Healthy Fake Out Apple Pie A La Mode- Review

I am always on the lookout for new things to try for breakfast. I prefer it to be quick and easy but still taste delicious. This recipe is one that I had pinned forever, but for some reason never took the time to try it. Once I did, I made it twice in one week. It is really fast to throw together and tastes amazing. I followed her recipe exactly except I didn’t add the Life cereal on top. (I actually purchased the Life cereal for this recipe but wound up eating it all be the time I got to making this recipe….shame on me. I have no control when it comes to cereal 🙂 )

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Obviously I rate this recipe highly and will be visiting her site to try out a few more of her recipes.

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Basic Granola Recipe

Good Morning and happy Tuesday 🙂 Today I want to share a basic granola recipe I found on pinterest. This Christmas I wanted to make a gift for loved ones that was a little bit healthier than cookies because we all know that by January 1st we have all hit sugar overload. I quickly came to the decision of granola. I love granola and find that most other people do as well.

I haven’t taken the time to test out alot of recipes to find out which I like best since I just started making it homemade in the last few months but I have had lots of success with this recipe and keep going back to it. It is pretty basic (as stated in the title..haha) and uses ingredients I already have on hand.

The most important thing is not to burn your granola. This is very easy for me to do because it seems to happen so quickly. Take it out right as it stars to golden and be sure to flip it as the recipe states. Also keep in mind that your granola will harden as it cools 🙂

CHANGES TO RECIPE :The only change I made with this recipe is using canola oil instead of vegetable oil and it turned out great. *I also just recently made it without any brown sugar to try to make it a bit healthier and still love it…although the other version was a bit closer to what you would buy at the store.

I simply put the granola in old peanut butter jars tied a bow around and voila a wonderful yummy gift was made.

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What store favorites have you started making at home?

 

Orange Cake Recipe Review

I needed a cake for my sisters birthday a few days ago so I began searching for the perfect one. I knew I didn’t want to make a typical cake because she isn’t a fan of icing or traditional birthday cake. Instead I wanted to make something light and fresh. Enter Orange Cake.  I looked at a few pinterest but ultimately decided on this one on allrecipes.

I did make a few substitutions:

Vanilla Pudding instead of lemon

Added pure orange extract instead of lemon

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In the end I would say I was satisfied with the overall cake but not wowed. I would in no way compare it to the Orange Crunch Cake we had in Captiva at The Bubble Room….it doesn’t even come close. Mine seemed a bit dry because I got nervous about it not being done enough and left it in the oven a little longer. (bad idea. I also may have done something wrong with the glaze because it never really hardened like I had hoped it would.

Conclusions-It may have been better if I wouldn’t have over baked it, and maybe having some of the lemon flavor would have gave it a little bit of zip and freshness I was looking for.

Banana Protein Pancakes

Now that the new year is approaching I have decided to get my eating back on track and have fun with a few new recipes. I am going to be finding recipes on pinterest than coming on here to review them. 🙂

I absolutely love pancakes and would eat them every day if I could, but I’m guessing 20 pounds of flour a week isn’t a good idea. So when I found this recipe on PBFs blog I knew it would be worth a try. By the way her website is one of my favorites. She posts recipes and quick workouts.) It also didn’t hurt that it takes 10 minutes start to finish to make.

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I followed all of her instructions and used my ninja and was very happy with the results. My husband said that they had a bit of an egg texture and he missed the fluffy flourness (yep that’s a word) but said he enjoyed them anyway.  I think this is a recipe I will keep around and try different variation in the future as well 🙂 Enjoy!!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cupcakes

I know I have mentioned how much I love sweets about a million times already on this blog, but what I haven’t stated is that not only do I like to eat sweets, I like to bake them too. You never know when hostess will go bankrupt again..and one needs to be prepared in such emergencies. 🙂

This past weekend my church had a bake sale and I knew I wanted to make something. After looking online I found this recipe and I knew it would be a winner. I followed her instructions exactly and was very very pleased with the results. Everyone at the sale raved about how good they tasted.

When it came to presentation I knew I wanted to do something a little bit different. My idea started when I found this on pinterest. I absolutely loved it. I thought it was a brilliant idea and much easier for people to eat while walking around at the festival. I even went out and bought the cups and lids and was already to go. (You can find them at GFS by the way)

After sitting down and thinking about  it, I thought it may be a little too big.  After a little more searching on pinterest I found this and decided I would combine the two ideas to get something wonderful.

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In the end I ended up with these:

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Like I said I wanted to combine the two ideas and that is basically what I did. I loved the idea of the spoon but wanted to keep the wrappers off so they would be easily scoopable. I also wanted to add a little label so they would know what they were buying. In the end I was VERY happy with the finished product.  Enjoy!