Try It Tuesday

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It is now the season of pumpkin errything so I decided to do a Try It I actually saw on Facebook!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 tube crescent rolls

1 c. canned pumpkin puree

3 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 egg

2/3 c. sugar, divided

3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided (not pictured; Imma tell you why in a minute)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of kosher salt

2 tbsp. melted butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tbsp. milk

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer, mix pumpkin, cream cheese, egg, 1/3 c sugar, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix until the mixture is smooth and then add a pinch of salt. (Note: I didn’t have any pumpkin pie spice, so I made my own! It wasn’t that difficult, actually!)

 

Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch the perforations together to make a solid sheet. (I later saw that Pillsbury actually sells crescent sheets… really would’ve made this easier had I known about that!) Then, cut the crescents into 8 squares.

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Scoop a rounded tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture onto each square. Then, pinch up the corners together to create a ball.

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In a small bowl, combine the sugar with 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Brush the pumpkin balls with melted butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

 

Place the balls on your parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Bake about 10-15 minutes. While the balls are baking, it’s time to make the glaze! In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and milk until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or milk until the desired consistency is reached. You can drizzle the glaze on or use it as a dip!

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First, let me say that I am NOT a pumpkin pie person. Like, at all. But these were really good! I think they’d be great for a fall brunch or even dessert at Thanksgiving! My only complaint was that I had a TON of leftover pumpkin mixture. I probably could’ve made 16 more pie bombs. For reals. So if you make these, be sure to buy extra crescents–you’ll need them!

 

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Happy Tuesday, peeps! Today I’ve got a yummy treat for you courtesy of one of my students’ mom’s–fruit n’ nut balls!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup dates, pitted

~1 cup dried cranberries

~1 cup walnuts

~2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute with almond butter)

~1 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

 

First, pour the walnuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

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Then, place the dates, cranberries, and peanut butter into the food processor and blend to a paste. (No, that’s not my tiny hand–I had an assistant!)

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After you’ve achieved the “paste”-like texture, pour the walnuts in with the other ingredients and blend thoroughly. It will look a little crumbly, but that’s okay!

 

Roll into balls (or press into bars). You can also melt chocolate chips and dip them! If you do, place them on parchment paper immediately after and let them chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

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Y’all, these things are AMAZE-BALLS (hey-oh!)! They’re super yummy and I don’t feel bad eating them because they’re made with minimal ingredients. Here are the nutrition facts (this is for 1/22 of the recipe and I did not include the chocolate):

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These would make a GREAT pre-workout snack or a great dessert! Have you ever made these before (or something like it)? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Y’all know I’m all about the new products–ESPECIALLY when Oreo comes out with a new flavor of their classic cookies! Today I’ve got a two-for-one Try It with a healthy item and a not-so-healthy item!

First up, new Popped Salted Caramel Bites from Kind! I love this company’s snack bars, so when I saw this at the store, I was super excited to try it! These little bites are packed with whole grains: oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, and popped sorghum as well as yummy popcorn, caramel, and sea salt!

At only 110 calories, this yummy treat is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Its salty, its sweet–its great! Two thumbs WAAAAYYYY up!

 

Up next, the newest flavor of Oreo: Dunkin Donuts Mocha middles Oreo!

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Y’all. OH. EM. GEEEEEE! These things were SO tasty! Oreos are basically delicious no matter what flavor (except that whole watermelon phase–bleck!) I love coffee and coffee-flavored stuff, so I thought these were DELISH! I really want to try it swirled in a cup of cappuccino-flavored ice cream! Mmm….

 

Have you tried either of these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Losing weight is tedious and not very fun. So I’ve been looking for healthier versions of my favorite indulgences because, let’s face it, if I can’t have chocolate I”ll be one depressed Momma. Thanks to Pinterest, I came across this:

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I was instantly intrigued and decided to try it out!

Here’s what you need:

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1/2 cup – peanut butter, natural

1 large – banana

1 teaspoon – vanilla extract

2 tablespoon – coconut oil

2 tablespoon – maple syrup, pure

1 tbsp – cocoa powder, unsweetened

First, stir up the peanut butter until its creamy and smooth. I warmed it up for about 10-15 seconds to make it a little easier.

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Then, I put all of the ingredients into a blender and mixed until smooth. (I don’t have an actual blender–I had to make due with my smoothie maker. This was not easy and I do not recommend it!)

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Once the mixture is a smooth cream, pour it into an 8×8 pan. The mixture doesn’t need to go all the way to the edge. Then, place it into the fridge or freezer and leave it there until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy! (Store the extras in the fridge.)

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This was actually pretty good! It was just REALLY rich. But I will definitely be making this again!

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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This weekend, my sister, Bestie, and I had a girl’s night! When you’re in your thirties, “girl’s night” means hanging out in your lounge clothes, eating Bagel Bites and watching Disney movies. Because, priorities. It also means you get to make this awesome dip for dessert:

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Here’s what you need:

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8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. marshmallow fluff

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

four different colors of food coloring

sprinkles

Nilla Wafers/fruit (for serving)

 

Combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until it is thoroughly combined. Then, add in the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Combine until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

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Divide the mixture between four small bowls (one bowl for each color). Then, add in a few drops of different food coloring to each bowl and stir.

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Add spoonfuls of the dyed dip into a serving bowl, alternating colors until you’ve used up all the mixture. Swirl the colors together with a knife. Then, top with sprinkles and serve with crackers or fruit!

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This dip was super tasty! And also super fun! I think I may make some red, white, and blue dip for the Fourth of July!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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Y’all, I’ve got some AWESOME finds today for Try It Tuesday! A sweet treat and a new take on Lunchables! 

Trying to eat healthy and stay away from desserts is so difficult. Thankfully, I found something low calorie the other day while grocery shopping:

 

These are AMAZING, you guys! They’re crunchy but super tasty and oh-so-chocolatey! Four squares is only 120 calories! Woo!

I blogged about “adult Lunchables” a few weeks ago. Lots of folks tried them and liked them, but my sister said, “Ew. Salami is gross.” That made me think, “Why isn’t there a turkey version of this for grown ups that isn’t loaded with sugar and garbage. Enter, these bad boys:

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This was sooo good! And super filling! Plus, with no added hormones, no nitrites/nitrates, and no artificial colors or preservatives, it’s guilt free! 

Have you tried either of these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below! 

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A friend of mine that lives out of state has been telling me about today’s Try It for a few weeks now. But, for the longest time, I could not find them ANYWHERE locally. Then, the other day, SUCCESS!

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Duncan Hines new Perfect Size for 1 line has eighteen different flavors from decadent to fruity and even a few for the morning!

Everything you need comes in the handy dandy little pouch, all you have to do is choose a mug! I think I chose well:

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Pour in the pouch, add 3 tablespoons water (or milk!) and mix.

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Then, microwave for 1 minute, 10 seconds. Let it cool and enjoy!

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OH. EM. GEE, y’all. I really wanted to take a picture of it once it was on my fork (because the above picture does NOT do it justice) but I seriously couldn’t stop eating it to snap a pic! It was SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Its a little high on the calorie count (300 to be exact!) so this will be a cheat day/I-have-calories-to-spare-and-its-8pm type of treat for me, but DAAAANNNGGGG! So delicious!

 

Have you tried this? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!