Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | 0 comments

cream cheese brownies

Today, I made brownies with cream cheese, took pictures, uploaded it in my computer when all of a sudden I remember Paulo Coelho’s book Aleph.

I read Aleph a couple of months ago. It is the story of a king in his journey of reclaiming his kingdom.  In the book, the kingdom represents the things or the people in our lives that make us happy, fulfilled and satisfied.

I can’t help but ask myself what are the things that made up MY kingdom?  A brief answer comes almost instantly; of course it’s my family and friends, my very comfortable day job and my faith that swings back and forth depending on my circumstances. Then I realized my kingdom is very small and unstable…

The King Reclaiming His Kingdom

In the book it’s about Paulo Coelho who achieved a lot of things and have everything he ever dreamed of.  When he noticed that despite everything he has and everything he learned over many years, the realities of the physical world lead him to frustration more than he wants to accept it.  His daily routines eats up all the joy in his life and he set out to resolve it.

I’m The Queen Responsible Growing My Kingdom

What else I can do to grow my kingdom? Sooner or later, like Paulo, I’ll become bored and frustrated of what I have.

My daily routine which includes: fixing the kids for school; preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner; cleaning the house; and in between attends to my day job  for a Canadian marketing company; and when all is done I call it a day and go to bed. Then the next day, I’ll do the same thing…

I’m HAPPY…I’m not complaining…

But, how long will this happy feeling of being a full-time mother and a part time virtual employee will keep me satisfied and fulfilled?

I told myself: This is my kingdom and I’m the Queen, I have to do something about it! was born.

The book Aleph was my source of inspiration to put up The idea of kingdom and king made me realize a lot of things in my life.

When JoyBites was born my daily routines was shaken by preparing delicious food, picture taking and blogging.   And so far it’s been a very exciting experience. One baby step towards growing my kingdom… not bad eh…

I’ve made a list of exciting things I still want to do to grow my kingdom like writing for a food magazine, become a professional food photographer, putting up a successful marketing business, and maybe writing an inspirational book…

Today, I’m having a feast in my kingdom and I’m sharing my cream cheese brownies… I added some chocolate chips and frosting too, see the picture below with the book. 🙂 Tell me-tell me looks simply fantastic, diba?

Paulo Coelho's Aleph

I’m inviting you to read Paulo Coelho’s Aleph I always believe that every person who reads the same book has a different interpretation of it and always picks up the best in it.  Maybe like me, you will find the best inspiration to start up something, to take that little baby step or you will be thrilled by the idea of “kingdom”. I’m already excited for all of you!

The recipe of my cream cheese brownies is just below, try it, it’s a good treat for a King and Queen!

See you in my next post.





Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe



4 oz cream cheese, softened (from 8 oz package)


1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

1. Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, put the cream cheese to soften.

2. Make brownie batter as directed on box. Spread 3/4 of brownie batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly onto brownie batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Cut through mixture with knife several times for marbled design. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

3. Bake 40 to 44 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownie 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Adapted from Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies






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