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




Weekly kid-friendly/budget-friendly THM menu


That pic above is of my favorite muffin in a mug. It’s the coffee cake for one by Rhonda Sue. *drool*

Okay! Moving right along to the menu. I’ve decided to just list 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with several snack ideas. I realized that people start their weeks on different days, eat more (or less) snacks than we do, and  run into a night where they just want to make Thursday’s dinner on Monday. So I’m hoping this new list format makes it easier to tweak and make your own!


eggs and bacon or sausage (2x)

cereal for the kids and muffin in a mug for mom (2x)

thm pancakes (page 223) with berries

oatmeal with cinnamon and diced apples (brown sugar and walnuts on the kid’s, truvia on mom’s) 2x



tortilla pizzas (page 280) and sliced veggies

PB&J (regular for the kids; low carb wrap with smucker’s natural PB and homemade strawberry truvia jam for mom) with sliced veggies (2x)

hot dogs and mac&cheese for the kids; crispy salmon (page 283) on romaine with EVOO for mom

leftovers from the soup dinners (2x)

lunchmeat (sandwiches for kids; roll ups for mom~ page 299) and fruit



pinto bean and rice roll ups (low carb wrap for mom) and fruit

tuna melts for the family; tuna on a low carb wrap for mom; salad

all day lentil stew (page 311)  and crackers (wasa for mom)

hamburgers (lettuce “bun” for mom) and green fries (page 357)

krabby patties (page 338) made with tuna and salad (sourdough bread for the family)

my version of fotato soup (adapted from page 294) ~use the THM bullion in place of the chicken broth and add turmeric with the other seasoning

pork chops; broccoli with cheese and butter; mashed potatoes for the family




string cheese

THM friendly muffins (there are many of these on pinterest)


sliced veggies

smoothies (I love the cake batter frappa. I make the kids’ smoothies with frozen banana and strawberries, almond milk and honey)

85% dark chocolate from aldi

fudge (page 386)

peanut butter cups

for the kids: chia energy balls



Linked up at menu plan monday





Scheduling Series Overview


For my  first crack at this new flow of intentional time management, I’ve decided to break my day up into categories. These are the major categories of my daily life that I’d like to improve upon in some way. Then I will pick one specific way to be more intentional for the week and try to stick with it. I will post my progress here each day and an overall progress report at the end of the week.

Spiritual LifeThis week, my goal is to get up at 6:30 am (I typically get up at 7 ish) so I can spend time in prayer and the Word. The biggest obstacle I can see with this is if the children don’t stay asleep for at least the first 15 minutes so I can get in some quality prayer time. I can study with them up but prayer is a little trickier.

MarriageSpend at least 15 minutes decompressing together and talking just the 2 of us. This may seem like a no-brainer, but we could go days without sitting down face to face and intentionally sharing with one another. Which then leads to blow ups because there’s no buffer each day to take the pressure of every day life off . We’ve been trying this for a couple of days and it seems like it’s working pretty well. I want to continue this.

ParentingI really, really want to be less snappy with my kids. I am a very intense person and I need to practice being calmer when I am dealing with my children.

Home EducationI think we are doing really well in this area actually (it’s still early in the year!) So I think my goal here will be to keep up the forward momentum.

Housework: Clean something every day. Cleaning is NOT my strong suit. A schedule has to be made for me to stick to. This is one area where I have to be rigid or it won’t get done. I will share what I come up with tomorrow.

HealthI am so off base here. I have 2 goals….. get back on my eating plan (MUCH more about that to come!) and do some sort of exercise. Any sort of exercise. For any length of time. That’s how far off I am.

BlogThis is my newest area so I’m really feeling this out. I have so many fun posts planned and I’m also totally open to ideas….what do you want to read?  My goal is to write 2 posts a day.

What about you?? Who’s with me? Do you have even ONE area that you can pinpoint a goal you’d like to work on? Let’s use this platform to hold one another accountable. Post your comments below.


Longing for a comfortable flow…


I have been searching for a way to be more consistent. To put more of a flow to our days.

I’ve tried hourly scheduling, but then I feel like I am putting God in a box. If one thing goes unplanned it throws me off and I scrap the whole thing.

I’ve tried to-do lists, but then I end up limiting myself to that list. I can’t exactly list everything I need to tend to that day. It just doesn’t seem right to put spending time with my kids on a list.

I’ve tried FlyLady and it overwhelms me. I’ve tried MOTH and it’s just too rigid.

And still…..this nagging feeling inside to have more structure, more purpose, more intentionality… persists.

So I am going to use this new platform as a way to try and satisfy that longing in a public way. I will share what I am doing, how I am doing and what is or isn’t working.

I have actually heard from a couple of friends that they are in the same boat. Lacking that consistency and knowing their lives and homes would be more blessed if they could get into a groove. So I am hoping to make this an interactive journey. One where we can learn from one another and get better on track in our day to day lives together.

What works for you? What isn’t working? What unique challenges do you have that you need to overcome to get into more of a flow? Please post your comments below and let’s encourage one another in this season of becoming more intentional.

Stay tuned later today for my first post about my new plans. Or better yet….scroll to the bottom of this page and subscribe to get my new posts via email!