Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A 48 year-old Love Story & Dessert

48 years ago,  on January 25, 1964, when we were only fourteen years old, my darling & I became high school sweethearts!!  6 1/2 years later we married, had four children and then later added  six grandchildren.  What's our secret?  It's loyalty to each other & commitment & dedication to our family.   This special fella of mine has always been:

-my knight in shining armor                                  
-my rock
-the one I can always depend on
-my hero
-my one, true LOVE

My darling has always managed to make me feel so loved, adored and cherished.  For that, I am forever grateful.  Happy 48 years to us, when we started "going steady".

Here's my honey's favorite dessert:

Cream Puffs

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400.  Heat water & butter to rolling boil.  Stir in flour.  Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until it forms a ball.  Remove from heat.  Beat in eggs, all at  one time.  (I use a wooden spoon).  Continue beating until smooth (the mixture gets very stiff).  Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls,  3" apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed & golden.  Cool away from draft.  (I cut a small vent on the side, towards the top to let out the steam). 

Cut off tops.  Pull out any filaments of soft dough.  Fill puffs with the following:


1 package of instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
half of an 8 ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

Mix pudding & milk together & whisk for 2 minutes.  Fold in the thawed whipped topping.  Fill the cream puffs. Replace the tops.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar (use a small sieve).

To make the swans:  Pipe a question mark design on the baking sheet.  These will brown  in about 15 minutes. Take them out while the cream puffs finish baking.  Cut the top of the cream puff in half.  Fill the bottom of the cream puff with the filling. Fan the tops out to resemble wings inserting into the pudding.  Put the swan's neck in the front & there you have it...a beautiful cream puff swan!!


  1. lucky you! congrats on your beautiful marriage. if I make this dessert I will be the biggest hit around! how cool does that look!

  2. Happy Anniversary! Love the photos. Swan in a Cloche love it. Have a good day Kitty.

  3. Those swans are beautiful, and your love story even more beautiful! Have a wonderful day!

  4. How sweet :) I love happy stories! I married my high school sweetheart too! Who says love that young cant be true? Happy anniversary to yall! Your swans are just too gorgeous to eat! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party! Have a Sweet Week :)

  5. Is that you in that B&W photo,Kitty?!?Aww, you look so cute and you look just the same all through these years!And your 'Special fella' looks just as handsome!You make such a lovely pair together:)It was very nice reading about your 48-year-old love story - my heartiest wishes to both of you.The cream puff swans are so beautiful - I'd rather keep them decorated on my dinner table than have them - but then I can't stop drooling,so I have to take a bite;)

  6. That is such a sweet story, Kitty! And your sweetie's favorite dessert looks so impressive and delicious. Congratulations to you and your husband on your anniversary. You looks like kids in that early photo ;)

  7. We are both so lucky to have been with our great guys since we were "kids", and to be so madly in love after all these years. You and Rich are beautiful people inside and out, and I am proud to call you friend.

    I think I will make these for my sweetheart on Valentine's Day! Love and hugs!

  8. This is precious. Love is...well so wonderful however it comes packaged and after all these years, look likes you both have the right recipe. I can holy pray I have that many years w/ my sweetie! Great post Kitty

  9. Aw, congrats to you and your hubby Kitty-Happy Anny! The cream puffs are really cute too-enjoy:@)

  10. How sweet! And what a sweet! Love cream puffs!

  11. What a love story! I think my favorite is the picture of you two when you were young! So adorable!!! I love your swans and putting them under the cloche is fabulous. Congratulations on 48 years of love!

  12. So sweet! Happy Anniversary to you both! Lovely treat to celebrate each other. And a lovely post to read as I begin a new day. I have a big smile in my heart :)

  13. Happy Anniversary to you both and thank you for sharing your love story with us today. Your swans are lovely and you did a really great job making them. The sound delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary.

  14. What a GREAT photo of the two of you, Kitty! Happy Anniversary!!

    Your swans turned out fabulous. I only tried making cream puffs ONCE. I had tennis elbow at the time & boy, did my arm ache after trying to stir & stir & stir. Never tried them again. LOL Maybe I should, seeing how pretty yours turned out.

    I hope you have many, many more HEALTHY years of happy marriage together.


  15. Oh my, we are anniversary twins! Hubby and I will celebrate our 48th anniversary of going steady in high school this year! We were married in 1971 after he returned from Vietnam, so our 41st wedding anniversary is coming up. We have 2 children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I just love my family and I am so happy for you!

    1. Who says young love doesn't last??!! I am so happy for you, too.

  16. That is so sweet! Happy 48 years!!! Wow, my hubby and I are about to get to our 10 years together mark. 48 is amazing!
    Beautiful swans!!

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  17. Congratulations to you and your Honey! What a romantic love story, to go with your beautiful dessert. The Swans are just beautiful! Very special photo's of you two. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. I'm so excited that you linked this on Sweet as Sugar. When i was a kid my mom would take me to this Italian Bakery and Cream puff Swans were ALWAYS my choice. I have to see if I can make these; if they come out I will be tickled pink! Thanks so much for sharing. Congrats to you and your husband on 48 years. That is amazing:)

  19. Happy Sweetheart Anniversary! What a wonderful love story! You are a blessed lady! I love the dessert too! The swan is such a sweet touch to your honey's favorite dessert! Thanks for sharing it! I shared it on my FB page today.

  20. Happy Anniversary Kitty~ 48 years being sweethearts is an accomplishment! Your swans are beautiful! I love both of your photos :)

  21. Beautiful love story! Beautiful swans!

  22. Touching story accompnied by a beautiful and graceful sweet finish.

  23. Oh, my mouth is watering now for a cream puff! The swans are very clever. Congratulations to you and your sweetheart. What a nice love story!
    Hugs, Cindy

  24. Congrats! You are a special couple...being married isn't easy unless there is commitment,loyality and dedication to ones family.
    Your swans are beautiful! What a special dessert.
    Blessings My Friend,

  25. Hi Kitty,

    Happy "Going Steady" Anniversary! :) It's wonderful to find the right person, isn't it?

    I really love swans and I really love cream puffs, so this is a win/win recipe for me. The swans made such a pretty picture, and the pictures of you and your hubby are great! Happy Seasonal Sunday, Kitty.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  26. Hi Kitty,
    Congratulations to both you and your hubby! Stories like yours just warm my heart. What a handsome couple you are too! You have set a beautiful example for your family and everyone who knows you.
    {Our 'Going steady' date is March 9th.}
    Your swans are fabulous and so pretty! I'm so happy you have shared this beautiful post with Tea Time. Thank you, you've made my day!


  27. Hi Kitty,
    congratulations for this wonderful anniversary. Your are truly a handsome couple and I wish you many many years in love together. The swans are so romantic for this event. Thank you for sharing the idea and recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. Oh how special. Happy anniversary. You two have a very special relationship. Such an inspiration to all. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  29. I too married my high school prom date and 33 married years later he is still "all that" to me. You articulated it beautifully, as do the swan cream puffs. I would say your man is a lucky one indeed. Happy Anniversary. Have a great week. ~CJ

  30. What a wonderful story. I can only hope I'll be with my husband that long! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  31. Congrats on your special anniversary! My husband and I have been together for 29 years and married for 25 years this year. I love that you met your husband in high school and have been together all this time! :)

  32. Hi Kitty! Thanks so much for sharing that fabulous recipe and making the seemingly impossible into "do-able". I am 60 now but I still remember that those cream puff swans were the very special dessert at a fancy restaurant my daddy would take us to for special occasions when I was growing up.

  33. My mom enjoyed seeing your post because she has a simlar picture of she and my dad sitting on a couch opening Christmas presents when they were either dating or newly married. Congrats on all your happy years with your husband, and may you have many more years together. Your cute swans are too pretty to eat, but they sound wonderful! I appreciate you sharing your story and your recipe on my party.

  34. what a sweet love story! Happy Going Steady Anniversary! those swans are so graceful and look so delicious. I think your husband has great taste!

  35. Hi again Kitty! Just a brief message to let you know I enjoyed your love story and those cream puffs so much that this post was featured on my blog this afternoon. Thanks for all the wonderful things you added to the Your Cozy Home Party last week. I hope you'll be back again soon!


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