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So many times I watch as my family whips out the traditional pumpkin pie after our Thanksgiving feast.  I’ll be honest.  I’m not a fan.

I smile, i have a bite, but it really doesn’t do anything for me.  Nothing.  This year I volunteered to provide the pumpkin dessert for our family meal, which obviously would not include the traditional pumpkin pie.  I just had to shake things up.  (more…)

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Oatmeal is a blank slate. It’s a perfect way to “healthify” your favorite desserts. There are endless toppings, mix-ins, and flavorings that make it a new experience each and every time. 

I am obsessed with oatmeal! 

 I’ve already shared my Banana Foster Oatmeal recipe, which is a definite winner in my book, and now I’ll share the Apple-pie oatmeal recipe that give me the warm flavors of “Fall” in a perfect little bowl 🙂

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The boyfriend is a breakfast fanatic. He also has quite the sweet tooth. Now I can see why breakfast is his much preferred meal of the day. A perfect way to consider dessert a main course and get away with it. 🙂

Breakfast=Excuse to have sweets in the morning

As he was out for his run (he has just begun training for a 5K), I decided to whip up something I knew he’d absolutely adore as a Sunday morning treat. Knowing he was already a “lover of all things slathered in maple syrup”, I decided to go that tried and true route. But maple syrup on what?

Maple Syrup=No Fail

I’ve made him countless pancake recipes, so I didn’t want to make pancakes today, was looking for a little something different. Although I know he’d be completely elated to see a towering stack of these!

Then there’s the always a hit Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Muffins, but then I’d, undoubtedly, end up eating them all up before he returned from his 30 minute run (Not a good idea for my attempts to stay below 300 lbs). Seriously, I am weak when it comes to these muffins. I wanted to make something I wouldn’t be tempted to scarf down before he was back!

So, french toast would be the perfect idea, and we already had Pepperidge Farm Swirl Brown Sugar Cinnamon bread in the fridge. He also conveniently threw 2 boxes of Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal in the shopping cart at the grocery store because it was “buy 1 get 1 free, such a great deal” and “couldn’t pass it up.” Sure bob.

And this was when “Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter French Toast” was born.

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My favorite meal to experiment with, besides dessert, is breakfast.  There are so many different ways to flavor oatmeal, such an array of pancake recipes, and tons of ways to cook up eggs.  Yesterday I was inspired to make “Breakfast Quesadillas” as a Sunday surprise for my boyfriend.

Breakfast Quesadilla Perfection

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Bananas Foster Oatmeal: Breakfast or Dessert???

Breakfast has recently become my favorite meal of the day. It’s so versatile, you can whip up a savory egg dish, a decadent pastry, or even one of a multitude of oatmeal creations! Since I tend to have a sweet tooth, I love that I can get away with having dessert for breakfast and not feel guilty about it (you know, as opposed to a slice of cheesecake for lunch! Haha).

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Healthy Yogurt Toppings!

20110915-085211.jpgLately I’m on a Greek yogurt kick. I buy flavored yogurt for The Boyfriend and plain fat-free Greek yogurt for me. I am in complete awe at the high protein content and why I had never converted before! Yogurt is what I run to when I’m craving something sweet, and due to my sweet tooth, I have played around with quite a few ingredients.

Here are a few of my favorite yogurt mix-ins! I’ve tried to keep them on the healthier side, if I’m going to have a quality snack like Greek yogurt, I don’t want to overdo it with the add-ins. Also, since I use plain yogurt, I have more flexibility with what I add to flavor the yogurt.

Enjoy 😛

  Plain yogurt with:

  • honey drizzle & chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds are great)
  • toasted coconut flakes & Splenda/Stevia extract
  • 1/8 tsp coconut extract & Splenda/Stevia extract
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, & Splenda/Stevia Extract
  • Fresh fruit (especially berries: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries make it seem like a dessert!) (more…)

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It was a Tuesday evening, I was relaxing, just sitting on the couch watching Food Network, when I suddenly felt the urge to eat something sweet. I did mention it was Tuesday right?  Now, I am not normally one to indulge in a dessert on a weeknight, so I quickly began flipping through recipes I had clipped, printed, saved, etc, for something that would satisfy my craving, however, not cause me to feel like I tossed my diet down the drain on a Tuesday!

Then I found it. I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Honey Balls that were too good to be true.

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