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Healthy Fruit Pizza Cookies

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meFor the rest of this month, in honor of Christmas in July, Tiffany is putting her book on sale! If you’d like to read a fun cozy murder mystery (that reads like a romantic comedy at Christmas time), go check out my daughter’s first book, Murder Mystery and the Gingerbread Cookies available on Amazon (and a few other places I can’t recall right now ;) ). She started writing it when she was 12 years old. We published a few years ago in ebook and finally jumped through all the hoops to get it into paperback this past February. If you like ebooks, grab that as it is a better deal for both you and her. ;)

Earlier this month I promised to share the yummy desserts I made for Independence Day and I had forgotten about it, until the other day.

I remember, years ago, someone made a fruit pizza and I really enjoyed it. It had a sugar cookie base. I don’t remember what the frosting was but then it was covered with a variety of cut up fruit. It was really good.

Well, I saw this Healthy Fruit Pizza Cookie on facebook and it looked so good, I was willing to make a second dessert on the fourth.

It was really easy. It’s a quick cookie base, which can be made up ahead of time (think: in the cool of the day). Then it is just a matter of mixing up the cream cheese frosting and adding the fruit.

This one is definitely a keeper here, even though some of our cookies didn’t make it. :D The tray of freshly baked cookies slid off the pans it was resting on when it first came out of the oven and most of them became a crumbled mess.

Of course, that didn’t stop us from eating them. They just weren’t nearly as pretty and couldn’t be eaten by hand but they were still just as good.

So, hop on over to Taryn’s website and get the recipe to make these very soon. I’ll probably make these again soon myself, especially with the plethora of delicious fresh berries available right now. But I’ll be making the cookies in the morning when it isn’t so hot.

I hope you’ll enjoy this dessert as much as we have.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Joyful Week

I finally remembered to buy snow to sprinkle on our Christmas tree! Yes, I was at the store, not once, not twice, but three times and didn’t remember to look for it a single time. So I went into town to have lunch with a dear friend last week and decided that I just needed to stop, on purpose, and get the bagged snow. Michael helped me put it on as Tiffany was cooking. :)

Putting on the Snow '17 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looks so much better with snow on it! Tiffany said, Now it is pretty before it was fugly. It really does make a huge difference. I enjoy snowmen, so I’ve been given a few snowmen ornaments; they look a lot better when there is a lot of snow around them on the tree. :)

I stopped by my sister’s house on the way home to drop off a book for her . . . Another Celebrated Dancing Bear. Evidently, I had a lot to say because I think I stayed and chatted with her for about two hours! I love my sister and don’t see her very often, in spite of living just fifteen minutes away. I could do that because I knew that dinner was a cinch to prepare and I also knew about what time I’d need to fix it, so I managed to get a good visit in with her and make it in time to fix dinner too. :)

Last weekend was also Christmas Cookie Painting day. I am so pleased to find a good “sugar” cookie recipe that is on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It was really good too, even though they were a little bit more tender/breakable than regular sugar cookies. I was surprised that the cream cheese and butter frosting was so good, colored easily, and just one recipe was enough for all thirty-two cookies.

Cookie Decorating '17 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had a few cookies get well done but Liam liked them all the same. The kid loves sweets!

It seems this year was more three dimensional because the frosting was thicker.

Cookies 2017 ~ Lifeofjoy.meNot sure what was up with that one other than it broke, so I guess he put it back together, with style. ;)

Xmas Cookies '17 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really liked Lauren’s snowman. :)

Cookies 2017 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe even had the 3D going but only with the frosting depth. :)

cookies 2017 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t have a clue what this 3d creation is. It looks like it was a gingerbread shape turned Santa? Not really sure. Maybe we caught the picture after it had been snacked on. :D

Tiffany helped Liam paint a cookie.

Liam Xmas Cookie 2017 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was hard to keep him from eating it right away but he had fun AND got to eat the cookie. :)

Laim Painting Cookie '17 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, Tiffany and I painted cookies too.

Tiff & I painted cookies ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiff did a cute snowman and I turned an angel upside down and made a flower. We decided that it looks like one of those Mario-eating flowers.

Here are some of our finished cookies. Not many were left, as we enjoy eating the labor of our hands. :D

Xmas Cookies 2017 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI do have to buy new colors and paint brushes next year. I’ll need to make sure I make myself a note because I generally wait until the last minute to gather my materials. ;)

Well, since Liam stayed with us this week, I have a few pictures to share.

Liam with Xmas dog ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis post is already picture intensive, so I’ll save them for next week.

We’re all going to see some Christmas lights this weekend, so I should have even more pictures to share; it will probably take two more weeks to share them.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! We sure are, in spite of different ones of us fighting off sicknesses.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Mud Pie

Cool summer dessert made with ice cream, Oreos, whipped cream, and chocolate . . . a family favorite.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I finally remembered to take pictures while making this yummy refreshing dessert! :) Brian and Lauren were able to come out for his birthday dinner last week and this was the dessert he wanted. It is the same one I fixed for Tiffany except that she had chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla bean. Needless to say, hers was much more rich.

The first thing you need for this super easy recipe is a package of OREOS! These are my favorite store bought cookie, so of course I buy the Family Package. :)

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou want to crush 30 of them into crumbs. I like to use a food processor to get them crushed up finely enough for the crust of the dessert.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut as you can see, it doesn’t take the whole package . . . which is the point of buying the family size package. :)

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.me(There are more than 30 cookies in the regular size package as well, if you prefer not to have very many left over to eat. :) )

Next you melt the butter but don’t boil it; just melt it.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meCombine it with the crushed cookies.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut half the mixture aside for later and pat out the rest along the entire bottom of the 9×13 pan. I use a measuring cup to pack it down and get it as even as I can.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext open up the box of ice cream. I didn’t by the rectangular box so I used scissors to cut the box, so that I could have easy access to the block of ice cream.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meMud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meMud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow I slice it into slabs about one inch thick and place on top of the cookie crumb crust.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meMud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meContinue with the rest of the block.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meWith the last piece, cut it into pieces to fill in the gaps as much as possible.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meLevel it out so it is as much one even slab as possible.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meI use my hands but you can use whatever works best for you. It is a cold job that must get done quickly.

Next pour the chocolate syrup (or fudge) over all and spread.

Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meMud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe used syrup this time but really prefer hot fudge sauce, only heated enough to get it out of the jar easily enough to spread.

Next spread the thawed whipped cream, evenly on top of the chocolate.

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Cover with foil and freeze. (You may want to take it out of the freezer 10 minutes or so before serving for easy of cutting.) Sprinkle with remaining crumbs  before serving.

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Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Mud Pie


  • 30 Oreos
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 jar hot fudge sauce or Hershey's can syrup
  • 1/2 gallon ice cream
  • 9 oz Cool Whip


  1. Melt butter.
  2. Crush cookies.
  3. Combine cookie crumbs and butter. Put half on bottom of 9x13 pan and pat down.
  4. Slice ice cream and lay on top of cookie crust.
  5. Spread chocolate over top ice cream.
  6. Spread thawed whipped topping over chocolate.
  7. Cover and freeze.
  8. Before serving sprinkle remaining cookie crumbs on top.

I hope you enjoy the sweet refreshing treat!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº