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Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

I know typically like to keep things on the healthier side on this blog, but sometimes I just have to be bad. Cookie dough brownies? So bad, but so good all at the same time. Sometimes, you just have to break out the sugar and the butter.

I have sort of earned the “brownie girl” label at work when it comes to potlucks. I’m totally okay with this because brownies are certainly on my Top 3 favorite dessert list. Anything dark and chocolatey is pretty much my favorite thing ever. So now every time we have a party, I bring some sort of brownie.

Cookie Dough Brownies

Parmesan Popcorn

Parmesan Popcorn

Happy Thursday! We are having a great time in Florida spending time with family which explains my odd posting schedule. This weekend we will be celebrating my grandparent’s 60th anniversary. It’s such a special celebration and we are so glad to be a part of the fun and have lots of little surprises planned for them. My grandparents are two of my most favorite people in the world and are such an inspiration for my own marriage.

I’m keeping the road trip snacks coming today with a savory snack: popcorn! I love popcorn for road trips, especially homemade versions because I can control what goes in it and compared to greasy potato chips, popcorn is a healthier snack to reach for. Although I love Parmesan popcorn for a road snack, it’s also obviously totally perfect for a movie night at home!

This Parmesan version is super simple and doesn’t require many ingredients besides popcorn, butter, and Parmesan cheese! Now, I’m not going to lie to you guys. I made a batch of this the day before we left and planned to pack it in bags for the car, but it’s also very possible that we ended up just eating it straight from the pan! Oops!

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

After making strawberry peach fruit leather a while back, my husband has been asking me to make more. I figured that since we needed good snacks for our road trip, homemade fruit leather was definitely in order!

If you have never made your own fruit leather, I can tell you that it’s really very simple. Just blend up your favorite fruits and then bake at a low temperature for a few hours until it dries out, cut into strips, and then eat it up! I like to roll mine up in parchment paper so they look like Fruit Roll-Ups just like the good old days! Fruit leathers might seem more kid-friendly, but they are really great for the whole family and are especially perfect for a road trip when it may be more difficult to get your fruit in. There are so many different kinds you can make, though I am partial to using strawberries, but that’s just because they are my favorite and I love the natural sweetness they add.

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Staying Healthy on the Road

Florida Square

Greetings from Florida! After 3 long days in the car, we are finally in Florida! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may already know that my husband and I are no strangers to the road. Sometimes airline tickets are just too costly so we have done many cross-country road trips. From L.A. to Florida. Florida to Cleveland. Cleveland to Phoenix. We’ve done it all and we have done it many times!

Being on the road can make eating healthy a little difficult. Although it is always fun to scope out local places, we have gotten to the point where we just want to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible and don’t like making long stops unless it’s to sleep for the night. When you are in the middle of nowhere, your options for food are obviously quite limited. There’s always McDonald’s and other typical fast food restaurants and that can be it. Unless it’s In-N-Out, we do not stop for fast food while on the road. I hate the way it makes me feel and when you are going to be in the car for days, you can’t always eat fast food for every meal. I thought it might be fun to share some of our best tips for keeping things light and healthy on the road! It doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We just follow 4 simple rules!

So, here you go!

Peanut Butter Banana Trail Mix

Peanut Butter Banana Trail Mix

Welcome to Road Trip Week! Or actually, it might even be Road Trip Week(s). Hubs and I are off on another cross-country road trip to Florida to spend time with my family. We may end up driving to more places to see more family, so we decided to drive to avoid crazy airline ticket prices. And also, we are masochists and love to torture ourselves with endless driving.

Summer is a big time for vacations and road trips! Whether you’re just driving for a few hours, or a few days, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes for road snacks along with some tips to keep things healthy while you’re on the road so I am going to do a little road trip series over the next couple of weeks!

Road trips are often synonymous with eating a lot of junk food. When you have done as many cross-country trips as my husband and I have done, junk food every time and all of the time just doesn’t fly. I spent yesterday in the kitchen prepping lots of homemade snacks for us to take in the car. It’s worth the extra time to prep some of our road food myself.

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

I’m eating so much fruit lately and can never seem to get enough, especially watermelon. I think it’s because I’m so dang thirsty. I have been spending a ridiculous amount of money on fruit over the past few weeks and have been loving just making a huge container of assorted fruits to snack on during the week.

Fruit dip is one of those things I rarely have, but sometimes I just get a hankering for it. And how perfect would fruit dip be for your summer parties? Totally perfect. Fruit dips can be made in a lot of ways. I’ve seen them with marshmallow fluff or pudding. I opted for light cream cheese and a container of vanilla yogurt. It helps keep the sugar and calories down, but you’ll still feel like you are treating yourself to something special. So you’ve got cream cheese and yogurt. I know, so difficult, but summer eats shouldn’t be difficult! I added in some lemon juice and lemon zest for extra flavor. I didn’t add any sweeteners to mine because I felt the yogurt made it sweet enough, but you can easily sweeten it if you prefer. You can also have fun experimenting with different flavors of yogurts. You know I love versatility!

Fruit Dip

This dip is so fluffy and is the perfect accompaniment to a big bowl of fresh fruit. How could you NOT dip fruit in this?! And I think at this point, I have tried pretty much every fruit you can imagine and they all pair perfectly so go crazy!