Master the Mango!

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Mango is my favorite fruit.  I love nearly everything about it, and it's my go-to diet dessert.  I will just buy like five at the store, just for me to eat.  I love cutting them up, cutting two slices on either side of the hard center and then dicing the insides up.  I especially love the ones that aren't stringy, the ones that you don't have to floss right after eating.  Mango is also great on nearly everything; in salsa, on seafood, on chicken, … [Read more...]

Light Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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Everyone seems to have a great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread.  But I wanted something that was a little healthier and I was actually pretty surprised when I couldn't find anything.  So I made up my own version of a lighter pumpkin chocolate bread.  I wouldn't necessarily call it healthy, but it's a little bit less guilt-ridden.  If you only have one slice (who eats only one slice?) it's 132 calories. And still moist and delicious. … [Read more...]

Three Layer Ice Cream Bars

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Schools in session, fall is in the air, and summer is sadly...over.  Sniff!!  We had a wonderful Labor Day celebration last weekend and I made these awesome, summery three-layer ice cream bars.  I used Dreyers ice cream for this recipe, the slow-churned rich, creamy, type.  I used S'mores, Drumstick, and Butter Pecan for these bars but you could use any ice cream combination you want.  But I have to say, this combo was amazing.  The buttery taste … [Read more...]

25 Incredibly Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

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Every time I've been to the grocery store lately, when I'm in the checkout line--I spot all the magazines filled with wonderful fall baking pictures. But check out this roundup and you will see some equally if not MORE wonderful fall baking pictures. More pumpkin recipes than you could possible dream of. Not a fan of pumpkin? I challenge you to look at these recipes and try one or two and THEN decide if you still really don't like it. Then I'll … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Fall baking season, am I right?  I don't actually bake that much but something gets into my blood during the autumn and all I want to do is just fill my kitchen with warm baked smells!  Fall baking nearly always includes spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.  And of course you can actually buy them mixed into one tiny container called 'pumpkin pie spice.'  But how about saving some money and just making your own DIY pumpkin pie spice? … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Maple Donut Recipe

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Oh yes--you read right.  It's pumpkin time!  (No Heidi--it's still summer!)  Well really you can cook with pumpkin all year round if you'd like.  But this is a great treat just right for the fall.  And fall is my most favorite time of year so you can bet your boopie that I will be sharing lots of fall things already. I'm a donut girl.  My mom loved donuts so as a kid, that was always our go-to choice of treat.  She was such a fan of … [Read more...]

DIY Dirty Diet Coke

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If you don't know what Dirty Diet Coke is, here's what it is:  the most delicious form of Diet Coke you have ever tasted.  There's a couple of new stores/restaurants (I'm not sure what to call them since they serve nothing but treats) around my town that serve a dirty Diet Coke.  They don't cost much, so why the need to do my own?  Because every time we wait in the 10 minute line, my kids will be begging for cookies, ice cream, or their own … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Party Cookies

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I really want to write this post, but all I can think about is how much I want to eat these cookies sitting over on my kitchen counter... Peanut butter blossoms are a classic cookie.  And when it comes to the classics, you can almost guarantee that the variations will all be great too!  Have you tried peanut butter blossoms with dark chocolate?  Have you tried them with dark chocolate and sprinkles?  What a great way to ring in the new … [Read more...]