Friday, October 31, 2014

Gluten and Dairy Free Brownie Salted-Caramel Shake

I love being a part of Krusteaz Baker's Dozen group. It allows me to have fun testing our their products. I have been pleasantly surprised with their Gluten Free Line. I have taken their brownies to my neighbors and have made my husband their gluten free cornbread. My husband is a huge cornbread fan and thought it was amazing and my neighbors were shocked when I told them that the brownies were also gluten free.

I had some fun experimenting with their brownies and came up with this little gem! I have several close friends that live a gluten free and also a dairy free lifestyle. I thought why not combine the two and make a special treat. And that is exactly what this recipe is! A special treat for those who are on certain diets. It exceeded my expectations. If you are not living a dairy free diet then this recipe will be a little easier for you and you can substitute the areas that I have made dairy free with dairy. Hope you all enjoy it! 

Check out the full recipe HERE and other recipes from Krusteaz Bakers Dozen Group.


Gluten and Dairy Free Brownie Salted-Caramel Shake
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Effort: Easy
Servings: 1 blenderful makes 4 servings 

Ingredients:
2 cups dairy free vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup dairy free coconut milk
3 tablespoons dairy free sea salt caramel (see recipe below)

Optional toppings:
dairy free whipped cream
gluten free brownies, crumbled up
sea salt caramel
sea salt

Find the Instructions HERE.

Dairy-Free Caramel
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Effort: Easy
Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Find the Instructions HERE.

Dairy Free Whipped Cream
Total time: 5 minutes
Effort: Easy
Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:
1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Find the Instructions Here.




* Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Krusteaz. I was given product and was paid to create a recipes as part of their Baker's Dozen group. *

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ninja Blender Review and 4 Smoothie Recipes


Last month my family was on a Disney Cruise and I didn't have cell service for almost a week. When I got off the boat and saw the long list of emails I had waiting for me to open I quickly scanned through them and saw a email from Ninja. I just had to open it right away. I had recently seen their products demonstrated at IFBC in Seattle and was quite impressed. When they asked if I would like to try their new Nutri Ninja| Ninja Blender Duo with Auto IQ I didn't even have to think twice. It was totally like Christmas morning when I received the package. I even sent my husband a picture message at work! I was surprised how excited I was to have a new blender haha.


This combination is really the perfect thing for my family. I use a blender and my husband used a magic bullet for his smoothies. Well this is definitely the best of both worlds! Has both attachments that are both very easy to use! I was very impressed with the high quality of this blender with both the XL pitcher and the jar and cups.

The Nutri Ninja| Ninja Blender Duo with Auto IQ was very easy to use. It pureed my smoothie to the perfect consistency with little to no work on my part. I was able to just press a button and did not have to worry about pulsing it, shaking it, or making sure that it was all blended. It stopped and go'ed on its on. Which made it so easy and very well blended. I loved how easy it was to add more liquid when needed using the pour spout. Then when I was finished it was very easy to pour into my cups using the pour spout.




The Ninja website has plenty of amazing Ninja Recipes ranging from appetizers to soups to drinks to desserts! I spent quite a bit of time browsing through all their recipes! What a great place to be able to find new recipes to try right on their website! I have also added a few of my favorite smoothie recipes for you all to try!

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie
1/2 cup ice
1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk low-fat
1 Tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
6 ice cubes
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of all spice
pinch of pumpkin pie spice

Green Smoothie
1 cup ice
1 cup water
1 green apple
1 banana
1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
2 cups spinach
1 cup strawberries
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup ice
2 cups low fat milk
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup yogurt



*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Ninja. I received product in exchange for a review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.*



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween party 2014



I had my annual adult Halloween party a few days ago and had a blast. I look forward to this night all year long. I plan and prepare for it for months and just love it! This was our 5th year doing it and know that this will continue to be a tradition. I make these trophies for each of the costume categories. Everyone votes and the winner gets the trophy, a gift card, and this year a pan of cinnamon rolls! O ver the years the costumes seem to get better and better and this year was no exceptions! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the food or decor this year. I spent too many hours to count decorating, had a projector and screen set up playing Hocus Pocus, a low lying fog machine with a fog timer set up, had my backyard lined with outdoor lights, hanging body parts, and my back patio lined with black and white striped gossamer to create a tent like feel. The invitation were a customer order from The HoneyBee Press. Everyone brought soup, salad, appetizer, or a treat to share. And we had lots of bottled cokes, pepsis, mexican fruit drinks, along with bottled water and canned soda. We played a fun money game and a girl and a guy each took home $150. So much fun! The party planning for next year has already started! And hopefully next year I can get better pictures of the food and decor! We had technical difficulties with the fog machine, lights, and projector shorting out right when the party started!

















Elf on the Shelf

Richard Simmons work out 


Jimmy Fallon "Tight Pants"

Piñata and her Mexican

Monkeys

"Kimye"

Babies

Hippies

Slash and Axl

Mary Poppins

Skeletons

Celebrity Guess Who

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Paula Deen and Butter

Robbers

Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningston

Double Dare Contestants

Disneyland Tourists

Robbers

"UP"

Homeless Bums

Phil and Miss Kay

Double Dare Contestants

Roller Derby Chicks

Bob Barker

Piñata and Mexican

King Triton and Ursela


CHECK OUT MORE ADULT COSTUMES HERE!!!

Check of my Halloween Decor HERE!

and Halloween Party Food HERE 


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes


Twice baked potatoes are one of my families favorite sides. My oldest son has become a huge fan of potatoes and baked potatoes lately. And these are his favorite way to eat them. Well actually more like these with a huge dollop of sour cream on top! I don't blame him sour cream is yummy! I don't usually add the extra sour cream ( I don't think they need them) but if you are a sour cream lover go ahead! 

So next time you have extra potatoes lying around or need a side dish try jazzing the good ol baked potato up and making these! You won't regret it!

Twice Baked Potato

4-6 large potatoes, washed, poke holes in them a few times with a fork
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup whole milk
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup shredded cheese, plus more to top them
8-10 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook potatoes for 1 hour. (You can always microwave if you don't have a hour to cook) When potatoes are done let them cool for about 10-15 minutes and then slice the potatoes in half or if you don't need that many you can just cut the tops off and make less bigger potatoes. Grab a mixing bowl and then scrape out the inside of the potatoes. Once the potatoes are all scraped out (still leave the sides in tact and a little bit of potato still on it) take the insides of it and mix together with the sour cream, cream cheese, whole milk, butter, salt and pepper, and shredded cheese. Combine together. Add more or less milk depending on the consistency of the mixed potatoes. This will depend on how big your potatoes are or how much you scrap out of the cooked potatoes. Once it is all mixed together grab the potato skins and stuff them with the potato mixture. Top with a little shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. The cheese should be melted but not crunchy! So watch them! 



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