Banana Split Cupcake

I love a good Food Combination! Spaghetti & Meatballs, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bacon & Eggs, Peaches & Cream, Spinach and Artichoke [Dip], Chips & Salsa, Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Ice Cream & Cake… you get the idea. This recipe combines two of everyone’s favorites – CUPCAKES and a BANANA SPLIT!

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Dole Whip

If you have ever been to Disney World, there is a high chance that you have heard all about the Dole Whip. There is nearly a cult-like following for these frozen treats. People wait in lines nearly as long as the ride lines just to get one of these. This recipe is your Fast Pass to a Dole Whip. No need to buy a plane ticket. No need to purchase Park Passes or plan your whole day around Character Visits and the shortest lines for the top rides.

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This Dole Whip is a perfect way to cool down this summer! Whipped up from fresh and wholesome ingredients, it tastes like you really are indulging. In reality, your taste-buds are indulging and you are a frozen flash of fresh fruits and fabulous flavors!

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Brilliant Baking Brains

I know, its summer and you don’t really want to turn on the oven or do too much baking – but I have some amazing “Baking Hacks” for you today! Its ok, many of these won’t even involve turning on the oven.

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IF you have not already heard, my Chocolate Cups made from Balloon Molds were featured on in an article they wrote about Baking Hacks & Shortcuts. There are some AWESOME ideas over there, many of which will be going right into my Bag-O-Tricks!


Let me just give you a sampling of these great ideas….

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Lemon Blueberry Cake

This just looks so fresh and summery, and seems to just scream summer. Absolutely amazing for all of your summer party needs with delicious summer-fresh produce. This cake is also an out of this world option for those non-summer days when you are in a cool (cold) weather doldrums. How perfect is a touch of summer in those days when all you yearn for nothing other than warm sunshine!? Enter this deliciously light and fresh cake…

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The sweet of the berries paired with the tart of the lemon is a match made in heaven! Continue reading

Lemon Mint Ice Cubes


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If you are not drinking enough water, you are doing your body a major disservice! For starters – by drinking water your brain stays hydrated and you can perform at your best (your brain without water is like dehydrated onions or herbs – they just aren’t as fresh as possible). If you are working on weight loss, water will help keep you full. Water will help ward off headaches, keep muscles & skin happy and keeps you all regular. ;-)

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I know that overflowing your body with water can sometimes be really tiring and boring. I personally make sure that I go through my Nalgene bottle at least once a day for the bare minimum (in addition to my water with meals). Continue reading

Gazpacho Cabbage Soup

You eat healthy, you exercise, but you have a few pounds that you just can’t seem to get rid of. No matter how hard you work (or don’t work) those last few pounds (or those first few pounds to kick-start a healthier you) just won’t let themselves get evicted! …Enter the Cabbage Soup Diet!

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I remember my parents going on this when I was in Middle School and thinking it was totally gross (I also thought cooked vegetables were totally gross at that point in my life though too). I now really enjoy the taste of the Cabbage Soup – often even going as far as making it when I am NOT following the diet plan! So, while this soup can help you in your dieting & eating healthy plan – you should also make it just as a yummy & healthy soup to enjoy!

The one problem with the Cabbage Soup Diet, is who really wants to eat SOUP in the middle of the SUMMER!? Continue reading