Santa Snacks

I grew up not believing in Santa. It was kind of an unspoken fact in my household that he isn’t real. I even ruined Christmas for a girl name Jennifer Kudson in 4th grade by breaking the news to her that there’s no such thing as Santa Clause. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry!

Whether you believe in the big jolly guy or not, you have to admit Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with cookies. Cookies are allegedly Santa’s favorite, so I decided to whip up a treat for the make believe fella (but really for myself because I totally have a sweet tooth). You may have seen in a previous post, I made Unicorn Breakfast aka Funfetti dip; so without making a trip to the store, I used what I had at home and finished up the box of Funfetti mix to make Funfetti Cookies!

These cookies are like a fluffy party in your mouth. So yummy and so easy to bake.

What you’ll need:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs


I didn’t want a full batch of cookies so I cut the recipe in half, but here are the instructions to bake 2 dozen cookies:

Mix 1 box of Funfetti cake mix with 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1tsp of vanilla extract. Form cookie-like circles on cookie sheet and cook until light golden. I baked my cookies at 375 for about 18 mins. The vegetable oil gives the cookies a cake-like consistency so they are perfectly moist and fluffy.

Let cool and enjoy!

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Unicorn Breakfast Recipe

It’s November, they said. It’s officially time to get ready for the holidays, they said.

Seriously! WHERE did this year go? I feel like it was just midnight 2016 now we’re just a few months from 2018. Sheesh! But thank God for another year, right? With that being said, I wanted to share an idea for all the parties, potlucks, and work functions that you’ll most likely have coming up.


I like to call it Unicorn Breakfast! But really, it’s Funfetti Dip. Why unicorn breakfast you ask? Well, because 1. If you know me, you know I believe unicorns are AWESOME! 2. This dip is light and fluffy filled with sprinkles. Just seems like something a unicorn would eat. It’s totally edible and healthy for humans, because this is the low fat version.

What you’ll need:
Funfetti cake batter
Low fat/non fat cool whip or whipped topping
Plain yogurt
Low fat/non fat Vanilla Wafers
Sprinkles!!!!

Depending on how many you’ll be serving this Unicorn Breakfast/Funfetti Dip to will determine how much of each ingredient you’ll use. I typically don’t measure with this recipe so get nuts, go crazy!


Add all the above ingredients in a bowl, mix together and enjoy by dipping your wafers. And there you have it, a light and fluffy dip that’s magical and delicious!

Pro Tip: get creative for a Christmas party by adding red and green sprinkles. So festive.

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A Browndog Brunch

Brunching is like a lifestyle. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the people. If you don’t brunch hard, what are you even doing? That being said, I’d like to share an option for a new brunch destination for my Michiganders/Detroiters called Browndog.

Browndog currently has two locations: Browndog Farmington and Northville. Both offer fabulous brunch options, however the Farmington location only offers brunch on select dates. Meanwhile, the Northville location serves up some great dishes and drinks every Sunday!

Make it a Sunday Funday at Browndog to enjoy creative dishes, a Bloody Mary bar, and bottomless mimosas. So this is all standard for a good brunch, but what sets Browndog apart is that it’s a dessert bar too. Try desserts infused with beer and alcohol, and awesomely unique craft cocktails like you’ve never tasted before.

This post may sound a little sales-y, but all opinions are my own! I honestly love this place and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food, good drinks, and a fun atmosphere. Plus, support local business – duh!

On your way out, grab a pint of ice cream made only for 21+ patrons so you can enjoy the great taste of Browndog at home.

About Browndog:

Opened in 2015, Browndog is a micro-creamery specializing in small batch ice cream.

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Easy Peasy Shrimp Dish

I have been on a shrimp kick for the past few weeks and wanted to share a quick and tasty recipe I recently tried!

Sometimes life happens, and you forget you need to eat. Does that ever happen to anyone else, or is that just me? Anyway, this recipe I am sharing was easy to make and was perfect with the few ingredients I had left before grocery day – making it quick to whip up on days you may forget to eat.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Dish

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp
  • Honey
  • Garlic (I don’t actually like garlic cloves, so I used garlic powder)
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Rice

Directions:

**If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m not one who really measures. Put as much of an ingredient as you want to make it to your liking!** 

To start, add honey, garlic, parsley, and butter to bowl. Stir until mixed to your liking. Add shrimp to bowl, toss to coat in mixture.

Grill coated shrimp to your liking while cooking rice to perfection. I only cook with wheat rice, but white rice will work as well.

Once shrimp and rice are cooked, mix together with broccoli, and top with the remainder of the honey, garlic, parsley, butter mixture.

Plate and enjoy!

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Fab Recipie: Nutella Cookies

What’s better than Nutella? Let’s be honest, not that much! Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you’ve got to admit it’s quite tasty.

After a pretty chill Sunday, and watching a few hours of the Cooking Channel, I ended up in a baking mood and wanted to bake something I’d never made before. I randomly had a taste for Nutella so I scrolled through Pinterest to find a good recipe and whipped up some Nutella cookies. If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m a firm believer in making a recipe your own, so I merged a few Nutella cookie recipes together to create my own.

Pro tip: just eyeball it, girl! Throw in however much you think is right; but below are some suggested guidelines.

Nutella – 1 cup
Brown Sugar – 2 table spoons
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1
Flour – 1 cup
Bake at 350 degrees

Mix together
Bake
Cool
Enjoy!

Pro tip 2: Don’t want to shell out almost $4 for Nutella? Walgreens carries a just-as-tasty hazelnut spread for less.

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How to Make Cauliflower Fabulous

Snow is on the ground, temperatures are dropping, and it’s officially winter – time for some homemade soup to keep you warm. I decided to whip up this fab recipe after having a craving for cauliflower. Super random thing to crave, I know. But it has fabulous benefits like low calorie and a good source of fiber. Plus, there’s so much you can do with cauliflower like bake it, mash it, and soup it!

cauliflower-soup-and-crackers

What you’ll need to make a yummy cold-weather cauliflower soup:

Cauliflower
Flour
Milk
Chicken Broth
Celery
Carrots
Parsley
Bacon
Seasoning of choice – Mrs. Dash Table Blend

To start, boil down your cauliflower, carrots and celery. Once they have softened slightly, drain and set aside to add with other ingredients later.

soup-in-a-pot

Begin to boil chicken broth and milk, then add in flour and stir. Continue to let boil and add in your spices/seasoning, bacon (cooked or bacon bits if you’re not in to actually cooking bacon like me), and then your cooked veggies. Let sit an boil for about 10-15 mins, cool to your liking and serve! Top with cheddar cheese and you’ll be a happy little warm, cauliflower-loving camper.

soup-and-flowers

There are no measurements listed because I pretty much eyeball it. I trust your judgement, friends. Happy cooking!

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Not So Pumpkin Spice: Chai Cookies

Pumpkin spice, and everything nice. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling down, and that means pumpkin spice is king. Why? Because coffee giant Starbucks says so. Fall has unofficially become pumpkin spice season. There are pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Cheereos, heck there are even pumpkin spice manicures.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can totally get down with some pumpkin spice and partake in a healthy dose of “basic” when it comes to consuming pumpkin flavored treats. But sometimes, I like to explore a little. That’s why I decided to show a little love to my other favorite spice – chai. I am a huge fan of chai tea lattes in the fall, so I wanted to put my own twist on it and give my sweet tooth some satisfaction. I made chai latte cookies.
plate-of-cookies

What you’ll need – Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chai latter tea mix **

What you’ll need – Frosting 

chai-latte-mix

I live for Tradar Joe’s specialty items like this Chai latte tea mix, so I chose to use this to create my sweet, spiced cookie concoction. And if you’re a baker or recipe aficionado, you’ll notice this is literally the recipe for sugar cookies with the chai mix added. Try them out. Let me know what you think!

cookies-and-stand-mixer

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