Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Weight Watchers Oatmeal Bars

Over the weekend I posted this photo on my Instagram stories with the caption that I
make these bars every weekend and it's true! When I started WW (formerly know as
Weight Watchers) last April I found that most of the granola or protein bars that I had
been eating had more smart points than I wanted to use for a morning or afternoon snack
so I began making these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

This oatmeal bar recipe is baked in a 8 x 8 inch pan and if you cut the bars evenly into
9 bars they are only 2 WW smart points each if you're on the blue plan.

I make them every Sunday and wrap them up so that I have a mid-morning snack every
day at work. If I don't plan out my meals I will get off track quickly! Planning is key
when doing the WW plan.

If you're interested in signing up for WW you can get one month free when you sign
up - just click here. Also check out my Instagram for more WW recipes, snack ideas
and meals.

WW Oatmeal Bars
Weight Watchers Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

4 T PB2 powdered peanut butter
3 T water
2 over ripe banana
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup (I use Lakanto)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Lily's chocolate chips + extra for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl blend together the PB2 and water until smooth.

In a blender add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips, but including
the PB2 mixture.  Pulse for about 30 seconds or until ingredients are blended.
Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared bake dish. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.

Cut cooled bars into 9 squares. Each square is 2 WW Smartpoints on Blue.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Semi-Homemade Heart Shaped Pop-Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Hey friends! I'm coming at you today with a cute and easy dessert to make for Valentine's
Day. Semi-homemade heart shaped strawberry pop-tarts!
This recipe is super easy when you use prepared sheets of refrigerated pie crust.
Feel free to make your own pie dough if desired. I have yet to master pie crust, so I went
the easy route.

This recipe makes four heart shaped pop-tarts. You can easily double the recipe if needed.

Heart shaped homemade pop-tarts are simply adorable and my family loved them!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Pop-Tarts

1 refrigerated pie crust (save the other half for later)
1/4 cup strawberry jam
2 tsp. corn starch
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 T heavy cream (or more as needed)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix strawberry jam with cornstarch. Crack the egg into another small
bowl and whisk.

Flour a large work surface and lay pie crust on top of it.  Roll out the circle.
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out 8 hearts. You will need to gather the dough
scraps and roll out to be able to get 8 hearts. Place four of them on the prepared baking

Spoon a tablespoon of jam mixture onto the center of 4 of the hearts.
Brush egg around the edges of filled hearts to form a glue.
Place a dough heart on top of jam. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
Repeat with remaining hearts. Brush tops with egg. Using a knife, make a 1/4 inch
cut in the center of the dough to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Some jam may leak out of the sides, but that's okay!
Cool completely before frosting.

After pop-tarts have cooled, in a small bowl whisk powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
Spread glaze over each pop-tart. Immediately top with sprinkles.
Allow glaze to set a bit before serving.

Yield - 4

Friday, December 13, 2019

Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies with Icing

Hey friends!
I'm smack dab in the middle of holiday cookie baking and I couldn't be happier.
I LOVE listening to Christmas music and baking by the glow of twinkling lights - so cozy!

Today I am sharing a recipe that I have been trying to perfect for years. Thumbprint cookies
are my husband's absolute favorite cookie and not just any thumbprint cookie - Giant Eagle
grocery store thumbprint cookies. Giant Eagle is a very popular grocery store chain in the
Pittsburgh, PA area, where my husband is from. He grew up enjoying these delicious, buttery
cookies and every time we go to visit we have to stop by Giant Eagle to get some!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pasta with Shrimp, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Shrimp Pasta

Hey friends! It's been awhile since I've shared a dinner recipe around here, so today I'm
sharing a shrimp and pasta entree that is so delicious! It's pretty easy too -  cleaning
the shrimp is the hardest part!

The ingredient list is pretty minimal, which I love - especially for a weeknight dinner!
Shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, fresh spinach, a few spices and extra virgin olive oil is all
you need.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Yay! It's holiday baking time!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Paint and Shake Christmas Ornaments

Paint and Shake Ornaments

Let's get crafty!
There's just something about the holidays that gets me into a crafty mood.
I don't know why - it's not like I don't have a million other things to do, but cleaning,
baking and shopping can wait. Let's make some cute new ornaments for the tree!