Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake


Let me start by saying…. I made this.  From scratch.  Ok it’s not my recipe.  Usually if I’m baking something it can’t be my own recipe.  No one would be able to eat it!!  But Brown Eyed Baker had this posted a while ago and I thought I’d give this a try.  (I’m now reaching my hand back and patting myself for a good job!!)

Well I just followed directions, but when I can make it and it tastes good, I am a happy person.  This was gone within 2 days!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been busy with my stella & dot business and these kids here.  But this is my first passion so I do have to stay on top of it.


How pretty!!  The kids love strawberries.  So much so they tried to eat them before I was done with my photos!!!


I do have to admit, strawberries are one of my favorite too!  Nothing beats a nice crisp apple, but strawberries with a bit of sugar..mmmmmm!!!!

I know I’ve said many times, if you get a chance to make this, you really should.  But you really should.  My pictures don’t do justice as to how good this really is!!

We’ve had a pretty crazy season here in MN.  It snowed until May.  Then it decides to rain every day.  Now it’s in the 90s.  I am so not going to complain but it makes it hard to decide if you should bake or not.  It feels like fall most days and now we’re in the dead of summer.  And you will NOT catch me complaining one bit.  Not one bit!

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 2 hours
Serves: 10
  • For the Strawberry Swirl:
  • ⅔ cup finely diced fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • For the Pound Cake:
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  2. Make the Strawberry Swirl: Combine the strawberries, sugar, water and cornstarch in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes very thick. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature before using.
  3. Make the Pound Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a standard-size Bundt pan.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until combined and soft, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar continue to beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl once or twice, until the mixture is very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each one is completely incorporated before adding the next. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, reduce the speed to low, and gradually add the flour until it has all been combined. Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix on low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  5. Spoon about ⅔ of the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Top evenly with the strawberry filling, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the pan. Use a thin paring knife to gently swirl the strawberry filling with the cake batter just a few times – less is more. Spoon the remainder of the cake batter on top of the filling and gently spread to the edges of the pan, covering the filling.
  6. Bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving. Leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 4 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

I hope you guys enjoy this post as much as I did making it and eating it.

Have a great day!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉


Brown Eyed Baker

Cream Cheese Pizza Crust


When I saw this recipe on Facebook, I almost thought gross, I’m not going to try this.  I’m just saying.  Who would ever think to make a pizza crust with cream cheese?  Well, let me tell you that this is amazing.

I’m a huge pizza lover (no it doesn’t compare to Zantigo, but home made pizza is on the top of my list.

This crust has one of the best flavors.  It’s got the carbs gone!  Ok fine, the cheese (which was fat free I might add) may not be the best, and yes there’s the cream cheese factor, but all things in moderation.  Plus this was too fun not to make.  I popped two of these pans in the oven because I knew I was going to eat at least one of the pans!!!!  Mine had onions, black olives, pepperoni, sausage.  The other pizza, which the kids and Craig ate, had just pepperoni and sausage on it.  They just don’t know what they are missing.  In fact neither will you unless you put this on your recipe list to make for dinner.  Super easy, super tasty and the kids love helping too!

And you know how you’re supposed to wait 2o minutes after you’re feeling satisfied, not full, but satisfied to see if you are still hungry?  That wasn’t even a thought process in my brain!  I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore.  I know, great example!  And what wasn’t gone that night form my pan, I ate cold for lunch the next day!!

Cream Cheese Pizza Crust
Cuisine: Pizza
Author: Patricia
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Crust
  • 1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • toppings – pepperoni, ham, sausage, onions, green olives – whatever you love on your pizza.
  • Garlic powder
  1. Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Simply delicious!  Can’t say anything else.  Just awesome.  Go ahead and try it.  Reach out of your normal pizza box and try it!

Have an awesome day and enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉


Plain Chicken

My Sister Site – Stella & Dot


So as most of you know, I had been doing some posting on becoming a Stella & Dot stylist.  I decided that it just didn’t come across, well ok to have jewelry posting on a food blog.  When sending out the post it comes from Two Girls Cooking.  So I have what I’ll call my “Sister Site” now for blogging on my adventure of all things Stella & Dot.

I have so many different posts that I need to get caught up on for this blog as well.

 I made a pizza that I found on Facebook.  The crust was made with cream cheese.  That was fabulous!  I’m hoping to get to that real soon.

Until then please continue to read through our recipes on here and let us know what you like or what you’ve tried.

Stop on over at Stella & Dot to see what’s going on there too.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Calling All New Stylists


I’ve shown this little picture to you all about stella & dot hiring.  I get inspired when I listen to how others are doing so well.  It puts so much more passion into what I’m doing and thriving for.  THE most common thing I’m told when I approach someone about hosting a Trunk Show or even becoming a stella & dot stylist is “I’m too busy!”.   I understand that as much as the next person.  But what I also know is that (and it was confirmed today by others) is that when you love what you do, you’ll find the time to do it!

The call that I heard was geared more towards teachers and how they have succeeded at becoming stylists with stella & dot and have either quit working full time or are making more money with less work time (fun work time might I add) than with what they are doing now.

I love teachers.  Teachers should get paid a high salary.  They spend the most time with our children, they have to deal with our children’s attitudes, but most importantly they are teaching our children.  They are teaching our children.  And when I hear stories of success from teachers that they love what they do AND they love being a stella & dot stylist, it is so inspiring.

One of the stylists from the call had said that she was in financial hardship.  They had to sell things to keep money coming in.  She had seen an ad online for celebrity style stella & dot jewelry.  She looked it up, did some research and found out how much it cost to become a stylist. She had a rocking chair that she had saved and decided to sell it for $199.  The cost of the starter kit!  She talked to her husband about it and he agreed.  She signed on last November (if I remember correctly) and has already made $80,000 in retail sales.  She is a Star Stylist.  What is a Star Stylist? It means I have a team of stylists underneath her, of which 4 or more of them sell over $780 a month in jewelry, and I then sell over $2300 in jewelry to earn 12% of their sales.

Right now I have one stylist under me and that made me a Lead Stylist.  I found an article called Is stella & dot Right For Me.  I took some of her wording above for the star stylist.  But read her article as well.  It gives a perspective from someone other than me.  There are so many people that are hurting for income.  Yes, you have to come up with $199 to get your business going, but you have all the online training you’ll need.  You’ll have team meetings once a month, you’ll have great support from your sponsor.  AND you have fun doing so.  You’ll have fun doing so.

One thing I did learn is that people over think when it comes to doing something like this.  I know I didn’t need much time or convincing to become a stylist.  I love the brand.  I loved how the flow of the shows work.  I love how you can make of it what you want.  I love how you meet new people and grow new friendships.  I love how stella & dot reward you for doing so well.

And this month there is another great reason to sign on.  You will get an extra $100 in product!


At most all you need to do if you’re in limbo are two things.  Go to my website – scroll down and click on become a stylist.  Then watch the videos of Our Story.  Read what it can do for you.  I’m here to tell you that it’s been great.  I’ve been doing this only since the beginning of April and I have one person under me (who is amazing I might add).  A great sponsor!!  I have built an awesome amount of product to bring to my shows.  AND I have gotten so much just for doing well with stella & dot within my first two months that I’ll be able to get a ton of new product that comes out in July!  And if that’s not convincing enough, then host a show.  See what it’s like.  See how fun it is.  See how you can get a ton of jewelry for free.  See how you can work and get paid great for having FUN.

This is the perfect time. Summer is here (well almost here in MN).  You could have a BBQ Trunk Show.  Invite your friends over for a BBQ with jewelry!  Sit back and have a relaxing time with friends.

I can’t stress enough how much I love doing this.  I can’t stress how much you will love doing this.  And when love what you do, you do what you love.


Patricia Peterson  – Independent Stylist

Go to my Facebook page and read my updates on a daily basis.

Don’t let a great thing pass you by!!!  Read about it on my website as well.  I know you’ll at least be intrigued to see how it works.

Hostess & Stylist Rewards


June has some pretty great specials for hostesses AND their guests.  It’s called Dot Dollars.

Dot Dollars – Jewelry Edition is a promotion where customers are rewarded for shopping with Stella & Dot!  During the month of June, customers will earn $25 in Dot Dollars for every $50+ transaction with Stella & Dot. During July 3-11 (the ‘redemption period’), one $25 Dot Dollars certificate can be applied to each $50 spent on jewelry.


This includes hostesses as well.

Now first off, don’t forget to sign up for the free Zebra Print Pouf on my last stella & dot post.   But, hosting your own Trunk Show is going to be one of the funnest parties you’ve had.  Trunk Shows are very laid back.  You can have a girls night out!  An afternoon brunch party with some Mimosas and light snacks. Girls love to get together.  And when there is shopping involved, well girls love to have fun AND shop.

The stella & dot collection has a beautiful new bag collection as well.


Not only that but half of their line is under $50.

I had my first Trunk Show in March of this year.  I haven’t had any parties for a long time.  But one of my friends had one and I really liked the product, the flow of how the show went.  There were no games to play, there wasn’t a forced feeling of hosting a show by drawing a ticket or anything.  The product was displayed on a table and you got to try it all one.  Once you walk in the door a beautiful piece of jewelry was put on!!  I loved it.   The stylist was very laid back.  She was there to answer questions and help us all feel comfortable with what we wanted to wear or what we were looking for.  So I decided to have a show.  At the end of my show I was talking to Ann (my sponsor) asking questions about stella & dot.  I told her how I loved their product, especially their girls line and now the bags.  Most Trunk Show sales make an average of between $500-$1000 in sales.  That gives the hostess around $250 in FREE product PLUS 4 items at half off.  I had to do this.

So Ann gave me all of the information I needed to become a stylist.  I joined a call with the CEO one night and decided I had to take advantage of this great product that I love and become an Independent Stylist myself.  There was a special for signing up during the month of March as there is now.


To become a stylist doesn’t cost much out of pocket expense.  In fact, you’ll make that back and more during your first month of Trunk Shows.

Stella & Dot has what’s called a Jumpstart program:

Welcome to Jumpstart!
This business is fun, fabulous and simple! Focus on the Circle of Success: book, sell, sponsor- and you can earn fabulous pay on your little blue card, and be rewarded with unlimited amounts of FREE PRODUCT— starting with just 2, $300 Trunk Shows! Now that is a great way to build a fabulous display!

In my first one of Jumpstart I had 4 qualifying shows at $300 or over with 4 orders each.  That gave me a total of $3oo in free product PLUS a bonus of $150 put on my stella & dot card (your paycheck gets loaded onto a Visa stella & dot card).

I then went on to Sponsor a friend of mine who went on to meet her Jumpstart in her first month, PLUS I met my 2 qualifying shows of $300 or more in sales in May.  That gave me a total of:


Book & Sell Awards $450.00
Sponsor Awards $300.00
Bonus Awards
Quick Start Bonus $150.00
Circle of Success Bonus $400.00
Promotion Bonus $0.00
Total: $1,300.00

I currently have a lot in credit for product.  How awesome is that!  I have a great collection already from my shows that I had for myself and now I’m able to build more this summer.

Here’s a quick look at what you would get as a hostess for having a fabulous Trunk Show.

That’s pretty amazing!  I know I was excited with my show!

Here’s what a set up looks like when you host a show!


That’s a display of the product that I own.  My hostesses and their guests get to try all of this on and have a great time doing so.

I’ve gotten the opportunity to sit at a salon for a day to host a “Mystery Show”.  I had put names down for all that made a purchase and or booked a Trunk Show. At the end of that day I drew a name to receive the credits from the sales of that show.  Just by stopping by my table.

I hope I’ve intrigued you enough to at least want to host your own show and get some pretty bling for FREE.

Again, stop by my website and take a look around.  I’ll be hearing from you soon.  (there’s a new catalog coming out in July with new product!!)

Have a great day and remember you can always look your best with stella & dot!!!



stella & dot Independent Stylist 😉

Stella & Dot Give Away

Who loves a give away??!!  Well I know I do.  Stella & Dot not only has fabulously stylish jewelry, but they also have totes and bags.  And with those bags comes some pretty awesome accessories!!  Have you ever heard or seen a Pouf?  Well if you’re familiar with Stella & Dot then you sure are and love them as much as I do.

Pouf you ask?


How cute is that.  You can use it for an iPod case with your charger or your iPhone (ok any cell phone!!).  You could use it as a mini little clutch, a makeup  bag.  There are endless ways you could use this little stylish Pouf!!

The multi-tasking pouf organizes you in style. Use it for everything from cosmetics to tech cords. Glam it up, touch it up – you’ve got it in the bag.

  • Saffiano textured material with contrasting wipe-clean lining.
  • Trim: Lizard textured material.
  • 3.625″H X 6″L X 3.5″D.
  • Available in Zebra, Elephant, and Red Ikat (the Ikat and Elephant are sold out until later this summer).

Ok so lets give one of these away.  I have one on it’s way to my house right now!!!  Ready to give to the lucky winner.

Leave a comment that you’ve signed up to follow the blog (there’s an email sign up right at the top of the blog on the right hand side).  Tell me what your favorite Stella & Dot bling is – it could be yours!! (you can leave in the same message that you’ve signed up to follow the blog).

Follow me on my Facebook page and leave a message that you’ve done so!

How easy is that!!!!  On Sunday, June 9th I will use to select the lucky winner.

Good luck!!

Don’t forget to check out my website for June’s specials and sales.

If you’re interested in hosting a Trunk Show of your own, please contact me to let me know at

Happy stella & dot shopping!


Independent Stylist 😉

stella & dot that’s me!!


As most of you know, I’m Patricia.  I’m one of the two in Two Girls Cooking.  I’ve recently become an Independent Stylist for stella & dot!

Who is stella & dot?  Well, let me tell you!

Stella and Dot, an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Our one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in Gossip Girl, In Style andLucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities. The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have praised Stella & Dot for our innovative social shopping concept which brings together the best of ecommerce, social media, personal service and passionate earning to create the ultimate home based business for today’s modern woman.

OUR CEO and FOUNDER Jessica Herrin, a mother of two and mentor to many, had a vision to create a new kind of company that would offer today’s busy woman a career alternative. As co-founder of (yes, you saw her on Oprah!), Jessica wanted to use her savvy to help solve the modern woman’s dilemma: achieving success and balance through a career you love. Never one to go with the status quo, Jessica felt that the typical home based business just didn’t deliver. With lackluster product, high pressure sales tactics, and old school marketing methods, inventory was ending up in people’s closets with little profit in their pockets.

Jessica’s vision called for an entirely new concept that could guarantee women flexibility, reward, style, profit and fun. With an irresistible product and exceedingly personal service, a proven formula for passionate earning and personal success was born.

We get great joy out of designingirresistible jewelry. And yet, jewelry is just the tangible expression ofsomething much greater we are creating. We have a vision of the world where STRONG WOMEN LIVE BOLD and joyful lives. They know what they want and they work for it. They inspire each other. Passion and joy are their best accessories.

Here’s a great video that shows you what the specials are for hostesses in June!!  (Hint, click the hyperlink “video”).

When you become a stylist you get a website where your customers can shop from the convenience of their home or for a “Trunk Show”.  What is a Trunk Show!!



“What is a trunk show?” We’re glad you asked! Simply put, a Trunk Show is the ultimate personal shopping experience. Our unique, stylish accessory line is sold exclusively through trained, Independent Stylists at a jewelry collection show. Stella & Dot accessories aren’t available in stores – the only way to see our line and try it on is at a trunk party. Anyone can host a trunk show, and our average Hostess receives $250 in free jewelry, plus more products at half off! So, now it’s your turn: when a girlfriend asks, “What are trunk shows?” or a co-worker wonders, “What are trunk parties?” besides just sharing the definition of a trunk show, you might just say, “Why not come to my trunk show and find out for yourself!?” Your friends and family will love our styles, and you’ll love your new, free accessories!

Doesn’t that sound like THE best idea!!  Of course it does.  The sales for this month are fabulous.  (Hint, click on sales to see them!!!).  The specials for June are even better!!!



The product from stella & dot is like no other.  They are seen on countless celebrities, Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, Kelly Ripa, and many more.  They are seen in Lucky Magazine, Vogue, and many more.  Head over to my website to see what fun you can have for free.


stella & dot has THE cutest girls collection starting at $14!  Yes, $14.  I had a Mother/Daughter Trunk Show and it was a hit.  Brooklyn’s friends all wanted what she had.  In fact, Brooklyn carries the latest tote as her school bag!  Her friend has one as well!


Here’s a little sample of what the girls collection holds as well:


Yes, the bling even comes in those cute little containers for the girls to store them in.  Brooklyn has been my helper and does a fabulous job.


Big or small, girls love to look pretty.  And you can too.  I have opening in June and July for Trunk Shows.  Please contact me at to get more information or go to my Facebook page!  I look forward into helping you and your friends have a great time.

See you soon!


stella & dot Independent Stylist