Try It Tuesday

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I’m still working on shedding those last few pounds I’m still carrying from having Huff the Babe (yes, he’s two and a half; no, I don’t think I should have lost this a long time ago) but it gets a little frustrating to stay within my macros–especially in the summer heat–when I just really want some ice cream to chow down and cool off. Thankfully, I found a great dessert that won’t bust my macros and actually tastes good!

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I found this delicious dessert from the site Hip 2 Keto, which has a ton of Keto Diet-friendly recipes and food ideas! Here’s what the recipe called for:

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1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

5 drops liquid Stevia (I would actually use Splenda; the Stevia didn’t “sweeten” it that much and it was a wee bit bitter)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

First, mix up all the ingredients in a small bowl until soft peaks form. This took me about 2-3 minutes.

 

Then, place your mixture in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour. You want it to be *just* on the edge of freezing without being completely frozen. Then, remove from the freezer, stir, and place your mixture into a gallon size, zip top bag. Cut the corner off and pipe the frozen treat into three cups, distributing evenly.

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Then, enjoy!

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This was pretty good! It was a little bitter for my taste, but Huff the Hubs really liked it! I added some fat free whipped topping to mine and it helped the taste IMMENSELY! If you’re wondering, here are the nutrition facts for the “frosty”:

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

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been trying to shake things up with our dinners lately. Mostly because Huff the Hubs take chicken for his lunch EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This means he gets really tired of meals that involve chicken. SO I haven’t made the poultry in a looooong time. We both like pork, but it can be hard to find new ways to dress it up. After some perusing on Pinterest I found a yummy (and low-carb) pork recipe!

 

Here’s what you need:

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6 thin boneless pork chops

1/3 cup dijon mustard

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

3/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

 

First, mix your mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, oregano, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and basil in a small bowl. This will be your marinade. Pour the marinade into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and add the chops. Let it refrigerate overnight. (I actually forgot to let this marinate overnight so mine only sat in the bag for about 15 minutes and still turned out great!)

 

The next evening, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pour Parmesan cheese into a shallow dish and coat each pork chop on all sides. Place a flat roasting rack to a shallow dish or cookie sheet and then put the chops on the rack. (I didn’t have either of those so I borrow my sister’s turkey roasting rack, ha! I had to add foil to it so the chops wouldn’t fall through!) Then, season the chops with the remaining 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

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Bake for about 15-20 minutes and serve!

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You guys. This was soooooo good! Huff the Hubs and I LURVED it! I will absolutely be making this again!

 

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

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!

Try It Tuesday

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This Sunday was “Waffle Home” at church (this is basically when you invite a friend to your Lifegroup and also bring food! Because, we Baptists love our potlucks). I wanted something easy and tasty. Then I remembered a dear family friend made a yummy dish at our annual New Year’s Eve  party, and I searched the interwebs for the recipe! I found it super quick–thanks, Pinterest!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 lb. sausage (pork or turkey–whichever you like!)

1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese

2 pkgs crescent rolls

Salt and pepper (just a dash or so)

 

 

First, brown the sausage and drain. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper. Then, add in the cream cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

 

After that, unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to push the seams of the rolls together to seal them. Next, spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough. Leave about a 1/2-inch border around the sides.

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Finally, unroll the other crescents on top of the sausage mixture, pressing the edges together to seal.

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown. Then, cut into small squares and enjoy! I used a pizza cutter and it worked wonders!

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OH. EM. GEE. This was soooooo good! I’m pretty sure I ate about six little squares and could’ve eaten more if I didn’t have to share with my Lifegroup-ha! I will absolutely, definitely be making these again!

 

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

 

Try It Tuesday

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Right now, I’m obsessed with my crockpot so I’ve been scouring Pinterest for easy crockpot recipes. I was super excited about this one because it was mostly protein (Huff the Hubs has been setting ridiculous daily protein goals and it’s been tough for me to find meals that comply) and sounded super yummy on a fall day!

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Here’s what you need:

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¼ Cup Brown Mustard

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tablespoons Steak Sauce

1 10oz Can Low Sodium Cream of Mushroom Soup

11/4 Cups Beef Broth (or 10oz Can)

1 (24oz) Bag Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs

1 8oz Container Sour Cream (or 1 Cup)

1 16oz Package Egg Noodles

 

First, pour the beef broth, brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and steak sauce into a bowl and whisk until well blended. Then, pour the mixture and the meatballs into the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or (high 3-5 hours).

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Around hour five, gently stir in the sour cream.

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Before serving the meatballs, boil water for your egg noodles and cook according to the package.When your meatballs and noodles are finished, serve and enjoy!

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Here are my thoughts on this dish: they were good, but they were REALLY mustard-y. Next time, I’ll probably use half as much. It was just too much for me. Also, I thought I had egg noodles, but I didn’t. So I had to use the noodles I had on hand. I think they might have been better with the noodles the recipe actually called for.

 

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your thoughts? Do you have a better meatball recipe? Share in the comments below!

My Favorite Things {To Eat}

Merry Monday before Christmas!

With the big day only a tad over 48 hours away, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to take to your many family functions. If you don’t want to actually bring something, I’ve got some great suggestions for you! Every year I look forward to this season because its when the best of the best foods come around my house. And my family does not skimp when it comes to holiday eating!

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Here’s my Top Four Favorite Holiday Treats!

 

#4. Jalapeno Poppers

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Full disclosure: my dad makes these almost exclusively in the summertime. However, we are preparing for Ultra Feast on New Year’s Eve and he has already said that these are totes on the menu. I am SO excited! The poppers may seem a little extreme, given that they’re made with a crazy-hot pepper, but they’re actually not as spicy as you might think. The cream cheese really helps to mellow out the kick! Plus, the peppers are wrapped in bacon. And everything is better with bacon! Get the recipe here!

 

#3. Fruit Pizza

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We haven’t had this dessert is sooooooo long! It used to be a staple for our New Year’s Eve partay’s, but sadly, its gone away. I’m hoping to revive it this year! Its a pretty simple recipe. All you need is sugar cookie dough (you can even use store bought!), cream cheese, powdered sugar, and your favorite fruits! Get the stats here!

 

#2. Chili Cheese Dip

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I love this dip because its always a home run when there’s a lot of people and its super simple to make! Its perfect for the colder months and can be tailored to fit your tastes! You add or subtract just about anything from this recipe and its still awesome! Get some ideas for your own creation at this site!

 

#1. Peanut Butter Ball

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My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and I have never before been so thankful for the internet. This sweet dip takes two of my favorite foods: peanut butter and chocolate and makes them edible with a spoon. (Well, I guess you could eat peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon, but this is SO much better!) Again, its a super simple recipe that looks like you’ve spent all day making, so you can totes impress your in-laws! This dip is good with sugar cookies, graham crackers, and apple slices!

 

 

Happy eating!

 

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday, Doctor Who Eve!

That’s right, the moment we Whovians have been waiting MONTHS for is FINALLY here!

Tomorrow night we will be able to see the first episode with new Doctor, Peter Capaldi! I know some of us are sad to Matt Smith go (though, admittedly, I was more broken-hearted about the loss of David Tennant) its going to be really great to see a new incarnation of The Doctor!

 

And, I have everything you need to make your weekend fit for a Whovian!

 

Soak up the sun with this 4th Doctor-inspired towel from Think Geek! And, even better? It’s on sale! Woo!

Keep calm and carry a towel.

Keep calm and carry a towel.

 

 

If you’re of age and want to give the premiere of Doctor Who a little Mad Men flair, try this Tardis-tini!

Cheers! Or should I say, "Allonsy!"?

Cheers! Or should I say, “Allonsy!”?

 

 

Or, bake up some imitation fish fingers and custard!

Seconds, please, Pond.

Seconds, please, Pond.

Click the link for more timelord treats!

 

*Bonus Fan Girl Friday find:

I know that its not Who-themed, BUT, this week everyone’s favorite fanboy director gave us a charge to donate to Force for a Change/UNICEF, as well as a sneak peek at one of the new X-Wing’s (even though the wings no longer make an X) from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII! Check it out!

Go donate, people! You could be helping make someone else’s life better AND possibly be able to visit the set! That’s every fangirl/fanboy’s DREAM!