Thursday, July 2, 2009


1 box sugar free/fat free pudding (instant)
1/4 cup cream + water to consistency you want
2 T. cream cheese

Blend or mix with hand beater. It will look a little grainy, but no is SO GOOD! Start out with less water and add more if you want to thin it.

Enjoy this with fresh fruit such as raspberries, strawberries and you can also add lowfat Cool Whip.

Try all flavors. Chocolate, White Chocolate, Pistachio, Butterscotch, Cheesecake, etc.

Rootbeer Floats

1/2 can diet rootbeer
1/4 - 1/2 cup whole cream
handful of ice (according to taste/consistency)

Blend in blender! You can recreate this with any diet soda. Play with the ingredients if you want it thicker!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

My kids love anything in mini-size. They had a great time making these the other night. We rolled some in crushed Oreo and some in patriotic sprinkles.

Vanilla Wafers
Ice Cream

Smash a small scoop of ice cream between two vanilla wafers. Roll the edges in decorative sprinkles or crushed cookies.
A great variation would be to use the chocolate wafer cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Or Oreos with cookies and cream ice cream - YUMMY!

Easy Oat Squares

This is the EASIEST recipe and so yummy. These caused me to cheat on my diet several times this week. You can use any kind of jam (apricot, raspberry, strawberry, etc.) I used my homemade strawberry preserves for this batch.

1 box white or yellow cake mix (I used French Vanilla)
2 cups oatmeal
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 bottle jam (any flavor)

Mix cake mix and oatmeal together. Stir in melted butter until well combined. Press half of the mixture on the bottom of a greased 13x9 cake pan. Spread jam all over the top (thin the jam with a teaspoon or two of water if it is really thick). Spread rest of crumb mixture all over the top and pat down. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

Meatloaf Pillows

I LOVE meatloaf, but hate that it takes almost an hour to cook. When I ran across this recipe, I had to try it since the baking time is much shorter. Since the bread is baked around the meat, you only need a side salad and you've got a complete meal. Delish!

12 oz. tube refrigerated biscuits
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 c. catsup
1 c. catsup, divided
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Divide and press biscuit dough across the bottom and up the sides of 10 greased muffin cups, set aside. Combine ground beef, 1/2 c. catsup, onion, eggs and oats. Mix well and form into 10 meatballs; place one meatball in each biscuit lined muffin cup. Spread remaining catsup on the top of each meatball. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Cookie Pizza

I collect Ward Cookbooks and my friends and family know that nothing makes me happier! I needed to take a dessert to a BBQ the other night, but was so tired of the same old thing. Found this recipe in an old ward cookbook and it turned out PERFECT! The cookie was soft and delicious and it made enough to feed a crowd with some leftover.

1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
2 T. water
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
1-2 cups marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&M's

Beat brown sugar and shortening. Add egg, water and vanilla, mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix again. Stir in peanut butter chips. Spray a 13" pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread dough around evenly on bottom to form a crust. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 or until top is golden brown. Remove from oven. Sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips and M&M's on top. Return to oven for 5 minutes until melted. Can drizzle melted white chocolate or chocolate syrup on top after it has cooled.