Simple Homemade Pudding Pops

Every night, my husband goes snooping around the fridge and pantry looking for a snack or some kind of dessert. He is one of those guys that we hate, you know ladies the kind that can eat anything and stay skinny…. In fact he loses weight by just thinking about losing weight, it really makes me sick! Ugh sorry, back to dessert. I admit also like to have a little dessert, which is exactly why I don’t keep desserts in the house. The other day he was searching for some ice cream or something chocolate and at that very moment I just happen to be on Pinterest looking at pudding pop recipes. It was definitely a sign that I needed to make these childhood favorites.

I found this amazingly simple recipe on OneGoodThingbyJilliee.com. Not only was there this simple recipe but there were also variations to choose from. I ended up making mine with sugar-free pudding, fat-free milk and fat-free cool whip. Hey, I might as well not feel guilty if I sneak one! These are simply AweMazing and satisfied hubby’s cravings without any artificial ingredients! Can’t ask for anything more! Enjoy!

Pudding Pops

Pudding Pops: Photo credit here

Pudding Pops: Photo credit here

INGREDIENTS

1 large box chocolate pudding
3 cups cold milk
2 cups frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip)

DIRECTIONS

1. Beat pudding mix & milk in medium bowl with whisk for about 2min.
2. Stir in Cool Whip.
3. Spoon mix into small paper/plastic cups.
4. Insert wooden sticks into the middle of each.
5. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
– To remove from cups, run under warm water.

The family will thank you and think you are absolutely AweMazing for spending hours on this dessert!

Weeknight Meal: Shrimp Quesadilla with Tropical Salsa

Easy Weeknight Meal: Shrimp Quesadilla with Tropical Salsa

Easy Weeknight Meal: Shrimp Quesadilla with Tropical Salsa

As you know by now I hate Mondays and I’m all about making my life easy on this dreaded day.  This is why I like quick and easy dinner options! Since Friday was the first day of summer today I’m using some of those fresh fruits from the Farmers Market to make a Shrimp Quesadilla with Tropical Salsa. This recipe is so easy that it takes less than 15 minutes to make and fits perfectly into the summer theme!  Dinner will be a breeze tonight and your family will think you’re AweMazing!

Shrimp Quesadilla

1 Lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp

Southwest Seasoning (I use Chef Paul’s Magic Southwest Fajita Seasoning)

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

Butter

Tortillas

1 Cup Shredded Mexican Cheese

  1. Rinse shrimp with cold water and squeeze lime juice over shrimp.  Sprinkle with seasoning and cover well.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add shrimp. Sautee 2 minutes or until shrimp reach desired doneness; remove from pan. Wipe pan with a paper towel
  3. Lightly butter one side of tortillas. Arrange shrimp on the non-buttered side of the tortilla and sprinkle with 1/3 C of cheese.
  4. Return pan to heat and place quesadilla in pan; cook 2 minute on each side or until browned.
  5. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with Tropical Salsa. Yield: 4 Servings

Tropical Salsa

1 Mango peeled and diced

2 Kiwis peeled and diced

1 Avocado cored and diced

1 Tomato diced

Cilantro (I use a handful)

2 TBS Lime

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and toss well.

              Option: Blend salsa in a food processor for thinner salsa.

Serve with a side of Black Beans for a complete meal that will be AweMazing!

XOXO

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Things To Do This Summer!

First Day of Summer, Summer Time

Things to do this summer

Its officially Summer is HERE!!!! Today is the first official day of summer (although some of us have been enjoying the warmer temperatures for a while now).  Summer is a time for everyone to come out of hibernation and enjoy the fresh air with the sun kissing their skin…while wearing sunscreen of course! Here are the top 12 things to do before the end of summer

1.)  Enjoy an Outdoor Concert: Whether it’s the biggest concert of the year at the stadium or a small jazz concert in the park, grab your blanket, a picnic and a few friends and enjoy the live music under the stars.

2.)  Hit up the Farmers Market: This is the time of the year when you can find the freshest, juiciest and best fruits and vegetables from the local farmers. Support locally and enjoy what the season has to offer.

3.)  Take a Swim: Pool, ocean or lake; we don’t care! Take a dip in the water to cool off from the hot summer sun! Add activities (surfing, snorkeling, swimming laps, fishing, etc.) for some added fun

4.)  See a Movie at the Drive-In: The Drive-In used to be the place to see summer’s hottest movies. Load the kids in the car, grab some snacks and blankets and catch our favorite Monsters in “Monster U” or the original super hero in “The Man of Steel”. Check your local theater for movie schedules

5.)  Catch up on your Reading: Take that book you have been meaning to read and grab a hammock, lawn chair, beach blanket or chair and enjoy a good book and some fresh air.

6.)  Chase Down the Ice Cream Man: Nothing says summer like the music blaring from the Ice Cream Truck. Check the couch from some extra change and enjoy a Rocket Pop just like when you were a kid.  Don’t forget to get the kids one too!

7.)  Take a Road Trip: This land that we call home is blessed with so much beauty. Enjoy what we have been given by visiting a National Park or an area you have never been to.

8.)  Sleep Outside: Whether in a tent, back of a pick up truck or on a blanket, sleep under the stars while the nights are warm.  You can even pitch a tent in your own backyard for a fun camping experience

9.)  Visit the Flea Market: At first when I thought of a Flea Market I though of junk, I later learned that you could find some pretty interesting buys there. For instance, I found the best toe ring made by a guy that custom fits your toe for the ultimate comfort! How cool is that?

10.) Attend a Carnival: Enjoy the sounds, the sights and the FOOD at the local or state carnival/fair. Experience some outrageous foods like fried Kool-aide, or fried cheesecake and enjoy some thrilling rides (be sure to wait 30 minutes after eating before riding any rides). We like going just to people watch!

11.) Have a Barbeque: Nothing says summer like the smells of the grill. Gather your friends, family and neighbors and host a barbque. Have every one bring a side and add some backyard games for some entertainment.

12.)  Finally and most important…Relax: Or at least try to.

Summer is a time to get away from the ordinary routine when the kids are in school. Take time to enjoy the family, the scenery and the weather! No matter what you do, your summer is sure to be AweMazing!

XOXO

P.S. Don’t forget to wear Sunscreen!

Easy Weeknight Meal- Baked Salmon

Every Mom needs an easy go to weeknight meal! This baked Salmon is not only delicious and healthy but it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. We enjoy with steamed brown rice and steamed vegetables for a well-rounded meal!

1 (1½- to 2-pound) salmon filet, in 1 piece

Salt

Oil

Lemon slices

1 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon minced shallots

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup minced fresh dill

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the salmon, meat side up, on a cutting board and feel along the surface of the flesh with your fingertips just above and below the midline. If you feel pin bones, pluck them out with tweezers or needle-nose pliers. Season the salmon with one-half teaspoon salt, or to taste, add lemon slices to top of salmon and place on a jelly-roll pan lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil.

2. When the oven is ready, place the pan with the salmon on the rack. Cook until a paring knife or toothpick penetrates the flesh easily, 25 to 30 minutes. Note that the flesh will be somewhat denser than usual and that it won’t change color as much as with other cooking methods.

3. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, shallots, mustard and (fresh) dill in a food processor or blender or use a mortar and pestle and puree until fairly smooth.  (Suggest you remove major stem, leaving minor shoots).  There should still be some dots of herbs visible. Add lemon juice and puree again. Taste, correct seasoning and set aside.

4. When the salmon is done cooking, there will probably be some white collagen collected on the surface. Moisten a pastry brush with butter and baste salmon.

6. Serve the salmon on a large platter with a bit of the mayonnaise spooned to one side. Serve the remainder of the mayonnaise in a bowl to pass. Scoop up the salmon with a spoon, leaving the skin behind.

With hardly any effort from you, your family will think this meal is AweMazing!

XOXO

Day 10 June Ab Challenge

50 Sit-Ups

50 Crunches

30 Leg Raises

38s Plank