S’mores Bark

 

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Ingredients:

  • Milk chocolate
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • 1-2 Hershey bars

To make:

Melt milk chocolate and spread on wax or parchment paper.


Crush graham crackers and sprinkle over the top. Add marshmallows and bits of a Hershey chocolate bar.


Chill for one hour and then break apart.  Enjoy!

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Great Smoothies

 

Mango, pineapple, papaya & banana

I’m not a big breakfast eater, especially if I ate a good dinner the night before. Smoothies are my go-to to get some nutrition in my body before going to work. I especially like them in summertime for breakfast, or as an afternoon pick-me up to hold me until dinner (I tend to get crazy hungry around 4). Smoothies allow me to get extra fruit and dairy into my diet which is always great for your skin and health.

Instead of sugar, I always use one banana as it provides enough sweet for me. If you hate bananas, I would suggest some honey, instead. I feel like most smoothie recipes that call for added sugar negate the healthiness of the treat.

 

ch ch ch chia!

I add some chia seeds for the omega-3’s, as you don’t notice the texture due to the other fruit. I prefer unsweetened almond milk for the nutrition, but any kind of milk will do, and usually I use greek yogurt, or an organic-plain. As for the fruit, I usually use frozen, but in the summertime when I have fresh options, I make sure to add extra ice.

 

Lately I am all about this flavor

It is also a great sweet treat for the kids, and they enjoy getting to choose their flavors. Its definitely a much better alternative to junk food.

Blend for a couple of minutes:

  1. 8 oz almond milk (or coconut or regular)
  2. 2-3 heaping spoons of yogurt
  3. A sprinkle of chia seeds
  4. one banana
  5. combo of fruit of your choice.
  6. Handful of ice

My favorite combos:

Tropical: mango, pineapple, papaya

Antioxidant: Berries – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

Classic: Strawberry & banana

For further reading:

Benefits of Berries

Benefits of coconut milk

Benefits of almond milk

 

 

 

 

Spooky sticks


This is a really fun and easy treat to make with children.

You will need:

  • Pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles (Halloween themed)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • White or orange candy melts (from Michael’s or Walmart)

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Steps:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
  2. Melt the candy coating in 30 second increments in the microwave or use a double broiler. I used a Pyrex measuring cup to make dipping the rods easier
  3. Dip at both ends of a pretzel rod in the candy coating in place on wax paper.
  4. Sprinkle the pretzels. When done place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes to harden the coating.
  5. Enjoy:)
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Skeleton Bones


Here  is a fun little recipe for kids to make for Halloween. These taste like white chocolate pretzels and are a cute treat to get you in the spirit:)
You will need:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • White  chocolate candy melts
  • wax or parchment paper

To make:

  1. Add a mini-marshmallow to the end of each pretzel stick.

  
2.  Melt white chocolate candy melts according to instructions. Either use a double boiler or melt at 50% for 30 seconds at a time in microwave.

3. Dip pretzel-marshmallows into the melted white chocolate. I found this part to be a bit messy and awkward, but used a spoon to hold the pretzel stick and retrieve it from the melted candy. After a few tries, we got the hang of it.


4. Place dipped pretzels on wax or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to resolidify.

Holiday Treats: White Chocolate candy cane popcorn

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This is another great holiday treat that is very simple to make. This does not seem like much, but it is irresistible. Whenever I set this out, people cannot stop eating it:)

All you need:

  • Air popped popcorn (ten cups)
  • 12 oz white chocolate, melted
  • crushed peppermints, a few handfuls

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Step one: Pop the popcorn in a very large bowl. Crush peppermints in a ziploc bag.

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Step two: melt the white chocolate. Melting white chocolate can be very problematic, especially in the microwave. If that is your only option, Sally’s Baking Addiction has good advice on how to do it.I recommend a double boiler, or you can rig one with a sauce pan and a pyrex bowl, like this:

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Step three: Drizzle the melted white chocolate and blend with the popcorn. It will be a gooey mess. Toss in the crushed mint.  Store in an airtight container.

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Delicious and addicting

Holiday treats: Rolo turtles

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Recipe source: my dear friend, Amy

This is a quick and easy treat to make after Thanksgiving, especially if you have extra pecans on hand from making a pie. Also, it is an excellent choice for children to make and it allows them a chance to make a present for someone they care about by hand. The hardest part is unwrapping the Rolos, but that is easy enough for a child to do;)

They taste like a poor man’s pecan turtle, and are pretty addictive.

All you need:

  1. Rolos
  2. square pretzels
  3. pecans

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Step one: Heat the oven to 250 degrees.

Step two: place one Rolo on one square pretzel. I used a standard baking sheet.

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Step three: heat the pretzel/Rolos for four minutes. They should be soft, but not melted.

Step four: Place one pecan half on top of the melted Rolo. Cool completely.

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That’s it. Seriously.

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