Mint Oreo Whipwiches

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

There is a new phenomenon sweeping Long Beach… okay maybe its just sweeping our condo.  After making that Strawberry Pie, I had left over graham crackers and cool whip and knew there had to be a dessert in there.  So I mixed some peppermint extract and oreo crumbs into the cool whip, scooped it between two grahams and voila!!  Whipwich. I can’t say I coined the term… that honor goes to the Fiance!  He’s so smart.  Speaking of him… I am sure you are all dying to know about wedding planning. Are you? Well I’ll just tell you anyways.  Planning is going great!! I don’t know if I haven’t been doing it right but it hasn’t stressed me out at all.  It is so fun to plan a big party for your friends and family!!  I also feel like it would be incredibly boring if it wasn’t for pinterest.  Did people used to come up with cute ideas on their own back in the day?  I can’t imagine.  Anyways, lets get back to these whipwiches!

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

4 simple ingredients.

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

Mix that cool whip with the extract and oreo crumbs!

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

Scoop, smash and freeze!! Tastes just like an ice cream sandwich!!

Mint Oreo Whipwhiches

 

Mint Oreo Whipwiches

Ingredients

  • 10 graham cracker sheets
  • 2 cups lite cool whip
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup oreo crumbs

Directions

In a bowl mix together cool whip, peppermint and oreo crumbs. Break graham cracker sheets in half so you have squares. Scoop about a 3 Tablespoon scoop onto half of the graham squares and top them with the other half. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy this tasty frozen treat!

http://littlebitsof.com/2014/07/mint-oreo-whipwiches/

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 The heat has hit our 3rd floor condo.  When we moved to Long Beach we really thought we had it made with our vaulted ceilings… that is until summertime when the heat creeps in and never leaves.  Because of this heat, Matt and I made an executive decision.  We decided to purchase a portable air conditioner.  It blows out wonderful cold air… but that’s about it.  It has yet to cool the place down, but we’ll take the cold air flow for now!  The only other thing besides AC that is necessary during summer… strawberries.  When I went to the store the other day I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the perfectly ripe berries.  My mom had recently gotten a Fresh Strawberry Pie from Marie Callenders and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  All the recipes online for these pies were with regular pie crust… but I have a huge soft spot for any and all graham cracker crusts.  This pie is so incredible easy to make.  You can even buy a pre done crust and make it REALLY easy.  So the next time you see some perfect strawberries, you just need to grab a couple more ingredients and wow your friends and fam with this pie!

 Fresh Strawberry Pie

 First you cut the tops off of the strawberries and prepare your crust.  Throw the strawberries in the crust and make your sauce.

 Fresh Strawberry Pie

 The sauce is just a mix of water, sugar, cornstarch and jello!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 Pour it evenly over the strawberries so they are glazed.  Then throw it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 Once it is set, slice and serve with cool whip or whipped cream!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 I should have waited longer for the crust to set but I was way to excited to try it.  As long as it gets on your fork, it doesn’t matter how pretty it is!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 YUM!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Ingredients

    For the Filling:
  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jelloe (regular or sugarfree)
  • For the Crust:
  • 15 Graham Crackers mashed up
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • A quarter pound of butter (1/2 cup)

Directions

Take all the crust ingredients and mix them in a large bowl and then press them into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake the crust in a preheated oven for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees (until golden brown). Cool crust before moving on.

Chop the tops off of the strawberries and add them to the crust. In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine water, sugar and cornstarch. Heat until it boils and becomes clear (this doesn't take long). Remove from heat and add jello. Pour mixture over strawberries to coat them all. Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours to set. Serve with whipped cream or cool whip!

http://littlebitsof.com/2014/07/fresh-strawberry-pie/

 

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Most people have a handful of recipes that you LOVE because you grew up eating them and they remind you of home.  The top ones for me have to be Chili, Meatloaf, Chicken Parmesan.  They are all recipes that just taste a little bit better when my mom makes them.  Chicken Parmesan is probably my favorite recipe because it is so easy and SO good.  I mean, marinara and cheese on breaded chicken?  It can’t get any better than that.  This is one of those recipes that when I say I am going to make it to Matt, he makes that mouth open, eyes crossed face in excitement.  Have I convinced you it’s going to be good?  When you make this, because I know you will, you will thank me… but I guess you should thank my mom!

First, bread the chicken and brown it in a skillet.

Chicken Parmesan

 Once browned, place in a pyrex baking dish.

Chicken Parmesan

Cover with mozzarella!

Chicken Parmesan

Then coat that with marinara sauce and more cheese!  This time its mozzarella and parm!

Chicken Parmesan

Bake and it’s done!

Chicken Parmesan

Before you eat it just take in it’s cheesy beauty.

Chicken Parmesan

YUM!!

Chicken Parmesan

 

 

 

 

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Bandit Wine: A Review!

Bandit Wine

Summer officially starts tomorrow!!!  Unfortunately when you are an adult you don’t get a summer break.  But if you work 8-5 you do find how wonderful it is that the sun doesn’t set until around 8.  Even with my 30 minute commute, I can get home and have time to run to the beach for a picnic.  And what is a picnic without wine??  I found this Bandit Wine at World Market and picked it up for two reasons.  It is portable and affordable!! Only after I got it did I realize that it also tastes amazing.  They somehow pack 3 glasses of wine in one of these “juice boxes” as we call them.  If you have a group of people that like different kinds of wine, these Bandit Wines are perfect to throw in a bag on the go.  They also have larger versions with a bottle and a half!  Box wine for the win.  It is also great to drink out of the carton on your couch… just sayin’.  I love the Red Wine Blend because it has extreme drinkability.   Maybe it’s too good?  But I don’t think that could even be a thing.   I also prefer to drink my wine with a meat and cheese plate… but to each their own.  Oh and another side note?  This awesome beach/ picnic blanket?  Its actually a table cloth from World Market.  But it works perfectly as a blanket!  And if you think about it, we are using is kind of like a table…

I think the moral of this whole story is that I am in love with World Market.  It sucks you in and doesn’t let you leave without some new decor and worldly treats!  And that is just fine with me.  If you are interested in these wines, go to their website here and click on find our wines to find some close to you!

Bandit Wine

 The Chardonnay is to die for too!!

Bandit Wine

 Have a great weekend!!

 

 

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White Wine Apple Crisp

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Apple Crisp just about defines summer in my eyes.  It is such an easy dessert that is always a crowd pleaser. I was recently inspired by this Sangria Berry Crumble and knew there had to be more wonderful ways to add some booze to desserts.  The answer?  White wine!! You can use any white wine for this depending on how much you want it to taste like wine.  I went with Chardonnay to get the full effect.  Adding the wine really tones down the sweetness of the apples and adds a depth to the flavor that is so delish.  The pictures don’t really do the dish justice but just try it for yourself and get back to me!! 

On a personal note…. It has now been 2 weeks since Matt and I got engaged!!  What a whirlwind it has been.  In that time I also got a promotion at work and got a new car!!  It has been absolutely insane and I can’t believe how lucky I have been.  With all of those exciting things happening, I know this summer is going to be THE BEST!!!  Lots of fun wedding planning and celebrations.  Maybe a road trip too… I did get a Prius after all!  Okay back to this crumble… start with some butta!

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Apples are mixed with sugar, cinnamon and ginger.

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Cook them up a bit and add the wine and some flour.

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Then make your crumble topping with butter, flour, oats, cinnamon and brown sugar!

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Finish baking it in the oven!

White Wine Apple Crisp

 Bubbly goodness the whole fam is sure to love!

White Wine Apple Crisp

 YUM!

White Wine Apple Crisp

 

 

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Nutella Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Nutella Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

As you can tell… I’m still not over my ring! I think that’s a good thing.  Once Matt proposed I thought it was only appropriate for me to make him ice cream.  That’s a fair trade off right?  I have made a few ice creams in my day and always try to make a healthy version of it.  Don’t get me wrong, making your own fro yo is great! But have you ever made full fat full delicious ice cream?  There is nothing like it.  This is a custard based ice cream and the nutella serves as our sugar and flavor.  I knew when I decided to make this that I had to buy some cones.  If you are going big you gotta go BIG.  With summer coming in hot… literally… I know we will all need lots of frozen treats.  I promise to make healthy treats too, but come on… NUTELLA ICE CREAM.  Nuff said.

Nutella Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Not pictured:  licking up the drop of melty ice cream.  Then demolishing the whole thing.  Wedding diet starts tomorrow! :)

Nutella Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

 

Nutella Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup room-temperature Nutella
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup crushed oreos

Directions

Whisk together yolks, half & half, Nutella, and salt. Set aside. Add a few cups of ice and cold water to a large bowl. Put a smaller bowl in the larger bowl. Place a fine strainer on top of the small bowl. Set aside.

Heat cream until right before it comes to the boil (it will bubble along the edges). Turn off heat. VERY slowly whisk hot cream into the Nutella/yolk mixture.(If you pour it in quickly the eggs with cook and you with have scrambled eggs!) Pour mix back into pot and stir constantly on medium heat until until it thickens slightly. This custard thickens quickly so don't leave the pot. It's ready when you draw your finger along the back of a wooden spoon and your finger leaves a trail. Turn off heat. Pour custard through strainer into the small bowl. Add just enough water to the ice so that the cold water rises up to the level of the custard. Stir occasionally. When cool, remove from ice bath and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for several hours.

Churn the ice cream according to manufacturer's instructions. Pour ice cream in a container and add crushed Oreos. Stir until Oreos are evenly distributed. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

http://littlebitsof.com/2014/06/nutella-cookies-cream-ice-cream/

 

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I’M ENGAGED!

Engaged on a Gondola!

WE’RE ENGAGED!!!!  Hi everyone.  Thursday night was Matt and my 6 year anniversary.  We had a beautiful picnic on the beach planned and I was so excited.  We got to the beach and were enjoying the beautiful weather.  Then Matt let me know that he had a surprise for me and we had to head home and get the car.  We rushed home then drove to this “surprise”.  Then we pulled up at the canals in Naples, a part of Long Beach.  He had booked us a gondola ride!  I was so excited.  We got in the gondola and rode around the canals looking at all the fancy houses and drinking champagne.  Then as the sun was setting he got down on one knee to grab the card he had for our anniversary.  He told me to read it aloud and as I did so he pulled something out of his pocket.  In a shakey and sweet voice he asked me to marry him.  Then I proceeded to cry uncontrollably. It was such a beautiful moment and the ring is INCREDIBLE! He then told me that our parents and my sister and her hubs were at a restaurant waiting for us to celebrate.  It was the prefect night.

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Love :)

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Popsicle Cocktail!

Popsicle Cocktail

New motto:  Put a popsicle in it!  With the inevitable hot summer ahead of us, we have to get creative with our ice cubes… and our cocktails.  I got some wild cherry skinny girl vodka recently and it is so tasty.  I can just mix it with club soda for an amazing low cal cocktail!  So when I want to add some extra flavor and keep my drink cold, it’s nice to switch it up and add a popsicle to it!  You can keep it in the drink and eat it after, or eat it as you go… it’s hard to stop eating popsicles sometimes.  I am so excited for this summer.  When the sun stays out late and cocktails are this delish, it’s hard to not look forward to every day!  Also: NEWS ALERT!  I have started taking spin classes.  Pause for your shocked face…. ahhh I know!!  It’s crazy but i actually like it.  I will keep you updated on that front, but until then – COCKTAILS! >>>

Popsicle Cocktail

Vodka soda with a popsicle.  You can add a popsicle to ANY cocktail. I am sure of it.

Popsicle Cocktail

shots.

Popsicle Cocktail

Mmmm…

Popsicle Cocktail

Come on… try and tell me you don’t want to jump in the screen right now.  There isn’t really a recipe for this one.. just add a popsicle to a drink!!  Doesn’t have to have alcohol either!  I can just imagine a popsicle in lemonade… mmmm :)

 

 

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Skinny Cake Batter Dip

Skinny Cake Batter Dip

It’s my 2 year blog birthday!!!  2 years ago I posted about how I repainted my kitchen aid mixer… and it’s still lookin good!  I started this blog as a way to keep track of all of the tasty treats I made and the fun DIY projects I worked on.  As it has evolved over these 2 years, it has become a place that challenges me to try new things and keeps me busy and full on weekends!  I have been off doing fun things like visiting my sister in Montana and going to bachelorette parties, that I couldn’t blog for a couple weeks.  When that happens I always feel so bad that I can’t dazzle my readers with my silly antics and sugar loaded treats… but i’m here now!  I made this dip this weekend and Matt and I could not stop eating it.  Just by mixing up some fat free cool whip, plain non fat yogurt and cake mix… you can make a delicious dessert dip!  And of course I had to add chocolate chips and sprinkles…

Skinny Cake Batter Dip

Serve with nilla wafers or graham crackers!

Skinny Cake Batter Dip

nom nom nom….

Skinny Cake Batter Dip

 

Skinny Cake Batter Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fat free cool whip
  • 1 1/2 cups plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • chocolate chips, sprinkles

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and serve with Nilla Wafers or graham crackers!

http://littlebitsof.com/2014/05/skinny-cake-batter-dip/

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Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 Do you ever go out to dinner,  eat something delicious and go home and try to recreate it?  Or do you at least think about how you can do it?  That happened the other day with this salad.  Such a simple concept I knew I had to give it a shot.  The mixture of the spinach and shaved brussel sprouts is unexpected and had a great crunch.  The pear and walnuts add even more crunch and the gorgonzola adds that zing and creaminess that finishes a salad perfectly.  I am also a huge fan of homemade dressings.  If you take olive oil, any type of vinegar, dijon, salt and pepper and mix them together, you will have an amazing vinaigrette.  Using apple cider vinegar was a no brainer to compliment the pear.  This is perfect to throw together for a weekend dinner or as a platter salad when guests come over.

First make that dressing!

 Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 The best ingredients… candied walnuts, gorgonzola and pear!

 Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 Spinach and brussels!

Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 So simple to throw together!

 Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 The perfect bite!

Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

 

Shaved Brussel and Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 3 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 handfuls of raw shaved brussel sprouts
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola
  • vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a jar and shake until combined. Set aside. In a large bowl combine spinach and brussel sprouts. Spoon on dressing 1 tablespoon at a time until it is dressed how you like it. Top with chopped pear, walnuts and gorgonzola.

http://littlebitsof.com/2014/05/shaved-brussel-and-spinach-salad-with-apple-cider-vinaigrette/

 

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