Easy Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies (3 smart points)!


Seems like we are right in the middle of autumn here in the Pacific Northwest. Everywhere I go I see pumpkin flavored everything, seriously everything has a pumpkin flavor now. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy pumpkin, but I’m more of a “enjoy pumpkin in more common things” kind of person. You know what I’m saying😉

So anyway, I have seen everywhere the idea where you mix canned pumpkin with a box of spice cake mix for muffins but what if you make cookies with the same ingredients…🤔

Turns out YES you can! It is a great, easy, low point weight watcher way to make some pumpkin cookies. See recipe below:

1 box Spice cake mix

15 oz of canned pumpkin (not pie filling)

1 cup Chocolate chips

Any added spices 😉

Heat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and mix thouroghly. Scoop out dough onto lined cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes.

I got 36 cookies from one batch making them 3 weight watcher smart points each. However, if you don’t add the Chocolate chips they would be much less in points.

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte – The Homemade PSL-

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes are ever so popular these days but after having a few it can start eating into your holiday budget.

So after experimenting on a few different concoctions I think I have found a great copy-cat recipe that is fast, easy and tasty. Also, depending on which options you choose, this is a great weight watcher and/or “skinny”recipe.

Go ahead and try it out, use different types of milk or sweeteners…make it your own PSL!

Ingredients For 1 Serving:

3/4 cup Non-Fat Milk

1 Tbsp  Pumpkin butter (is used Trader Joe’s- I love that place)

1 tsp     Vanilla Extract

1 tsp     Sugar (or a packet of Splenda or Stevia)

1or2      Shots Espresso (or if you prefer 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee)

      Extras: -Some fat free whipped Cream

                    -dash of pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon stick for topping

How-to:
In a small sauce pan, combine milk, sugar and pumpkin butter at medium heat. Stir, and heat until boiling.

Remove from heat, and add in vanilla. Blend until smooth by using an immersion blender . (you can use a whisk, however those immersion blender work so well)

Pour the mixture into your favorite mug, and then top with the espresso/coffee. Top it all off with the whipped topping, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick (if you want to get fancy)!

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DIY Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion Recipe

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What you Need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance (optional)

 

             1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.

2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.

3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.

Tip: An electric hand mixer will work, but my Kitchen Aid stand mixer did an amazing job and I was able to get other work done while it was mixing away. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.

** Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s really cold, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does.

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How to make kettle corn at home (easy & tastes great)

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Summer begins and you find yourself wandering to different outdoor events and that kettle corn is just flagging you down?
It’s always teasing our family…
My daughter thinks that the only reason for her to go to a farmers market is to go get some kettle corn, go home, pull out a few barbies and call it great weekend.

I’ve been searching for recipes on how to make this magical but simple snack at home. I finally found one that uses coconut oil instead of regular oil.

I had a jar of it, that I still hadn’t opened, in my pantry from Trader Joe’s (love that place) and decided to give it a shot.

You will need:

  1. Large pot with lid
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Sugar
  4. Popcorn Kernels

So first melt about 3 tbsp of coconut oil in the pot on high heat the stir in 2-3 tbsp of sugar.
When the sugar is mostly dissolved, throw in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Cover Immediately!

Let the kernels heat up a little, shaking the pot a little now and then. Once they begin popping shake the pot continuously.
Once the popping slows, turn off the burner. Shake the pot a little more to help any kernels remaining pop open.

Toss the popcorn with some salt (if desired) and it’s ready to eat!

This is such a yummy and inexpensive treat. My family said it takes just like the kettle corn we get from our local farmers market that costs between $5-$7 a bag! Well, with this recipe, I’ve got some savings in my bag this time 🙂

*Original Recipe from Joyful Abode

Maple Pecan Granola

I have never made granola before but I’ve always wanted too. The granola I always see at the store is always so expensive and the few times I check the ingredients on the box I can’t pronounce over half the words.
I thought granola was supposed to be healthy, that’s what the front of the box told me?!
Besides, I can’t validate parting with $5.99 for only like 2 1/2 cups of the stuff.
I mean, come on, that’s more than a Starbucks! (or for non-coffee-holics: more than a gallon of gas LOL)

So anyway, after some searching through a few recipe books and pinterest, I combined a few different recipes into this one. I hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil (I read somewhere that you can substitute canola oil for coconut oil, I will try that next time. I’m sure it would make it “better for you” 🙂 )
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray large baking sheet w/ nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir until all the oats are evenly coated.
  3. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely (air will help it get crunchy) and enjoy!

Something yummy and new for the Superbowl

Hi everyone! Getting ready for the big game like me? lol

Well this year my husbands favorite team made it to the big game so there is some excitement already in my house. And I am trying a few new recipes today for game time snacks. I am making homemade potato skins and Fab Bread (as some call it, I don’t know it’s official name).
I have pictures below with the few steps for each recipe, don’t worry they are easy 🙂

Fab Bread:

Use any type of baked bread.Cut deep horizontal & vertical lines.
Put sliced or shredded cheese in between. (I used Mozzarella and some fresh Parmesan)
Add chives, garlic cloves, a little butter and anything else that sounds good.
Then bake for about 5-10 min. Done!

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Homemade Potato Skins:

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