About three months ago, I completely revamped my eating habits and daily diet. The truth is, I was eating out way too often and finding myself grabbing whatever was on hand from the fridge or in the pantry when hunger would strike (which often wasn’t a very healthy choice). One of the biggest changes I made that has helped me eat much healthier is to prepare meals and snacks on the weekend for the upcoming week. If this sounds familiar and you want to eat out less, eat in more, and feel healthier overall, I encourage you to check out The Great American Cook In Challenge (don’t worry there are lots of tips and recipes to make it simple!).
I’m eating in a lot and I never skip breakfast anymore. It really is the most important meal of the day (duh, I was totally ignoring that little fact).This recipe is much healthier and much more delicious than grabbing a pastry at the coffee shop or running through a drive-through on the way to work. Trust me!
In fact, it’s almost too delicious to call breakfast. Which is great because it makes a great snack any time of the day. The ingredients (see them below in the recipe) are easy to keep stocked. Having versatile staple ingredients on hand in the kitchen is really the best tip I have for becoming better at eating in. (more…)
You guys, these strawberry shortcake donuts are so simple to make. And, they look fancy so you’re totally going to impress your people if you make them.
I’ve been on a donut-making kick lately because you can make so many variations and they are pretty easy to make. Especially if you’re like me and you take shortcuts. I love baking but don’t have a lot of time, so I often think of ways I can make recipes easier and faster. These strawberry shortcake donuts were so simple to whip up! I decided to make them for a brunch I recently had. A few friends and I gathered one Saturday morning to visit and have a little time just chatting over coffee. These donuts went perfectly with our tea and coffee, and they were simple enough to whip up that morning before guests arrived.
My secret weapon for homemade donuts is boxed cake mix. I pick a flavor (here I used pink velvet) and then jazz it up a little. By placing sliced strawberries right into the batter, I made these donuts seem extra special. (more…)
Can we agree that mini desserts are just better? These mini pudding parfaits are just so cuuuute, aren’t they? (Spoiler alert: They also taste delicious.)
I actually made these dessert in mini wine tasting glasses I had on hand. They just so happen to be the perfect size for mini pudding parfaits! These mini mason jars would also work perfectly (and I love that they have lids).
You can completely customize this recipe and get really creative. I used the classic Nilla Wafer cookies to make a cookie crumb crust at the bottom. Then I layered homemade vanilla pudding, jimmies (sprinkles), and whipped cream. But you can do any cookie crumble (Oreo would be so good!) and any flavor of pudding you like. You get the idea, have fun with it! This combo reminds me of my childhood which just makes it taste extra sweet. :) (more…)
I love baking special holiday treats for my kiddos. What I don’t love? Having creative ideas that land me 2+ hours cleaning up in the kitchen. (Tell me this has happened to you too. I’ll feel better if it has.) I recently wanted to whip up fun some St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and I was thrilled to partner with PAM Cooking Spray to come up with a recipe that was delicious and left me more time to enjoy with my family (vs. standing over the sink).
What did I whip up? The luckiest donuts you ever did see! Check out these Lucky Charms donuts!
These donuts are made with Funfetti cake mix, which means not only were they super simple to mix up, but they are also super fun! (more…)
Let’s face it, we’re crazy for all-things-pumpkin this time of year. I know I am! So, when Cold Stone reached out about their new Pumpkin Pie in the Sky™ ice cream, I practically ran to try it. I mean pie turned into ice cream? I’m in.
This ice cream packs a delicious punch –featuring pumpkin ice cream, graham cracker pie crust, whipped topping and caramel. It’s all the flavors of a pumpkin pie, plus more. And you guys, I could have eaten the ENTIRE carton.
Try adding in ice cream to your Thanksgiving dessert menu and watch the smiles pop up on your family’s faces. Serve alongside your favorite slice of pie or in these chocolate-dipped waffle bowls. (more…)
I’m not sure how it happened but Halloween is right around the corner (EEEEEKKKK!). Is it just me just me, or does it seems like the year is just rolling along at top speed. Crazy! Well, if you find yourself needed to make halloween treats in the next few weeks, these ghosts cupcakes are simple and super fun!
Want to know a little secret I have on keeping things simple? I don’t always make my own cupcakes (insert horror screech here, right?). In fact, I just go to my local grocery store bakery and ask them to sell me un-iced cupcakes. It’s so easy (you can totally do this for cake layers too!). Then I get to skip the baking and have fun with the decorating. Just keepin’ it real…. and simple. ;) (more…)