12 Days of Christmas – Pumpkin Trifle

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12 Days of Christmas

Pumpkin Trifle

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Here’s another delicious dessert for you. I really love the smell of pumpkin and this looks so easy! I’m excited to try it.

Welcome to our first annual 12 days of Christmas desserts. Cookies, cakes and breads are the norm for the holidays. I am always looking for new desserts to make during the holidays. This Pumpkin Trifle goes together quick and it’s great for a last minute invite.

For the first 12 days of December I have teamed up with several friends to spotlight our favorite holiday desserts. Make sure to check back each day to see the delicious treats we have to share with you.

Head over to Just Plum Crazy to get the recipe for Pumpkin Trifle and it will become your favorite holiday dessert. Happy Holidays.

12 Days of Christmas – Peppermint Divinity

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12 Days of Christmas

Peppermint Divinity

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I love peppermint almost as much as I love chocolate. Here’s another delicious Christmas Dessert.

Do you have tried and true family recipes that you make every Christmas? We all know the true reason for the season, but I also totally use it as an excuse to bake and make candy non-stop. I usually end up gifting friends and family with a lot of homemade treats.

Divinity is such an old fashioned recipe that a year can’t go by without making a batch, or 2 or 3. We thought we’d switch things up a little though by making a Peppermint Divinity. It turned out so well, everyone loves it! Make sure to get the recipe here at Sweet Pennies from Heaven. I hope you enjoy it.

Make sure to check back again tomorrow! We’ll be sharing more delicious Christmas desserts!

12 Days of Christmas – Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

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12 Days of Christmas

Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

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We love to eat during the holidays and these cookies have become a tradition at our holiday gatherings.  Chocolate is awesome and bacon is awesome, but together? Let me reassure you, these cookies are amazing! Chocolate and Bacon may sound a little crazy, but it’s the classic sweet & salty combination and there are never any left (even when I double and triple the recipe). I get asked to make them all the time.  They’re super simple to make and happen to be gluten free too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup (1/2 cup for the cookie batter, 1/4 cup for the candied bacon)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of almond flour (if you can’t find any you can just grind up almonds in a food processor)
  • 5 pieces of raw bacon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to bake at 350°F.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, toss uncooked bacon in ¼ cup of maple syrup.
  3. Lay out the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Keep spaced so they don’t touch.
  4. Bake the bacon at350°F for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bacon from oven, and allow to cool.
  6. Crumble candied bacon for cookie batter after it has cooled.
  7. Heat oven to 375°F.
  8. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients.
  9. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
  10. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until combined.
  11. Add melted coconut oil into batter and continue to blend until combined.
  12. Stir in chocolate chips and the candied bacon.
  13. Drop balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheet, about a tablespoon in size.
  14. Bake cookies for 15 minutes at 375°F.
  15. Let cool and serve.
  16. Enjoy!

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12 Days of Christmas – Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

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12 Days of Christmas

Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

Can you believe all the deliciousness? We’re only half way through our 12 Days of Christmas Desserts!  Here is another fabulous additon!

Today we’re making Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping.  This is on the menu this year because it is a simple recipe and can easily be made ahead and then topped with whipped topping and candied pecans at the last minute.

Is a pumpkin dessert a “must do” on your Christmas dessert menu?  Make sure to head over to This Roller Coaster Called Life and get Naomi’s recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping!

12 Days of Christmas – Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake

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12 Days of Christmas

Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake

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Growing up I remember my Grandma and Dad getting Eggnog every year around Christmas. I think this is such a unique combination and I’m excited to try it.

Christmas is such a lovely time to get together with family and friends and enjoy a sweet treat, isn’t it? That’s why, for the first 12 days of December I’ve joined up with some blogging buddies to share our favourite holiday recipes! Come back each day from December 1st to 12th and check out all the yummy goodies we have for you.

Nothing says Christmas cranberries and eggnog. Just the mention of them can put you in the holiday spirit! That’s why this Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake is an ideal festive dessert.

Creamy eggnog, slightly tart cranberries, crunchy crust, and just a hint of nutmeg make this a holiday recipe that’s sure to have them asking for more. Hop on over to Creative Cynchronicity to get the full recipe with options for cheesecake or cheesecake bars.

Don’t miss out on any of the recipes. Check out our linky for a new recipe each day as well as any you may have missed!

Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love decorating and baking for the holidays and I have so much fun giving presents. This year my husband and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Florida. I was talking to my niece on the phone and just about everything on her Christmas wish list had to do with Frozen! She is obsessed with it.

Just a few days ago I received a box of candy from Sweetworks. They have delicious and unique confections perfect for all occasions. I just love using them when I bake my treats. Okay, I also like snacking on them too. They’re delicious and fun, can you blame me? You can read more about them here.

Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway #recipe #giveaway #frozen I decided I was going to come up with a special treat for my niece and it could not have been easier. Another bonus is that it’s so easy I can whip up a batch with her help.  She’ll love it!  I’ve called it Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge!

You start with 3 and a half cups of mini marshmallows and 1 and a half cups of white chocolate chips. I also added a tablespoon of shortening because it helps the chocolate to melt.  I used two 4.5 oz jars of Sixlets. They have different Christmas colors, but I went with the blue, white, and silver for the Frozen theme.

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Turn the heat on low on a burner and mix the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Make sure you give this constant supervision. It only takes a few seconds to burn.  As soon as the chocolate is smooth remove the pan from the heat and add in the marshmallows and 1 jar of the sixlets.  Mix until blended.

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Once blended spread in an 8×8 pan and top with the other jar of sixlets.  Then pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes.  Once it’s set you can cut, serve, and enjoy!

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I think these will go over really well!

Now, I have a sweet surprise for you! I’ve joined up with 24 other bloggers. Each of us is giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack!! That means there will be 25 winners!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:

8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2), 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2), 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2), 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2), Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1), Mint Ovation Sticks (1), Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1), 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1), 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1), 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1), 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1), 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1), and 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

Imagine all the goodies you can make!! All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. Make sure to check out the link below too for more chances to win. You can also check out their unique creations with Sweetworks!

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Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 3 and ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 4.5 oz jars of sixlets
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in marshmallows and one jar of sixlets until blended.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 pan and top with the second jar of sixlets. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes until set.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

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12 Days of Christmas – Grandma’s Pecan Pie

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12 Days of Christmas

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

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We’ve had some incredible desserts and we’re not even half way done with our 12 days! This pie looks so good. I think my husband would really like it!

What would the holidays be without pie? Every holiday needs a good pie. Mandee at Raising My 5 Sons has been kind enough to share her Grandmother’s Pecan Pie recipe with us.

Because Grandma’s Pecan Pie recipe is so easy to make and it is perfect for the holidays I really think you’ll enjoy it.

For the full recipe visit Raising My 5 Sons so you can get step by step instructions along with photos.

We have 12 full days of Christmas Desserts, so be sure to check out the linky below for all of the amazing recipes!

12 Days of Christmas – Caramel {Candy} Bars

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12 Days of Christmas

Caramel {Candy} Bars

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Are you ready for another delicious dessert in our 12 Days of Christmas recipe posts? These look so yummy!

I love the holidays and all of our family traditions that go with it. Some of you probably have traditional foods, desserts, activities, gifts and pictures that you incorporate into your celebrations. We have a lot of traditional foods, and these treats are part of my friend, Stefanie’s, tradition. This tradition came from her in-laws. She hadn’t ever had this dessert before she met her husband, but now it is her favorite and I’m so excited she is sharing it with us!

‘Tis the season for gooey, delicious cookie bars! Caramel Candy Bars are a seasonal favorites (though you can make them throughout the year). Make them Christmasy by adding red and green M&M’s instead of the multi-colored “normal” M&M’s.

For the full recipe visit Making of a Mom and get step by step instructions.

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To see the other 12 Days of Christmas Desserts check out this linky below and help yourself to some delicious recipes!

Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

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Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

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I love being a part of the #NorthIowaBloggers for so many reasons and I’m so appreciative that they’re helping me out while I’m on vacation.  My good friend, Beth Ann, over at It’s Just Life is sharing her Tasty Apple Dip with us today!
Fall brings apples of all shapes, colors and sizes.  I love apples and love the choices that are available locally both at local orchards and in the grocery stores.  An apple is perfect all by itself but when paired with a delightful dip it makes it even better!  I served this wonderful combo at my recent blogger gathering and it was a hit.
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Tasty Apple Dip

  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety

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  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

You can never go wrong with this simple and easy dish and the great thing is that it makes a lot so you have plenty to go around.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tasty Apple Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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I’m so excited to have another #NorthIowaBlogger guest posting for me!  My good friend, Amy, from over at Modern Rural Living is sharing a fun fall recipe with us!

Hi, my name is Amy and I blog over at Modern Rural Living. One thing about me is that I like to classify myself as an aspiring foodie. I say aspiring because I am no gourmet chef and don’t have much time to travel and try new and exciting foods, writing food blogs and sharing recipes is my chance to express my inner food-loving self. :)

I didn’t just come by this naturally, what started out as an experiment with food has turned into a combination of science and art for my parents, who joined a gourmet food club more than 15 years ago.

My dad says cooking is a science because you take whatever is in season and mix it with spices and liquids to make something exciting for the taste buds. My mom says cooking is an art form because it’s all about presentation and eye appeal.

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I believe their recipe for Mini Stuffed Pumpkins is a perfect union of science and art! Picture your table colorfully decorated with a bounty of gourds, pumpkins, bittersweet and acorns as the centerpiece; glasses of your favorite red, white or golden yellow wine; napkins and silverware tied together with twine next to a solitary plate holding the main course, a pumpkin stuffed with a delicious blend of savory and crunch.

My parents agree that cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be difficult. The most difficult thing about this recipe is cutting the top off of the pumpkin. The rest is easy – especially the clean up as you just throw the shPell away or toss into your compost pile.

Whether you make this fun dish for friends or family, be prepared for the “oohs” and “ahhs” as they experience both the presentation (art) and taste (science).

5.0 from 1 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • • 4 small pumpkins (approx 4”-5” high)
  • • 1 onion, chopped
  • • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • • 4 oz can mushrooms
  • • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • • 1.5 Cups Cooked Rice
  • • 4 oz Can Chopped Water Chestnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Cut off tops of pumpkins and clean out seeds.
  3. Sauté onions in oil until tender.
  4. Add hamburger, soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, and soup.
  5. Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  7. Fill pumpkins and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Put tops on pumpkins.
  9. Bake 1 hour at 350°

 

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Meeting Tanya Holland at Sunset Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Last month I was able to attend the Sunset SAVOR the food and wine festival. The main event was at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in California.  I love cooking and was really excited to meet some of the chefs.  One of the celebrity chefs present was Tanya Holland.

Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, CA. Holland is  known for her inventive takes on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics. Her recipes are rooted in tradition.  She was trained in France.  She enjoys using great ingredients in hopes of finishing with a product that doesn’t destroy them.

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She was so sweet and down to earth and apparently makes the best chicken in waffles.  I’ll be honest with you – I’ve never had chicken and waffles but I am intrigued.  I had a chance to sit down with her (and a few other journalists).  She talked with us about how “comfort food doesn’t go out of style”  and that’s why people come back to eat at her restaurant over and over.  She started her own restaurant with only one waffle maker thinking it would be a novelty item. Instead, it has taken on a life of it’s own.

When I think of comfort food I think of things that taste good but aren’t necessarily good for me.  We asked about the term “healthy soul food” since her cuisine has been referred to as such.  She said that she uses clean oils and sustainable meats. This creates food that is clean which makes it a healthier choice despite the cuisine.

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I’m really excited about her new cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland.  We asked her what recipes she’d recommend starting with to any home chefs that bought her book. Her suggestions were the BBQ Shrimp & Grits because it’s very user friendly as well as the Sweet Potato Scones which are one of her personal favorites.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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My husband loves fried chicken so that’s the first recipe I started with.

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I started by mixing the seasonings together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, kosher salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper.

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I placed the chicken in a bowl and tossed them with the seasonings.

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Then I poured the the buttermilk over the chicken and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

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The next day I removed the chicken from the marinade and dredged it in the flour & salt mixture then fried and baked it.

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It was so delicious! The chicken was super moist and flavorful.  I loved the little kick that the cayenne gave it. My husband had 6 pieces! I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (3½-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Place chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with spice mixture and parsley, tossing to coat. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. In a large bowl, combine flour, remaining 1 Tbsp. salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. black pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in seasoned flour.
  3. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 3" and heat over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 350°. Add as many chicken pieces as possible without crowding the pan. Cook chicken pieces, turning occasionally and adjusting heat to keep oil at 350°, until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a rack and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with cornmeal waffles with apple cider syrup.

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Healthy Halloween Treats

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Healthy Halloween Treats

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I remember getting so excited for Halloween when I was younger. It was probably one of my favorite holidays because of all the candy. I trick or treated all the way through highschool and even my freshman year of college. I had to stop though because that last year it was pretty obvious I was too old by all the adults asking “aren’t you a little too old to be trick or treating?”  I was able to start up again though when my sisters started having kids. I mean they need adults to walk around with right?

I had my middle school girls over yesterday and wanted some fun and “spooktacular” treats for them. After all I’ve been learning with Plan Z I don’t want to mess it up.  I know that sugar is one of my weaknesses and if I don’t set myself up with healthy choices it will be very easy to make poor choices.  That is why I came up with some healthier treats.  They’re super simple too.

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Spooktacular Apple Dentures:

Cut apple into slices and spread on peanut butter. Use yogurt covered raisins or almond slivers for teeth.

Spooky Eyes Deviled Eggs:

Make hard boiled eggs. Mix the yolks with a little bit of mayo and mustard – just enough for consistency.  Scoop the yolk mixture back into the eggs.  Sprinkle with paprika and top with a black olive.

The snacks went over really well with the kids and I enjoyed them too!

Are you ready to change your life and lose with me? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their  video to find out more.

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Big Hero 6 Baymax Brownies

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Big Hero 6 Baymax Brownies #BigHero6Event

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I am beyond excited to be attending the Red Carpet premier of Big Hero 6 in just less than 2 weeks!  In fact I’m so excited that I needed to make some fun treats! I have a middle school group that meets at my house once a week and I made these for them last night. I didn’t have any because I am sticking to my diet so I look good on that red carpet.  The girls loved them though. There were none left :)

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I started with a box mix. I made blondie brownies (vanilla brownies with chocolate chips).  I used a circular cookie cutter to cut the brownies.

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After that I frosted them with white frosting and drew on the Baymax face with black frosting. It was so simple and the kids loved them!

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I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter and Instagram because I’ll be live tweeting from the Red Carpet and from Dancing with the Stars.   It’s going to be amazing!

Check out these clips – Big Hero 6 opens in theatres everywhere on November 7th!

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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Healthy Fall Apple Pie Bake

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Healthy Fall Apple Pie Bake Recipe

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I’ve been more than thrilled with my success on Plan Z. Not only am I looking better but I’m feeling better too. I have more energy and let’s face it – fitting into jeans I have not been able to fit in for years definitely puts me in a fantastic mood.  My friends have been telling me I look great and I know what the scale says but I see myself every day and it didn’t really hit me until I saw two pictures side by side.

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In just under a month I’ve also lost one of my chins! It’s a great feeling!  I have to admit though that even though eating clean feels good and tastes good the holidays bring a lot of temptation for me. I love the pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon smells.  So, instead of giving in to the sweet smells I made a healthier version. It’s a win win – I get to enjoy the fall tastes and I don’t have to have the guilt over eating something loaded with sugar and calories.

It’s super simple to make too!

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I started with one apple and sprinkled it with apple pie spice, PureVia, and a little vanilla.  I then placed it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  I told you it was easy :)

It’s really easy to make changes too. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice in place of the apple pie spice. You could also add in raspberries or strawberries. I keep the fruit at about 1 cup per person.  You can also crumble a piece of melba toast on top to make a crust.

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