Try It Tuesday

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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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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!

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Hey y’all! My cousin is getting married in less than 6 weeks and I’ve been trying my hardest to tone up and lose some poundage. I’ve actually lost three pounds in three weeks–score!–and lost half an inch on my waist and hips! *Happy dance* Let me tell ya, it has NOT been easy. But, totes worth it so I can look fab in my bridesmaid’s dress!

Anywhoo, I’ve been trying to curb my enormous sweet tooth (thanks for nothing, Easter candy) by substituting old faves with healthier options. I tried Halo Top’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and it was AH-MAY-ZING! So when I saw this brand, I got very excited!

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Only 150 calories for the ENTIRE pint?! YES, PLEASE!
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The package said to let it set out for about 10 minutes so the frozen treat could be at its creamiest. I let it set and then dug in:

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It was…interesting. 

 

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Maybe I got the wrong flavor. Maybe I should have let it set out longer than ten minutes. Maybe I should have saved my money and just eaten my kid’s fruit snacks. Either way, I wasn’t that impressed.

Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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I love cookies. And cake. Basically anything sweet, I’m all about it! Something I don’t love? Baking.

I don’t like gathering countless ingredients, making a giant mess, and then having to clean it all up. So yeah, I can be a giant bummer when Huff the Tot wants to make cookies. However, all that changed this week when I saw this recipe:

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A chocolate chip cookie recipe that requires minimal ingredients? YES, PLEASE!

Here’s what you need:

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1 box Betty Crocker Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix

1 bag Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels

½ cup Canola or Vegetable Oil (I used EVOO; I don’t know if it makes a difference or not)

2 eggs

 

First, mix up the cake mix, eggs, and oil. The batter will be THICK. So thick that your beaters may get stuck and fall out of your handheld mixer…

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Next, stir in the chocolate chips and refrigerate for one hour:

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After an hour, preheat your oven to 350. Roll the dough into small balls and place the dough on lined cookie sheets:

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Bake for 7-9 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!

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These were really good! They’re not a permanent substitute for homemade chocolate chip cookies, but they are REALLY tasty and the batter made a ton of cookies!

Have you ever made these before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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When I had Huff the Tot, I was very much committed to losing the baby weight quickly. After having Huff the Babe, however, my attitude is much more laid back.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be back to my pre-baby bod, but if I can choose between taking an hour-long nap and an hour on the treadmill, Imma choose nap. Because of this, I told myself that I’ve REALLY got to start watching what I eat. I decided to start giving my usual splurges a healthy makeover, starting with ice cream!

I remembered there was an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (yes, you read that right; I’m a mom, yo) in which Daniel and his mom make one-ingredient banana “ice cream”. I Googled the recipe and got to work.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s it. Bananas. As many or as few as you’d like (or have on-hand).

First, slice up the bananas and place them in an air-tight container:

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Then, pop the slices in the freezer. Ideally, you should leave them in overnight, but they can stay in as little as two hours.

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After they’ve frozen, pop them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is creamy:

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After that, pour the mixture into another air-tight container and place it back in the freezer (again, either for a few hours or overnight. I left mine in overnight…mostly because I forgot about it-ha!).

Then, enjoy!

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I REALLY liked this! It had the consistency of gelato and was super yummy! Plus, it gave me that ice-cream-feeling without being full of fat and processed ingredients that I don’t need. This was a definite win!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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Its Tuesday! AND it was a snow day! So you know what that means…Today’s Try It is a yummy treat!

Oooohhhh yeeeahhh!

Oooohhhh yeeeahhh!

Oh yes! That’s a peanut butter, chocolate chip, Reese’s Pieces cookie! I found this nummy on Pinterest!

Here’s what you need:

1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup chocolate chips

First, I preheated the oven to 350*. After that, I creamed together the first five ingredients on high until it was fluffy. Around 5 minutes or so.

This smelled AWESOME!

This smelled AWESOME!

Then, I added the flour and baking soda and mixed for about a minute. You don’t want to over mix it.

It'll be a little firmer. Don't freak out; its supposed to look a little dry.

It’ll be a little firmer. Don’t freak out; its supposed to look a little dry.

Next, I add the Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips. I actually mixed this by hand because I didn’t want to smoosh all the candies.

The BEST part!

The BEST part!

I sprayed a cookie sheet with Pam and then put the dough on the pan. I actually rolled the dough into balls at first, because that’s usually how I make chocolate chip cookies. That batch didn’t turn out too well.

Yeah. Not so much.

Yeah. Not so much.

I guess it was the peanut butter, but they didn’t flatten out how I thought they would. So I made sure to flatten out the last batch before putting the dough in the oven. I baked them for about 8 minutes.

MUCH better!

MUCH better!

They turned out a lot better!

Tasty!

Tasty!

Guys, these cookies were DELISH! So yummy and a great alternative to plain old chocolate chip cookies! (Make sure you have a cup of cold milk, though! They’re really rich!) 

Try It Tuesday

Hello all! Sorry about the lame post yesterday… Mondays are crazy. However, today, I feel GREAT! This very well may be the “nesting” energy coming out in me (which, according to the bone-chilling labor video Huff the Hubs and I watched on Saturday, means labor is imminent) but I’m using it for all its worth!

 

Because of that, you’re getting a Try it Tuesday twofer!

 

The first Try It comes from my mom! She saw this pin on Pinterest:

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Sounds simple enough, right? Two ingredients, how can you screw that up? (If I would’ve made this, I would have found a way!)

 

Instead of blueberries, Mom used apple pie filling. (She actually used the “lite” version; significantly cutting calories and sugar! Good job, Mom!)

 

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

 

After she gathered her ingredients, she mixed them together:

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

 

Then, she popped it in the oven and baked at 350 for about 28-30 minutes. Then, magic happened:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

It was really yummy! It tasted sort of like an apple pie (but without all the crazy calories!) And the recipe is so simple, you can use pretty much any pie filling you want: blueberry, cherry, apple, snozberry…Whatever you’re in the mood for!

 

The next Try It was actually a recommendation from my sister, Samantha. I was complaining about how my kitchen dish rags would get so stinky and mildewy after one or two uses. It not only stunk up the kitchen, but if you forgot that it was stinky, you’d touch it and then your hand would smell. It was a vicious cycle.

That is, until, Sam told me something that would change my life forever:

Use vinegar when you wash your towels.

 

Yep. Vinegar. Its not just for Easter eggs anymore!

 

She said to use detergent as you normally would when you wash your towels. BUT, get a Downy Ball and pour white vinegar into it, and drop it into the washing machine.

 

I was skeptical, but I tried it. I was afraid that it would make my towels stink, but after they washed, I couldn’t smell the vinegar (they were even softer!)! After I dried them and put them away was when the real test began.

 

I used a new dish rag and it lasted over a WEEK and did not stink ONCE! I was so excited! Needless to say, vinegar is a new laundry staple in the Huffman Homestead.