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Weight Watchers Pizza

This is one of my go to meals after a long day at work.   It is easy, yummy and is a low point dinner served with a bowl of fresh fruit.  You will not feel deprived at all. Dave loves these and doesn’t even know they are good for him.

 First we take a low carb tortilla and place it in the toaster oven to start to crisp it up a bit.  Take it out when it starts to turn golden brown on the edges.

Spread with low carb pizza sauce.  Slice tomatoes on top of sauce.  Sprinkle low fat mozzarella cheese and add either dry basil or fresh basil.

Place back into the toaster oven and cook until the cheese melts and bubbles and starts to turn brown.

Then I add arugula ( Jordan likes spinach) and sprinkle with some balsalmic vinegar and some salt and pepper.  

Yummy.  depending on ingedients used, this pizza is about 6 points.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers


Weight Watchers I’m back!!!

I have been so bad this past few months.  I am noticing that things are starting to fit just a little snugger and I don’t think they shrunk.  So it is time to get back on track. 

I am sharing one of my favorite snacks.

I peel some fresh peaches, add a scoop of frozen fat free cool whip.  I finish this off with a sprinkle of splenda brown sugar.

This is yummy and is only a few points depending on size but it feels like a much more indulgant dessert.  This is good with any kind of fruit– strawberries, cantelope, grapes, etc.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Weight Watchers


Brisket Sandwich

I have a big week this week, so I made some brisket ( see earlier post) for Sunday dinner.  It smelled so good tonight while it was cooking, I just couldn’t wait.   I cut off some and served up some brisket sandwiches for dinner.

I had bought these rolls at Costco on my way home from work and they were yummy.  I sliced them and then sliced some brisket with a little of the juice and placed it on the rolls.  I sauteed some onions and placed that on top of the brisket.

These were soooo good. I think I have my first menu item for my food truck!!!!!

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Recipes


On Display

There is just something about lining up all of your efforts on the counter and admiring your hard work.  Dave and Jace love bottled peaches.  Dave’s dad loves white cake with bottled peaches on top.  My two boys have inherited the love.  I just cannot fall for the soggy cake thing, but I will do anything to make them happy.  I put up 3 bushels of peaches this last week. I sent Jace back to school with a white cake and a bottle of peaches.  It brings me such pleasure to make things and send home with him.  I guess no matter how old they get, I still love taking care of them.

Everytime I put up fruit, I line them all up and they stay like that for a few days, just so I can walk by and see the fruits of my labors.   I made mom some cute little pint jars of peaches.  Thought they would be the perfect size for her.

A little pitch here for Manning peaches again.  They are in fruit heights and are the best peaches I have ever had.  I have been buying these for about 5 years and will not go anywhere else.  They are so good and always just perfect.  I have bought other peaches before and am always disappointed in the size, shape and taste of other peaches.  Hate to share this with too many people, as I don’t want the competition.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in My Favorite Things, Uncategorized


Fruit Bruschetta

I love bruschetta and have shared my recipe on an earlier blog.  This is a fun take on the original version.  It is a light and refreshing treat and would be great served as an appetizer for a shower or party. 

i first found this recipe on Best Bites.  This is a great blog authored by two LDS mothers.  They are quest speakers at  Time out for Women, that the girls and I are going to.  I am so excited to hear them.



Fresh Fruit Bruschetta with Orange-Honey Cream

1 baguette or similar-sized French bread loaf
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1-1/2 C diced strawberries (about 10 medium strawberries)
1 C finely diced mango (about 1 medium mango)
1 C finely diced kiwi (about 3 kiwi)

1/2 C  Sour Cream
3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Slice bread into 1/2 inch slices.  Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Use a pastry brush to brush each piece with melted butter.  Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle evenly over bread slices.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are toasted.  Set aside to cool.

While bread is toasting, combine Breakstone’s Sour Cream, honey, and orange zest.  Stir to combine and place in the fridge.

Combine strawberries, mango, and kiwi and stir gently to combine. When bread is cooled, place about 1 Tbsp. of fruit mixture on top of each toasted bread slice and drizzle with sweet sour cream mixture.  If needed, thin sour cream sauce with 1/2-1 tsp orange juice.  Garnish with mint leaves if desired.  Serve immediately.

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Recipes


And you Thought Bacon Couldn’t Get any Better!!

I love bacon in any shape or form. I love it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I love it alone or piled high with tomatoes out of my garden on a BLT, I loved it wrapped around water chestnuts and cooked in BBQ sauce. I love it in salads, especially spinach.  If you could not tell, I love bacon.  I am not going to look up how many points it is in Weight Watchers.  I refuse.  If I do not know, I do not need to write it down in the pesky little tracker.  Kind of like thinking I don’t need to write down things I eat at night. Well I found a way to make bacon even better.  Put brown sugar on it.  Don’t get me started on how much I love brown sugar. There is not time.  So of course I would abs0lutely love this combination.


This is not so much a recipe as just instructions.  Take some slices of bacon.  I love the thick slices for this but any kind of good bacon will work.  Do not and I repeat do not use the microwave precooked bacon.  It is not really bacon but an imposter and will not work for this recipe.  Lie the pieces out on a cooling rack placed inside a cookie sheet.  I line my cookie sheet with tin foil to make for easy cleanup.  Sprinkle the pieces of bacon liberally with brown sugar. Place in a hot oven (400) and cook until bacon is done to your desired liking.  This will vary depending on your oven and how crisp you like you bacon.  It usually takes me about 20 minutes  Enjoy

Jace was home sick today and Dave was up with his mom and dad at bear lake so we made sugared bacon, omelets to order, blueberry muffins, frozen fruit cocktail and cut up fruit for Sunday dinner.  It tasted so good.  I am sure it will cure what ails him.

There is a new sundae at Burger King called the Bacon Sundae. It is vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and bacon sprinkled over it.  This would be good for that.  I love sweet and salty but have not quite got the courage to try this yet.  It seems a little indulgent even for my tastes.

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Recipes


I Have a Dream!!!

I sound a little like Martin Luther King, but with a much more materialistic dream.  I have had this dream for some time now and it is a little of a joke in our family.  Sometimes I think that my purpose in life is to give my kids something to laugh at.   I joke about it all the time, but there is a part of me that says “why not?”.  I have read about other people with similar dreams that make them come true and become very successful.  I bet there was a time when Debbie Fields wondered if anyone would buy her cookies!!!!!  Now look at her.  I am also realistic enough to realize that for all those that have success, there are thousands that have failed and lost alot of money. With Dave being self employed and now Jace planning on coming into the practice, there needs to be somewhat of a stabilizing factor, which would be my job.  It will always be there and give us that security.  It is a great job,very flexible, provides great benefits and the pay ain’t bad, but I STILL HAVE A DREAM!.    I am a creative, event planner, and food truck driver trapped in the body of a boring research nurse coordinator.  So I plan and dream and that helps a little.

So I really have two dreams.


I want to own a food truck and provide good healthy homemade lunches to people.  The name of the food truck would be  “MAMA HILLS BOXED LUNCH”  The truck will look like a boxed lunch and we would serve all the lunches in cute little boxes

We would serve  fresh salads, hot rolls, great desserts and daily specials.  Some ideas are brisket sandwiches, fried egg BLTs. just to name a few.  Drinks would include the usual soft drinks and italian sodas.  I just think people want great food instead of the hamburger and fry lunch so many fall back on.  This would be a dream come true for me.

My next dream is just as expensive, but I am known for my expensive taste. 



I would love to purchase an old barn (gotta be old), fix it up and rent it out for weddings and events.  These are becoming so popular and they are really hard to come by around this area. I have googled them and there are a few, but none of them are close enough to Davis County to make this reasonable.  It could also be used for other events and what a great place for a kids party.

I would love to provide the whole package including the cataring. 

So if anyone is reading this and you are moderately (or extremely) wealthy and think boy these sound like great ideas, give me a call.  I could spend your money very well.

For now I will just dream, but who knows!!!!

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Inspiration, My Favorite Things

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