Friday, August 23, 2013

Reader's Favorite Posts

Here in North Idaho, we are enjoying a rare extended Summer with temperatures still reaching into the 80's and even 90's! With these gorgeous days, and our upcoming move to Hawaii, I decided to re-share a couple of favorite recipes with you that are my most popular posts. Enjoy!
Refreshing Watermelon Drink
1 "personal-size" seedless watermelon
1 empty plastic pitcher with a lid (at least 40 oz.) 
1 32 oz. empty bottle (a clean Gatorade bottle works perfectly)
ice & water
Splenda or Truvia sweetener

Cut the watermelon up into chunks, discard the green rind. 
Put about 1/2 of the chunks into a blender and "liquefy" it for a few seconds.
Go ahead and add the rest of the chunks and "liquefy" it again.
Pour the pureed liquid into the pitcher.

Add ice to the empty Gatorade bottle, almost to the top.
Add cold water to that, about 3/4 full.
Add about 1/2 cup of the watermelon liquid, put the cap on and shake it up.
Sweeten to taste with your favorite no-calorie sweetener. Enjoy the refreshment!

   Hawaiian Wedding Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
2-1/4 cups skim milk
4 egg whites
1 whole egg
8 oz Fat Free cream cheese, softened
1 box (4 serving size) Fat Free, Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, drained
8 oz Cool Whip Free

Heat oven to 350° F. Spray a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray, like Pam.

In a mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, 1-1/4 cups skim milk, egg whites and whole egg on low speed until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until cake tester or toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool cake, in pan, on wire rack.

In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup skim milk. Gradually add in pudding mix; beat well.
Spread over cooled cake.  Spoon drained pineapple over the pudding mixture.
Cut into 12 pieces. Top each piece with a dollop of Cool Whip.  Store in refrigerator.

When I was first given the higher calorie version of this cake, it was called "Better Than Sex Cake".  I lowered the fat and calories, and named it after my favorite place, Hawaii.

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