Friday, April 17, 2015

Trail Mix Popcorn

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Happy Friday!
I've been sharing a lot of breakfast foods with you lately, so I thought it was time to
change the subject and move on to something else I really enjoy.
Snacks!!
Trail Mix Popcorn by Me and My Pink Mixer

Are you a snacker?
I definitely am!
Mid-morning snacks, afternoon snacks, travel snacks.
I never go anywhere without my phone, lipstick and some type of healthy snack
in my purse :)

Bob's Red Mill Popcorn































Popcorn has always been one of my favorite afternoon snacks.
It's pretty healthy if you don't load it with butter!
I like to nibble on popcorn at my desk while at work or watching my favorite TV shows.

Bob's Red Mill makes the best popcorn!  So fresh, fluffy and flavorful!
You can find it here or most grocery stores.
I prefer to use an air popper, but the stove-top works just fine :)
Trail Mix Popcorn by Me and My Pink Mixer

My Trail Mix Popcorn is a combination of my favorite white popcorn, nuts, seeds,
dried fruit and some dark chocolate throw in for good measure.
It's a delicious guilt-free snack any time of day!
Trail Mix Popcorn by Me and My Pink Mixer


Trail Mix Popcorn by Me and My Pink Mixer
































Trail Mix Popcorn

4 C popped Bob's Red Mill White Popcorn
1/4 C pistachios
2 T pumpkin seeds
2 T sunflower seeds
2 T rolled oats
1/4 C low-sugar dried cranberries
1/4 C unsweetened coconut flakes
2 T melted coconut oil
2 T dark chocolate chips

Place pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and oats on a baking sheet
and roast in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes.  Be sure to watch carefully, so
that the nuts do not burn.

In a large bowl, combine popcorn, roasted nuts and seeds, dried cranberries,
dark chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
Drizzle with melted coconut oil, tossing to combine.
Season with ground cinnamon if desired.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake

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Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake is a dessert my mom use to make when we were kids.
My brother's and I loved it!
It's such a light and refreshing cake and easy too since it's made from a boxed cake mix.
Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake by Me and My Pink Mixer





















For Easter I decided to take a trip down memory lane and make Strawberry Jell-O Poke
Cake for our family get together.
Chilled whipped cream pudding frosting combined with fluffy white cake tastes so good
on a warm spring day!
Heck, who am I kidding - it tastes good any day!

A couple of years ago I made poke cake into cupcakes and they were really cute
The jell-o part is a little tricky when making cupcakes, but you can see how I did it here.

Anyway, if you've never tried Jell-O Poke Cake you should give this recipe a try sometime.
I think you'll like it.

I sent some leftovers home with my brother and took the rest to work the next day.
I'm a nice like that :)

Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake by Me and My Pink Mixer






















Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake

1 box of white cake mix plus ingredients to make cake
1 - 3.4 oz. package of strawberry Jell-O
1 C boiling water
1/2 C cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare 9 x 13 inch sheet cake pan by spraying with
cooking spray.
Bake cake as directed on package.  Cool cake on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Pierce holes in cake with a large fork or bamboo skewer at 1/2 inch intervals.

In a small bowl, add boiling water to jell-o; stirring until completely dissolved (about 2 min).
Stir in cold water and pour over cake.  Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Jell-O Poke Cake Frosting:

1 1/2 C milk (I used 2%)
1 envelope Dream Whip
1 small pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Using a stand mixer whip all ingredients together to form stiff peaks.
Frost cake.
Garnish with fresh strawberry slices.

Enjoy!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Quinoa Coconut Pancakes

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Happy Monday friends!
How was your weekend?
Mine was great - thanks for asking :)
The weather was beautiful here in VA, so we did a lot of yard work.
I have a blister from so much raking to prove it!
Quinoa Coconut Pancakes by Me and My Pink Mixer




















Sunday was a little more low key, so I decided to switch things up and I made
pancakes for breakfast.
I haven't made them foreverrrrrrrrrrr!
I had a brilliant idea and whipped up the pancake batter in my Hamilton Beach Smoothie
Smart Blender.  It only took about 40 seconds and I didn't have to wash a bunch of bowls.
Why have I not done this before???































Now these aren't regular ole pancakes.
They're healthy y'all!
Good stuff like quinoa, coconut and rolled oats.
I just had to throw some oats in there you know :)
Quinoa Coconut Pancakes by Me and My Pink Mixer






















This recipe calls for a little planning ahead because you need to soak the quinoa
overnight, but it only took me about 30 seconds to add quinoa and water to a bowl,
so I think you can handle it.
Quinoa Coconut Pancakes are worth the extra step.
Quinoa Coconut Pancakes

I used tri-colored quinoa, because that's all I had left in my pantry, but regular quinoa
would be just fine.

The pancakes turned out so delicious!
This morning I took two leftover pancakes spread them with almond butter and made a
pancake sandwich for my mid-morning snack at work. Healthy and filling too!
Have a wonderful week friends!
Quinoa Coconut Pancakes by Me and My Pink Mixer






















Quinoa Coconut Pancakes

1/2 C uncooked quinoa, soaked for 12 to 24 hours in 1 cup filtered water
1/2 C rolled oats
1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1 C unsweetened almond milk
1 egg
2 T melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Drain and rinse quinoa and place it in a blender.
Add remaining ingredients and blend on high for about 40 seconds or until completely
smooth, scraping down sides if necessary.

Heat griddle and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
Using a large cookie scoop, drop batter onto griddle.  Using the back of a spoon, flatten
batter to make a 4-5 inch pancake.  Cook for about 3 - 4 minutes or until bottom of the
pancake is golden brown.  Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from griddle and
repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
Makes eight 4-inch pancakes.

recipe adapted slightly from Whole Food Kitchen

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Healthy Oat and Fruit Pizza for One

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After dinner I always crave something a little sweet.
Usually I'll have a small piece of dark chocolate, but tonight I was craving something fruity.
Healthy Oat and Fruit Pizza for One































I wanted to keep my treat as healthy as possible, so I decided to make a Gluten-Free oat crust.
Oats are my fave!!
This simple crust is made from just 4 healthy ingredients!
Rolled oats, banana, almond flour and agave.
After baking, I topped the crust with fresh fruit and chopped pistachios.
Next time I think I'll add some coconut flakes or mini chocolate chips.

Rolled Oats































Healthy Oat and Fruit Pizza was the perfect dessert to curb my sweet tooth!
I ate half for dessert and saved the other half in the fridge for breakfast the
next morning.
It was delicious!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Healthy Oat and Fruit Pizza for One




























Healthy Oat and Fruit Pizza for One

Crust:
1/2 C Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
2 T almond flour
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 T agave nectar or honey

Topping:
1 5.3 oz. Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, plain or vanilla ( I used about 1/2 of the container)
fresh fruit (I used strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and raspberries)
chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Flatten oats and form into a circle.
Bake for 10-12 minutes on one side.  Flip the oats and bake an
additional 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool and then top with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, fresh fruit and
chopped nuts (I used pistachios).

Serves one.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello Monday

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Hello to making our annual Bunny Pops!
Rice Krispies Bunny Pops for Easter






















Hello to celebrating Easter with some of the cousins.





















Hello to my new favorite yogurt!
Stonyfield is so good!
Stonyfield Oh My Yog Organic Yogurt





















Hello to our cute new JMU scarf from Collegiate Confetti.
Check out Sally's website for your favorite team colors.
Collegiate Confetti Purple and Gold Scarf































Hello to trying some new recipes.
I LOVE cookbooks!
Yogurt Culture Cookbook
































Hello sweet readers!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Linking up to Hello Monday with the lovely Lisa Leonard.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Cleaning Tips & Tools #OXOSpringCleaning

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Spring is finally here and I couldn't be more excited!!































Time for flip flops, grilling out, baseball games and spring cleaning.
I don't mind cleaning when the weather is nice and warm.  Call me crazy!
I love opening all the windows, filling the house with fresh air.
OXO Good Grips Microfiber Delicate Duster





















The right tools help make spring cleaning a breeze.
Can you imagine what life must have been like before vacuum cleaners?!?!
I don't want to even think about it!

The nice people at OXO sent me a few new products to help with my spring cleaning and I
love them!  OXO is the best in my book!

The OXO Good Grips Microfiber Delicate Duster in the photo above rids light fixtures
pictures frames and knick-knacks of dust in no time.
Bye bye dust rag - this fun thing works wonders!
OXO Large Sweep Set with expandable broom


I was super excited to receive the OXO Large Sweep Set with Extendable Broom.
Our broom is so old and half of the bristles are missing.
The broom has feathered, soft-tipped bristles to  grab dust and dirt.  
Perfect for sweeping out the garage and utility room.
OXO Dustpan and Brush Set





















The OXO Good Grips Dustpan & Brush Set helps to tidy up small spills.  I plan on keeping
it under the sink so I can grab it quickly when needed.
OXO Mini Dustpan





















How cool is the OXO Compact Dustpan & Brush Set!  It cleans up tabletop crumbs and
spilled sprinkles in no time! There are a lot of sprinkles around here, so this set will
definitely get a work out!
OXO Electronics Cleaning Brush





















The OXO Electronics Cleaning Brush is so handy!
It grabs dirt from small, hard to reach places. Great for  keyboards, cell phones and cameras.
It may or may not have swept cookie crumbs from my laptop :)

I'm so excited to rid our house of winter dirt and grime.
Time to get my spring cleaning on so I can lay by the pool all summer!!

Happy Spring sweet readers!!

Disclosure - I was sent an assortment of OXO cleaning tools to try.
I was not compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins

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Whenever we shop at Whole Foods my husband always buys a blueberry muffin.
Always.
He loves them.

I love them too, but when we stopped by the Whole Foods store on Magazine Street
in New Orleans last week, a zucchini flax seed muffin caught my eye.
I'm a huge zucchini fan, so I had to give one a try.
Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins
The Whole Foods Zucchini Flax muffin was SO good!
Flecks of grated zucchini in a golden muffin, topped with whole flax seeds.
I knew I had to try to recreate this muffin at home.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins




















I wanted the muffin to taste like the Whole Foods muffin, but maybe a little healthier.
I used Bob's Red Mill Organic Pastry Flour to punch up the nutrition and unsweetened
almond milk instead of whole milk or buttermilk.
Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins




















The result was a delicious, healthy muffin perfect for my mid-morning snack at work.
Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins
I freeze the muffins individually by wrapping them each in plastic wrap and then
storing them in a Ziploc freezer container.  I can grab one out of the freezer in the
morning and by mid morning they are thawed and ready to eat.  You can also pop
them into the microwave for a couple seconds if you prefer them warm.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins





















Whole Wheat Zucchini Flax Muffins

1 1/3 C Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C ground flax seed
1 C brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 C zucchini, grated
1/3 C ripe banana, mashed
3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
flax seeds for garnish, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk flours, flax seed, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder,
salt and cinnamon.  In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, zucchini and banana.
Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing just until combined.

Using a large cookie scoop, drop batter into lined muffin cups.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove
to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Store in an airtight container or freeze individually by wrapping
in plastic wrap and storing in a freezer-safe container.

Serves - 12

Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine

I received free product from Bob's Red Mill to facilitate my recipe, however all opinions are my own.

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