NEW Country Crock Spread — Review + French Bread Recipe!

Hello!

It has been nearly a month since my last blog post, but I have been working hard on planning for upcoming blog posts. It has always been my desire to be more active on my blog, but life has made that difficult. I fully intend to change that here shortly. I have so many wonderful ideas for Makeup n’ Munchies — I’ve even been working on writing a cookbook! — which I’m very excited about. I’ve always loved writing and have dreamt of writing a book, so why not combine two things I love?

While I’ve been busily planning for Makeup n’ Munchies, working on both of our businesses and taking care of my family, Influenster surprised me with a new product to try! For the past month I have been actively testing the NEW Country Crock spreads! I have always been a Country Crock fan, but when I made the choice to better my health in 2014, I cut out all butter, margarin, etc. and switched to coconut oil. I was a bit skeptical when I read that the new spreads were healthier. Healthier butter?

Country Crocks new recipe includes:
Purified water
Soybean oil
Palm kernel and palm oil
Salt
Lecithin (soy)
Vinegar
Natural flavors
Vitamin A palmitate
Beta carotene (color)
Vitamin D3

These new spreads are so soft and creamy! The new Country Crock spreads are perfect for those recipes that call for softened butter or margarine. There’s no need to leave the spreads sitting on the counter to soften. Just measure what you need and you’re good to go!

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Brownie truffles.

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Taking a quick break from studying so I can finally get this post up. For Valentine’s Day, I made brownie truffles for my two Valentine’s. They were absolutely delicious, so I’ve decided to share this with you.

Normally, I would make everything from scratch. I got lazy for these brownie truffles and used boxed brownie mix. Sometimes it’s nice to be lazy.

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Vegetarian Egg Drop Soup.

So, I have been on a huge soup kick recently. My two favorite soups to make at the moment are a simple veggie soup and a vegetarian egg drop soup. I can’t claim full credit for the egg drop soup though. I actually stumbled across this recipe while searching the internet and I made my own version of it. If you’d like to see the original version, click here.

This really is the BEST egg drop soup I have ever made. No more take out for this gal!

My baby bug has been sick since last Friday — turns out she has a double ear infection 🙁 — and now I’ve come down with something. What better way to cure a cold then some hot, delicious soup?

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— Here is what you’ll need —
2 eggs, beaten
2 green onions, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or fresh if you have it
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch + cold water

In a medium pot, bring the 4 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in the salt and ginger. Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch in cold water. While whisking, slowly add the corn starch to the broth. You can add in some of the green onions at this point if you’d like. I prefer to add them to my soup once it’s in my bowl. I don’t like when the onions get soggy. Now, take the 2 eggs you whisked and slowly add them to the hot broth mixture. Serve immediately.

I add lots of green onion and a dash of soy sauce to my soup 🙂 It’s also great with toasted sesame seeds thrown on top.

This yields 4 servings. I usually split it in half and share it between the hubby and I though.

How do you enjoy your egg drop soup?

 

 

I hope you all enjoy!
// Karissa <3

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Bread addiction.

I’m fairly new to making homemade bread. In the beginning, I was extremely intimidated. Many of the recipes I found required stand mixers (which I didn’t own) and a lot of time and patience. It’s hard to find time and patience when you have a toddler running around. But I ended up finding a french bread recipe that looked fool proof. It didn’t require a stand mixer and a big chunk of time like others. My daughter loves helping me make this bread! 🙂

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For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a KitchenAid stand mixer — something I’ve been wanting for years. Since I received the mixer, I’ve moved up to sourdough. This was even more intimidating. Starter? What on earth is THAT? (If you don’t know what starter is, click here.) Now that I’ve establish a nice, healthy starter, I’ve been baking sourdough with ease.

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Semi-healthy Caramel Apple Egg Rolls.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of fall — although the weather here in Oklahoma is more winter-like lately.

Today I have a quick, easy, and semi-healthy caramel apple egg roll recipe for you this morning. What better way to make your house smell like fall than by baking up these golden rolls of apple goodness?

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Here is what you will need . . .
2 large Washington apples — or whatever apples you prefer
2 packets of Stevia
dash of ground cinnamon
All natural egg roll wrappers — I found mine at Neighborhood Walmart
1 tsp flour to about 1-2 tsp water
2 tbsp all natural coconut oil
2-3 caramel pieces, melted

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Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce.

It smells like fall in my house 🙂 I finally have almost all of our Halloween decorations up and I have been busy in the kitchen on my study breaks.

I recently made a trip to my local grocery store and picked up a bag of day old apples for $1.99. It contained a mixture of Washington, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples. I decided I’d give homemade applesauce a go. After spending some time researching, I decided to use the crock pot because I could let it sit and not have to worry about it while I was busy with my daughter and school work. I cooked the applesauce yesterday, pureed it in my food processor this morning, and my daughter and I have been snacking on it since. It turned out amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever purchase store bought applesauce again. It makes a good amount, so you can even freeze it if you don’t think you’ll go through it fast enough.

With so many apples sitting around, waiting to spoil, I made a batch of apple chips along with the applesauce. Yum!

Here’s what you’ll need for the applesauce.

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Frankenstein Mason Jar DIY.

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Now that I have finished this project, I really wish I had taken photos of each step. This was so simple, I’m not sure you really need the photos? I already had everything laying around to make this, so there were no trips to the store for me.

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Chocolate peanut butter (no bake) granola bars.

CPG9Okay, seriously… how delicious do these look? I cannot get enough of these! Chocolate, creamy peanut butter goodness! Mmm-mmm! I am never buying granola bars again!

Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite things. Especially paired together. I never buy candy, but if I had to, I’d go straight for Reese’s peanut butter cups. Any time I can get chocolate and peanut butter together, I do. And really, why wouldn’t you?

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