Campfire-Less Youth Group S’Mores

Smores005My very first memory of S’mores is NOT from a chilly evening filled with mountain air on a family camp trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins circled around a campfire as creamy white marshmallows melted off of skewers and sticks that we all held over the red and orange flames.

That is actually my second memory of making S’mores.

My very FIRST memory of S’mores is from a youth group meeting in the fellowship hall at the church I attended growing up in my small hometown. 



Baked Fajita Taquitos (IN EGG ROLLS)

These Baked Fajita Taquitos were a HUGE hit with my family.
  The bonus is that they are baked & wrapped in Egg Roll Wraps which makes them a bit healthier than the typical Taquito.

TAQ- Finale

Onions are not favored in our home and so they did not make the ingredient list however these Taquitos can be filled with any Mexican favorites of those surrounding the table to partake.


Pineapple Protein Shake

This is my favorite way to enjoy a Protein Shake; mostly because I LOVE PINEAPPLE!!

1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (*soaked)
2 Tablespoons Honey

pineapple protein shake

This recipe makes 2 servings and contains 230 calories per serving.

– Fresh Pineapple; Add a cup of Ice
– Replace Honey with preferred Natural Sweetener

* Soak 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds in 2 Tablespoons of warm/hot water for 4-5 minutes; until soft/gelatin like.

– T

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A Salty & Sweet Treat

Two ingredients.  Twenty minutes.  Salty & Sweet Goodness.  YUM.


– 1 Box of Ritz
– 1 Large Bag of Rolos

Preheat Oven to 350*
Layer Ritz crackers on baking sheet (bottom side up); Unwrap Rolos and place one on each Ritz cracker; Bake at 350* for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven and place additional Ritz Cracker (bottom side down) on Rolo then lightly press down to sandwich.  Chill to set.
Enjoy!  – T

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Grilled Pizza

This is a fast & easy and almost completely mess free kid friendly grilled meal.  Perfect for summer time and individually made so that each pizza is just the way you like it.

aIMG_2594Begin by making your dough.  Mix the first four ingredients in a medium size bowl.
– 1 Tablespoon Yeast
– 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
– 1 Teaspoon Table Salt
– 1 Cup Warm Water
Stir until yeast & sugar blend.

– 2 1/2 Cups Flour
– 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Beat Flour & Oil in with the first four ingredients then let dough rest for five minutes.
– Preferred Pizza toppings
– 2 Cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese
– 1 Jar of Pizza Sauce

Preheat BBQ Grill to a Medium heat. 

Roll out dough to preferred size – smaller is easier to maneuver on the grill.  (If possible, place on baking sheet and chill for a few minutes; the cooler the dough the easier the placement is on the grill.)

aIMG_2580Place pizza dough on grill, cover with lid,  grill for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from grill. 

Top the cooked side of Pizza with Sauce, Cheese, and Toppings then return to grill raw side down.  Cover & grill additional 4-5 minutes.

Tip:  For ease of use, spray spatula with cooking spray to prevent dough from sticking.

Happy Grilling!   – T

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Red, White & Blue Cookie Bar

aIMG_2117Happy Memorial Day!  Today we remember all of those who served in the US Military and gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service.  God bless them and their families.  Thank you.  And thank you to former & retired service members and those who are currently serving to protect our great nation.

In celebration of our freedom and the service men and women who protect our freedom I made Red, White & Blue Cookie Bars.  They make a perfect treat to add to an afternoon picnic or BBQ.

a-wl-IMG_0159Cookie Bar Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
1 Cup Butter (room temperature)
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add parchment paper to a 9×9 baking pan leaving a little overhang for easy removal.  In a medium mixing bowl stir Four, Powder Sugar, Butter, Egg, Milk & a-wl-IMG_2100Vanilla with a wooden spoon until combined then knead with hands creating a dough ball.  Place dough into baking pan and press down to even out the dough.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden and the middle of the cookie bar passes the toothpick test.

Filling Ingredients:
1 Block (8oz) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 Cup Splenda Sugar Blend
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Lemon Juice

a-wl-IMG_2104Fruit Toppings:
1 Cups Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Raspberries

Directions:  Add Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla & Lemon Juice to a small mixing bowl, mix until well blended.  After Cookie Bar has cooled, remove from pan then spread filling mixture to cover cookie bar then top with fruit.  Cut into bars, keep refrigerated.
Enjoy!  – T

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Double Berry Green Smoothie

This Double Berry (not so green in color) Green Smoothie is a great way to start the day.  It contains both Strawberries and Blueberries however it is not very sweet.  The Honey & Vanilla Protein Powder add some sweetness but if you are looking for a sweeter Double Berry Green Smoothie substitute the Avocado with a Banana.

Double Berry Green Smoothie - DS

1 Handful of Spinach
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Avocado
(for a sweeter smoothie; replace Avocado with Banana)
1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey (omit if using Banana)
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Protein Powder

Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Serves two.

Happy day!
– T

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