HAPPY HAUSFRAU: Sweet Tooth Wednesday (and yeah, I know it’s Monday)

Cheesecake with strawberry and whipped cream.

Cheesecake with strawberry and whipped cream. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, listen.

I have a sweet tooth. It was cultivated in my youth by a grandmother who saw it as her mission in life to fatten up her sweet little grand-babies. And since my sister and I found ourselves at her house every day after school, we always had a cookie in our hand.

Or a spoon-full of homemade frosting.

Or a plate of pie.

Or a bowl of homemade ice cream.

Or a paper bag full of homemade ‘tater chips (which aren’t sweet, but OH HELLS YEAH THEY WERE AMAZING).

Now that I’m a grown up whose metabolism and pancreas has decided that sugar really isn’t all its chopped up to be, I’ve all but cut the stuff out of my diet. *takes a moment of silence for the death of that childhood love* It was EFFING hard to do – the first three weeks or so were basically a Detox Hell the likes of which had the Hubster seriously considering calling a Catholic priest to Evict The Demons That Had Risen To Power In My Body.

These days it’s not so bad. I don’t tremble at the sight of sugar. I don’t feel like I need to be restrained at the sight of a cookie in a toddler’s hand. Really, I’m pretty chill about the whole thing.

And it’s all thanks to Sweet Tooth Wednesday.

Thursday through Monday I surf Pinterest for the best desert recipes I can find. Tuesday I go buy the stuff for one desert. Then, on Sweet Tooth Wednesday, I make said desert…

…and eat it.

Not all of it, mind you. Just one serving. But I eat that one serving with a kind of tantric slowness that, if we’re being honest, makes the rest of my family a trifle uncomfortable.

There’s nothing healthy about the deserts I make for Sweet Tooth Wednesday. They are a full-sashay foray into the world of Crap That Isn’t Good For A Person To Eat. But OH. MY. LORD. IT. IS. GOOD.

So, for funsies, I thought I’d link you up to some of the things I’ve made over the past few months. I stumbled across all these blogs on Pinterest, and there are many more recipes on my ME WANT FOOD Pinterest page. Head over there sometime. The Hubster calls it Food Porn. He might be right. *shrug*

Okay – now for my faves thus far:

Pip & Ebby’s CRACK BROWNIES are a revelation. We’re talking brownies, peanuts, marshmallows, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and rice cereal. If you’re not swooning just from that description you don’t have a pulse. Go to the doctor immediately and request the paddles. STAT.

Did you know that you can MAKE nougat? Yes. It’s true. You can. These Homemade Snickers Bars from How Sweet It Is are rich and addictive. My rule of just one serving was sorely tested with these…

You haven’t lived if you haven’t had Pavlova. I first tried this yummy concoction when I was in New Zealand in high school. It was topped with pomegranate and kiwi and homemade whipped cream and it was nothing short of a morgasm. (mouth + well…you know) Gourmet Traveler has Pauline Kwong’s version of it and yeah…it fit right in with Sweet Tooth Wednesday.

Four words: ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE. We’re talking ice-cream sandwiches layered with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and your favorite candy. This dish is total junk and so effing good it ought to be a sin. I LOVED it with a hot cup of coffee…the hot and cold and sweet and bitter had me flying on a sugar/caffeine high for more than a couple hours.

Okay, well, these aren’t as sinful as most, but Frozen Banana Bites from neverHomemaker are really delicious and easy, and some Sweet Tooth Wednesdays that’s exactly what I need. We’re not talking fireworks here. This is more like the meatloaf of deserts. Easy, predictable, and satisfying.

Continuing with the banana theme, these Banana Pudding Squares from Kraft are so yummy it’s stupid. It’s a good thing I only eat one serving on STW because the rest of my family falls upon these with the force of a hundred starving vampires. It’s frightening.

With a name like Sex in a Pan, you have to try it, at least once! And after you do you’ll keep going back over, and over, and over again. You’ll find yourself fantasizing about eating it in inappropriate places – the dressing room at Victoria’s secret, in your dentist’s chair, the elevator in Von Maur. This desert will screw you up, in the best way possible.

Now that I’ve talked myself into a frenzy with all these deserts, I’m going to totter off and make plans for this week’s Sweet Tooth Wednesday. Maybe I’ll try this, or this

unless you can suggest something equally as tempting!




3 thoughts on “HAPPY HAUSFRAU: Sweet Tooth Wednesday (and yeah, I know it’s Monday)

  1. Kecia Adams says:

    *sigh* I am reading this in my kitchen drinking my hot water with lemon prior to a cut back on sugar session of my own. I have been overindulging and I need to turn the corner. You’re not helping! Just kidding! I love the idea of a sweet tooth day. Allows for indulgence so you don’t “cheat” yourself of one of the two greatest pleasures in life! 😉

  2. Ginger Calem says:

    You are so cute! You’ve got the idea down though … be disciplined most of the time and you earn the reward and can enjoy it guilt free! 🙂 I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have a sweet tooth for traditional desserts. If I crave something sweet, it’ll be a couple squares of dark chocolate or even really simple, like m-n-m’s. 🙂

    Enjoy your Wednesdays. You’ve earned them!

  3. Karen McFarland says:

    Hi Myndi! I cannot relate to your childhood. I was never fed a lot of sweets. My mom was not a baker, nor my grandmother. So I only got an occasional cookie or cake. Although we did have a relationship with “Hostess” in our school lunches. I think one needs balance. And if baking and eating sweets once a week keeps you from an exorcism, then enjoy your big heart out girl! Oh, by the way, I do love your new website. It looks great! {{Hugs!}} 🙂

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