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

A Peaceful Place

This is a short and sweet midnight post…I was editing pictures tonight and decided to look at a few from Christmas eve at church.¬†There are certain things in life that just bring a sense of calm into your heart and being at this church on Christmas Eve does just that! I’m certain that one day I will find a church in our area that brings this sense of peace to me, but for now I’m perfectly content with driving 2 hours to be here! Enjoy a few pictures of the church I went to growing up…

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Happy Blog-iversary!

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So wordpress tells me that today is indeed my 1 year Blog-Iversary! Hard to believe I’ve been writing as the Country Wife for 1 year…but that means I’ve also been married for over a year! Tonight I spent some time looking back at old posts and old blog pictures. I can tell that over just one year (not constant posting) that I really let myself show my true side by the end of this year. When I first started blogging I don’t think I really knew what kind of voice I was going for; but now I know. My voice is me! Sounds silly right? I follow so many different bloggers and I realized the ones I like best are the ones who are real. They aren’t trying to pretend that they are someone else, or they or living a better life than the rest of us. They show their true lives, and I hope to do the same!
So let me finish this post with a big THANK YOU to all my readers/likers/followers. I know I didn’t post all the time and maybe not about the most interesting things, but I will cherish that I have my first year of marriage chronicled here, and I got to share it will all of you!

My goals for this next blog year are:

1. Be Me 100%
2. Blog More!
3. Enjoy Every Minute! (Blogging is no fun when its a chore…)

Thanks again everyone!

The Country Wife

Making Plans

Where has the week gone! While the days at work seemed to drag on this week my evenings at home were busy. I’m glad its Friday, but I’m not really sure where the rest of the week went. For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you know that the past three weekends I have traveled north to my parents for showers, weddings, parties, etc… Can I just tell you ¬†how excited I am to get to stay home this weekend! All week I’ve really been looking forward to doing some much needed cleaning (CALL ME CRAZY).

During the week my housework is basically dishes when the sink is overflowing and laundry when I have no clean clothes; other than that I prefer to clean on the weekends. However, since I’ve been gone the past three weekends, not much has gotten done around the house – and it shows!

Tonight, K wants to have a date night so we are going to go out for dinner, probably either Texas Roadhouse or Mi Jalepeno; then its off to the drive-in! I had never experienced a drive-in theater until K and I started dating. They are quite enjoyable and if you’ve never been I highly recommend it! Like the grown adults we are, we will be watching Monsters University. Last time we went to the drive in we saw Despicable Me (another child friendly movie).

Tomorrow though, I will begin a thorough (hopefully) cleaning/laundry day. I also plan to make some pickles. This will be a new adventure for me, but according to the Ball Canning website, it should only take 15 minutes to process the jars, and I probably only have enough pickling cucumbers for two jars. I will post some picture/updates!

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Have a wonderful & cool night!

The Country Wife 

Monday Moments

I forgot to do my¬†Sunday¬†Stills post last night, so I’m doing it today!

today: ¬†worked. now laundry, cleaning and supper. Oh and working out of course ūüėČ

want to be: cooler! its stinkin’ hot out there

blessings: celebrating the ordination into priesthood of a good friend, Father Jeff Walker (see favorite pic)

thinking:  how nice it will be to stay home this weekend

planning: workouts and meals for the week

writing: birthday card for a family member who turns 80…at least I think its 80!

loving: getting to experience my home church community come together to celebrate a wonderful event.

grateful:  my wonderful husband. he has put up with me being gone for the past 3 weekends!

favorite pic:  Everyone who came out to celebrate with Father Jeff!

Everyone who came out to support Father Jeff at his first mass Sunday morning!

Everyone who came out to support Father Jeff at his first mass Sunday morning!

 

The Country Wife

Spring Has Sprung!

I know many of my readers are from Ohio, but if you aren’t and have never been here before, let me tell you a little secret about our weather. You maybe have heard jokes before about leaving the house with shorts and flip-flops on but needing a winter coat and snow boots at the end of the day…this is real life! Two weeks ago the high was almost 80 degrees and it was wonderful! Finally, we were done with snow and cold…or so we thought. Last week, just as the weekend was arriving the weather made a turn for the worse! Rain, cold, and wind…not so lovely; but thats an Ohio spring for you! Continue reading