Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crock Pot Dinners

I want to make sure that mom has meals available so that she eats well. She just is not able to fix meals for herself anymore.  We have purchased pre-made meals in the past and they were very good but she tired of them easily, as they had the same menus weekly. The one that we used that was very good was Dinners By Diana in Layton.  All of her meals are very good and taste just like you made them at home.  We have been using them for about 1 year. Dad loved them especially the ribs.  Mom was getting tired of the same meals, even though they were so good.  So I have tried something new and it has worked out really well.  I pre-make crock pot meals.  I freeze them and each morning someone comes over and pops one in the crockpot.  These meals are ready and hot when the CNA comes in the evening.  They dish it up and eat with her which brings me alot of comfort knowing she is not alone when we are not there.  I use the crockpot liners so there is no clean up.  I label each crockpot with instructions.  If there is some ingredients that need to be added near the end, I write those instructions on an index card and staple it to the ziplock dinner.  This can be removed and placed by the crockpot so that whoever is fixing dinner will know what to add.  I also put instructions on this card telling what the meal is to be served with–mashed potatoes, spaghetti, etc.  This has worked out so well and I have found some great recipes.  This would be great for mothers with small children or working moms.  You can cook the entire week on one day.  It is so much easier to chop all your veggies at one time. I usually make two of each recipe when I am making them.  It is also cheaper to buy meat in bulk.

This has saved my life and made it possible to spend more time with mom when I am up there instead of cooking all day.  I will be posting one of these recipes each week.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners


Weight Watchers Cheesecake

1 TBS melted butter

1/4 cup lowfat graham cracker crumbs

1 1/2 (8 0z) softened light cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

3 large egg whites

1 1/2 TBS cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup low fat sour cream

Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.   Grease the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with melted butter.  Add cracker crumbs, shaking and tilting pan to coat evenly.  Refrigerate until chilled, 15 minutes.  With electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg whites, cornstarch and vanilla.  On low speed, beat in sour cream just until blended.  Pour batter into pan.  Bake cheesecake until almost set in center, 35-40 minutes.  Turn off oven and prop door open.  Let cheesecake cool in oven for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely on rack.  Chill at least 3 hours until serving.  Top each slice with fresh fruit.  We loved strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

This is POINTS PLUS value 3 points for 1/12th of cheesecake.

This is soooo good and you cannot tell it is low fat.  If you top with alot of fruit it seems like you are getting a larger serving.


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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Weight Watchers


Weight Watchers and Frequent Flyer Miles

I have started on my journal again with weight watchers  When I told Dave I was going back he asked me if they gave frequent flyer miles.  Now that is what I call supportive. I have made it my goal this year to take better care of my health so that I can be around if I hever get grandkids.  I started this journey with a full check up.  Anyone that knows me knows me know what big step that was. I do not like being on the recieving end of health care.  I attended all day health workshop and evaluation offered at the University of Utah.  It was a midlife seminar.  This was amazing but scarey, as I found some areas that definetely needed my attention.  My parents gave me many things including some health risks like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  The last few years have been very demanwith work and taking care of my parents.  This has left little time to care for myself.  I have come to realize that I cannot continure to care for others if I do not take care of myself first.  So I am now losing weight to stay alive, not to fit in the jeans I wore 2o years ago.  I have also realized that this cannot be a diet but must be a change in my lifestyle.  So my love of cooking has taken a new turn as I am trying out new recipes that are weight watcher friendly.  Hopefully you will like these as much as I have.  You really can eat healthy and enjoy it.  Well most of  the time. I really would love to set down to a plate of those Texas Roadhouse Rolls smothered itn Cinnamon Honey Butter.

My next step is to resume a regular exercise program.  I will keep you posted on my journey.  I know that this time I will succeed as I have some wonderful people in my life that need caring for and some that are just not here yet. And as I have mentioned before I will be the favorite GRANDMA no matter how much it costs me.

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Weight Watchers


Custom Cake Stands

This idea first came from my sister in law Jayne so I want to give credit where credit is due.  Plus she has some very unpleasant pictures from Bear Lake that could be circulated if I am not careful.  She gave me the cutest cake stand for Christmas filled with wonderful popcorn  ( I will get that recipe).  She made it in Relief Society.  I didn’t even know she went to those activities.  Well it has inspired me to make these.  Jordan had to take a dessert to her her friend Annie’s baby shower and she was told to bring them on a black or yellow platter.  So this is what we came up with.  Pretty cute if I say so myself.

These are so easy and the possibilities are endless.  You can make custom cake stands for every occassion.  Great gifts.  I loved mine!!!!!

All it takes is a plate, a candlestick and some glue that works on ceramic or glass.  I found these glass candlesticks at Hobby Lobby and they were 50% off.  They only cost me $2.50 and $3.00 each.  I found the plates there also.  These were some of their more expensive plates and I think they cost me about $9.00 each, but I loved them.  They had some really cute ones in all different colors.   I have been looking at second hand stores and antique stores for old candle sticks and plates.  I am thinking some old fashioned china plates would be extra cute and you could make some smaller platters with the salad plates. My mind is spinning!!  Just ask my kids if I get a little carried away when I find something I really like. I will be coming home with bags of plates and candlesticks.  This is much different than the cotton candy and snow cone machines.

Just glue the plate to the candlestick with the  glass glue and let it set overnight—-DONE!!!

Be sure to include instructions to not soak the platter or wash it in the dishwasher if you are giving it as a gift.   Have fun!!!!!

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in DIY


Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

If any of you have ever eaten at Texas Roadhouse you know that one of the best parts of going there is the hot rolls with the cinnamon butter.  I found this recipe and it is spot on. Make sure you serve warm and slather with the cinnamon honey butter.  You will think you saw Elvis.

Texas Road House Rolls

4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
3 Tbl. of melted butter, slightly cooled
1/2 c. sugar 
2 quarts all purpose flour (7-8 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 tsp. salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar.  Add yeast, milk, sugar and enough flour to make a medium batter.  Beat thoroughly.  Let stand until light and foamy.  Add melted butter, eggs and salt.  Beat well.  
Add enough flour to form a soft dough.  Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto counter and let dough rest.  Meanwhile, grease a large bowl.  Knead dough until smooth and satiny and put in greased bowl; turn over to grease top. (I used the dough hook on my Kitchen-Aid to knead this for about 4-5 minutes).  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  Punch down.  Turn out onto a floured board.  Divide into portions for shaping; let rest 10 minutes.  Shape dough into desired forms.  Place on greased baking sheets.  Let rise until doubled.  
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Baste immediately with butter.  
To make the rolls look like the ones at Texas Road House, I shaped my rolls by rolling out the dough into a rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick, then I folded the rectangle in half, making it about 1-inch thick. I used  my rolling pin and rolled over the dough, ever so gently, just to seal the two halves together.  I then used a dough scraper and cut the rolls into squares and placed those on my greased baking sheet.  

Cinnamon Honey Butter
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Whip the room temperature butter with whisk attachment for 30 seconds.  Add powdered sugar, honey and cinnamon and beat until completely combined and very smooth.  Scrape down sides of bowl and turn up speed and whip for a minute or two or until really light and fluffy.  Yield: about 3/4 cup.  
 This is great on just about anything,  Dave likes it on his hot oatmeal.

Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Recipes


My Very First Post–This is a Big Day for Me!!!

As I said in the About Me section–my greatest joy has been to be a “Mom”.  I am the mother of 3 beautiful children. They have been my greatest accomplishment in life. I have loved being a part of every stage in their lives. They have each grown up to be such wonderful adults and amaze me daily with who they have become.   Kallie is my oldest and she is graduating as a pharmacist this spring. She is a very determined person and has accomplished every thing she has set out to do.  Jace has just been accepted to veterinary school and will be the first class at Utah State.  He is a farrier and just loves life.   Jordan is waiting acceptance into nursing school.  She is working as a CNA for  hospice and is the favorite amongst her patients.  I am so proud of them. 

I also have 2 other children. They just happen to have 4 legs and bark.  Layne is the oldest and is a german shorthair.  Charlie is the baby and he is a Chocolate Lab.  Please do not mention to Layne that he is a dog–that would be a great shock to him.  Layne is truely a momma’s boy and if I am around no one else really matters.  Charlie is just happy to be anywhere with anyone.  He is totally obsessed with cell phones and any TV show or movie with dogs in it.  We bought him his own Santa Buddies movie for Christmas.  I will post a video of his TV watching later when I figure out how to do that.

During my children’s  highschool years, I was known as “Momma Hill” and that was the inspiration for this blog.

I love to cook and have just finished the first draft of a collection of my favorite recipes to give to my children when they start their own families.  I have been asked by many to share these recipes and thought this would be a great place to do that. My other passions are photography and looking for the latest greatest DIY projects for my home. 

I have always admired those that have the creativity to author these blogs but not sure that I had anything special to share.  I have come to conclusion that it really does not matter if anyone follows this, it will just be a great accomplishment to do it.

I hope you all love my life as much as I do !!!!

  If I can figure out how to get to this place again tomorrow, I will post my first recipe.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

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