A Little Dab Will Do Ya

September 4, 2008

SLACKER EXTRODINAIRE!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 12:41 pm

That would be me.  It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything, it’s just that I haven’t been blogging about it!  So I have a whole list of blogs to write, but I at the very least got the pics sized and uploaded to Photobucket last night – so there WILL be posts in the next few days recounting my time in the kitchen, and the craft room over the past month or so…

And just a semi-update… I have decided to not continue with my participation in Tuesdays with Dorie.  It’s a GREAT group and a lot of fun, but it didn’t align with my goals for healthy living and financial responsibility at this time.  So I resigned from that and decided to join a group that will have a positive impact on others, and will allow me to bake as well – I have proudly joined Operation Baking GALS.  This group adopts ~10 soldiers that are overseas each month.  Bloggers from all over America are signing up to support one of the chosen soldiers and we mail off packages to them so that they get an abundance of “home” to share with their units around them.  This way I get to bake, but the goodies don’t stay in my home tempting me!  It’s perfect!  AND it’s only once a month, so I definitely have time for it!  My post(s) about what I sent will follow shortly…

God Bless and have a wonderful day!

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July 15, 2008

TWD – Chocolate Pudding

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 6:00 am

 

Finally!  I got something done on time! Amazing!

 

I’ll admit – when I first saw the recipe for this week, I thought it was just a whole lot of work that Jello had just made a whole lot easier for us.  And while I still think Jello pudding mixes have their purpose, now that I’ve had pudding from scratch, WOW.  I have a whole new appreciation for pudding!  Along the way, I thought it was all going to end up in the trash.  It did NOT look good when moving it from the stove to the blender on the final run… but the blender made it all better!  It tasted wonderful – a lot different than instant pudding – it wasn’t really sweet, but more rich than normal…

The recipe was chosen by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen – check out her blog for the recipe!

I found that the pudding was definitely the most challenging thing to photograph so far.  Because it sat in the ramekins, when topped with coolwhip, you couldn’t see the pudding, so I had to dig in and get some cross-sections.  Dang the luck!

June 14, 2008

Bookmarks Galore!

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 8:55 am

I figured it was time for another update on my craft projects – there have actually been quite a few lately!  Mainly I’ve been creating gifts for a lot of graduating seniors.  I’m an adult volunteer leader for Young Life – I began last September.  So it’s my first time to have graduating seniors – and there were LOTS this year!  There was no way I could afford to get them all something, so I decided I would take it upon myself to just make something.  Considering they are all going off to college, and will be studying VERY hard, I thought bookmarks might come in handy, so I created a couple…

And then I needed to design a card for them to go in, and this is what I came up with – it reminded me of a concho belt when I got done with it…

And then this coming week I’m going to be in Buena Vista, CO at Frontier Ranch with the Young Life group as well and wanted the girls in my cabin to be able to take a little something back with them from me.  There will be 15 of them though, so once again, buying stuff was cost prohibitive, so I created another bookmark!

The message on it says “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson” – which is PERFECT for camp because one of the main points is to put the kids in one of the most beautiful places on earth, surround them with God’s beauty and hopefully they will be inspired by it.

That’s all for now – I’ve got to go pack!

June 13, 2008

Body for Life Cheesecake

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 9:06 am

Ok – a few years back I embarked upon Body for Life – and it WORKED.  I did get burned out on it, and picked up my old (bad) habits again and in turn gained back the weight I lost.  My fault though – nothing’s going to work if you don’t work at maintaining… 

ANYWAYS – all of that to say that when I get back from Colorado (leaving on Saturday, returning on Sunday), I will be pushing forward with BFL once again.  This week I decided to get a bit of it back into my routine and baked this BFL Cheesecake.  It’s not bad at all and has lots of protein in it thanks to cottage cheese and egg substitute… 

First of all the picture (admit it – you would eat it based on looking at it – AND you would like it!)

And the recipe:

1 cup FF cottage cheese

1 cup egg substitute

12 oz FF cream cheese

3 TBSP Splenda (I use 6 TBSP based on reviews from others – and this is NOT Splenda for Baking, just normal Splenda)

1 TBSP Vanilla

1 RF Graham Cracker Crust

 

In a blender, mix the cottage cheese and egg substitute together – it will become smooth.  Add in blocks of cream cheese a little at a time.  Then add in the splenda and vanilla.  Pour into the crust and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  Top with whatever your heart desires!  I pureed strawberries so it would still be BFL friendly!

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