Mrs. Criddle’s pumpkin cheese cake pie {Pinterest: Find, Attempt}

For my first “Pinterest: Find, Attempt” post, I made Mrs. Criddle’s PUMPKIN CHEESE CAKE PIE WITH CARAMEL PECAN SAUCE. Oh yes. I did.

The point behind this series of posts is to see if the things that look so pretty on pinterest really turn out that well in real life when everyday people make them. In order to try this yourself, you will have to visit Mrs. Criddle’s blog for the recipe.

Here is how my attempt played out:


First I made the caramel sauce. I didn’t have any heavy cream so I used half and half (this is the REAL WORLD people! substitutions must happen sometimes!!)


It turned out lovely.

I didn’t have any pecans in my house. NEVER FEAR! When I have used pecans and walnuts interchangeably many times before. So…. in go the walnuts.


Next, I made the crust.


Do you see the amount of counter space I have to work with there? This really is how much room there is in my kitchen. So rest assured, if you live in an apartment or a trailer or a dorm room…..if I can do it, so can you!

I forgot to take a picture of the crust. Weird. It looked just like any other crust though. Turned out just fine.

Then I mixed together all of the ingredients for the pumpkin cheesecake filling. Well….. Do you see the size of my pie plate up there? When I see the directions to put the crust in a pie plate, I think 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Unfortunately, (or fortunately!) this recipe makes enough so that I could have made it in a 9×13 casserole dish.


Improvise is my middle name (actually, it’s Marie) and I would never waste something that looks and sounds so delicious so I made 6 mini cheese cakes with the leftovers.



First off, this smelled DIVINE when it was cooking! Oh lordy! I started to wonder how on earth I was going to be able to wait an hour for them to cook and another hour for them to set up in the fridge. Self-control isn’t my strongest fruit of the Spirit. Then I realized that the cupcake ones would be done sooner! After about 40 minutes, I pulled these out:


And I did this:


And put them in the fridge.

Since the pie plate was so full, it took about 10 minutes longer than recommended in the recipe to look done to me.



followed by:


And about this time I was ready to try one of the little ones even though it had only been about 20 minutes.


Oh yeah.

After the pie set for about an hour in the fridge, I cut it, and being the amazing friend I am, I took a couple samples to two of my closest THM friends.


Look below in the comments or on the FACEBOOK page for their thoughts on the taste test.

My rating: 10 out of 10 for ease of making, taste and appearance. I will definitely make this again.



Autumn treats round-up for the Trim Healthy Mama


It’s almost my favorite time of year! Cooler weather, sweaters, colorful leaves, apple harvest and pumpkin flavors!


In celebration of many people’s favorite season, I decided to do a link up of THM friendly Fall treats. You’re welcome 🙂


Let’s start things out with breakfast! Apple Pie Oatmeal from “Family Feedbag” is simple and tasty!

You could use this recipe from “Rhonda Sue” for Apple Oat Cake for breakfast or snack!

Time for lunch! How about this tuna salad with apples from “Counting All Joy”?

Make sure you get your fluids! Try this all day sipper : Caramel Apple Shrinker from Joanna at “Now I can have my cake and eat it too”.

Apples for dinner? Yes! This chicken apple sausage with cabbage noodles from “Counting All Joy” is a delicious main dish idea!

If all you need is a side dish, why not try sweet potato apple hash?

You know as a THM, you really must have dessert 😉  “Wheatless Buns” has an amazingly easy apple fritter recipe that I can’t wait to try! Also, “Joy in Our Journey”  has a tasty THM-ified (is that a word?!) apple crisp recipe.



Want a quick, easy breakfast for one? This pumpkin MIM from “C family of 6” fits the bill! Got a little more time (and mouths to feed?) Rachel from “Bubbly Nature Creations” has a yummy baked pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe for you.

If anything could make me give up my morning coffee (or 3), it would be this pumpkin pie sip.

A great snack for a fall day is a pumpkin pie smoothie from “Gal on a Mission”. DQ ain’t got nothin’ on this!

When the weather turns chilly, a hearty soup hits the spot. I’m going to try this pumpkin chili with chicken, as well as this curried pumpkin soup.

One of our family’s favorite dinners is BRINNER (breakfast for dinner). I like to put a Fall twist on it by making the pancakes pumpkin spice flavored.

And OH the desserts!! They are abounding! Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting! Pumpkin cream cake! Pumpkin pie cookies! Pumpkin pie cheesecake! No-bake pumpkin cheesecake moussePumpkin roll! I could go on and on! BUT….

Now I am hungry!

So off to the kitchen I go!

Do you have a favorite THM-friendly Fall treat? Post in the comments below so we can all try it!


Linked up at Work it Wednesday and menu plan monday




In the last days there WILL be difficulty

One of the biggest problem with TV “preachers” today is that they make people feel warm and fuzzy. They tell us that God wants us to be happy. That since He is for us, we will prosper. Bad times come to those who are in sin and far from the Lord. If bad things are happening, it’s because YOU are doing something wrong.

They use just enough bible truth to make it sound true and then they fill in all the gaps with their own ideas.

The problem is, the Bible tells us quite the opposite.

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.” 2 Timothy 3:1

Well there you go. Straight from the Lord’s mouth to Paul’s ear. I know that there is a lot of controversy and divided thoughts on if we are living in “the end days”. I believe we are. As we look at the Scriptures and read some of the signs, I think it’s a stretch to say we aren’t.

Thankfully, we also know that the Lord has promised to be with us through these difficult times.

The Greek word for difficult here is chalepos: which means hard, harsh, fierce.

Some other words used in various translations for “difficult” are :





In the days to come, we will be looking at some of the hallmarks of these difficult last days. For now, I leave you with a question. If these are the last days, that means the return of Jesus is right around the corner.

Are you ready?



Remember to click on the “faith” category at the top of the page to read all of the previous posts.

Why instruct those who oppose you?

We read yesterday that we are told to correct our opponents. But why?

It’s so much easier and comfortable to just mind our own business.

What if we don’t feel like we have the words to share?

What if we KNOW that person is not going to change? They don’t care what we have to say.

Or, worse, we feel like they will become combative or we could lose something by sharing with them (e.g, our job).

Why take that chance?


“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 25B-26

Do you believe that hell is real? An actual, literal place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? I sure do!

The think is, if we believe this, how can we stand by and let people walk right over the edge into it?

The Scripture tells us that God doesn’t want anyone to perish and here is repeats that idea. That God could very well use you and your rebuke to grant repentance that leads to a knowledge of the truth. Let that sink in for a minute.

YOU could snatch that person from the fire.

Who is “your person”? Who comes to mind when you read this?

My prayer this morning is for each person reading this to have to courage to step forward and gently and patiently engage that person so they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil.