck we had, someone was showing up with a crockpot full of meatballs. They were good and I enjoyed them until I asked for the recipe. WHAT? Ketchup and grape jelly?! Oh well...and I must like meatballs more than I realized, after surfing through my blog I have 7 yes 7 recipes for meatballs. That doesn't include the balls or bite size snacks and desserts.
Pigs in a blanket and stuffed celery sticks were all the rage. I am a big pig fan! Love me some little sausages wrapped in warm soft dough baked to perfection. Oh yes...let me wipe that drool for ya. LOL
As you can see my search ended, I was stuck on food, reminiscing about the past and dreaming of my next meal or what I could cook to satisfy my dreams of the past.
In 1989 the year we met vegetarian food was making itself known all over the country. My dads family, well siblings, were the only vegetarians I knew until the 1990's. I guess prior to that they were all in hiding. It's a joke, don't freak out.
The year my husband was born, Pink Champagne Cake was all the rage. He wasn't thrilled over this but it definitely peeked my interest.
My boys desserts were: chocolate cake and funfetti cake for the youngest two. Funny my oldest doesn't eat dessert, my middle will eat anything but my youngest is very fond of funfetti.
Out of all this, I decided to go for the pink champagne cake. It was different, pink and cake. Of course we all know that I WILL be baking a chocolate tunnel of fudge cake, how could I not??
Then again, I've never fixed chicken a la king either, so I may give that a go with my own twist of course. It's a very simple recipe with several ways to prepare it and serve. I have made similar dishes I'm up for a challenge. Recreating this classic.

Pink Champagne Cake
1 white cake mix (no butter no pudding type)
3/4 cup pink  champagne
red food coloring, 5 drops
Mix well but do not over mix, pour into a greased pan and bake. Baking time and temperature per box instructions.

pink sprinkles, optional
1/4 cup champagne
1 cup softened butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
red food coloring, 5 drops
Beat butter until creamy smooth, slowly add vanilla and powdered sugar, alternate with champagne. Add in food coloring last or leave out. I wanted everything pink so I added it. Top with sugar pink sprinkles, optional.

Keep this cake in the fridge. It will be firm and dense after the first 24 hours but delicious and you can set it out for room temperature if you do not like it cold.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Simplify Your Life - BWF - Parmesan Ranch Chicken

Welcome to the August issue of  Blog With Friends where each month we chose a different theme and each participating blogger works that theme into a post in a way that best suits them and their readers. This month our theme is "Simplify Your Life" well that is perfect because simplifying is exactly what I've been doing.
Cutting down, cutting out, de-clutter, simplify...and not just with donating and/or selling items we no longer need or use. I am cutting down and simplifying my life in other ways. Like cooking. Now don't get me wrong. I love to cook you guys know that. But with this heat...I'm finding myself reluctant.
So what is the solution? Salads? Smoothies? Fruit? Eating out? Yes and no.
Salads are a great solution but it's not just a bowl of lettuce. It can be chicken salad, tuna salad, turkey salad, egg salad, pasta salad or kale salad. I said kale and I know some of you turned up your nose. I did too at first to be honest. But I do love kale. Even in a smoothie, yes that's right and no I'm not crazy.
I find that on mornings when it is cooler I can cook in bulk, saute meat, grill and even roast different foods then later all I have to do is heat them up or chop the meat and add to a salad. I boil eggs, cook chicken, make chicken salad or tuna salad that can be eaten as a sandwich, on a salad or by itself.
This simplifies things for me, creates less heat in the house and I find allows me time to do things in the afternoon without having to stop and cook.
What do you do to simplify your life?

5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
sprinkle with ranch dry dressing mix, cover the chicken
sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, cover
cover the chicken with Italian bread crumbs
place little dots of butter all over the top
Place in a hot oven and bake for 25 minutes on 400*F

Monday, July 30, 2018

Brownie Cheesecake Pie

I'm always thinking of new things, researching recipes from the past and trying to revamp them. Sometimes I even have a stroke of genius! Yes it does happen. Shocks me too. LOL
This recipe was sort of a throw together, which is what I'm best at.
It is simple and delicious.
The longer the pie sits, the better it is! Especially if you leave it in the freezer for 24 hours. It doesn't not become hard but very firm. We ate the first slices of course while it was still "soft" but the next night! OH MAN it was even better.
Here is what I did...

Grease the spring form pan or spray it if you prefer. I didn't "make a crust" I just sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and coconut, pressed it down.
In a large bowl, 2 eight ounce blocks of cream cheese (room temperature) beat/cream with 3/4 cup sugar, 1 TBSP vanilla, slowly add in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Now carefully, mixer on low, add in 1 box of fudge brownie mix, yes the dry,until completely blended. Pour into the spring form pan. Be sure you set aside 1/4 cup of the brownie dry mix. Spread the mixture into the pan. Take the set aside dry mix and add just enough water to make it a thick syrup. Sprinkle coconut over the mix, a few more graham cracker crumbs and drizzle the syrup over the pie. Set in the freezer for several hours, overnight is  best. Slice and enjoy! so so good.