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December 29, 2010

So Not Martha This Weekend.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:02

There were tons of things that I wanted to get done on my day off Monday and, in the end, only two of them got done.  I guess that’s better than zero, right? Regardless it was a wash in terms of really exciting stuff.  I did end up making that snow angel and also ended up going sledding with some hooligan friends.  Running up and down the sledding hill counts as hill training right? And shoveling out my car counts as weights right? Doubly so because I’m ambidextrous and can could work out BOTH arms without having to slow down the rate of shoveling and time spent in the cold!

Tuesday brought about a snowy 9.3 miler.  Quick despite the snow.  And despite my eyes just not wanted to open either. A little achy but nothing that was painful.  I think I was a little overzealous with the hometown routes this weekend (all my favs are so long!) and the sledding/shoveling on Monday that used new muscles! Of course there were pushups ( 45, 55, 35 30, 56 ) and situps (70, 80, 54, 45, 90 ) although I will say that I would have thought shoveling out on Monday would have been easier with all the pushups I’ve been doing.  I guess I shudder to think of how I could really be feeling if I wasn’t doing them.

Wednesday (today) is so far a rest day due to my overall sleepiness and waking up at 0403 and thinking that an hour and fifteen minutes of extra sleep would be nice. And then doing it. But I’m hoping to get a quick 6 miler done after work. We’re painting and scrubbing the walls and other fun handyman stuff today so I’m showing up to work in old running gear. No excuses for not being prepared when I get home. Fingers crossed.

And now for some excitement.

Peppermint Chocolate Cream Pie

I make no bones that I was born and raised a box cake-brownie-cookie gal.  I’m slowly getting into the from-scratch stuff (mostly because when I do want to bake I have the time to go all out) but this dessert made for my family’s Christmas Eve dinner was not. Overall I’m not sure if you save any time by going the box/mix route here but I totally saved myself stress. And the holidays shouldn’t be about that.  I guess that’s why I’m posting this.  To show that not everything has to be done on your own if it makes life easier.  I mean, Betty Crocker has made an empire on that idea, right?

I’m sure that there are multiple real recipes that you can find out there and variations on it, but here’s how I made this baby for the fam (For those of you who are so inclined to make it from scratch I’ve included what I’ve done in the past at the very end of the post).

  • 1 Keebler Graham Cracker pie crust
  • 2 boxes Jello Chocolate pudding
  • 1 tub Cool-Whip
  • Peppermint Extract

I took out the crust, made the pudding (with 1% milk according to the directions on the box and added in 5 drops of the peppermint) then spread the Cool-Whip on top.  It needed to be refrigerated for a few hours (like 6ish) before serving but it’s a very easy dessert to make.  Very delicious too.  Just ask my brother.

Oh man my brother is getting so big! And me so old!

The great thing about this type of pie (especially if you go the easy route like I did) is that there are many variations on it. Like vanilla or banana pudding as well as other types of extracts and other types of graham crackers (I used the honey flavored here).  Adding banana chunks is great too(for the banana pudding duh).

See opportunities are ENDLESS here people. Another subset of this recipe is the actual J-E-L-L-O route.

Okay so not the J-E-L-L-O it's alive picture I was searching for but this was good for a laugh. Thanks google.

This one is a little trickier just because you need to fold in the Cool-Whip while the Jello is still hot. I’ve never tried making my own jello before but I’m sure you could if you really wanted to? Who knows, Jello is a mysterious food.

  • 1 box jello (any flavor your heart desires or the occasion calls for although I prefer key lime)
  • 1 tub Cool- Whip
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust (either homemade or store bought)
  • Fruit of the same flavor as jello (optional)
  1. Make one package of jello as directed on the box using ~2 cups of hot (boiling) water and stir until dissolved. Then add 1.5 cups of ice water and let chill for 5 ish minutes in the freezer or until thick but still pourable.
  2. Take the Cool-Whip  and fold it into the jello until one consistency.  Add the fruit in if you choose to (I usually don’t) and pour into the pie crust
  3. Let sit in the fridge for 6ish hours and then enjoy

In the end it’ll look something like this:

Thanks google images. No pic of my own because I haven't made this one recently.

And here are the from scratch ingredients and directions.  I’m thinking I’ll make one of the varieties from scratch when I go to a NYE party in Boston on Friday (anyone got any super duper plans to ring in 2011?!). I have the day off so I have time to not stress about turn-on-the-oven baking.

Graham Cracker Crust (from

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ( optional and very good if you use cinnamon cracker crumbs! )
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended . Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7 minutes. Cool. If recipe calls for unbaked pie shell, just chill for about 1 hour.

Cream Filling (also from

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate (or alternatively I’ve used 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/4 cup cornstarch)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine sugar, flour, milk, and chopped up chocolate in 2 quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix a little of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, beating rapidly to avoid cooking the yolks. Stir the warm yolk mixture into the remainder of the chocolate mixture, and cook for an additional 90 seconds. Remove from heat, and stir in butter or margarine and vanilla.

Whipped Cream (sigh.  I’ve only done this one once.  I prefer the Cool-Whip methodology even though it’s not hard per se. I just hate to do it. But I used an recipe for this too)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  1. In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.


  1. Happy New Year, Mini Me!!!!! I wish you all the happiness (and PRs) in the world for 2011!

    Comment by Rebecca — December 29, 2010 @ 09:51

  2. Girl – Jello is totally easy! You are so funny! 🙂 The pie looks great, and I am a big fan of shortcuts where there is no difference in end product taste and quality. Hey, I work 50 hours a week or so – I have to make every minute count! 🙂 Have a great day!

    Comment by Terri — December 29, 2010 @ 09:58

  3. My friend Bailey is actually going to Boston for her New Years “date”. :p Lucky kids!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 29, 2010 @ 10:29

  4. Ain’t no shame in jello and cool whip. One of my FAVORITE desserts is called “better than sex” cake and it uses boxed cake mix, a jar of caramel sauce, jar of hot fudge, a tub of cool whip, and a bajillion crushed heath bars. it’s good. really good.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 29, 2010 @ 10:48

  5. YUM

    Comment by Kim — December 29, 2010 @ 10:49

  6. Why do I always gain 10 lbs just reading your blog? 🙂
    I’ve done my fair share of real whip cream – YUM!!!!!!

    Comment by Jill — December 29, 2010 @ 11:39

  7. nom nom nom nom nom…I’m trying to eat my laptop screen.

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — December 29, 2010 @ 13:53

  8. yum yum! Looks pretty good!! I have eaten wayyyy to much cake and candy and cookies this past week!

    Comment by J — December 29, 2010 @ 14:23

  9. You had me at Peppermint Chocolate Cream Pie! That dessert is made for me!

    You are seriously rocking your push-ups and sit-ups girl! The core will be rock solid for Boston!

    totally crack up at the Bill Cosby reference!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — December 29, 2010 @ 15:35

    • I was cracking up at Bill Cosby too. And maybe watching those old commercials on youtube…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:44

  10. You have been baking up a storm!! WOW!! Those pies look amazing. That makes my stomach growl. I don’t know how you run in the snow…you are my hero!

    Comment by janae — December 29, 2010 @ 15:51

  11. I love those pudding cakes, no matter if they are from a box or not, it takes time and LOVE to make it! Glad you had a nice snowy run!

    Comment by lindsay — December 29, 2010 @ 17:23

    • I figure the boxed mixes have more love in them because I’m not cussing up a storm making the stuff hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:45

  12. pudding pies are my go-to for quick desserts! I’ve brought them to dinner parties and they are always a hit 🙂 Nice run in the snow!

    Comment by Kelly — December 29, 2010 @ 20:37

  13. Peppermint chocolate cream pie? Gahhhh, delicousness.

    Comment by Jess — December 29, 2010 @ 21:10

  14. I want that peppermint pie and I want it right this second…which is probably a little sad because it’s almost one in the morning! Good thing or I might be on my way to the store. Looks like I have a dessert to try this weekend…wahoo!

    Comment by Muncher Cruncher — December 30, 2010 @ 02:55

  15. You can’t be old. If you are old then that makes me old. We are not old.

    Sadly I cannot be friends with Betty. She uses hydogenated vegetable oil in her boxed products and I am allergic to vegetable oil. (it really is a good thing you didn’t bake your SS gift lol)

    Next time you make the lime pie make sure you put a fancy swirl of lime on top like that.

    Comment by Lindsay — December 30, 2010 @ 08:36

    • OMG I am thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t make the SS gift. I’d have killed you for sure! And I keep telling myself that I’m not old but man, I think I’m going to get a wake up call after NYE

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:46

  16. I cannot believe you did 56 pushups in a row. And I will never cast any aspersion on pudding cake, so you are golden!

    Comment by sarah — December 30, 2010 @ 10:57

  17. Those from-scratch instructions are just so much longer! I think you owe it to yourself to see if they are actually better. 😉

    Comment by Jess — December 30, 2010 @ 13:41

    • I agonized over the decision to make it from scratch or box. That probably induced as much stress as holiday baking itself! And I plan on making it from scratch this weekend…if I’m feeling not-so-lazy 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:59

  18. Definitely file those snow workouts as training! And wow–all those desserts look amazing, even if they have mysterious ingredients! Happy new year.

    Comment by MissZippy1 — December 30, 2010 @ 13:54

  19. Sorry, I’ve had too many sweets… I’m scrolling past your recipes today… must not be tempted. 😉 LOL!!!

    Comment by Lesley @ — December 30, 2010 @ 14:10

  20. […] we did make a rum vanilla pudding pie.  Rather than be *completely* lazy we decided to make the graham cracker crust ourselves.  We also added a healthy dose of my good friend Morgan and I just want to point out the bananas […]

    Pingback by This run brought to you by the letter A « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 11, 2011 @ 14:44

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