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!

Test of Motherhood: My Attempt as a “Single” Parent

Oh man…. These last few weeks I have experience what it is like to be a single parent (or have a spouse deployed) and it is NOT fun! My husband has been working over 70 hours a week trying to meet an upcoming deadline, I didn’t even know there were 70 hours in a week! Needless to say it has been just me and peanut all day every day, luckily we do get to see daddy in the morning, at lunch and for dinner so we aren’t completely on our own. Through these trying weeks, I have learned a few things that have helped me keep my sanity. These few things have helped me get through each day and will continue to help me until this project is done and once it is done, we plan on some quality family time that will be AWEMAZING!

Create a schedule and stick to it: I have created a schedule for feedings, naps, library time, grocery store shopping etc. and have stuck to it (for the most part). This has helped me keep my focus and keep me active each day.

Schedule play dates: Scheduling play dates has been crucial, it not only give peanut time with her little friends but it also allows for me to have some adult conversations, which you would be surprised how important it is! It’s nice to be able to catch up with friends, get support and just talk about things besides the ABCs and farm animals.

Pick-up the house before going to bed: This one sounds like such a drag, but for some reason waking up to a clean house that has the dishes done, toys put away and laundry folded just helps get the day off to a better start. Throughout the day you will spend making the mess, creating laundry to fold and scattering toys around at least you didn’t have to deal with it right when you open your eyes.

Me, Me,  Me time: This has been probably the most important thing I have done that has kept me sane. Now I obviously couldn’t take a spa day or a marathon of yoga classes since I don’t have my husband to stay with peanut. Instead, I improvised, I made sure that I would go for a run (with baby and the jogger of course) with headphones in and just let my mind focus on my run. Even though peanut is with me, I was still doing something for myself that made me feel good and cleared my mind. I also make sure I take time during nap and at night to relax whether I watch a show on TV, read a book or magazine or catch up on Facebook posts, it was quiet time for myself and was much needed

These have been lifesavers for me during my husbands project; I just hope I can keep it going for the next month and half! Please send any other ideas that work for you!

XOXO

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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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