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Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving everyone!  I’m so excited to spend the next week gathering with family and friends.  Connor is out of school and I think it’s just going to be a chill week all around.  I’m already full steam ahead and have my Christmas tree up…but that doesn’t mean I forget about Thanksgiving!

What do you think of when you hear the word THANKSGIVING?

Family?

Things you are thankful for?

FOOD?

Yes…food.  Memo to everyone out there, wear your stretchy pants on Thanksgiving Day.  You can thank me later.

I have a delicious recipe to share with you, it’s a Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake featuring Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag.

I’m always looking for healthier options during the holidays, but I still want to enjoy good food too!  That’s why I love the Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag for all my holiday baking.

Information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag:

  • Stevia In The Raw® is a zero-calorie sweetener, perfect for any baking and cooking needs
  • It contains an extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant
  • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag measures cup for cup with sugar so it can easily be used in recipes to reduce sugar and calories with no conversion necessary
    • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag is formulated so that 1 cup has the same sweetness as 1 cup of Sugar
  • When using Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag for baking recipes, it is recommended that the user replace about half of the sugar in order to achieve the proper browning, rising and caramelizing that only sugar can provide
  • Up to 700 calories are saved for every cup of sugar that is replaced with Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake

RECIPE:

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake

STEVIA IN THE RAWⓇ | PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES | MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Ingredients

Cake
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1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Stevia In The Raw®
1 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 can 100% pure pumpkin (15-oz.)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. baking powder
Sauce
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 Tbsp. bourbon or apple juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preparation

Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Beat brown sugar, Stevia In The Raw®, oil and eggs until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder; beat on LOW just until mixed. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 60 to 70 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine caramel and bourbon in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

This cake was so delicious y’all!  I hope you try it during the season & check out more great recipes and information about In The Raw® on the website, or Facebook Instagram, & Pinterest.


Back to School Snacks with #LoveLittleBites & ENTER TO WIN!!!

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® provided me with coupons & a gift card so I could share my thoughts about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  All opinions are my own.

It’s back to school season!  That means school, and sports, and after school activities….which also means HUNGRY CHILDREN!   I’ve written about one of our favorite snacks before, Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are so good, they are just for the kiddos.  They are soft baked mini-muffins and come in convenient pre-portioned pouches that make for the perfect lunchbox staple or easy after school snack.

Offering the great taste kids love and providing the good choice parents want, Entenmann’s Little Bites:

  • Contain no high fructose corn syrup
  • Use real ingredients like blueberries, bananas, strawberries and chocolate chips
  • Are certified Kosher
  • Most varieties are less than 200 calories per pouch
  • Contain zero grams of trans fat per serving

Entenmann’s Little Bites® offer more than 10 varieties of snacks that are perfect for a busy family:

And for a limited time they have a new Pumpkin flavor for fall!  Yippeeeeeeee!!!

These are a big hit in our household and it seems like we are buying them for snack time every time we are at the grocery store.

This guy’s favorite are the Chocolate Party Cakes with confetti.

They are the perfect school snack and so easy to pack in the mornings 🙂

As part of its continued partnership with TerraCycle, an international recycling company that turns waste into plastic that can be used for other products, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® will run a contest that encourages participants to send in their pouches in celebration of the back to school season.  Contest will run from August 15 – October 31

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Collection contest to send in the most Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches
  2. Schools can design and build a creative collection receptacle for the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches
Entenmann’s® & TerraCycle will provide tiered prizing for winners

The Entenmann’s Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing local landfill waste. To learn more about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program, please visit: HERE

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Pinterest.

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Twinkie Bomb Pops

Who doesn’t love a good Twinkie?  I do…I mean they have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Except for now you don’t just have the regular Vanilla Twinkies to choose from you also have Fudge Covered Twinkies and Chocolate Cake Twinkies!  Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a chocoholic so the chocolate version is my favorite!

Last week I made some fun Twinkie bomb pops to put my own #twistontwinkies.

These are super easy to make.  All you need are Twinkies (flavor of your choice), icing, sprinkles, and whipped cream.  The bomb pop plastic containers can be found at any craft store these days.

Then you just start to layer.  Icing, sprinkles, Twinkies, icing, whipped cream, and more sprinkles!

I cut the Twinkies into fourths to make them easy to fit in the bomb pop containers.

I can’t wait to see how you all put your own twist on Twinkies!  You can pretty much do whatever you want and it will taste great because it’s a Twinkie y’all!  Creating something fun is the most exciting part.

These were so easy to make and the perfect summer treat.  Find out more about Twinkies HERE.


An “Eggo-Cellent” Breakfast

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias

This past weekend we didn’t just have a regular old breakfast of cereal…oh no…I created an Eggo Waffle bar!  A few weeks ago I visited the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck and was inspired to create my own “Waffle bar”.  The Waffle Bar Truck will be in 200 locations from April-September 2017.  Find where the Waffle Bar Truck will be next HERE!

While the boys were out getting haircuts I whipped up some of our favorite breakfast items.  It’s so hard during the week to sit down and have a nice meal together as a family.  The Waffle bar was a lot of fun and Connor LOVED it and he keeps asking when we can do it again!

Our Waffle Bar Items:

– Eggo Homestyle Waffles, Eggo Chocolate Chip Waffles, Banquet® Brown’N Serve™ Original Sausage Links, M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies, Smuckers Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping, Hungry Jack® Original Syrup, and fresh strawberries.

I had 1 Eggo homestyle waffle, 2 dollops of Reddi Wip, 2 Banquet sausage links, 3 sliced fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon of Hungry Jack syrup, 1 teaspoon of M&Ms minis.  (1 serving- 1263 calories).
No matter how you make your waffles it’s a lot of fun to create your own.  Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources.

All ingredients can be found at Walmart.

All of the products I used to create my waffle bar can also be found on the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck + so much more!

Here’s the Eggo Waffle Bar truck out and about.  It was so much fun creating my own waffle creation, and if you can’t think of what to make just spin the wheel and surprise yourself!


Starbucks Pink Drink – Copycat Recipe + Enter to WIN! #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Agave In The Raw®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here….why do I find myself constantly saying that?  Probably because life itself is kinda crazy right?  Actually, life would be boring if it weren’t for a little crazy thrown in!  There ya go I just justified everything to myself in a couple of sentences…

Anyway…

I live in Texas and everyone is getting ready to party because Cinco de Mayo is this Friday, May 5th!   Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla…and…It’s also an excuse for everyone to eat tacos, drink sangria or margaritas, and have a huge bowl of guacamole.  A good reason to celebrate right?

No party would be complete without some good beverages. The Raw® can liven up your fiesta with a ton of festive drinks including a traditional Mexican Horchata Cinnamon & Rick Milk Drink, an Iced Coconut Milk Strawberry Tea, or a Sparkling Rosé Sangria.

Agave In The Raw® is an organic sweetener pressed from the core of the Blue Agave plant, and its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great way to sweeten beverages.  Its liquid form makes Agave In The Raw® a great alternative to maple syrup and honey and is a delicious way to top pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt and more, and also blends easily to sweeten beverages.  This organic sweetener is gluten-free and approximately 25% sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way!

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • #1 selling Agave SKU in retail grocery in the U.S.*
  • Meets “Raw Food” standard
  • 25% Sweeter than sugar
  • Certified Vegan
  • Available nationwide

So I am sure most of you have heard of the “Pink Drink” from Starbucks.  This drink hit it big last summer and is a refreshing yummy beverage I want daily, so why not make it at home with Agave In The Raw®?

I always like to sweeten my strawberries and normally I would dump cups of sugar on them.  Not this time, for this beverage I’m going to sweeten with Agave In The Raw®.

I drizzled Agave In The Raw® over my strawberries to sweeten them, then stir.

I put my strawberries in the refrigerator overnight to “marinate” and get sweet.  After that the rest is a piece of cake!  I’ll share the recipe below!

Starbucks PINK DRINK Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

Add two pods of the berry tea with 1/2 cup white grape juice.  Fill your glasses with ice and add the desired amount of coconut milk.  Top with strawberries.  You can make your beverage however sweet or milky you would like.  It’s delicious!

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Another fun recipe is this fruity Sparkling Rosé Sangria – featuring a combination of blanco tequila, Agave In The Raw® and fresh fruit – is the perfect way to celebrate the sweet taste of Cinco de Mayo!

Sparkling Rosé Sangria with Agave In The Raw® Recipe:

Prep Time: 10 mins| MAKES 10 SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1grapefruit
  • 2limes
  • 1cup strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1cup raspberries
  • 1cup blanco tequila
  • 1/4cup Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 (750 ml)bottle rosé wine
  • 2cups sparkling water, chilled

Wash all fruit thoroughly. Cut grapefruit into quarters or eighths, and cut limes into quarters. Juice limes and grapefruit pieces into a pitcher, then add spent fruit into pitcher as well. Add strawberries and raspberries.

In a cocktail shaker full of ice, shake the blanco tequila and Agave In The Raw® for about 10 seconds, until combined and chilled. Add to pitcher.

Add rosé to pitcher and stir with a long wooden spoon. You may refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to blend, but it is not required. Top with sparkling water and stir again when ready to serve. Spoon a few pieces of the boozy fruit into each cup.

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