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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mocha Fudge Brownies

Mocha Fudge Brownies Recipe

My friends...this recipe could possibly change your life. Gooey chocolate, rich coffee flavoring, glorious consistency - all the elements necessary for an amazing brownie recipe. These mocha fudge brownies are a go-to when I need some sort of deliciousness for a party (or just for a late-night snack for myself).

Mocha Fudge Brownies Recipe

Are you tempted yet? Make some for yourself - they may become a new favorite for you, too!

Mocha Fudge Brownies

-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp instant coffee granules
-1/4 cup butter, melted
-2 tbsp water
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 large egg
-1 large egg white
-1/4 cup mini milk chocolate chips
-1/4 cup hot fudge chocolate topping

Mocha Fudge Brownies Recipe


Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and coffee granules in a large bowl and stir. In a separate bowl, melt the butter and combine water, vanilla, egg and egg whites. Stir in the dry mixture until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and chocolate topping and mix well. Pour in pan and bake for 32-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and top with chocolate frosting and sprinkles if you wish.

Mocha Fudge Brownies Recipe

Enjoy these delicious mocha fudge brownies!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#SpiceYourSlice with Frank's RedHot from Papa Murphy's

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post about Papa Murphy’s and their new Buffalo Chicken pizza featuring Frank’s RedHot. All opinions and statements remain 100% my own. #SpiceYourSlice #Ad

Sometimes, a little break from the "norm" is all you need to change up weeknight dinner monotony - am I right? My kids are on a special allergen-free diet, so our meal options are sometimes limited. So what does that mean? Sometimes, I have to spice it up after the kids are in bed with a late-night snack! When the kids are sleeping, I don't have the freedom to just hop in the car and grab takeout, but with a little advance planning and the take and bake pizza restaurant right around the corner, I'm able to have a yummy option waiting in my fridge at the end of the night.

Papa Murphy's has introduced a fresh pizza to their menu this fall: Buffalo Chicken. The pizza is made with a spicy buffalo sauce made with Frank’s RedHot sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, green
onions, provolone and cheddar cheese, and then drizzled all over with Creamy Garlic Sauce.

Normally, I'm not very adventurous with my pizza, but this option is definitely intriguing! The hot sauce is not as hot as I expected, and the garlic sauce adds a unique taste. The chicken is my favorite part...or maybe the cheese. Yum!

Papa Murphy's is now offering online ordering at many locations (awesome news), and they are the world's largest take and bake pizza chain restaurant. I love take and bake pizza, because I can pick it up early in the day and have it ready for whatever meal or event we have planned!

My perfect pizza usually just features cheese and pineapple, but trying out the new Buffalo Chicken pizza was a fun break from routine!

What do you think? Would you try the new Buffalo Chicken pizza from Papa Murphy's?


One reader will win a $25 Papa Murphy's gift card + a bottle of Frank's RedHot sauce! This giveaway will end on October 16 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

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Disclosure: Thanks to Papa Murphy's for sponsoring this post and providing the giveaway prize. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Grapenstein" - A Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

If you're planning a Halloween party and looking for a non-candy treat idea, here's one to keep in mind! It's inexpensive and easy to put together - and best of all, a big hit with the kids. My kids can't have most candy because we are on a special allergen-free diet. Creating cute non-candy treat options with healthy foods is a great way to keep everyone involved in the holiday fun!

Note: the instructions DO include two small pieces of candy. If even that is too much, you could make the eyes out of paper instead and glue them to the outside of the cup!

Supplies Needed
-Clear Plastic Cups
-Electrical Tape
-Green Grapes
-Marshmallows (Elyon has a gluten-free option)
-M&M's or Other Small Candy (Little Secrets dark chocolate is a non-dairy option)

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea


1. Wrap a single piece of electrical tape around the rim of the clear plastic cup.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

2. Layer a second piece of tape on the cup. Before you add the layer, cut some jagged spots and some fringe to give your "Grapenstein" some awesome crazy hair. Wrap the jagged tape around the cup, just under the first piece of tape.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

3. Wash your grapes and fill each cup up halfway.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

4. Cut a marshmallow in half, but be careful not to cut all the way through. On the sticky side of the marshmallow, add two small candy eyes.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

5. Put the marshmallow eyes into the cup, on top of the grapes. Fill the rest of the cup with green grapes.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

6. Cut some small pieces of electrical tape to make the mouth and stitches. Attach to outside of each cup.

"Grapenstein" Frankenstein Healthy Halloween Non-Candy Treat Idea

There you have it: a mostly healthy, non-candy treat idea that's perfect for any Halloween occasion! Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Easy Crockpot Dulce de Leche Dip (1 Ingredient!)

Easy Crockpot Dulce de Leche Dip - 1 Ingredient Recipe at

Fall is on the way, which means bonfires and sweatshirts and lovely cool air. This crockpot dulce de leche is extremely easy to make - it only calls for one ingredient and a little foresight to ensure a perfect late night snack after a walk in the chilly fall breeze.

Easy Crockpot Dulce de Leche Dip - 1 Ingredient Recipe at

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 8 hours

Supplies Needed:
2-4 cans sweetened condensed milk (depending on size of crock pot)
a crock pot
Optional: canning jars with lids and rings

Easy Crockpot Dulce de Leche Dip - 1 Ingredient Recipe at

Ready to make it? Here's how!

1. Put your cans of unopened sweetened condensed milk into the crock pot. Fill crock pot as full as possible with water, so that the cans are completely submerged. Make sure the cans are covered in water throughout the cooking process (you may need to refill water if necessary). Cook on low for 8 hours.

2. Remove cans from water and allow dulce de leche to cool on the counter until it reaches room temperature. Don't open the cans until they have cooled!

Optional if using canning jars: Divide the sweetened condensed milk from cans into small canning jars. Close with lids and rings. Follow the same steps.

A couple of things to keep in mind - 1) your dulce de leche should be stored in the refrigerator. It's so yummy as a dip for apples or to use as an ice cream topping. 2) While this treat looks like caramel, it's not! But it is very similar. Dulce de leche is sugar and milk-based, while caramel is sugar and water-based.

I want to keep some of this stashed in my fridge all winter! And since it's so easy to make...maybe I will!
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