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Who am I? Wife. Mother of 2. "Newbie" to fitness. Personal Trainer-in-training. Lover of health. Fitness. Religion. Family. Gluten and refined sugar intolerant. Welcome to my journey. Learn with me.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Key Lime Dessert

I made this to take to our cousin Tonya's baby's blessing. I wish I could have taken pictures because it looked SOOO pretty, but I felt really weird whipping out my camera and taking pictures of the dessert on my plate in the middle of a big family party. Can't imagine why, huh? (It looks like a green cake with a chocolate cookie crust and white frosting.) Anyway, this was a HUGE hit! Seriously, people SWAMPED it and it was devoured within 5 minutes. It is pretty rich but is super tasty. It was a little more involved to make so I would recommend making it on a low key Saturday when you can do a bunch of stuff in between steps. I don't remember exactly where I got this recipe but I think I clipped it out of the Deseret News C section one day.


2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter

1 large box lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

Combine cookie crumbs, sugar and butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan and set aside.

To make filling, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Chill until quite thickened, about 1 hour. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on low with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in thickened gelatin. Fold in 2 cups whipped topping. Pour over crust and chill for several hours. Top with remaining whipped topping. Serves 12. (Or more when you cut it into smaller pieces which I recommend because of the richness of the dessert.)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ranch Chicken Pizza

Yay! I'm back and with another great recipe! Jake and I love pizza - especially homemade pizza. I ran across a version of this recipe in my new Made Simple Chicken cookbook. I definitely made a lot of changes to it based on what I had on hand, so I will just post my altered recipe. We loved this pizza - hopefully you will too



1/2 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
*2 chicken breasts, cooked, and cut into strips
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 can olives, sliced

Blend together dressing, cream cheese, and tomato paste. Stir in cooked chicken. Spread on pizza crust. Top with mozzarella cheese and olives.


1 pkg. Dry yeast (2 tsp. = 1 pkg.)
2 Tbsp. Lukewarm water
Dissolve yeast in warm water.
1 egg
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Shortening or oil
1 cup boiling water
3 cups flour

Beat egg, add shortening, salt, sugar. Slowly stir in boiling water. Cool to lukewarm and add yeast mixture. Add ½ flour; stir (or beat with electric mixer) until smooth. Add remaining flour. Knead to soft dough. Roll to fit pan. Spread light coating of oil over dough on pan. Let rise 15 minutes. (You can spread on sauce and toppings while waiting for dough to rise.)

Cook at 425 for 15 - 20 minutes. (Check at 15 minutes.) HINT WHILE BAKING: Turn oven to BROIL for one minute at the very end of pizza cooking time. This gives the cheese a nice brown that is so delicious!

*NOTE: When cooking my chicken strips I flavored them with salt, pepper, onion powder, and a little bit of Worchestershire sauce - SO GOOD! We also folded mozzarella cheese into rolled edges of our pizza crust for the "stuffed crust" experience.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


It has been a really long time since I have posted any new recipes and I am sorry! I have been extremely sick and our kitchen is being remodeled right now so I do not have access to cooking opportunities! The kitchen should be done in the next few days so hopefully I will be able to get back to cooking scrumptious meals soon!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Crockpot Spaghetti

This is a great idea if you have a large gathering. I like my usual spaghetti sauce better - less ingredients, even easier to put together - but this does make a lot! It was a hit with our friends who came over to play some games. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of it before Jake's boys gobbled it up, but it doesn't look any different than any other spaghetti sauce!


1 lb. lean ground beef (raw)
1 c. beef bouillon
Minced onions
2 Tbsp. Minced parsley
¼ tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Dried basil
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz.) can tomato paste
¼ tsp. Pepper

Mix all together and let cook all day on low. Boil spaghetti noodles until soft. Drain.