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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Leprechaun Pancakes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

This is the first St. Patrick’s Day that my husband and I have celebrated with Emma where she actually fully understands what is going on.  It is such a wonderful feeling.  To celebrate, I woke up and whipped up a batch of green whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (Emma’s current favorite food).  This recipe has become highly requested in our household, so I decided it would be nice to share.


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Regular green food coloring will do the job just fine, but I do wish I had some green gel food coloring on hand when I made these.  The green would have been much more vibrant.

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#SpiceVoxBox — Review!

Here I am, trying to be consistent. Only 3 more days left until the #SpiceVoxBox comes to a close. I have now had the opportunity to test each product and am ready to review them. I had originally wanted to write a post for each product, but I have since decided not to. Each “mini review” will contain the description from the #SpiceVoxBox infromation card I received.

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“At Good Health, we believe the secret to a great “Lifeitude,” aka loving life to the fullest, is feeling good. That’s why we pack our Veggie Straws with Extra Goodness! Like nutrients (vitamins) from tomatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli and carrots to deliver a truly delicious snack so you can… Enjoy Being Good!”

The first product I would like to talk about is Good Health Veggies Straws. This product is great in so many ways. The first being it is a non-GMO product. I know many people who believe the whole “GMO” thing is a spoof (my husband included), but I am not one of them. Not only does this product fit my lifestyle, my almost three year old loves them as well. I’ve tried many different brands of veggie straws over the years, but this is the first brand of veggie straws that I actually thought tasted like real veggies. I only wish I could find these in store! I have looked at Walmart, Target, and our local grocery store and have had no luck. I haven’t been to Sprouts or Whole Foods lately, so I may have to try there. It’s nice finding a snack product that is healthy and accepted by my very picky toddler. According to the information card I received from Influenster, these 6.75 oz packs retail for $3.99. If anyone can find these, can you please share with me where you found them? #EnjoyBeingGood

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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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So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk — Review.

Hey everyone!

My professors have been keeping me extremely busy this semester. I do have some products that I would love to review, it’s just a matter of me finding time to do so. Being a full-time student, mommy, and wife is tough work!

I would like to quickly brag on So Delicious. If you haven’t tried their organic coconut milk, I highly recommend you do. It’s amazing and I promise you won’t regret it. If you can’t find it the refrigerated section, check the juice aisle. I’ve noticed many stores only sell the boxed, warm So Delicious. It’s right next to the Silk and Blue Diamond.

I started using their unsweetened vanilla coconut milk back in June when I decided to start eating mostly vegetarian. I tried hopping on the almond milk bandwagon, but I just couldn’t stomach it. The almond milk was fine mixed in smoothies, but I hated it in my oatmeal and coffee. Yuck! I love almonds too, which is weird. Anyways —  Now, I don’t miss regular cows milk at all. I use So Delicious coconut milk in my steel cut oats, smoothies, baking, etc.

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Steel cut oatmeal.

Happy Friday!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I cook my steel cut oats, so here’s a quick recipe for you. And if you’ve never tried steel cut oats, I highly recommend you do! They’re my favorite 🙂 My daughter and I share a bowl every morning.

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Ingredients
3 c water
1 c organic steel cut oats
1 tbsp butter (You can omit the butter to keep it vegan or try it with coconut oil)
1 c organic unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (So Delicious is my favorite!)
Sweetener of your choice. I use raw honey.
Fruit

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Almost vegan banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Sorry it’s been a while! I’ve been insanely busy since my husband returned from deployment and school started back up. I promise I’m going to keep up with this blog as often as I can.

My hubby is at work and I just got our daughter to bed, so I decided to whip up a quick batch of (almost) vegan banana oatmeal cookies to snack on while I study, except I threw in some semi sweet chocolate chips this time.

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Ingredients
2 c organic rolled oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs raw honey
1/2 c mini semi sweet chocolate chips

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Healthy blueberry banana bread.

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Emma and I woke up early this morning and went straight to the kitchen to make this beautiful, healthy blueberry banana bread. No wordy posts from me today. Today is a busy Saturday, preparing for a special Sunday 🙂 And sorry! No fancy pictures either.

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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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Oatmeal pancakes.

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I realize now, I should have taken more pictures while I was making these for breakfast yesterday. I posted this picture on Facebook and Instagram and it became a hit. I had no idea so many people would want to give it a try.

These are delicious! Really. I actually like these more than buttermilk pancakes. And I love that you know everything that goes into these fluffy cakes of goodness. No preservatives. My 17-month-old devoured her serving. I think I may even be able to get my husband to eat these when he returns from this deployment (he’s not a big pancake fan).

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