Thursday, February 28, 2013

Savory or Sweet?

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For me, I usually always choose sweet over savory... always. I also almost always choose fruit over vegetables, too. If I am going to indulge a little, I want to make sure it is something totally worth it. So when I had the opportunity to try a brand new snack chip sent right to my door, I was excited to be able to try a snack I wouldn't normally choose as my first pick. Then I heard about Green Giant's very big surprise via their Facebook page... these snack chips are made by the one and only, Green Giant! Meaning, they are chips made using real veggies had have 40% less fat than regular potato chips, so they are a lot healthier.

First I tried The Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt Flavor. They are made with real sweet potatoes and made with 14 grams of whole grain. I am not a huge potato chip fan but these were delish. I eventually started experimenting and ended up sprinkleing cinnamon and sugar on them because my sweet tooth couldn't help but sneak it's way in ;)


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Best French Toast Ever

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Pancakes or French Toast? For me, I'm happy with just about anything drenched in syrup, but a good french toast is definitely my #1 breakfast choice. I have been tweaking my french toast recipe ever since I was old enough to use the stove top on my own. So here it is, my perfect, restaurant style, melt in your mouth, crispy edged, french toast. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Avocado Love (sponsored post)

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

Avacados arent just for making tasty guacamole anymore... you can also incorporate them into your baked goods! I recently tried substituting some of the oil in my brownie recipe with fresh, ripe avocados. They help cut the fat while adding a rich, flavorful texture. When using avocados in baked goods, just replace half of the butter or oil with an equal amount of pureed avocado. It’s that simple. I've replaced some of the fat with fruit purees like mashed banana or applesauce before, like in my homemade granola bars, but it worked great with brownies too! During the month of February, you can share your passion for Avocados from Mexico with your family and friends using the fun, Share the Avocado Love Facebook app.  I downloaded the virtual gift option and sent the virtual avocado bouquet to my friend for a fun way to spread the love on Valentine's Day. For the real avo lovers out there, you can check out the Avocados from Mexico Cafe Press store where they showcase shirts and gear to really help you spread your love for the delicious, green fruit! I liked the I Love Avocados Cocktail Platter" the best. I thought it would be cute to serve little guacamole appetizers on.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fudgy Heart-Shaped Brownie {with a DIY disposable heart-shaped foil pan tutorial!}

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Today I am sharing my simple, fudgy cocoa brownies made in a fun and festive heart shaped pan that you can make at home with a piece of foil! It is so easy and makes such a big impression, great for Valentine's day, an anniversary or to say "I love  you". 

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Simple Semi-Homemade Mini Valentine Pizzas

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These cute little mini pizzas make a perfect single serving snack, appetizer, party treat and more! Use store bought ingredients for a semi-homemade, super-simple pizza party platter. Use a cookie cutter to make heart shape pepperonis for a festive, fun and impressive entree. 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Simple Tootsie Roll Valentine Teddy Cupcake Topper

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Here is a really adorable, quick and simple last minute Valentine's Day treat idea. I made a cute little teddy bear out of a tootsie roll and added a tiny little cherry tootsie heart in his arms for a sweet Valentine's Day touch. You can make these simple little teddies to top store bought or homemade cupcakes, cakes, brownie bites and more. The best part is they taste a lot better than fondant or store bought decorations!

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