Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark

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This Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark is a great, easy treat for Valentine's Day and it uses one of my favorite things about the holiday - conversation hearts. Is it just me, or is it hilarious that the little things the hearts say are all hip now with things like hashtags? Cracks me up. :) So lately I've been trying to be healthier. I got way off track over the holidays, with so much going on and so much good food. Now I'm eating better, working out harder and eating very little of what I'm baking. It's kind of sad to not eat as much of the yummy stuff I make, and yet I feel much better in general when I feel healthier. So much of healthy eating and working out for me is about how I feel. Sure, I care about my weight, probably too much, but I hate it even more when I don't feel good in my skin. … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

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These Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes are super cute to share for Valentine's Day! They are actually flavored with a strawberry cake mix, but you could use any flavor. The pink cake mix is what gives them their pretty color. They're topped with vanilla icing and a festive gummy heart. I'm in love with them! Can you believe Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away? There's not nearly as much prep as at Christmas, but I know some people and kids put quite a bit into it. I know I used to love getting my Valentines and candy together to give to my friends. I think if I were to pick out valentines right now, I'd go for the Disney princesses. I'm a lifelong fan. But as an adult, it's not nearly as fun. The hubs and I really don't do that much for it, but that's on purpose. We did more when … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Trifle

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This Triple Berry Trifle is absolutely delicious! It’s light, both in flavor and calories, fruity, and I could’ve eat the entire thing on my own. It’s completely addicting, which turns out great in this case, because it feels so guilt free. Perfect for those trying to eat a little healthier, but also great for summer and 4th of July (I like to plan ahead. :) ) So I know you might be wondering why I’d post a recipe featured lots of fresh fruit smack dab in the middle of winter. Well, let me tell you, because there are many reasons. 1. This dessert is so nice and light, it seemed like a great time for it. Angle food cake is pretty light as far as cake goes, and cool whip is light and can be fat free. Pudding is pretty light. Fruit is fruit - healthy. It makes this such a great dessert option for … [Read more...]

Maple Bacon Rice Krispie Treats

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These Maple Bacon Rice Krispie Treats are a great easy, no bake and lighter treat. They are also a great treat to eat while watching football, along with my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs. I mean bacon and football? Yes. So having a dog is awesome and having Jessie is even better - she's seriously the most chill, cool dog you could have. She's so chill, most people tend to even forget she's around. We can put food out on the coffee table when we have people over and we know she won't eat it, even though it's literally right at face level for her. Of course, if we left food out and then left the house for a few hours, she'd totally eat it. But everyone has their limits. And she's gotten her paws on a few things before, but overall, she is one awesome dog. And she's the perfect dog for … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs are made with eggless cookie dough and are the perfect no bake treat for the next few weeks - packed with football playoff and championship games! I haven't talked much about the Carolina Panthers this season. Honestly there hasn't been that much to talk about. They had kind of lousy season with lots of injuries. And we've been so busy, I haven't even gotten to go to a game this year. We were in town for one and the hubs went, but I was visiting with a friend who was in town from Australia. Crazy enough though, our division was all lousy and now the Panthers are in the playoffs! We cheered them on last Saturday and we'll be doing the same thing this Saturday. And if they win again, we'll be cheering them on while eating even more of these cute little … [Read more...]

Green Smoothie

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Don't let the color fool you, this Green Smoothie tastes anything but green. It is sweet, refreshing and the perfect way to begin the New Year - and your mornings. I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and are ready for an exciting 2015! I have no idea what's in store, but I'm sure it'll be an adventure. :) We rang in the new year with our small group. It was laid back, but a lot of fun. And of course there was champagne. I have to say though, I'm glad the holidays are over. I love them and I love seeing all of our family, but man was it busy. And after all the food I stuffed myself with, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things and back into the gym. I've been slacking lately just trying to keep up with everything that's been going on since Thanksgiving. I'm not really a believer in … [Read more...]

Champagne Mousse with Chambord

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This Champagne Mousse is delicious, light and is flavored with Chambord as well as champagne. It's a perfect dessert for New Year's Eve! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Everything was pretty relaxed for us. We combined our families (the hubs' and I's) for the first time and it went great! As usual, there was lots of food, family and gift giving. We fit 7 people and 5 dogs into our four bedroom house. It was a madhouse! Then there was more family at my brother's house. There were a lot of us! My dad is totally a Christmas junkie, so Christmas morning always takes forever. He loves all the presents. Opening gifts takes forever because he likes to be able to see how everyone likes every gift, so we open each one at a time. Honestly, I love it too. It's great to see everything that … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

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This Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle is the perfect no bake, easy and festive holiday dessert! It has layers of thick gingerbread cookies, no bake gingerbread cheesecake, caramel and whipped cream. Perfect for a crowd and all those holiday parties! So just this week I noticed that one of the radio stations that I listen to regularly has changed. It used to be a station that played current music and often I’d hear a song for the first time on that station - sometimes weeks before hearing it on another station. I’m kind of sad to see it go. However. It might just have been replaced with an even better station. What is it? ALL 90s. Shut the front door! If you know me well, you know I dig my 90s music. You can regularly find me jammin’ out the to 90s station on the DirecTV music stations - especially … [Read more...]

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

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Today I'm talking all about vanilla buttercream icing. It's something I feel strongly about and I get some regular questions about it, so I figure why not just chat about it a bit? It's one of the most important things to have a good basic vanilla buttercream, and I do mine a little differently than most. Let's start a by talking a little about how I arrived at my ideal vanilla icing. When I started making cakes about 4 years ago, I started by taking Wilton classes at a Michael's craft store. Taking that class and having to make icing was literally the very first time I'd made icing from scratch. Hard to believe, right? Fact. Wilton's recommended icing used all shortening. It was a very sweet icing, super thick and kind of...oily or something. Shortening can be that way. Not ideal. All … [Read more...]

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles

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These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles are a delicious combination of no bake pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream and angel food cake! They are super light and festive - I just love them! So have you noticed how the price of buying groceries just seems to go up and up? It’s something my mom and I talk about regularly. It seems so crazy the amount that we spend to feed two people. Back in May, when I went to the BlogHer Food Conference, ALDI was a sponsor. They were handing out free bottles of wine to everyone attending the conference - they even had a Moscato! As with most things - I like my wine sweet. :) I heard from many other bloggers about how much they loved ALDI and their prices, but I’d never been to one myself. Fast forward a few months and I now know that there is one just down the road … [Read more...]

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