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Showing posts with label Recipes and Food. Show all posts

Triple Berry Ice Cream Topping Recipe





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Lately, I have been on the hunt for a dessert that will hit the spot for my picky pregnancy tastebuds.

As most of you know, the first trimester has left me exhausted during most days over the last couple months.  Combine pregnancy fatigue with four energetic kids, and I am really valuing a little quiet during nap time lately.  I've been avoiding the to-do list, keeping my laptop closed, and taking that time to refresh during the day.  It's really helped me to recoup and be ready to handle the pre-dinner chaos!  I either take a nap, or I settle on the couch with a book or the remote...and ideally I want some sweet treat that I can enjoy every now and then all by my lonesome!

During some of my pregnancies I craved anything sweet, and it didn't even matter what it was.  But this time around heavy, overly fatty desserts just sound gross.  But at the same time, my sweet tooth is demanding to be satisfied!  It's a real conundrum.



However, I recently discovered ProYo Low Fat High Protein Ice Cream!  This is a type of ice cream that uses less fat and a high protein content in it's formulation, so I had to give it a try.  





I picked up a few different flavors at King Soopers, and I wanted some sort fruit sauce to top it with that would also be less sweet than traditional ice cream toppings...so I came up with this triple-berry ice cream topping recipe to enjoy with my ProYo Low Fat High Protein Ice Cream!  I'm really happy with how the sauce, and my dessert, turned out - I didn't douse the fruit in sugar, so the berries kept that slightly tart taste, which is perfect on top of sweet ice cream.



Triple Berry Ice Cream Topping

1 1/2 c. of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (frozen)
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 c. cranberry juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, until fruit is thawed and sugar is melted.

2. Mash berries up until desired chunkiness is reached for your sauce.

3. Increase to medium heat and let mixture reach a rolling boil.  Boil for five minutes.  

4.  Remove from heat and pour into glass container.  Refrigerate until cool, and serve over your favorite ice cream!  




The topping should keep for one week in the refrigerator, and this recipe produces about 3/4 c. of topping.  I would double the recipe if you intend to share with guests (hint: ProYo Low Fat High Protein Ice Cream is also soy-free and gluten-free, which is really useful to keep in mind when I'm entertaining since some of my friends have food sensitivities).

I tried this triple-berry topping over the Vanilla Bean flavor, and I thought the flavors mixed together well (I also think it would be good on top of the Coconut flavor)!  ProYo Low Fat High Protein Ice Cream uses a sugar and xylitol blend, so despite having a lower sugar content, it tastes just as sweet and delicious as normal ice cream.  I thought this made the tart berry topping a perfect counter.  The next flavor I'm going to try...Dark Chocolate Toffee!  Yum.




If you'd like to try ProYo Low Fat High Protein Ice Cream, ProYo has a great coupon right now for buy one 14 oz. container, get one free - available now through 7/7, while supplies last!  ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Creams are available nationwide at Kroger and other Banner stores. You can find a store that carries it by using this store locator!

What is your favorite ice cream topping?  
Maybe I'll get some ideas for another homemade topping recipe in the future!








Worth The Time (Vol. 1)



I thought I'd try something a little new here and do a once-a-month post about different things that I think are "worth the time".  It could be books, movies, audiobooks, podcasts, articles, blogs, board games...it might be anything.  I'm just going to keep you all on your toes!

The Selection 

I've been really into watching the History Channel lately, and they've had some great new programming over the last couple years.  My latest favorite is The Selection.

This show takes a group of civilians and puts them through something that is like the training for the special forces - Seals, Rangers, Green Berets.  They seemed pretty "easy" on everyone in the first episode and Derek was ready to write the show off as not being realistic (my grandpa was in the army, and we've heard his basic training stories, which were worse than what they did on the first episode).  But I was still interested, so we watched, and it definitely got more intense!  Those instructors are tough! I'm still not convinced that it is exactly like special forces training, because I imagine that would be even more demanding, but it's so interesting to watch and get a taste of what those people in our military overcome in order to be prepared to protect us.  It's fascinating, and it makes me respect our armed forces even more.

It's just starting to get good now - if you get the History Channel, you can catch up on all the episodes here or on the app!

This Recipe

I made this pumpkin streusel coffee cake for our MOPS meeting the other day.  I recently read on Gina's blog that you shouldn't make something for the first time when it's for someone else, guests, etc.  That makes a lot of sense to me, so I made it and decided I would scratch it and make something else if it was no good.  But it was good.  The perfect amount of moistness, and the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor without being too overwhelming.  I used caramel flavoring instead of vanilla extract.  It was a winner!


The Sonicare Section On Amazon 

(Affiliate link below, but only because I really love Sonicare toothbrushes.)


This one is more a "worth the money" than a "worth the time" pick - but hey, time is money, huh?  And your teeth are worth something.  I stumbled across this AMAZING sale on Amazon of Sonicare toothbrushes, and as a dental hygienist, I feel compelled to share it.  You can take the girl out of the dental hygiene world, but you can't take the dental hygienist out of the girl.

Seriously though, these are my personal favorite toothbrushes.  When I brush with my Sonicare, I can feel the difference in my gums.  And I'm not just saying that as some hygienist ploy to get you to buy the good toothbrush!  I can really feel it, personally.

I bought Derek and myself new Sonicare toothbrushes, because the basic model is only $20! That is a great deal!  I've been really missing my old Sonicare since it broke, and I'm sharing the good toothbrush love.

(Check out these coupons though if you want a fancier model, because you can get an even better discount until 1/28.)

Alright, I'll be back again next month with more worth-the-time favorites!  I'm off to watch the inauguration!




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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to sit on the porch with Derek in the evening.  As the winter months come to a close, and the air turns warm, I am so looking forward to spending some time together as a couple outside.  The evening air is gorgeous in the mountains.  I have visions of sitting on the porch together, listening to the hummingbirds whizzing by, talking and drinking iced tea.

Are you ready for a confession?  It has been a long time since my husband and I have gone on a date.

Holiday Tea Recipe: Cranberry Orange Spiced Tea



There are certain tastes that we associate with certain memories.  For me, the tastes of different drinks conjure memories of different seasons of my life.  I specifically associate cranberry, orange, and tea with winter and Christmas memories, so I thought why not combine all three into a family tea recipe that would fit perfectly into a Christmas family gathering or party menu?  And so this recipe was born.

Pumpkin Maple Fudge





The very first year Derek and I were married, I went all out on the holiday baking.  When you are newly married, the holidays are twice as exciting, and for Thanksgiving and Christmas that year, I baked as much as our small budget would allow us.  I actually made four different kinds of fudges for Christmas.  Four!  That's not even counting the cookies and store bought candy.  It's a wonder we made it through January without having to buy all new pants.

Lucky for you guys, all that fudge recipe experimenting made me a fudge-making expert, and now I come up with a new variety practically every month.  Since Thanksgiving is in two days, I thought I'd share my newest fudge recipe with you.  In case you are an over-eager holiday food maker, like I am.  You may not need another pumpkin recipe with the abundance of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but this recipe is great for Christmas too!


Watermelon Lemonade Spritzer | Non-Alcoholic Summer Drink Recipe


I was under the impression that August was National Watermelon Month, or something like that.  It only seems appropriate, since August is the last month of summer, and hence the last month that watermelon will be available.

Patriotic Fudge Recipe (+ Printable)



Fourth of July is coming up this weekend!  And even during these times when I feel like the country is going in the wrong direction, it is still one of my favorite holidays.  Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, some brilliant men constructed a form of government founded on biblical principles and the idea that all men had a right to be free from tyranny.  That is still worth celebrating.

Last weekend, I attempted to make some patriotic fudge.  I made it once a couple years ago, and it was pretty and yummy, so I wanted to attempt it again so I could share the recipe.




Time For An Afternoon Treat!

 This afternoon treat idea and recipe is brought to you as part of a compensated opportunity by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBias



Naptime. As a mom of young children, I know that whether I use the time to check things off my to-do list, or relax and enjoy a fun snack, it is the one time of day when I can do something (anything) uninterrupted.

Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out with my kiddos!  They are ask much fun to be around, and I love watching them play or learn new things.  I can't even get too annoyed when they are wanting my attention, because I love that they do want my attention - I love that as a parent I am the most important person in their lives, the person they can count on, the one they want to share all their precious little news with first.  I love being that person.  I love being their mom.

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But it is also nice to have a little time in the afternoons to just regather my energy for the rest of the day.  My mom once told me that she wanted to cry when I told her I was done with nap time, and now I understand why!  I am pretty lucky that my kids all nap at the same time (I'm pretty sure my luck will run out by the time Baby #4 gets here), but even when Wyatt doesn't nap, I have instituted "quiet time", which is a time for him to play in his room - quietly!  Because sometimes moms still need a little chance to re-couperate in the afternoon.

I used to try to squeeze everything possible into my limited nap time window, but with the fatigue that comes with being pregnant, lately I've been mostly using nap time to just rest, and maybe enjoy a snack.  So today, I want to share one of my most recent snack creations!

Smothered Rice Krispy Treats | Through Clouded Glass

I am calling these Smothered Rice Krispies Treats.  I recommend buying the packaged Rice Krispies treats, because they make this recipe a lot quicker and easier!  I found mine at King Soopers.

Smothered Rice Krispy Treats | Through Clouded Glass

Smothered Rice Krispy Treats | Through Clouded Glass


Smothered Rice Krispies Treats

2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats squares
1/4 c. Milk Chocolate M&M's
1/4 c. Peanut Butter M&M's
1/2 c. Jet Puffed miniature marshmallows
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. Strawberry preserves
1/4 c. chocolate chips
Servings: 2

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit.

2. Unwrap the Rice Krispies Treats, and place them onto an oven-safe plate.

3.  Spread either peanut butter or strawberry preserves over the top of your Rice Krispies Treats.  Add a layer of M&M's on top of each Rice Krispies Treat.  I used Peanut Butter M&M's for the Treat with peanut butter, and Milk Chocolate M&M's for the Treat with strawberry preserves.

4.  Add a layer of marshmallows over the top of the M&M's.  Put Rice Krispies Treats into the oven for 5 minutes, or until the marshmallows start looking toasted.

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5.  In the meantime, put the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir, and repeating the 20 seconds until they are completely melted.

6.  Once the marshmallows on top of your Rice Krispies Treats look toasted, remove them from the oven, and immediately drizzle the melted chocolate chips over the top of the Treats.  Enjoy your Smothered Rice Krispies Treats while they are still warm!

Smothered Rice Krispy Treats | Through Clouded Glass

One of the reasons I liked this invention was because they are so easy and quick to make, but they taste decadent!  The peanut butter chocolate version is so gooey and good, and the one with preserves tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry.  I let Derek have a taste after I made one for myself, and he asked me to make one for him later too!  They are perfect for nap time because of how little time they take to prepare - and because if you have them during naptime, you don't have to share!

Smothered Rice Krispy Treats | Through Clouded Glass

You can also visit Kellogg's website for more Rice Krispies Treat ideas - you can also vote for your favorite recipe as part of a contest they are hosting - and there is a chance for you to win prizes - just by tweeting, pinning, or Instagramming your vote with the hashtag #RKTreatSweeps and sending a link to RKTreatSweeps@Kellogg.com.  Check out the website for more details!

What do you like to do during your kids' naptime?

Chewy Almond Granola Cookies

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The week before Christmas is baking week around here!  When I was growing up, my mom always had big variety of Christmas goodies spread out on our table on Christmas morning.  We would have a simple breakfast and dinner, and then snack the rest of the day.  It made it easy on my mom since she didn't have to cook this huge dinner.


I've kind of done the same thing for Christmas around our house.  I usually make a breakfast casserole, an easy dinner, and 4-5 Christmas treats for us to enjoy through the day.  Derek really loves having a good Christmas spread, and I'm loving being able to include the kids in the baking a little more this year.

I got most of my baking done last week, and I tried a new recipe.  It's good to change things up a little and keep the husband and kids guessing!  So in addition to some of our favorites, I created this cookie recipe.  They turned out nice and chewy, and I love that the Quaker® Simply Granola adds fiber to the cookies! I know Walmart has this cereal and all the other ingredients for this recipe.



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Chewy Granola Almond Cookies

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 baking soda
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. Quaker® Simply Granola cereal
1 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 cup extra chocolate chips (for drizzle - optional)

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1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda with a hand mixer until the mixture is well blended.  Add in the egg and almond extract, and mix until blended.

2. Add in the flour and mix well.  Add in the Quaker Simply Granola and chocolate chips.  Mix until blended.  The batter will be sticky.

3.  Use a spoon or your fingers to form 1 inch balls - space them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper to keep them from sticking to the pan.)

4.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.

5.  Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes.  If desired, melt the extra white chocolate chips and drizzle over the top of the cookies.  Enjoy!

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(These cookies are kid-approved.)


I think these cookies are best warm out of the oven, with a glass of milk!  It probably would be the perfect cookie to leave out for "Santa" on Christmas Eve.


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I was really debating whether to use the Quaker® Simply Granola or  Quaker® Real Medleys® for these cookies - specifically the Cherry Almond Pecan one.  I ended up choosing the Simply Granola, but I think the Real Medleys cereal would be great for some variety!

Quaker® makes one of my favorite cereals ever - Quaker® Life - but I recently learned of Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, which we have never tried before.




We picked up a box at Walmart the other day when we got the Quaker® Simply Granola, and it's a yummy cereal too!  It is filling and not too sweet, and it stays nice and crispy in the milk.  Anyway, I was letting the kids snack on the Quaker® Oatmeal Squares and Quaker® Simply Granola while I baked.  They are my sweet little baking buddies!

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What are some of your must-have Christmas treats?  Are you trying any new cookie recipes this year?

Snowdrop Cookie Recipe

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The other day I made Wyatt and Gwen some Christmas cookies, and appropriately the song "Christmas Cookies" came on the radio.  That is one of those songs that always gets stuck in my head.  The rest of the afternoon I was singing "I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Sugar.  I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Babe" to Wyatt.

After Wyatt's nap that day, he came out of his room, climbed up on the couch, and said "Can I have some Christmas cookies babe?"  So apparently Christmas cookies in general are now called "Christmas cookies babe"!  He is just so cute.

One of my favorite kinds of Christmas cookies ever is Snowdrop cookies.  They are kind of like a meringue cookie, but they aren't just crumbly, they are actually a little chewy too,  It's hard to explain, but they are so good.  I have a horrible time making them because I don't have enough patience to beat them long enough, but Derek always makes them perfectly - so now I just make him make them every December, naturally.  If they look familiar, you might recognize them from our Christmas gender reveal party last year.

This is the recipe - we have been making it since I was a girl, so I don't know where it came from originally, or if it was just passed down through the family.  If anyone has seen this recipe before, I would love to know the original source.  One big bonus to this recipe for all of you who are gluten intolerant is that it is already mostly gluten-free.  As long as you use chocolate chips that do not have gluten, you are good to go.

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Snowdrop Cookies

2 egg whites
¾ tsp. cream of tartar
¾ c. sugar
1 c. chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Take out the oven racks and place foil over them before heating the oven. Leave the racks out of the oven.

2.  Beat egg whites with hand mixer until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff. Slowly beat in sugar; beat until stiff (the mixture will form little soupy peaks). Add chocolate chips and stir to mix them in.

3. Place by teaspoon on foil-covered racks and put racks in oven. Turn oven OFF. Leave overnight.

4.  Wake up in the morning and enjoy!

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On a sidenote - the kids are getting to the age where I have to start thinking about how to handle Santa as a Christian mom. Do you have any thoughts?  You can read what I think about the Santa question on the Tommy Nelson blog!

Pecan Coconut Orange Fudge

I was in an experimenting mood the other day, and I came up with a new fudge recipe!  Making Fudge is so fun to me, because as long as you have a good base, you can change it up in so many different ways.  I basically searched in my cupboards for stuff to add to this fudge, and it turned out really well!

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Pecan Coconut Orange Fudge

2 1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
1/2 stick butter (1/4 c.)
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. pecans chopped
1/4 c. coconut
1 tsp. orange extract

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1.  Prepare a pan by lining with tin foil and greasing foil.

2. Mix together sugar, milk, and butter in saucepan.  Heat over medium-high heat.

3.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Once mixture is boiling, let it boil untouched for five minutes.

4.  Take mixture off stove and beat mixture.  Add in white chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans, and stir until chips melt and are well blended.

5.  Add orange extract last.  Extract may partially evaporate when it hits the hot fudge, just stir into mixture quickly.

6.  Spread fudge into prepared pan.  Fudge should set in about 10 minutes.

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I made this fudge twice and we really liked it!  I think it is especially good with a cup of hot coffee (of course, I think anything is that much better with coffee).  Enjoy!

Holly Jolly Coffee


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Christmas time is officially upon us!  We actually decorated for Christmas a little early this year.  Usually we wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year we decorated the weekend before.  Wyatt and Gwendolyn enjoyed putting the ornaments on the tree, and I love the little clusters of ornaments on the lower branches.

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In honor of the start of Christmas season, I wanted to share a recipe for Holly Jolly Coffee!  My mom re-introduced me to Holly Jolly Coffee last year, and it is the perfect hot drink for this time of year.  I like it almost as much as peppermint mochas!

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Holly Jolly Coffee

1 cup of hot coffee
1 hot chocolate mix packet
1/4 tsp. orange extract
Whipped cream (optional)

1.  First off, you should brew yourself a pot of hot coffee - whatever strength you like.

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2. Pour hot chocolate mix into a mug.  Pour in hot coffee and mix well.

3.  Add in the orange extract and stir.

4.  I like topping mine with whipped cream, and a dusting of cocoa powder makes it pretty.

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It is a super-easy recipe, but so good!  I think it seems so Christmasy to me because of the orange flavor.  Anything orange reminds me of Christmas.  It's perfect for Christmas decorating, or Christmas card addressing, or present wrapping, or anything else Christmas related!

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Have you decorated your house for Christmas yet?
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