My Favorite Healthy Lunch

 My Favorite Healthy Lunch


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It’s FINALLY warming up! Can I get an Amen?!

We have already mowed our yard once. It’s not my favorite task, but it means that warmer weather is here and that we can enjoy the outdoors again.

We are an outdoorsy kinda family spending every moment that we can soaking up the sun and refraining from holing up in the house all day. It’s a nice change from hermit status in the winter. 

I like to keep things healthy around here and gettin’ our booties outside is one of the best ways that we can do that!

Eating right is another great way to stay healthy. I won’t pretend I’m perfect in this area. I enjoy my sweets, I really do. But I also love staying on track health-wise because it makes me feel better in my skin. Taking everyday recipes and making them better for you is something I love to do. But you know something? I’ve found something easy and convenient that is way easier than creating a recipe!

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My favorite healthy lunches are the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers! Healthy eating has never been easier. I’m able to plan my lunches ahead without even thinking.

Unlike other frozen meals, Healthy Choice Café Steamers’ feature a unique tray-in-tray steam cooking method that delivers fresh-tasting meals with crisp vegetables and juicy proteins. This also gives you the chance to be a part of the culinary experience as you pour your own sauce, determining how much or how little flavor you want with your meal. I always use it all!

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All Healthy Choice meals are made with real ingredients and no preservatives so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste or freshness. Since the ingredients aren’t frozen in the sauce they have a fresh, more vibrant taste.

One of my favorite things about these meals is that they always taste fresh. Certainly not like they have been spent weeks in my freezer. 

And talk about healthy, did you know that Healthy Choice is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA? No guilt here!

Look for these great Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers at your local grocery store:

  • Balsamic Garlic Chicken
  • Barbecue Seasoned Steak and Red Potatoes
  • Chicken and Noodles
  • Chicken and Potatoes with BBQ Sauce
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs

And there are tons more! 

My current favorite is the Crustless Chicken Pot Pit! What is yours?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Cheesy Cauliflower with Better Bakery Melts!

The following is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Better Bakery. It is 100% my own opinion. 

Better Bakery in front 682x1024 Cheesy Cauliflower with Better Bakery Melts!Well happy New Year to you! I am not used to this 2016 yet. It feels futuristic to write 2016. Am I the only one? So weird with that 6 there. 

Did you make any resolutions? I made a few. To lose weight is one. Not that original, eh? I’ve got more, like to get my youngest to eat anything more veggies. Picky McPickerson she is.

What do you do when your daughter won’t eat her veggies? Throw CHEESE on it!

Cauliflower is already one of my go-to veggies because of the mild flavor and tenderness. But with cheese? I mean. Yaaaassss! And I love that you can grab them in the frozen food aisle and they are ready to prepare. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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This cauliflower is bound to turn Picky McPickerson into Veggie McVeggieson. You want to know how cheesy it is? My daughters thought it was Mac & Cheese!

Did you happen to catch that super tasty looking stuffed sandwich there in the front? Of course you did. It’s pretty magnificent. Oh. My. Goodness. This is something new I found that has quickly become a family fave- Better Bakery Artisan Melts. 

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The bread on the outside looks like a pretzel and even sorta tastes like a pretzel, but it’s artisan bread. Heaven on a plate and the ultimate main dish to the Cheesy Cauliflower side. My favorite kind of Better Bakery Artisan Melt was the Chicken & Bacon Club. It is so good! I was pretty impressed at how closely the sandwich matched the picture on the box. That just doesn’t happen with some products.

These handcrafted artisan melts are made by bakers who are committed to the Better Bakery art and want to make better food. How nice that? They truly love what they do and make a quality product that reflects that!

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The  Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza kind  was also tasty! They are a great quick and easy lunch or dinner idea when you’re in a hurry.

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You can pick them up in the freezer section of your grocery store. I found them at Walmart! Better Bakery stands by it’s promise of “Always Handcrafted” with each sandwich hand cut, rolled, topped, and picked.

You can get a coupon for $1.50 off 1 Better Bakery Artisan Melts and locate a retailer near you, here!

To make those, it’s as easy as popping them into the oven or microwave. The recipe for the Cheesy Cauliflower is below! Here’s to the new year with successful resolutions!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 (16 oz) pkg Frozen Cauliflower
  2. 1 c. Cream of Chicken Soup
  3. 1 c. shredded cheese
  4. 3 tbsp milk
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook cauliflower according to directions. Place in small baking dish. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together the soup, milk, and cheese. Pour and spread over cauliflower.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. I tweaked this recipe a little. The original recipe called for an entire can of cream of chicken and more milk, but I found it wasn't need so I reduced amounts. Feel free to play with seasonings!
Adapted from Four Ingredient Cookbook
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Homemade Caramel Latte- Folgers Flavors

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Mornings here can be described as many things. Sleepy. Busy. Lazy. Fun. Loud. Quiet. The list goes on. You never know what you’ll get during a morning at our house. 

One thing is for sure. Coffee is always involved. My husband enjoys his straight up, no frills, plain and simple- black. Me on the other hand, I like to change it up often. 

There was a time when I liked to add sweetener and milk. There was another time when I like to add sweetener and creamer. I get tired of things being the same sometimes so I like to find ways to create new coffee drinks.

The day I discovered milk frothers was a life-changing day (thanks to my mom!). Homemade lattes entered my life and it has never been the same. 

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These cool little bottles have also found a way to my heart! Folgers Flavors can be used at home or on-the-go and don’t require refrigeration. Because I don’t like to be a creature of habit, I’m thankful that Folgers Flavors come in 4 different flavors (Hazelnut, Mocha, Caramel, and Vanilla) to match any of my many moods. Most recently, it’s been a caramel mood.

In case you needed to know.

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It’s easy to take your coffee and make it into a latte. Folgers Flavors make it even easier. You can use a little or use a lot, hot or iced, the choice is yours to create your own flavored coffee. 

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To make a Homemade Caramel Latte, here’s my steps. I started with plain black coffee. Not exactly espresso, but I’m not a straight black coffee drinker so it’s pretty strong for me.

Add a good squeeze of the Folgers Flavors Caramel Enhancer. I didn’t even add sweetener!

I frothed some of my favorite creamer and poured that on the coffee. Then topped it off with a little whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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It doesn’t get much tastier than that for your morning! No matter what’s going on, I find peace when I’m drinking my lattes.

Check out this video by Mike Tompkins! Talk about a remix!

 

Want to try Folgers Flavors yourself? I’m giving some away!

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Folgers Flavors 2 Sample Giveaway

I am going to make this easy on everyone. Simply leave a comment with which flavor you’d like to try! I will use “And The Winner Is” to choose ONE commenter as the winner.

This giveaway will end Tuesday, November 10th at 11:59pm CT. I will contact the winner on Wednesday, the 11th and they will have 24 hours to respond. If I have not heard from them, I will name a new winner.

Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.


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Salted Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes- Cook for the Cure

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I’m not sure that this cupcake even needs a post. We could just go with that picture and be done. But there is so much to talk about including Cook for the Cure!

These are insane. These are what I call, fall in your mouth. What is it about fall that is so amazing? Could it be the colors? The cooler weather? No, I think it’s the FLAVORS. Yummy goodness that gives us that warm, cozy, nostalgic feeling.

These cupcakes will give you all of that.

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It all starts with what may seem like a way to fill your home with the smell of apple spice, but this is actually the beginning of your Apple Spice Cupcake batter. 

I had never made batter this way before, so it was new to me. But I welcomed the warm, fall smells and spent an embarrassingly long amount of time hovered over the pot.

The mixture contains grated apples (the start of the show!) along with so many of our favorite fall spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves.

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I said it before, but I really feel like these taste like fall in your mouth. I told my husband that a couple of times and when he finally tried them, he gleefully stated, “These taste like fall in your mouth!”. Maybe not gleefully. He doesn’t exactly get gleeful, but they were quite tasty and maybe he couldn’t contain his excitement? I didn’t bake 10,000 cupcakes, but I did make so many that I had to give some away!

Now, what really makes them pop is the Salted Caramel Buttercream that you put on top!

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Oh. my. goodness. Can I get an amen?

This buttercream literally starts by making salted caramel. (Of which I burned the first time, so beware)

You add in all the regular goodness of buttercream like, oh I don’t know, butter. And powdered sugar and you have the sweetness to bring out the spice in the cupcakes. SO GOOD.

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Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.

You will NEED to find the recipe below!

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I want to talk to you about an AWESOME opportunity with Cook for the Cure to support Breast Cancer Awareness brought to us by hhgregg and KitchenAid! The cupcakes above are apart of the 10,000 Cupcakes: One Great Cause campaign to bring awareness about breast cancer this month.

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I am already a fan of KitchenAid and to know that they are supporting such a fantastic cause makes me love them even more.

KitchenAid will donate $1 to the Susan G Komen Foundation for every person who takes pictures of their cupcakes and uses the hashtags #10000cupcakes & #donate, and tagging @KitchenAidUSA and @KitchenAid. How awesome is that?!

So, the question is how can YOU get involved? Here are some ways:

  • Participate in 10,000 Cupcakes! Bake your own cupcakes and share an original picture of YOUR creation on your Twitter and Instagram channels using the hashtags: #10000cupcakes & #donate and tagging @KitchenAidUSA. KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer.
  • Host a party! You can host a party to benefit the Cook for the Cure cause any time of the year. Whether it’s an office potluck, a family cookout or weekend brunch, encourage your friends and family to donate to Susan G. Komen®. You can find out more information about how to Host-A-Party here!
  • Check out hhgregg and how they are a part of the Cook for the Cure campaign!
  • You can get KitchenAid small appliances over at hhgregg and believe me, with a KitchenAid you won’t be disappointed! You can even get a PINK KitchenAid Stand Mixer!

Now for the recipe for my Salted Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes!

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Apple Spice Cupcakes
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Fall in your mouth, these cupcakes will make you all warm and fuzzy inside.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Green Apples, skin on, grated
  2. 2 c. sugar
  3. 2 c. water
  4. 1 c. butter
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2 tsp nutmeg
  7. 1/2 ground cloves
  8. 3 and 1/2 c.. flour
  9. 2 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with liners.
  2. Place the grated apples, sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a large sauce pot and bring to a boil. Cool. (I let mine cool for at least 30 minutes)
  3. Add flour and baking soda. (batter will be sorta chunky)
  4. Bake until middle bounces back. (About 15 minutes depending on your oven)
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 sugar
  2. 2 tbsp water
  3. 1/4 c. heavy cream (+ additional if needed)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 c. powdered sugar (+ additional if needed)
Instructions
  1. Stir together sugar and water in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Keep cooking, without stirring, until mixture begins to turn dark amber. About 6 minutes. (This will happen fast once it begins to turn. DO NOT let it become dark brown)
  2. Remove from heat and SLOWLY add in the vanilla and cream. Stir constantly while you do this. Once smooth, set aside to let cool.
  3. Combine the butter and salt in stand mixer bowl and beat until fluffy. Reduce speed and add powdered sugar.
  4. Scrape down the side of the bowl and then add the caramel. Beat all until completely incorporated.
  5. (You may need to add more powdered sugar to make the buttercream thicker. I added approximately another cup and 1/2. You may also add a tablespoon more heavy cream to smooth it out. This was trial and error for me with the frosting. Make it to your liking.)
Notes
  1. When serving, you may drizzle each cupcake with caramel sauce to make them pretty! 🙂
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Oatmeal in Your Coffeemaker?! + $10 Giveaway!

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I’d love to tell you that breakfast time at my house is a wonderful, peaceful time, but to be honest, it’s a little less than tranquil.

We aren’t exactly morning people around here so if you were to take a peek into our morning, you would see lots of squinty eyes and even hear a few grumbles. We don’t like to wake up and when we do finally get to that point, we have so much to do that we rush out the door like mad people!

However, simply mention the word coffee and I will perk right up.

I’m a big fan of breakfast as well. I really love your typical breakfast items like eggs and bacon. Biscuits are cool too. Donuts and cinnamon rolls. Cereal and yogurt. It’s all good in this breakfast hood.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what gets us going in the mornings when we don’t feel like going anywhere. I am working really hard to make sure that I make it a priority among all the other tasks I have to get done in the craziness of the mornings. 

You know what I really enjoy, but sometimes forget about? Oatmeal! Big fan of oatmeal. Since we don’t always have time to make oatmeal, I was really excited to hear about a new and innovative product that makes oatmeal so much easier to make in the mornings.

You can literally brew your breakfast in your brewing machine! Yep, I’m for real. This is breakfast simplified and a great way to help you to “pop up” in the morning!

I was so excited to find out that I can use my brewing machine to make oatmeal. How simple is that?

I’m already making myself coffee, why not grab some oatmeal while I’m at it! Such a cool product. Nature Valley Bistro Cups make breakfast easy!

You can choose from two different flavors:

  • Apple Cinnamon Almond
  • Brown Sugar Pecan

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I was excited to get the Brown Sugar Pecan flavor. It also has cranberries in it!

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You make it in your brewing machine! It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

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You start by pouring the oatmeal into your favorite mug. I love eating food in a mug!

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Pop the brewing cup into your machine and using the 6 oz option, brew it into your mug of oatmeal!

Give it a stir and then let sit for about a minute.

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That’s it! Goodness in a mug to kick your morning off right! Even if you are in a busy whirlwind in the mornings, you probably have a couple minutes to prepare an easy oatmeal like this.

Want to try this out for yourself! Grab a COUPON for Nature Valley Bistro Cups! Here’s how:

1. Head over to the Publix coupon page here.
2. Select your store using either your zip code, city and state, or store number.
3. In the search bar under “This Week’s Savings,” type “Nature Valley”
4. Hit print and enjoy!
 
And if a good coupon isn’t enough to get you excited, I’m giving away $10 bucks! Enter below!
 
$10 Paypal Cash Giveaway

$10 Paypal Cash Giveaway

 Oatmeal in Your Coffeemaker?! + $10 Giveaway!

This giveaway will end on October 5th at 11:59pm CT. I will contact the winner on Tuesday, October 6th and they will have 24 hours to respond. If I have not heard from them, I will name a new winner.


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Cspace: Impact Your Favorite Brands

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You know that I’m a fan of saving money. It doesn’t matter what the product, I am going to do my best to research what I am getting for price and quality. So because of that, I know a little bit about many brands out there. And sometimes I honestly think that I could help them out a bit. Give some advice and they could be even more awesome than they already are, right?!

Have you ever wished that you could share an idea directly with a brand to help create positive change? C Space specializes in bringing the customer and the brand closer together, so they can create impactful growth with their combined opinions and ideas.

 YOU ARE invited by C Space to join one of their newest, private online communities, where you can be an advisor (WHAT WHAT) to all your favorite brands, like Twitter, Unilever, Colgate, or Godiva (to name a few). Interact with others like you, engage in activities, surveys and discussions that interest you, and earn Amazon gift codes (for reals?!) for your participation.

I’m a member! It’s easy to sign up, head over here to do so!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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Valentine’s Day Granola Cookies

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I’m a pretty big fan of granola. Are you? 

I bet you didn’t know that nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day more than granola.

It’s true.

When you make these Valentine’s Day Granola Cookies, it’s like a big old gigantic bear hug of Valentine’s Day goodness. For one because you can make them into cute and adorable little hearts. And for two because you’ll make them healthier for your favorite Valentine.

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These tasty cookies are made using better for you ingredients, so you can feel good about making these for your Valentine.

I recently read a research study that showed that corn oil is better at lowering cholesterol than extra virgin olive oil! You learn something new every day!

I like to use Mazola® Corn Oil because it has a neutral flavor and lets the other flavors in my cooking and baking stand out. Mazola® Corn Oil made a great addition to the granola cookies that I made. I’ve also used to it to make breaded chicken and stir-fry. 

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I have a special tip for you. Happy Valentine’s Day from me. I love you. Yes, I do! I can’t take all the credit for it. I saw this on Rachael Ray recently and thought it was genius so I had to share. 

Sticky stuff like honey is so hard to measure out and then get out of the measuring cup. You lose some as you pour it out because it sticks. I never feel like I get all the honey out. Here’s a tip:

  • Put plastic wrap into your measuring cup
  • Fill with desired honey (or sticky substance like corn syrup)
  • Bunch at the top.
  • Snip off a small hole and squeeze out every last drop.
  • Throw away plastic wrap and have a CLEAN measuring cup with no honey lost in the process! 


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Genius, right? LIFE-changing!

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The Mazola® Corn Oil does a great job holding all my wet ingredients together. The egg whites and honey kinda want to go off and do their own gloppy goo mess, but the oil man. It keeps the harmony.

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I will not lie to you, Valentine. I did eat from this very spoon.

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Here is yet another genius idea. I KNOW! I really, really love you.

Put a cookie cutter on parchment paper (that’s on a cookie sheet). Spray it with a taddy bit of cooking spray to keep from sticking. Then spoon in your granola and pat down. Remove your cookie cutter and you have your heart-shaped cookie. 

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I was so happy with how they turned out. I was going for a cookie-like texture and not a granola bar and this was exactly what I got!

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I’ll be making these often. I love how versatile they are. You can add in raisins or nuts or whatever you’d like. I added a few chocolate chips to these and red sprinkles on top to be festive. You can certainly leave them out to keep them better for you.

Check out more research facts about the benefits of Corn Oil and be sure to check out Mazola®, too!

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Valentine's Day Granola Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 and 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  2. 1 c crisp rice cereal
  3. 1/2 Mazola® Corn Oil
  4. 1/4 pure honey
  5. 2 egg whites
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 c chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix together oats, cereal, and chocolate chips.
  3. Wisk together oil, honey, egg whites, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  5. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place greased cookie cutter on parchment paper and scoop in granola. Flatten and remove. Repeat until all granola is used.
  7. Bake 15 minutes or until sides begin to brown.
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

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I used to be a very dedicated runner. I’d say that I ran almost every single day, even through the winter. 

I may have been crazy, but I was in shape! No, that’s not me in the picture above. In my dreams!

I still try to get to the gym at least 3 times a week and out for a walk/run when it’s nice outside. No treadmill can compare to the feeling of fresh air in your lungs and a beautiful view while you work up a sweat. 

I have bad luck with headphones. It’s a problem. I buy the ones that are really cheap and they always break. I’ve even had some that SHOCK me when I plug them into the machine at the gym. Pretty sure that people think I’m nuts when I yank my headphones out of my ears like I’ve just been shocked. Well people, it’s because I DID get shocked! 

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They have come out with some pretty fantastic options for headphones. For instance, these Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud Headphones from Best Buy. They have a heart rate monitor IN YOUR EAR! How cool is that?

You can totally take your training to the next level with these babies. They aren’t just headphones, they are an all-in-one training solution that combines an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching.

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And if you might wonder if these will break like all those cheap ones that shock me, know that these will not! They are made with US military durability certifications so you can bet they won’t!

They have a built-in intelligent app that helping exercisers plan, track and evaluate each workout. You can test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned.

They are compatible with smartphones that have Bluetooth.

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These come with everything you see here. Having different size options is a huge plus. Not everyone’s ears are the same size, y’all!

They have pretty glowing reviews too! Check them out at Best Buy.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 


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Cake Mix Donuts and NEW Simply Juice Drinks!

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Breakfasts at our house usually go one of two ways. It’s either a quick and easy breakfast, or it’s a slow will it ever be done so we can eat kinda breakfast. We find that on weekdays where school is impending, it’s the former. It becomes a treat when we get to sit down together for a nice breakfast. We’re working on this, I promise. I don’t ever want life to get so busy that we miss out on each other’s company. 

I’ve been known to make homemade donuts for breakfast. No complaints from the girls. Or the husband for that matter. These Baked Lemon Berry Donuts were amazing. I’ve also made a blueberry version of these that was so tasty.

The other day I wanted to make some homemade donuts for breakfast, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients. Of course, I consulted Pinterest and came across a recipe for CAKE MIX donuts. I thought to myself, does it really get any easier than that? Decision made. Donuts created. One of the easiest breakfasts ever. 

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I can feel better about these being made of cake because they aren’t fried like most donuts, right?

I can also feel better about them because they take about 5 minutes to make, right? Of course!

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You know something that goes great with donuts?

Juice.

One of my favorite brands, Simply Beverages, has come out with a new premium line of juice drinks that are so incredibly tasty y’all. Our family has always been a fan of this brand. It is high quality!

This new line offers these flavors:

  • Tropical
  • Fruit Punch
  • Mixed Berry

All of which are ALL NATURAL (not from concentrate yay), made with simple ingredients, and contain no preservatives.

They all taste so pure and incredibly natural. I’m not just saying that either. You can always tell when a juice has a bunch of stuff added. This juice drink tastes like they just squeezed the living daylights out of the fruit and boom, juice!

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To make the donuts, you’re going to need a donut pan. You can grab this Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan for only $9.99 at Amazon. I have a large and a small version of this pan. The mini donuts are plenty big. Though I sometimes still find myself eating more than one!

Making these is almost like making a cake but with fewer ingredients. It’s easy, quick, and makes plenty. They look pretty, too! My daughter told me that they look like I got them from a bakery. I was going to tell her that I did, but instead I just said thank you with a big ole smile on my face. 😉

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The ingredients for these are so simple. I want to eventually play with the consistency of the donuts. They are still a little light like cake, so I’m going to work on tweaking them to get a bit more thick. 

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So quick and easy!

I love to pair my donuts with Simply Juice Drinks. Nothing goes better with a sweet donut like a smart beverage choice. The hardest part was picking which was my favorite…

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I had a bit of a hard time deciding if I liked the Tropical or Mixed Berry the best. I love pineapple so I really enjoyed this one. SO good. It goes well with whatever I choose for breakfast.

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Like for instance, this here donut. Yeah, it’s made of CAKE!

Simply Juice Drink Mixed Berry I think has made its way to the top as my fave. I’m a little fruity sometimes.

You can find all of these Simply Juice Drinks in the refrigerated at your local grocery store. They come in the big 59 oz bottles (in all 3 flavors) or convenient 11.5 oz single serve bottles. Be sure to visit Simply Orange Juice on Facebook to keep up with the latest on all Simply Beverage products.

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Cake Mix Donuts
Cake Mix Donuts 1 685x1024 Cake Mix Donuts and NEW Simply Juice Drinks!
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Ingredients
  1. DONUTS
  2. 1 Box Cake Mix (any flavor)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  5. 1 c. water
  6. GLAZE
  7. 1 & 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  8. 1 tbsp melted butter
  9. 4 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. DONUT
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Spoon or pipe batter into greased donut pan wells.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  6. Let cool and use a fork to remove and place onto cooling rack. Carefully!
  7. GLAZE
  8. Combine all ingredients and mix until spoon.
  9. Dip donuts into glaze and place on wax paper or cooling rack to dry.
  10. Add sprinkles or toppings you desire while wet!
  11. You can add less milk to make it thicker or more to thin it.
Adapted from It's Always Autumn
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

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