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Swimming in Sweets

Have you ever had one of those over-achieving moments when you ambitiously decided to tackle a gym workout only to have something beyond your control get in the way?

Last night my workout bud Renee and I decided to tackle Monday night Body Combat. Usually she is busy Monday nights so when the rare free day opened up, we packed up our stuff and met at the gym ready to kick and punch. It was PACKED in the class room and we saw a lot of the “regulars” that we see Saturday mornings. Then we realized our usual teacher wasn’t there and we’d have some replacement guy that evening. Oh wow. He was absolutely terrible. There was hardly any queuing, his music kept cutting out, and the build up of moves always felt a little off. Plus there was no encouragement or energy anywhere. After 30 minutes, Renee and I looked at each other, picked up our water bottles, and walked out.

It’s true when they say an instructor can make or break a class. If that had been the instructor the first time we ever tried Combat, I doubt if we’d have ever tried it again.

 The extra time worked out great though because it gave me more time to whip up Ben’s anniversary cookies. It’s his 5th anniversary at work and so he is required to bring in treats. I made a batch of regular chocolate chip and a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip with toffee pieces.


 Unfortunately for one batch, the oven timer didn’t work and they were more brown than they should have been (see above picture) and then the oatmeal batch didn’t get stirred enough so the final batch was a gooey mess that spread into one another:


Always a little embarrasing to send less than your best effort in. But at least he has a homemade treat to bring in and not the usual store-bought chips and cookies.

I mentioned I had a recipe for these delicious and super-easy cream cheese bars.


They are one of Ben’s favorite (top 2 I think) desserts from his childhood. I absolutely can’t vouch for these being healthy in any way, but sometimes you just want something that’s quick, easy, and appealing.

Cream Cheese Bars (recipe courtesy of Ben’s mom)

  • 2 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 packages (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  • 2T sugar
  • cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease the bottom of a 13×9 pan. Unroll one tube of crescent rolls and lay on the bottom of the pan.

Separate the egg and beat the yolk, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Pour over the rolls


Unroll the second tube of rolls and carefully place over the top. Whisk the egg white with a fork and spread over the top (this was easy to do using a fork and only use about half of the egg white). Sprinkle with the sugar and nuts and top with a dusting of cinnamon.


Note: the original recipe used 1/3c of sugar for the topping but that was way too much, I found just a few tablespoons sprinkled on top was plenty

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow the bars to fully cool and then refrigerate until firm. I made the mistake of cutting into them too soon and the cream cheese was a bit too gooey.


These were delicious and I’ll definitely be making them again.


Oh yes – and my giveaway results are in! Thanks to the wonderful random number generators online, we have the following 4 winners for the NuNaturals giveaway!

1) Apples and Arteries,

I’ve never tried Stevia so I’m curious to try them all!

2) Life After Swimming,

The chocolate flavor and peppermint flavor combined sound like an awesome coffee addition :) or homemade ice cream addition…

3) Lori,

Dang – that’s a lot of flavors! I don’t use stevia, but John does. He has the big jar of powdered stevia. I bet the he would love the chocolate

4) Caylie,

I also linked up on my blog… finally found time to write something!!


Congrats to my winners! Please send your names and mailing addresses to: alis.kitchen at yahoo.com and I’ll get the NuNaturals good on their way! For everyone else who still wants to try these awesome products, remember that they are offering discounts to my readers. Check out the original post for all the details.


2 Responses

  1. Cool! John will be so pleased at the stevia!

  2. Shouldn’t they be making him anniversary treats? haha

    And YAY for the winning 🙂 I’ll email you right now!

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