Archive for July, 2012

The Thanksgiving after I graduated college, my parents informed me that they both had high cholesterol and blood pressure – which obviously bodes well for my future. They immediately started to change the way they ate and added regular exercise in to the mix, and I quickly followed suit because I figured it would be easier to make the changes now than 20 years down the road.

And then came the news that crushed my soul – my dad’s doctor had told him to watch his sugar intake.

If you know me at all, you know that dessert is my kryptonite. Cutting out fast food and switching to whole grain pasta? No problem. But to curb my sugar intake? Are you trying to kill me?!?!?

Yogurt Covered Blueberries(pinned here)

Yogurt Covered Blueberries


Nailed it. I’m not saying I’d replace “real” dessert with these, but they make an excellent snack. Or breakfast. Not that I did that while my husband wondered aloud why I can’t eat a “normal” breakfast on the weekends.


I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of honey. I also forgot about them so they spent close to 24 hours on the cookie sheet which resulted in just a bit of freezer burn. While they’re still delectable, you might want to set a timer so you don’t do the same thing.

Original recipe from The Caffeinated Chronicles of Supermom.



Things I do not like: slow drivers, bugs, and fruit in my dessert.

Yes, you read that right – I do not like fruit in my dessert. Apple pie? Peach cobbler? Pass. I’m the kid whose strawberry shortcake consisted of shortcake and whipped cream. For as long as I can remember, if you put fruit within a two mile radius of my dessert, I would turn it down.

Obviously times are beginning to change.

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins(pinned here)

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins


Nailed it. I made these for a church small group meeting and received a “You’re a hell of a cook” for it. (Of course, this was from the same woman who was blown away by my 4th of July cupcakes that came from a box.) If, however, you’re looking for a super sweet dessert, this is not it. But at about 110 calories a pop, they’d also double as an excellent breakfast.


I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain, skipped the lemon juice, and topped them with Cool Whip. I’d also recommend using a food processor or real blender as opposed to a hand blender. That or invest in a hand blender that has an on/off switch rather than a button you have to hold down the entire time you’re blending resulting in serious hand cramps. (If one of those actually exists, please tell me?)

Original recipe from omnomalicious.


Posted: July 11, 2012 in Dinner Recipe
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Here’s the thing about grilling: if it’s not charcoal, it doesn’t count. Sorry gas grill lovers, but all you’re really doing is using a stove outside. Color me unimpressed.

Charcoal requires you to master fire. Charcoal adds flavor. Charcoal occasionally causes bad words to fly out of my husband’s mouth as he tries to light the fire while battling the wind. (Well played, gas grillers.)


Kabobs(pinned here)



Nailed it. They probably could have stayed on the grill a little longer to get a bit more of the charcoal flavor, but there still aren’t words to describe how delicious these were. The husband and I had two skewers each and may or may not have fought over who got to take the leftovers for lunch. (I lost.)


I used Italian dressing as an all day marinade (chicken in one bag, veggies in another). My mom uses balsamic vinaigrette if you’d like to go that route.

Original recipe from Jin Fitness.

When I was growing up, 4th of July consisted of a) going to my aunt and uncle’s with my dad’s side of the family, b) going to the ghetto Dominick’s shopping plaza to watch the town’s fireworks while eating a Baskin Robbins ice cream cone, or c) going to my grandparents’ for Symphony on the Prairie (my favorite option). But now that I’m a full grown adult (when did that happen?), 4th of July just kind of is. I love watching fireworks, don’t get me wrong. But the fireworks around here aren’t exactly anything to write home about (or fight the bugs for). So this year, with the 4th being a Wednesday and the husband having to work all day, we didn’t really do anything 4th of Julyish. Other than make these cheesecakes of course.

Red, White & Blueberry Cheesecake(pinned here)

Red, White & Blueberry Cheesecake


Nailed it. I’m always a little leery of using Greek yogurt in things because I’m not a yogurt person at all. But unlike the Greek yogurt pudding substitution my brother-in-law attempted with dirt pudding, you can’t tell there’s Greek yogurt in these. As evidenced by my devouring three – yes, three – of these last night.


You may want to double the recipe. 12 don’t last very long.

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.