Strawberry ‘Pretzel’ Dessert

Strawberry season is almost over here in the South and I have been taking advantage of having our own strawberry patch. I made this dessert 3 or 4 times in just a few short weeks time! It is the closest thing I have found to replace the Strawberry Pretzel Dessert I used to love making before Trim Healthy Mama πŸ˜‰

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

I used a combination of different recipes and added my conversions and I am so happy with how it turned out. The salt and nuts in the crust gives it the salty, crunchy ‘pretzel’ taste πŸ™‚

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

Just look at all those delicious layers of yumminess πŸ™‚

Strawberry 'Pretzel' Dessert THM~S
A delicious remake of Strawberry Pretzel Dessert that is delicious, healthy and sugar free.
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  1. 1 c almond flour
  2. 3/4 c chopped nuts
  3. 1/4 t sea salt
  4. 2 T xylitol
  5. 2 drops liquid stevia
  6. 4 T butter melted
Pudding Layer
  1. 1/2 c 'pudding mix' (recipe below)
  2. 1 1/2 c milk (can use part almond milk and part half and half)
  3. 1 t vanilla
  4. 1 T plain gelatin
  5. 1-8oz cream cheese
Strawberry Layer
  1. 1/3 c sugar free strawberry jello (mine was sweetened with xylitol)
  2. 1 c boiling water
  3. 1 c cold water
  4. 1 pint sliced strawberries
For crust
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour in a 8 x 8 square pan, bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until edges are a golden brown. Let cool completely before adding next layer.
For pudding layer
  1. Soak 1 T plain gelatin in 1/4 cold water. Heat milk, vanilla, and pudding mix together until really hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add gelatin mix right away. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes then pour into blender with 8 oz cream cheese. Blend well, pour over cooled crust and put in refrigerator until completely set up. (may take 1-2 hours)
Strawberry Jello layer
  1. Add strawberry gelatin to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add cold water and strawberries and allow to cool until it just starts to thicken slightly. Pour over the already set up pudding and return to refrigerator and allow to set up completely.
  2. Enjoy!
Leah's Cooking
 Don’t let the instructions scare you from making it! It is actually really simple and so delicious. It is worth the wait it takes, until it has all set up.

Strawberry (Pretzel) Dessert THM S

The ‘Pudding’ recipe was shared on Facebook by Char Eash and I am sharing it with her permission… It is a very versatile pudding mix and it has taken the place of Instant Vanilla Pudding for me! Yay πŸ™‚

1 cup sweetener (I used Birch Xylitol)
1/2 – 1 tsp. Glucomannan
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix together and store in airtight container. Use 1/2 cup mix per recipe

To just make the pudding:
2 cups liquid. I used 1 cup almond milk and 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2.
1 tsp. vanilla – or to taste
*Mix with 1/2 cup of the “pudding mix” in a medium saucepan.
*Heat to just very hot, almost boiling, stirring constantly, immediately remove from heat.
*Add 1 Tablespoon plain beef gelatin soaked in 1/4 c. cold water to mixture. Stir in, and cool. Add to a delight recipe, or use by itself as ‘custard’ or fresh fruit. It will continue to set up when it’s chilled. If you don’t care for gluccie, I think you could use more gelatin to make up the difference. Gluccie helps keep a softer “firm.”
NOTE on pudding: If you wish to use the pudding alone, you may want to use less sweetener. If you want it for ‘custard’ only, I would use less gelatin, as this sets up pretty much like jello. After you make it once, you can better ‘tweak’ it to how you like it. This pudding is really good, tastes like a hot custard. I could hardly leave it alone. Enjoy!




White Chocolate Cheesecake and Exciting News

Its Christmastime and that usually means alot of sweets for my family… Not always so good for the scales but we’ll just try to avoid it for a while! 

Today I am excited to be sharing a recipe for Tammy at Missionary Trek again! 

And its an awesome recipe for White Chocolate Cheesecake! Yumm.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

 Be sure to go check out the recipe here.

Now on to the Big News!!

Woman to Woman is releasing an ebook!

Here is a Preview video of it that you can watch.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5

What does Titus 2 really mean? What is mentorship? The Word of God tells us to come along side one another. We need mature Christians in our life to lift us up and help us. And we need to be there for the younger ones. 

Over and over again we receive emails, Facebook comments and blog comments from women just like you. Women who do not have a mentor and do not know how to go about getting one or don’t know how to be a mentor to others. We are told in the Bible to encourage one another. To teach one another. Life is too hard to do this alone. We need each other. But how? How do we find someone to come along side us and mentor us? How do we know how to mentor others?



We are so excited to announce the Living Out Titus 2 ebook! A book written by 8 women with a Titus 2 passion. A book to teach you what it means to have a mentor and how to be a mentor. 


Jenifer Metzger of Sweet Blessings

Debi Baker of Treasures Found In Him

Leah Hostetler of Leah’s Cooking

Jenilee Goodwin of Our Goodwin Journey

Shari Miller of Living to Leave a Legacy

Lisa Shaw of Lisa Shaw Cares

Alyssa Santos of Rocks.Roots.Wings.

Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide 


Living Out Titus

2 will be available for only $2.99 through Amazon on January 1, 2014. This book will encourage you to

find a mentor and be a mentor.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte

So it seems this Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is becoming pretty popular among alot of women and especially Moms. I am intrigued by it and have been playing around with some of the recipes seeing what I can come up with. The main thing for me is, we have to be able to enjoy the food. I am not into eating something that doesn’t taste good, just because its healthy. So I have been trying some of the recipes before buying the book just to see if this is something that will work for us. 

Xylitol takes a little time for your body to get used to it, so if you are planning to use Xylitol as your main sugar substitute,  I recommend starting off slowly and letting your body adjust.

I also want to buy the Trim Healthy Mama book yet because I have heard so much good about it and know I would benefit alot from reading it!

This is the first recipe I converted over and I was pretty excited about it πŸ™‚ 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte


Sugar Free Pumpkin Torte-S
A delicious Pumpkin dessert that is Sugar free and still as delicious as ever.
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  1. 1 c chopped pecans
  2. 1/4 c melted butter
  3. 1/4 c xylitol
  4. 1/2 t cinnamon
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. 4 oz cream cheese
  2. 3/8 c xylitol (1/4 c + 2 Tablespoons)
  3. 1 egg
Torte layer
  1. 1/4 c xylitol
  2. 1/4 t salt
  3. 2 eggs (separated)
  4. 1/4 c almond milk
  5. 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  6. 1 c pumpkin
  7. 1 1/2 t gelatin
  8. 1/8 c cold water
  1. Mix together and spread in 8 x 8 pan
Cream Cheese layer
  1. Mix well and pour over crust, Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.
Torte layer
  1. Soak gelatin in cold water. Cook together, sugar, salt, egg yolks, milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin until thickened. Add Gelatin and water.
  2. Once cooled, beat egg whites and fold into pumpkin mix. Pour over cooled crust and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Leah's Cooking

Pumpkin Torte


Today I am linking up with Stacy Makes Cents and Gwens Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

Chime in below and let me know how this turns out for you once you make it…

I am excited to be hosting a Link Up Party for any Fall related Posts, recipes, etc you have:


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Double Chocolate Apple Muffins

Yes, thats right, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Apple Muffins πŸ™‚

These are so simple to make and of course we can call them ‘slightly’ healthy since they have apples right??! Haha

Double Chocolate Apple Muffins

Today I am excited to be guest posting for Tammy at Missionary Trek! She has asked me to guest post recipes for her once a month **yaay** πŸ™‚

So click here to head on over there to check out this great recipe.

Pumpkin Bread and Fall Link Up

Fall is in full swing here in Tennessee, with beautiful days, harvest in full swing, and cooler nights it definitely has put me in the mood for Fall related foods. Today was the first time I made Pumpkin Bread and I was really impressed with how moist and delicious it is! Its quite simple to make and you can add Chocolate Chips, raisins, or nuts. Pretty much whatever your family likes. This recipe makes 3 loaves so mix it up πŸ™‚  Pumpkin Bread (11) edited   Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Bread
Yields 3
A Delicious moist bread that is perfect for a 'Fall' treat
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 3 c sugar
  2. 1 c oil (coconut oil is delicious)
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 c pumpkin
  5. 3 1/2 c flour
  6. 1 t baking powder
  7. 1 t baking soda
  8. 1 t salt
  9. 1 t cinnamon
  10. 1/2 t cloves
  11. 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  12. 2/3 c water
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to the first mixture.
  4. Add water last. Mix well,
  5. Divide evenly into 3 bread pans.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes
  1. If using coconut oil, melt it before adding to mixture.
  2. If adding Chocolate chips or raisins I waited until it was in the pans then just added some and stirred it in a little.
Leah's Cooking
Pumpkin Bread (4) edited What is your favorite ‘fall’ food or activity?

I am also linking up with:

Creative K Kids

 I am so excited to be having a Fall Link up:

Just a few rules that we would appreciate to have followed:

Follow our Pinterest board. Simply click on the link below to enter the Link up…

Pumpkin Log Roll

Ahhmazingly sweet and delicious Pumpkin Log Rolls…

These are the perfect Fall dessert that the whole family will love! Today I am sharing a recipe with you from my sister-in-law. My brother thinks she makes ‘thee’ best Pumpkin Log Rolls in the world and they are pretty amazing, if I say so myself. He doesn’t follow my writings so I don’t need to worry about his head swelling a few sizes by reading this.

Pumpkin Log Roll (9) edited (1)


Yeah just look at that! They are delicious πŸ™‚ 

Click here to head over to Tasty Tuesdays and see the full recipe.