Posts Tagged ‘desserts’


This was the healthy dessert that Katie brought over for dinner earlier this week. It was delicious! I can’t wait to make it again!

  • 1 block 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip
  • 1 box of sugar-free vanilla pudding
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple – not drained
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks – drained

Mix together and keep cold until serving time!

Thanks Katie!!

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Last weekend we went to a party on Friday night and then to the lake on Saturday morning. I wanted to bring something that was easy to make, would keep well in a tupperware, was not full of butter and oil, would fit my cousin’s GF needs and tasted delicious!

I thought about brownies – too rich, cookies – too time consuming for the few minutest I had, cupcakes – too messy to travel with and cake – no. I decided on a favorite treat of many…RICE KRISPIE TREATS!

To spice it up a little bit, I did two versions – classic and chocolate peanut butter!


Classic Rice Krispies

  • 1 box Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter

Melt marshmallows and butter until melted. Add cereal and put into a cookie sheet to cool.


Chocolate PB Rice Krispies

Same as above recipe with 1/2 PB added to the butter/marshmallow mix. Add chocolate chips with cereal.


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First of all, Happy Birthday MOM!!


We had a great time cooking out with our new neighbors who live down the street on Sunday! They are they cutest family with twin three-year olds and a baby on the way! For the cookout I volunteered to bring dessert. So like usual, I went through every dessert idea in my head debating what I should make. It had to taste good and be healthy. After going through the list of ice cream cake, cupcakes, brownies, raw cookies (I wasn’t sure these would be a hit) I went with the classic fruit pizza bars, modified of course.

While they were baking I was a little nervous they would taste like rubbery low fat squares, but they turned out ok. 🙂

Fruit Pizza Squares

Cookie part:

  • 2 pouches of sugar cookie mix, such as Betty Crocker
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. water – maybe this was a little too much because they were more cakey than cookie
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

Bake until you think they are done at 350. You can’t go by the directions because you changed all of the ingredients.


  • 1 block light cream cheese
  • 1 box of vanilla sugar free pudding mix – mixed with 3/4 skim milk
  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip

Mix the pudding with milk then beat in the cream cheese. Once this mixture is creamy, add in the cool whip.


  1. Prepare and bake the cookie bars.
  2. Prepare the topping.
  3. Add topping to the cooled bars.
  4. Top with fresh fruit!


While this isn’t the most wholesome recipe, it is light and summery and makes for an easy BBQ treat!

Today’s plans include:

  • brunch with Jen and Jody and baby Addyson
  • walking or laying out with Bethany
  • 2 grad school papers
  • a marathon training run of 5 miles
  • a bike ride with Katie
  • who knows what else!

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Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂

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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.



Cookies made by Jen and I!!


Trying to tie the book club into the shower.


Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…


Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe




Lots of sweets for Baby Addison


Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!


Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!


Kate’s Strawberry Salad


Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!


And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper


I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!


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Tons of Treats

Last night we had our neighborhood holiday party! It was a great time! We started off with cold appetizers at one house, then moved to hot appetizers at another. After that the party moved to our house for dessert!!

We had a huge amount of delicious desserts!  I set up some things before the party started and people who were helping us brought stuff over.




The dessert menu included:

  • raspberry bars
  • peanut butter bars
  • brownies
  • gingerbread cake
  • key lime bars
  • fondue with pretzels, strawberries, and cookies
  • truffles
  • fudge
  • cheesecake

So….the new year of healthy eating will resume TOMORROW!!

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Almost Thanksgiving!

Today went pretty fast for being a Monday and a Thursday at school. It is soooo nice that tomorrow is the last day of the week! Thank goodness! I am ready for a break.

I worked out this morning so I wouldn’t have to bother with it this afternoon, which is always a good idea in my opinion. When I got home, I made a quick batch of pumpkin cupcakes. They are soo good! I had to try one!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 3 egg whites
  • splash of water
  • 1 tsp. + a little extra pumpkin pie spice

Mix all together and bake for 30 min. at 350. I also added pepitas before baking them! I am excited to bring them to school for a Thanksgiving treat!


Then for dinner (we have NO food, not even butter or any type or meat at all, we are even out of corn and black beans which I felt like we had a life supply of. A trip to the store is going to happen right after Thanksgiving!) I made crab cakes for Brady and I, but I wanted something else too.

I decided on leftover Gimme Lean Sausage with veggies and egg whites. I was planning on putting in a Flat Out wrap with some lettuce and cheese. Sounds good right?! Here is how it turned out:


It looks good, but it just did not do it for me. I ended up throwing it all away and eating cereal for dinner. Sometimes you just have to do that!

🙂 New recipes tomorrow! Plus a holiday contest!!

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