Mini Mexican Monkey Bread

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Mini Mexican Monkey Bread

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Ok, so I made Monkey bread, I have seen tons of recipes for it, and decided to see what all the chatter was about……..


The chatter is…. it is “forking” delicious!!!! Mini Mexican Monkey Bread is individual little domes of pepper jack cheesy,and pull apart pretzel bread…….thats right, I said pretzel!

I have seen recipes from all kind of breads, pre-made, from scratch, frozen doughs and pop en’ fresh doughs. Anyway you make it, warm chunks of cheesy flavorful bread can not be wrong. Continue reading “Mini Mexican Monkey Bread”

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Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

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Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This is gonna be a real quickie……Starbucks is the bomb for coffee……well, at least Tim and I think so. One of our favorites is the Caramel Frappuccino………but with a Grande coming in at about 380 calories……… yikes! Talk about drinking your calories.


So, when I saw the recipe for Skinny Caramel Frappuchino from Averie Cooks and it boasts only 50 calories…….we were in!!

We tried it yesterday, as a light dessert after our Grilled Spaghetti and Cheese Sandwich, which was not light, but totally awesome!

When things are said to be skinny, or light, or low cal, my mind says how good can it be?

Caramel Frapp

Well, this was great……..rich coffee flavor, cold and frosty, topped with light cool whip, and just a small drizzle of caramel sauce…….yummy yum yum!

I did change up the recipe a bit. I used instant espresso, instead of coffee, and I did not use sugar free caramel……I went for the real deal. A few mini chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of Heath bits……..heavenly! I am probably over 50 calories, but I am under 100………for dessert that rocks!

Skinny Caramel Frapp

So, thank you Averie for the recipe and if you have a hanker’in for a Starbucks like Frappuccino, that won’t break the bank or your diet, whip up a Skinny Caramel Frappuccino!

 

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold espresso
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1 packet stevia powder or other sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons light cool whip whipped topping , for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon regular or sugar free caramel sauce , for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon Heath brickle chips
Instructions
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender and blend until well blended, smooth, and creamy.
  2. Garnish with whipped topping, caramel sauce, mini chips, and Heath
Notes
This makes one really large or two regular size drinks.

 

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe

Adapted from Food Network & Yammies’s Noshery Pretzel Collage

Today was another freezing *#&%$#@ cold day. To cold for school. I must say that the beauty of working for a school, besides winter break, spring break, summers off, and a smattering of long weekends, is the occasional surprise day off. You know for a snow storm, or as was the case today a wind chill that would freeze you to the spot in a few seconds. Well yeah ……… I got to cook all day……..or should I say bake……..soft, chewy, warm buttery pretzels………sorry I lost my train of thought. Having the oven on all day……..I made a few other things…..stay tuned…….. took the chill off the house quite nicely.


Now I know we all have stories about these kinds of pretzels. The first was I ever had was at a mall. Tim and I visit Vegas frequently………….it is our favorite place in the world…….so far. We really aren’t world travelers…….we leave the world traveling to Tim’s identical twin brother Tom who currently resides in the Philippines. The last time we were in Vegas we had pretzels after a show……..Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club………if you are in Vegas do yourself a favor and visit the comedy club…………. the comedy and the pretzels were great! Continue reading “Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Copycat Recipe”

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