My Sweet Marie

Archive for June 2011

These are not cookies for the ‘diet’ minded folk! I plan to make these with Heidi in the coming week and thought I’d pass on the recipe! The original recipe calls for regular Oreos but we are using the minis to make smaller cookies!


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 oz bag chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. Mini Oreo cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Cream butter and sugars together with a mixer until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda. 
  4.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.
  5. Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie.  Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo cookie.  Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo cookie is enclosed with dough.

Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.



  • 1 cup  (250 mL) quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups green beans , trimmed and chopped ( or 1 can drained green beans)
  • 1 can (540 mL) chickpeas , drained
  • 1 sweet red pepper , diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 


  • Tomato Vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup bottled strained tomatoes , 
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 tbsp liquid honey 
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herb
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper 


In saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups water to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Fluff with fork and let cool.

Meanwhile, in saucepan of boiling salted water, blanch green beans until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain and refresh in bowl of ice water. Drain and transfer to large bowl. (You can use canned green beans and skip this whole process)

Stir in cooled quinoa, chickpeas, red pepper and feta cheese.

Tomato Vinaigrette: Whisk together tomatoes, vinegar, oil, honey, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper; pour over quinoa mixture and stir to coat.



  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1-2 cloves garlic pressed 


  1. In a medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes. Season with Italian-style salad dressing and garlic ; mix well. Cover, and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
  3. Also great served as a salad, bean salad!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

(This is probably the one I do the most in the winter)

  •  Take 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes and chop into a large chunks. toss with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Chopped onions are great added in here as well. Lay out flat on a tray covered with parchment or foil and roast at 375 for 1 hour! They will be golden crisp around the edges when ready. Serve up with your favourite protein and a salad and dinner is served!

Sweet Potato Fries

Kids favourite!

  • slice your sweet potatoes into thin strips adn toss with a bit of olive oil (1 tbsp per potato). spread out on a try or two so that the potaotes are not stacked, must be laying flat on the tray to crispen up. Same temp…375 for approx. 1 hour. Season when taking out of oven! Go easy on the salt now…remember doing this for your health!

BBQ Sweet Potatoes

Lovely with BBQ’d meat of any kind and so easy!

  • Cut your washed sweet potatoes into steak cut chunks, long and chunky. Toss with olive oil and season to your taste. You may now throw them right on the grill and cook till tender or wrap in foil and cook while the meat is cooking. they take less time then white potatoes do.

Baked Sweet Potaotes with Honey and Ginger


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, honey, ginger, olive oil, cardamom, and pepper.
  3.  Bake for  30-40 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelized on the outside.

There, that should give you plenty of ideas for sweet potaotes tonight! I will research for more and post as I find them and have tried them out!

Recently I told a friend at the gym that I’d post some ideas and recipes for sweet potatoes as she was told by her doctor to eat more of them rather than white potatoes! You see for a few years now we have been eating more sweet potatoes at our house and it has proven to be a health bonus for sure! Sweet potatoes all on their own are fat-free and contain carotenoids that appear to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, making cells more responsive to insulin. This can ultimately help with your metabolism. I don’t know about you but I need all the help I can get in this department!

I find that eating sweet potatoes along with protein (chicken,fish,turkey) will keep me full for hours. They are full of fibre, potassium, vitamin C, beta-carotene and studies show that they prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease! This was why I had originally starting eating them,as my naturopathic doctor put me on an eating plan for cardiac health when my blood pressure was getting higher and higher!  I thought I was in heaven when she said no white potatoes but I want you to have at least 5 servings of sweet potatoes a week! No problem there!

Now I am not talking sweet potato pie where you add sugar, cream and all sorts of fat! I am talking baked sweet potatoes, grilled sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes and BBQ’d sweet potatoes! Take your pick, you’ll love them all! I am happy to report that I have been off the meds for BP for 3 years now and my Blood pressure has been stable ever since! Go ahead, give them a try!

I think I will post the recipes separately under sides in the recipe section, go look for them there and if you have ideas you’d like to share with me, please do let me know!

sweetest regards,

Sweet Poatato Marie

I sure hope you don’t tire of my funny things the grand-kids say! Here’s a few more for you!

Last Thursday Melanie and Holly joined Denis and I for dinner. There was no special occasion, they were here and it was dinner time! I got everything on the table and we were all sitting down when I look at Holly and she has her hands and arms stretched out to Denis and Mel to hold, bows her little head, closes her eyes and says “Mom,pray!”…Oh my goodness, I was so touched, thought that was just adorable! Obviously at 2 years old this is routine to her, she must pray every night at dinner, I was humbled to say the least! Yes, we all held hands and did say a prayer.

Last night Melissa joined us for dinner with Heidi and Blake and more table talk was heard! It was a last-minute plan to have them join us so I whipped up some frozen veggies, peas and corn to go along with our fish and chicken, and salad! They happen to be Heidi’s favourites! She took one bite of the veggies and said “These veggies are divine!’ What? divine? Really have you ever heard a child say veggies are divine? Too funny!

Go back a day or two and Heidi phoned us as she was lonely for us. I asked her what she was doing and she said “Oh that Blake, he is distracting me!”  Distracting? at 4 years old we use a word like that? I don’t know, I think that’s just brilliant or am I a little bit biased?

Blake at 19 months doesn’t say a whole lot other than the usual Daddy’s, Heidi etc but his new word lately is Yeaaahh…it sounds like he has an accent! If you ask a question where you know you’ll get a yes, he’ll answer and give this drawn out Yeahhh…I think you have to be there!

That’s all I have for now but we are having a sleepover with Holly tonight so Mom and Dad can go out and celebrate their anniversary, so I should be armed with more quotes soon enough!

Enjoy the great day!

Sweet Marie

Saturday was a busy day for Denis and I! We had 3 different things to go to in Essex County and we made the most of it, I think by doing it all in one tank of gas! I heard of so many people who had more than one thing happening on Saturday, I know we weren’t alone on the 401, that’s for sure! We filled the tank and headed for stop#1!

We headed out for Windsor to visit our new nephew Joachim, a 2- month old baby boy who is just so cute! Of course when we arrived he was sleeping like any baby would do! Why is it when we want them awake, they take a nap? It never fails, does it? It did give Denis and I a chance to visit with Lise, his youngest sister, Maman to Joachim! We covered everything from toilet paper to immigration in that visit, and solved most of the world’s problems too! All that and a cinnamon bun! What more could you ask for in a visit, oh how about a baby to goo over? Finally he woke up, I still say the cinnamon bun woke him! Kids always know when Mom is eating! We got in a nice visit with him, we both took turns snuggling and cooing and soon we were off to party#2!

We headed to Belle River to a party for my Aunt Sue’s 65th birthday. This has been a particularly tough year for Sue as she is battling the fight of her life, ovarian cancer. It was nice for her to be able to celebrate something for a change! It was a surprise party and we were late for the surprise but never-the-less, she was happy to see us, if her big hug was any kind of sign! I felt I got in a good visit with her along with many aunts and cousins. Some of my cousins I had to actually ask what their names were, that’s how long it’s been! That is so sad! I’ve told you how large my family is but my extended family is even larger! I have 12 aunts/uncles and their spouses just on my mother’s side! They all have kids so you get the picture! I digress, the party was very nice, many people showed up to celebrate Sue’s big birthday and a delicious barbecue was served up pronto!

The next partywe headed to, was a welcome home party for Whitney, my niece that spent 4 weeks in Swaziland! She went on a nursing co-op and was joined by many of her classmates and they had a wonderful trip. She learned a lot and shared a few stories with us and showed us  some of the souvenirs that she collected while there! The pictures were amazing, I didn’t realize how pretty it was there. All we ever hear in the media is how poor it is there but rarely do we hear much about the beauty. She did spend time with some very poor souls and helped them out. In so many of her photos she is holding children, I liked that. That’s who needs it the most in my eyes. I am such a sucker for children…maybe you’ve noticed? The party was nice, got to see all of my siblings and a few of the kids. Most people at the party had already been to another party or were on their way to another! It really was a busy day for so many of us! We left the party with hugs all around, our bag of fresh leaf lettuce a parting gift from Michelle, Whitney’s Mom! She has a garden full of it!

Getting back on the 401 we headed for our final destination…Home Sweet Home!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie