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Puppy Treats and Sparkling Jello

As a part of my baking expedition, I finally pulled out a do it yourself cookie treat kit that I had found at Petsmartย on sale forย 1 Dollar. It was a must buy. I have been wanting make my own puppy treats for a while and the only ones that I had really made where the pupsicles a few months ago. The dogs really loved them, but they weren’t really appropriate for the middle of Nemo.ย 

Anyways, I started mixing them up and all that is really in the batter is Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats, Baking soda, Salt, Peanut Meal, Cornmeal and Powdered Eggs. Then you add in water and canola oil. Really simple and really easy to duplicate. I haven’t attempted to duplicate this yet, but you better believe it’s going to happen. And when it does…there will be different flavors ๐Ÿ™‚

I cut them into these cute little doggie bones in hopes that people wouldn’t think that I was making them some oatmeal cookies or something. BUT..that didn’t stop Brent from taking a little bite out of them. He said they tasted like Nerd Cookies….which is what we call Bridget’s Gluten Free Cookies. If you couldn’t tell, we haven’t really found an option for Bridget that doesn’t taste all dried out.

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They were standing at my feet the whole time I was making them. Bacon and Oreo could definitely tell that I was making something for them.

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Cuties.

When that finished up, I started on a little project for the peoples.ย Sparkling Jello.ย Initially, I was looking for some club soda to make this and Maggie was cleaning up the house. We called my sister Colleen who was at the grocery store with my dad picking up the groceries for the week, and asked for some club soda and Maggie needed paper towels.

When my dad walked in the door, he asked “Do I even want to know what the dogs did to the carpet?!” Say What?!

In translation from Colleen to my dad, she included…club soda and paper towels and there’s something on the carpet. Allowing for a small freak out the whole drive home for them.

NOPE, just yummy Sparkling Jello.

Sparkling Jello

 

Sparkling Jello Ingredients:

1 Pack of Jello Water
Club Soda

 

To make the directions REALLY easy. All you do is follow the directions on the package and for the step in which you add 1 Cup or 2 Cups ofย cold water,ย you substitute cold club soda. You should be refrigerating the jello for 15 minutes between when you add the hot water and when you add the cold water. Some packages say you should and some don’t. Chilling the boiling water before you had the cold club soda helps preserve the carbonation.

Adding the club soda in really does make it dance a bit on your tongue. It really dresses up the jello and makes it something a little more exciting. Not that jello isn’t amazing already!!

 

How have you taken something ordinary and made it more unique??

A Saturday Baking Project

This was supposed to publish last night (Saturday) WHOOPS! So here you go!!

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I am STILL, trying to put a dent in my baking supplies, and I honestly can’t believe the amount of food that I have been able to make without buying anything, but butter. I don’t really have tons and tons of sticks of butter laying around, so that was the only thing on the shopping list lately.

This morning, I ended up taking on the project of making some Granola Bars. Surprise, surprise, I made them chocolate chip and dried cranberry granola bars. I don’t know what it is with this combo, but I LOVE it. I’ve always been a bit nervous about making these, simply because I thought there was a lot to it…or that it was complicated. But after making them, they couldnt’ have been easier. I would absolutely say they are easier than making rice crispy treats (I have some trouble with making those).

Chocolate, Cranberry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Honey 1 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. In a medium sized sauce pan, on low heat, melt the butter, sugars and honey together. Do not boil the mixture.

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2. Stir in the oats, cranberries, almonds, and walnuts. Then take the pan off the heat, and stir in the chocolate chips.

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3. Line a smaller baking dish with parchment paper and press the granola mix into the pan. I used a 9 by 11 pan and ended up scrunching it to the end because it would have resulted in really thin bars that wouldn’t stay together well.

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4. Lastly, bake the bars for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. You want the top to be golden brown.

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Let it COMPLETELY cool before taking it out of the pan and cutting it. While it is hot the bars will not stick together. You can pull the whole parchment paper out and lay it on the counter to slice easily. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars.

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I am actually going to bring these bars with me to Naples. Brent and I are celebrating Christmas with his family and I thought it would be fun to bring some treats. I was trying to come up with a good way to bring them without the bars falling apart or sticking to each other and decided to wrap them individually in parchment paper. This way you can actually just throw them in a bag while you are on the run and don’t have to worry about a mess! GENIUS!

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I know this isn’t really an original idea, but afterwards, I kind of felt really smart. Haha, no puzzle is to difficult for THIS one to solve! Just don’t give me a rubix cube and completely kill my smarty pants ego.

Have you ever come up with a solution that just made you feel really, really smart??

To You Snacks!

I have something really exciting to announce/share with you this lovely Friday afternoon. A few weeks ago I had been looking for a fun new snack to give a go when I came across To You Snacks. To You Snacks is a trail mix and snack bar company that uses all natural nuts, berries and ingredients to make a healthy snack that’s easily portable. Initially I was excited to just give them a try because as we all know, I LOVE trying new things. BUT, I was even more excited to find out that they were local ๐Ÿ™‚

So, naturally I shot them and email just to find out some more info. WHELP, I finally met with the owners, who are absolutely delightful. They are originally from Mexico and have been making snacks for just about 15 years. They are both avid water skiers and I just found out runners too! Ergo, To You Snack Bars are aimed to fuel the active lifestyle and cater to that high protein, low sugar need.

BUT! That’s not the best part. So, they have a whole bunch of different bars that you can choose from including:

Mango Yogurt

Apricot Coconut

Chocolate Cranberry

Goji Berry

Peanut Butter and Cranberry

Apple Pecan

And a whole bunch more. If for some crazy reason, these don’t catch your eye…you have the option to MAKE YOUR OWN. Yup. Email them and just provide a list of all the different ingredients you want in your bar. They will then shoot you back an email with the nutritional facts for your bar, just to get your approval. If you want more protein, or less carbs or anything else, you can adjust the ingredients. OR, just say okay. They will make the bars and ship them right to you. COOOL. Call it…the Sizzle Bar. I think it has a ring to it…

Anyways, if you couldn’t guess…that’s what my snack was today ๐Ÿ™‚ I had the Whitney McClintock Bar (bet you can’t guess who made it!) which is packed with Berries, Almonds, Mango and Yogurt.

It was delicious. Think trail mix packed into an easy to eat little bar and that’s the flavor. No added sugars. Not crazy sweet. Simple and delicious.

Anyways, To You Snacks has something else crazy fun to offer. The PRIZE FOR SIZZLE WARS! So the winner of Sizzle Wars is going to get a box of assorted To You Snacks to give a go.

A box contains 14 snack bars and trail mix. I’m really excited ๐Ÿ™‚ And just to mention, they are Gluten Free and Vegan friendly (if you omit the chocolate or yogurt chips).

So this is your 1 week mark reminder to get your Sizzle Wars Entry in by the 21st! All you need to do is shoot me an email with your Childhood Favorite Recipe along with a Picture to SizzleEats@gmail.com. Easy enough ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fantastic rest of your Friday!

What’s your favorite snack bar?? What are the ingredients in it that make it so good?? What would you put in your personal bar and what would you call it??

Mine would have raspberries, almonds, pecans, dark chocolate bits and some chia seeds ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s call it…The Tummy Rumble Cure

Haha I’m terrible at coming up with names…HELP.

Skinny Pumpkin Muddy Buddies!

Oh YEA!

Today was pretty typical. I went to work, picked up some dinner, came home, walked the dogs and ate. Brent was planning on joining me for dinner so I chose one of our favs, Eden’s Fresh. It is a local restaurant that I am slightly in love with. It is a salad place that has just unbelievable salads. Nothing crazy or anything, just the perfect combinations of toppings that compliment eachother so well, that they seem to do flips in your mouth and you chew it. Sounds cool right??

I picked Brent up the Buffalo Chicken Salad and I had the Chitwood.

SOOOO for the main event! Skinny Muddy Buddies! If you ever hung out with me when I was in high school I was probably eating one of a very short list of foods. For a snack, normally a peanut butter flavored power bar, OR Muddy Buddies. Yes, I had a fantastic metabolism that I wish I had back now. People always said that it would just fade off one day and like a kid, I didn’t believe them. Welcome to your Mid-20’s Lauren!

Anyways, the Muddy Buddy lover in me spotted the wonderful Chex chilling on their shelf in the cereal isle and I had a craving for my long lost snacky friend. That thought led to the, what if there was a way to make them JUST a BIT lower in calories?? Which led to, OHHHH and Pumpkin!

An idea was born. I’m truly a fat kid at heart.

The idea, turned into THIS:

Ingredients:

4 Cups Rice Chex Mix 1 Cup Orange Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoon Biscoff Spread 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1 Package Vanilla Pudding Mix, Sugar Free, Instant

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat up the chocolate in 30 second increments until smooth. Mix between heating up. Once melted, stir in the Biscoff spread and pumpkin spice.

2. Place the chex in a medium or large sized bowl. Mix in the chocolate until all of the chex are covered.

3. Now transfer the covered chex in to a sealable ziploc bag. Add in the vanilla pudding mix, UNMIXED, and shake until all of the chex are covered. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened! And Done!

I am so excited about how amazing these came out it’s not even funny. They are perfectly pumpkin filled and fantastically ORANGE! I got the orange chocolate at Jo-Ann Fabrics at 2.99 for the bag. I used a little over half the bag and plan on starting another project with the leftovers. If you don’t want to swing by there, just grab some white chocolate chips if that is easier.

Biscoff Spread is my new discovery. After deciding to go with Muddy Buddies, I went to grab some peanut butter and on the top shelf, above the peanut butter I discovered Biscoff Spread. It is a cream made of Biscoff Tea cookies! Crazy good. It is also much lighter than the original peanut butter. And nut allergy friendly!

So, what exactly did I cut out?!

The original recipe::

9 Cups of Chex Cereal 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter 1/4 Cup Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Delicious, but the Skinny version has NO Butter and NO Powdered Sugar. AND it’s pumpkin! Whoot Whoot.

I’m really happy with it. Give it a try! It’s a great little sweet snack and something surprising to put in a trail mix!

What was your favorite snack as a kid?? Have you done anything to mix it up since then??

Peach Mango Smoothie and Sun Dried Tomato Egg Sandwich

This morning was a slow one. After being out late with a few friends for labor day, I woke up and grabbed for the coffee. As soon as I sat down at the computer to start going over some work emails, the phone calls and emails just never seemed to stop. Before I knew it, it was 9:30 and I hadn’t had breakfast or gotten ready to walk out the door. So breakfast was a quick and easy smoothie that Maggie had whipped up. Yummo.

Ingredients:

1 Mango 1 Peach
8 Medium Ice Cubes 1 1/2 Cups Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar

Directions:

1. Puree the mango and peach. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend. Top with granola.

BOOM! Delicious Mango, Peach Smoothie! Perfect way to start off the work day…well mid morning snack I guess.

When lunch finally rolled around, I was craving eggs. I was so surprised at how well it came out. I felt like it could have gone either way, but man did it satisfy! I wanted a second one after this was polished off!

On this sandwich there is:

1 Over Easy Egg 2 Table Spoons Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
1/4 Cup Sprouts 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives
1 Honey Wheat English Muffin

Surprisingly, overwhelmingly good. I topped my meal off with 2 Whatever You Got Oatmeal Cookies from last night and went back to work.

Tonight I wen to the gym for a quick workout on the treadmill. I am not so much into long distances on the treadmill because I find them really boring and if I attempt to, chances are I’ll just quit half way through. So, tonight I did a 25 Minute Interval Workout.

 

Now for some tea, and TV!