This Pistachio Dessert is light, creamy, nutty, buttery, and bursting with pistachio flavor! It’s also super-pretty and so simple to make!

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

I’m sure you’re not at all wondering why I’m posting this beautifully GREEN pistachio dessert recipe the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Posting this yesterday would have perfect sense, wouldn’t it?

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Well, I had every intention of posting this yesterday, on the afore-mentioned holiday, but my two, sweet little girlies came up to me and asked with big eyes if I could take them roller-skating. I had so much I needed to get done, and of course, everything felt so incredibly pressing and important, but since you are reading this post the day after St. Patrick’s Day, yep, you got it – spending time with my daughters won out! I came home feeling like I had been run over by a very large herd of animals or a convoy of army tanks (the girls needed me to run beside them and pretty much hold them up.) I’d do it all over again, though, to see their little faces beam with excitement and pride in their newfound skill. I’m learning that people trump projects and “to-do” lists every time!

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Here they are, with their two besties! <3

Anyhoo, I will tell you something right up front. This is not health food. Nothing in this dessert has any sort of known health benefit (other than making your taste buds supremely happy!)

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

I got the recipe from a co-worker when hubby and I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The recipe was not hers, and I don’t know where she got it from, but let me tell you, it’s really good. It’s totally light and creamy, and each layer is better than the last! The pistachio and cool whip sweetness pairs perfectly with the tangy cream cheese layer and the nutty, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crust. This dessert is perfect when you are looking for something that is not overly rich or super-sweet!

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Hubs requests this pistachio deliciousness quite frequently, but since it’s not health food, I don’t make it super-often. (At least, not as often as he would like it!)

This recipe is so simple, but just takes a little patience, because of the layering. It’s worth it, though! Promise!

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, cold and cubed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (you can also sub walnuts)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (16 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 2 3/4 milk
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Add flour, butter, and nuts to food processor. Pulse until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Press mixture into 9"x13" pan, and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1/2 container of Cool Whip with electric mixer. Spread over cooled crust.
  5. Beat milk and pudding mix with electric mixer on low setting. Let stand until set. Carefully spread over cream cheese layer.
  6. Spread the remaining half Cool Whip over the pudding layer.
  7. Top with additional pecans, walnuts, or pistachios, if desired.
  8. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Slice into 2"x2" squares.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
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Spring and Summer are just around the corner, and this dreamy pistachio dessert fits the bill for any potluck, party, or family get-together that you might need a dessert for! (Just stash away a piece for yourself, though, ’cause I guarantee there won’t be any left!)

Twin Tough |Layered Pistachio Dream Dessert

Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day!

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March is here, and so is your brand-new desktop wallpaper! This one is bright and happy, and serves as a little reminder that the rainclouds don’t stay around forever!

March Desktop Wallpaper | Twin Tough

How can it possibly be March already?? I am secretly so excited about this, as I LOVE warmer weather! We had some gloriously warm days this past month, and I’m looking forward to lots more!! (This is also our one-year anniversary of living in Texas! Woohoo!) Time flies!

March can be a very crazy month, weather-wise. Last Spring, when we first arrived in Texas, we experienced ice storms, hail, flooding, and tornadoes! Life can feel a bit like that, as well. “When it rains, it pours.” Right?

This month’s wallpaper is a happy little reminder that behind all of the rainclouds, the sun is still shining brightly, and that because of the rain, beautiful things can grow in our lives! We can’t always see the good or the growth that is taking place, but if we’ll just hang on, and trust the process, the beauty of what’s been quietly worked in us will, one day, be evident!

March Desktop Wallpaper | Twin Tough

March may throw some stuff our way, but let’s set our sights on the beauty and growth that is also taking place because of the storm. {James 1:2-4} (And, the great news, is: we never have to face the storm alone!) God promises to never leave or forsake us, and even promises to be a refuge for us in the storm. That is my silver lining!

*To install your new wallpaper, right-click on the images, and select “Use Image as Desktop Picture” or “Set as Wallpaper.”

 

please note: all Twin Tough images and designs are free to download for your personal use. You may not reproduce, re-create or sell these in any way. And, if you love it lots, and decide to share – on your own blog or social media – I’d do a little happy dance!  Just please link back to this post to download the file. Thank you!

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My favorite things… just a few of the products and resources that helped (and are still helping!) me to stay sane and parent well!

TwinTough | a few of my fav things...

I get asked a lot of questions (mostly twin-related) but also just regular “mommy” questions, like, “How do you get your kids to sleep?”, or “How old do children have to be to start disciplining?”, or “What kinds of food can toddlers eat?” Now, there are no end-all answers to any of those questions, and I definitely do not consider myself to be an expert on any of it, but I’d love to share just a few of the wonderful tools that have helped us through the years! So, here are a few of my favorite things!

1. “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
This book was so helpful! It is full of interesting facts, personal stories, simple, practical advice, and wonderful sleep guides for each age. This dramatically changed the way we viewed the girls’ sleeping habits, nap times and bedtimes, and helped us set the stage for great sleeping habits (that are benefitting us to this day!) A definite must-read for any sleep-deprived parent!

2. “Naturally Healthy First Foods for Baby” by Jaqueline Rubin
This book is very pro-organic and all about making healthy and delicious foods at home. It has chapters on what kitchen items you’ll need, food prep, nutrition, food allergies, and suggestions for when to introduce certain foods. We made many of the recipes in it; most of them were big hits. (the beet puree-not so much)

3. “Better Baby Food” Second Edition by Daina Kalnins & Joanne Saab
My all-around favorite, go-to baby/toddler food book! I have to say that this book was/is my favorite. The layout  of the book is wonderful! All of the recipes in the back are divided into categories; snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, and then are further divided by ages. Really helpful! Also, we made several of these dishes for the whole family and loved them (Spinach Cheese Bake-YUM!!) This is a great book that grows with your children!

4. Ecos Plus Laundry Detergent (I love the lavender scent!)
We do TONS of laundry at our house! There are always massive piles of it no matter how diligent I am. We switched to this detergent when the girls were babies, and haven’t looked back! It gets our clothes so clean, is natural and gentle on our skin, leaves the clothes smelling clean, but not perfumed, lasts forever, and is really budget-friendly at only around $12 a bottle! (and it does over 200 loads!!) Good stuff!

5. bareMinerals by BARE ESCENTUALS
Ok, so this one is totally unrelated to kids or sleeping or laundry, but I have to include it, because it is one of my very favorite things!! I started using bareMinerals maybe six months after the girls were born. Pregnancy did not change my skin for the better, and lack of sleep made it even worse. Whenever I did venture out of the house (on very rare occasions) I needed to be able to put my makeup on quickly and easily. I also love that there are no chemicals, parabens, preservatives, etc… It stays put, gives me a soft, smooth finish, comes in the most beautiful colors, and somehow manages to  make me feel pretty, even after a day of cleaning dishes and wiping noses and bottoms. (smile)

6. Puj PhillUp Cups
These practically make me giddy, I love them so much! I don’t know about you, but my children love to grab a clean cup, get ONE sip of water, then either leave said cup lying around, or toss it in the sink to be washed. At the end of the day, I have cups everywhere, plus a sink-full of them! These PhillUp cups have been a lifesaver! They allow the girls to grab their cup, get a sip of water, then hang the cup back up to be used again later! Genius!! They hang on these great little nubs that adhere to the fridge (and don’t harm the finish), are the perfect height for the girls to reach, and come in four bright, happy colors, so everyone can keep track of his/her own drink! They are also BPA-free, and dishwasher safe! Momma is happy!

7. Bumbo Multi Seat
I literally don’t know what we would have done without the amazing Bumbo! We had two, and they went with us EVERYWHERE! They functioned as floor seats, high chairs, booster seats – they are easy-to-clean, and super-portable! They are incredible! They are also much smaller than most high chairs, so they’re great spacesavers, plus (bonus!) they come in lots of fun colors!

8. “Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” by Ginger Plowman
This book was a very challenging read for me. It challenged us to be much more purposeful about the discipline that we give, and also encouraged addressing heart issues; not just the behavior. A heart change will result in behavior change. (I did not totally agree with every single thing in the book, but overall, a very helpful and real look at scriptural discipline and correction in action.)

9. “Grace-Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel
By now you can tell that I am a big fan of books, and this book is one I tell everyone about! Dr. Kimmel has an incredible heart and passion for families, and shares insight on parenting based on grace and truth, rather than fear or performance-based parenting. This book is all about the heart, and about setting our children up for successful childhood, adolescence, then adulthood. It is a must-read for every parent!

Hopefully, some of these resources will help you like they did me! I’d love to know what products/resources you loved or are loving as a parent! It’s awesome when we all help each other out!

*Disclosure: This page does contain affiliate links to some of my favorite products/resources. I have not been paid for my positive review of these products, but will receive a small commission when a purchase is made through these links. Your trust is important to me, and I will never promote anything that I do not personally use or enjoy!

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