Skinny Angel Shortbread Sugar Cookies

Finally a somewhat healthy sugar cookie! Ok so not finally, I’ve actually had this recipe since 2007 but I only recently figured out the nutrition associated with it. After a crazy week at work I promised my co-workers that I would make some cookies…well at 9:30 last night after realizing I didn’t have everything I needed for chocolate chips, I found this recipe. It does use all your basic cooking ingredients like sugar, butter, oil and flour, but with only 124 calories for a cookie, you have to try it! I want to try and find better substitutes for the oil and possibly use cane sugar and wheat flour. Below is the recipe and some variations I made on a few batches! Enjoy!

Skinny Angel Shortbread Sugar Cookies

1 c. Sugar
1 c. Powdered Sugar
1 c. Oil
2 Sticks Butter
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
4 c. + 2 Tbsp. Flour

Cream together sugars, butter, oil and eggs. Once combined, add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Chill dough for 1 hr. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop onto baking sheet and press with a buttered glass covered in sugar. I used a number 40 scoop. I think its a tablespoon, maybe 2 tablespoons…I’m bad at estimating ūüôā Bake for 9-11 minutes, just until the edges are a light golden brown. Enjoy!

Angel Sugar Cookies

The original cookie, no frills, just sweet, delicious cookie.

Now, K was a little worried these might not be good without chocolate. So on a dozen or so that came out I added chocolate frosting to the top…YUM! I also added chocolate chips to the last bit of dough and those turned out pretty good too!

Angel Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chips

With chocolate chips per K’s request ūüôā I’m such a good wife right?

Angel Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

These were delicious. The girls at work loved them. I also think the frosting made these a little softer too!

I hope you give the cookies a try. Like I said, just plain they are 124 calories per cookie. So while not the healthiest, there are far worse options when it comes to cookies!

The Country Wife


4 Ingredient Homemade Applesauce

Last Friday night in our “frenzy” to use up some apples, K suggested that we make some applesauce. In my experiences growing up apple sauce always seemed like such a hard thing to make. There was coring, peeling, cooking, mashing/grinding, then more cooking. But thanks to my wonderful Betty Crocker cookbook, I found a very simple and fairly quick way to make apple sauce! I will tell you, this is more of a rustic applesauce and not the same consistency you get from the grocery store BUT it taste a million times better!!!

4 Ingredient Applesauce

4 medium cooking apples (1 1/3 lb), peeled, cut into fourths and cored
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar or 3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine apples and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to break up the apples. Reduce heat and let simmer to continue cooking apples. The apples will become very tender and break up. If you want to have smaller chunks, use a potato masher to mix up the apples. Enjoy!

4 Ingredient Apple Sauce

The apple mixture simmering away! Our house smelled heavenly!

Seriously one of the easiest recipes ever! It took about 25-35 minutes for my mixture to get cooked, but I also tripled the recipe. It would probably be less time if you just do the 4 apples. We enjoyed some that night over ice cream and then froze the rest in some mason jars (yes you can freeze food in jars!). For those watching your calories, you can have a 3/4 cup serving for about 100 calories! Healthy and delicious!

The Country Wife

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

Those of you that are my friends with me on Facebook may remember a few weeks back when I posted that K won Best Dessert at my families Christmas cook off this year…he did not make this recipe! His recipe has a lot more sugar and butter; probably why it won! Well Friday night we were both craving something sweet and had a lot of extra apples from the local FFA fruit sale. He suggested I make his apple crisp recipe, but being a competitor in my work’s Biggest Loser competition, I knew I needed to make a healthier version. I browsed the internet for a recipe that seemed better and here’s what I came up with. Its pretty close to the recipe I found except that I made mine in individual ramekins (a present from a white elephant gift exchange).

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

Mix apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar in a bowl. Once coated, place apple mixture equally into to large ramekins or 4 small ramekins. Next mix oats, flour, remaining brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Spoon mixture on top of the apples. Bake at 375 for 20-25 or until apples are fork tender. Enjoy!

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

Fresh from the oven!

We served ours with a little bit of ice cream (would have done frozen yogurt, but we didn’t have any). These are not my any means a fat free dessert! But compared to drenching the apples in a sugar syrup, this is much healthier. This was a special treat and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth…at least for a few days. In the next couple days I will share K’s original recipe for Apple Crisp!

The Country Wife

*Here is the link to the original recipe:


Monday Moments: End of 2013

This post is supposed to be done on Sundays as a way to stop and reflect of the past week. Like usual I never remember to do this until Monday. This week I’d like to think that because I was sick I forgot to do it…either way here is my Sunday Stills/Monday Moments.

today:¬†slept a lot. took down the Christmas tree ( not because I’m a scrooge…we have a small living room! I wanted some space back! )

want to be: feeling better! ready for whatever 2014 throws our way.

blessings: family time. a wonderful christmas season.

thinking: all the things to come in 2014; the things we know are coming and the unknown.

planning: my nutrition and workouts for 2014. goals for 2014.

writing: my 2014 bucket list.

loving:¬†my husband. long story short: I was sick yesterday and wasn’t sure if I would make it to the big Wensink Christmas, but my husband offered to drive 2 hours to take our presents and food. In the end I went, but just that offer made me love him even more! Not many guys are willing to drive 2 hours to spend the afternoon with his wifes family!!!

grateful:¬†for a roof over our heads, a warm house and plenty of stuff…this time of year always make you think a little of the less fortunate.


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Kyles trophy for winning best dessert at Wensink Christmas!

The Country Wife

Whats Cookin’ – Lightened Up Spinach Dip

I am so sad that my three day weekend is coming to an end, but the scales will be happy. This weekend there were a few extra drinks downed and a few extra sweet treats made. However, I was able to lighten up one of my holiday/cookout favorites. I always love serving spinach dip inside Hawaiian Bread so when the thought crossed my mind to substitute in some Greek yogurt, I knew I had to make it! Below is my take on spinach dip, lightened up!

Lightened Up Spinach Dip

1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well drained
16 oz. Greek yogurt
1 package Knorr vegetable recipe mix
1/2 c. light Hellmans mayo
1 tablespoon garlic seasoning (garlic salt or powder)

Combine all ingredients together and chill until serving. Great with pretzels, crackers, Hawaiian bread, tortilla chips and more!

Lightened Up Spinach Dip  - {Husband Approved!}

Lightened Up Spinach Dip – {Husband Approved!}


Now for some pictures of other food I made this weekend. I should have taken pictures of all of it! Besides the pictures below I also made corn bread, friendship break cookies, peach cobbler, broccoli delight, whole wheat pancakes, hmm I think that’s the major foods!

Breakfast Pudgy Pies - Eggs, Sausage and Cheese cooked over the fire!

Breakfast Pudgy Pies – Eggs, Sausage and Cheese cooked over the fire!

Sweet Peppers with Cream Cheese, Wrapped in Bacon!

Sweet Peppers with Cream Cheese, Wrapped in Bacon!

Grilled Potatoes, Onions and Sweet Peppers

Grilled Potatoes, Onions and Sweet Peppers

Hope everyone has a great week! I know I’m going to be a day off all week!

The Country Wife


Banana Oatmeal Cookies!

Hello my long lost blog followers/readers! Have you missed me? I’d like to think I was taking a little “Winter Break” from blogging. I am glad I chose tonight to make my Spring debut because I have a great recipe for you! Lately everyone at work seems to be bringing in all sorts of sweet treats and candy; NOT GOOD FOR MY DIET! While putting away¬†groceries¬†the other night I found two boxes of blueberry muffin mix so I decided to make those for work, that is not my recipe however! I thought while these muffins are better than some things I could eat, I still wanted to have a tasty sweet treat for those of us watching out weight. Check out the recipe below. Continue reading

Lessons Learned in 4-H – Part One (of many!)

Tomorrow at work we are having a bake sale! Not only am I excited for yummy goodies but I’m also excited to show off sell some of my own treats! One thing I learned while taking numerous cooking projects in 4-H is that presentation can make or break your dish. I know this sounds silly to think that a bunch of 4-H kids were worrying about their food presentation, but its true! I remember each year before judging we would pick out the food we were making and then a theme to go with it. For instance, for my Star¬†Spangled¬†Foods project I think I made some sort of green beans with bacon and maybe a desert (we didn’t have to make our whole menu). To display my food, I remember exactly what place mat I used (looked like the flag), what flowers were on the table and what dishes I used. My food may not have been the best but I knew that I would get high points for how neat my place setting looked.

As I get ready for tomorrow bake sale, I’m remembering the same thing. Even if my treats aren’t the best tasting there (probably will be), I know they will look the cutest. Sure I could have just tossed them on a paper plate and slid them inside a zip-lock baggie like most people will probably do, but do they look as cute as this:

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Jars full of buckeyes, rebel bars and caramel bars! Dressed up with simple Christmas fabric over the lid, and a hand made mason jar tag.

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All the goodies for tomorrow! Jars of candy, cookies and then two assorted boxes…yummy!

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Just a closer look at the mason jar tags…cute right?

How do you like to add your own special touch to things, especially around the holidays? I think just a touch of ribbon, a bow or something unique makes things look so much better!

The Country Wife

P.S. Look for more posts about Lessons Learned in 4-H!! I might even entertain guest posts…comment if interested!