Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait

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Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait!!

My Auntie Rosie always made pudding for me and my tribe of cousins growing up. I guess it was something super easy that she could whip up in a matter of minutes and make us kids feel fancy. She would allow for one of us to pour the milk in the bowl while the other whipped with the whisk bringing the pudding to a thick consistency. She would then scoop the pudding into individual bowls and top with cheerios. I have so many memories of this process, and loved that no matter what flavor pudding she made she always told us a story of her days spent as a child. We would all listen with ears open to the many details she poured over recounting the days when my family had very little, but always had big love for one another. We appreciated her unconditional family love and our dessert snack that much more.

This family tradition didn’t come to a stop now that my cousins and I are adults, in fact I still like to whip up a Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait whenever I retell a story of my youth to my son. I use it as a comfort gateway into a life lesson I want him to hear. These stories really left an impact on me as a child and I hope to build these same type of memories with my boy. He knows an interesting story is coming his way the second he spies me caramelizing bananas.

Caramelized bananas for the top of Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait

I put all the various ingredients in bowls and let him build his own parfait using Honey Nut Cheerios, caramelized bananas, and banana pudding. He has started to make this tradition that my aunt passed down to me his own by adding his signature strawberry to the top of his parfait. I love it.

You can buy all the ingredients for a Honey Nut Cheerios banana Pudding Parfait at Walmart.

Serves: 4

Ingredients for Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait:

  • 1- banana (sliced into 1/2 inch rounds)
  • 1/2 – teaspoon butter
  • 1 – tablespoon sugar
  • 2 – cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Banana pudding (either buy it already made, or make it yourself according to box instructions)
  • optional: strawberry

Directions:

  1. Slice banana into rounds. Set to the side.
  2. In a frying pan over a high flame melt butter to coat pan. Allow to get hot.
  3. Dip banana slices in sugar, then fry in hot pan. About 2 -3 minutes on each side until crisp and browned. Remove from pan and set to the side.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup Honey Nut Cheerios into the bottom of each cup (4 cups total).
  5. Top Honey Nut Cheerios with 1/4 cup banana pudding.
  6. Then top with another 1/4 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios.
  7. Layer 1/4 cup banana pudding on top.
  8. Lastly place caramelized banana on top.
  9. Garnish with strawberry if you wish.
  10. Enjoy!

Caramelized banana topper on Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait. Buy everything you need for the recipe at Walmart.

Find more cereal recipes and inspiration at QueRicaVida.com or on this sweet Dia De Los Ninos pinterest board, or simply follow the hashtags #HoneyNutCheerios #NuestroCereal. You can easily find Honey Nut Cheerios in the cereal aisle at Walmart!

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OAK By ABSOLUT Mixed Drinks

Oak by Absolut is only in select markets. Los Angeles is one of them!

Last night I had a great old time. I was invited to the unveiling of OAK by ABSOLUT. If you’re wondering what that is…. a brand new product featuring a combo of original ABSOLUT vodka, barrel rested vodka and vodka rested on OAK. Initially I was intrigued since I love Vodka drinks, but I was completely sold when I tasted the depth of character and richness OAK by ABSOLUT has. It’s smooth with subtly smoky flavors combined with notes of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak.

OAK by ABSOLUT served neat

I got to try a sample of three easy to make drinks using the new OAK by ABSOLUT, and I thought to myself  “I’m glad Los Angeles is one of the 9 select cities OAK by ABSOLUT is being sold because I just found my new favorite spirit.”  Pick up a bottle and make the recipes below! As they say in Sweden…. Skål!

OAK By ABSOLUT Sour Oak by Absolut Sour

  • 2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • .75 parts simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice until cold. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon.

 

Oak & Cola (pictured at very top of post)

  • 2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
  • 5 parts Cola

Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir.

OAK Mule

  • 2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
  • 5 parts ginger beer
  • Lime wedge
  • Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients into a highball glass. Fill with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Nicole Presley of Presley's Pantry at the unveiling of OAK by ABSOLUT

 

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Alta California Breakfast Wrap

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria courtesy of Flatout Bread. However all opinions are my own and the recipe is mine too. 

This delicious Alta California breakfast wrap mixes flavors from Mexico and California together and brings it all together with Flatout Bread.

I’m all about  “Alta California Cuisine” these days. Which basically means mixing Mexican flavors with California flavors and produce. To quote Mexican food expert Bill Esparza, he called Alta California Cuisine “the original pocho dining.” Food I make at home fits the description perfectly and so does the food that I usually go out and enjoy.

This past weekend I decided to use Flatout Bread as the wrap to my breakfast filling. Every flatbread variety is low in fat, a good source of fiber and of course perfect for wraps, so naturally that was wrap of choice. I had just finished roasting a poblano chile, and had some left-over red roasted potatoes in the fridge. I cooked up an egg filling with poblano chile strips, red potato, blistered tomatoes, green onion, and topped it off with pepper jack cheese, cilantro, and avocado. My husband took one bite and said he loved my Alta California Breakfast Wrap… I guess he named it for me. I love that  Flatout serves as a blank canvas; it’s a perfect partner to help people of all ages make healthier choice that are still amazingly flavorful.

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All the ingredients needed for a alta california breakfast wrap.

Ingredients for Alta California Breakfast Wrap:

  • 1/2 – tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 – poblano chile (roasted, peeled, deseeded, and cut into 1/4 inch strips)
  • 10 – cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 3 – leftover roasted small red potatoes (already cooked and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 4 – eggs
  • 3 – sprigs of green onion ( white part only- chopped)
  • 2 – Flatout Bread ( I used light original)
  • 2 – slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 – cilantro leaf stems
  • 1/2 – avocado (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large frying pan over a medium flame add in olive oil and allow to get hot.
  2. Add in poblano chile strips, cherry tomato halves, and roasted red potatoes. Saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk eggs till completely mixed.
  4. Pour eggs over sautéed vegetables. Then sprinkle in green onion. Mix to combine.Eggs being poured over sautéed vegetables.
  5. Cook until eggs are firm and cooked to your liking. I usually cook mine for 4 to 5 minutes. Once cooked set to the side for a minute. Eggs and vegetables fully cooked.
  6. Take a Flatout bread and place one slice of pepper jack cheese in the center.
  7. Then take half of egg filling and place on top of cheese.
  8. Top egg with 2 cilantro leaf stems and half avocado. Salt and pepper as desired. Alta California breakfast wrap ready to be wrapped up.
  9. Wrap up Flatout bread and cut in the middle.
  10. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Blu Ray And A Death Star Waffle Bar

Celebrating the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens on Blu Ray / DVD with a Death Star waffle bar and a viewing party at home. Buy Everything you'll need at Walmart including the exclusive packaged Star Wars The Force Awakens DVD.

A few months ago I got this awesome Star Wars Death Star waffle maker in the mail. I remember being so excited as I opened the box and had big plans of what I would do with it, but for some reason or another I never got around to using it. Fast forward to the present… I know that you are all familiar with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also known as Star Wars: Episode VII. The 2015 American epic space opera is being released April 5th on Blu Ray / DVD with special packaging and collectible Galactic Connexions Trading Discs which can ONLY be found at Walmart. I decided it was time to break out my Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker and have a Star Wars The Force Awakens Blu Ray / DVD viewing party. I whipped up an easy waffle batter, toasted some coconut (to look like Chewbacca’s fur), and chopped up some strawberries. Minutes later our Death Star Waffle bar was in full swing and we sat on our couch happily watching The Force Awakens from the comfort of our home! #ShowUsYourForce

In this seventh installment of the series The Force Awakens is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi; it follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, successor to the Galactic Empire. Pick up your copy today!!!!

All the topping for the Death Star waffle bar.

Death Star Waffle Bar Ingredients:

  • Death Star Waffle Iron
  • non stick cooking spray
  • 2 – cups flour
  • 4 – teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 – teaspoon salt
  • 3 – tablespoons sugar
  • 2 – eggs
  • 6 – tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 1/2 – cups whole milk
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FOR BAR:
  • Whipped cream
  •  toasted coconut
  • Star Wars marshmallows
  • sliced strawberries
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron as directed in appliance instructions.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a bowl.
  3. In a mixer beat eggs on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour in butter, milk and vanilla. mix to combine.
  4. Pour flour mixture into egg/milk mixture. Mix to combine.
  5. Ladle waffle 1/2 cup batter into heated waffle iron. The death star waffle iron is the best thing for making Star Wars waffles. Order it from Walmart.
  6. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden crisp.
  7. Carefully remove with a rubber spatula. Perfectly crisp death star waffle ready to be topped!
  8. Garnish waffle with any or all of the toppings.
  9. #ShowUsYourForce

 

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Batman V Superman with Cheese Dip For Doritos

This delicious cheese dip is spicy and has a layer of avocado. It is the perfect dip for Doritos, and I bought all the ingredients at Walmart.

Batman V Superman… That’s all my 6 year old boy keeps talking about. The problem is the movie is rated ‘R’ and I can’t take him to see it with that rating. What’s a mom to do? The next best thing to seeing the film is buying all the cool superhero merchandise. Lucky for him, Walmart has us covered in the Batman V Superman department. Toys for days with voice changing Batman masks, capes, and an Epic Strike Bat MobileVoice-changing-Batman-mask-walmart

I also found cool T-shirts for both adults and kids. walmart-tee

What really got my wheels spinning was the Batman V Superman food… The Doritos bags have Batman and / or Superman printed on them. Walmart also has exclusive Rice Cripsy Treats a la Batman V Superman. The list goes on and on what you’ll be able to find for all your Superhero needs. My son was most excited about the Doritos, and insisted we buy a bag of each flavor offered. I’m not sure who he’s routing for but what I do know is I was going to have lots of Doritos in my house. I decided to make a cheese dip for Doritos as a snack to munch on as he fills my ears with Superhero talk.

All the ingredients for cheese dip for Doritos

Ingredients For Cheese Dip For Doritos:

  • 16 – oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 16 – oz. sour cream
  • 1 – cup onion (chopped)
  • 4 – cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 4 – cups pepper jack cheese (grated)
  • 2 – medium sized avocados (cubed)
  • 3/4 – cup pickled jalapeños (sliced)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Place cream cheese, and sour cream in a mixer. Beat on medium for 2 minutes until fully combined.
  3. Add in onion, garlic, chile flakes, and 2 cups pepper jack cheese. Beat on medium until fully combined
  4. Scoop out half of cheese mixture into a medium casserole dish and spread evenly. First layer of cheese mixture
  5. Layer in cubes of avocado. Layer of avocado in cheese dip for Doritos
  6. Scoop out remaining cheese mixture on top of avocado. Spread out evenly. IMG_8198
  7. Sprinkle remaining pepper jack cheese over the top. Pepper jack cheese tops the cheese and avocado mixture.
  8. Place jalapeño slices over grated pepper jack.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Place under broiler for 3 minutes or until browned.
  11. Serve with Doritos.
  12. Enjoy!

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Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded

This fideo is made with Barilla's cut spaghetti and cooked in a spicy broth. Garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Spicy fideo fully loaded you'll never want it any other way.

Let’s talk about Fideo… My Mom and I are fans of a nice bowl of spicy fideo. We pride ourselves on who makes it better. We try and impress each other with fully loaded versions of our favorite sopa de fideo. Sometimes I make it super soupy and other times I’ll make it on the dry side. Adding in a few cubes of panela cheese and avocado, a fried egg, and corn nuts with a squirt of fresh lime juice is my favorite way to serve it. But the key to a great bowl of spicy fideo is the pasta…. My Mom and I keep each other updated on which pasta brands are good and which don’t pass the test. I feel like we have tried every brand out there but no matter what pasta dish I create, Barilla has always proven to be the best, and my mom agrees. Barilla’s Fideo Cut Spaghetti is perfect for fideo pasta. Wow, it made me realize that us Latinas have a wealth of cultural heritage and flavors, that span many generations to tap into, when cooking family-treasured meals. Likewise, Barilla has four generations of experience making quality “al dente” pasta that doesn’t clump or break. With Barilla’s new culinary movement, Latino Italian Fusion, Latinas are further inspired to use pasta as a blank canvas to get creative in the kitchen. This movement combines the best of Latin flavors and ingredients with traditional pasta dishes. With that being said, it came as no surprise that Barilla has conquered the fideo / cut spaghetti game with a perfect pasta for my sopa de fideo. My favorite Latino flavors and spices combined with traditional Italian ingredients, creates a delicious meal perfect for family gatherings or a party of two, for mother and daughter.

Barilla's cut spaghetti doubles down as fideo

  • prep time: 10 minutes
  • cook time: 30 minutes
  • servings: 8

Ingredients for Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded:

  • 3 – tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 – lb box Barilla Cut Spaghetti / Fideo pasta
  • 1 – cup onion (grated)Grated onion and tomato
  • 1 – tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 – cup tomato (grated)
  • 1/2 – teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 – 7 3/4 oz. can El Pato (salsa de chile fresco)
  • 6 – cups vegetable broth*
  • 1 – cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt

Garnish with:

  • 1 – tablespoon panela cheese
  • 1/6 – cup avocado (1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1- fried egg
  • 1/8 – cup corn nuts
  • 1/2 – lime
  • 2 – sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 –  teaspoon chili flakes

Directions:

  1. Place a dutch oven or large pot over a medium high flame. Add in vegetable oil and allow it to get hot.
  2. Pour in Cut Spaghetti / Fideo and mix to coat all pasta with oil. Allow pasta to fry in oil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Continue frying until most pasta is browned and some pieces look slightly burned. Barilla cut spaghetti doubles down as fideoBarilla's video perfectly browned.
  3. Add in onion and garlic. Mix to combine. Add grated onion into browned Barilla cut spaghetti
  4. Add in tomato, oregano, and chili flakes. Mix to fully combine.
  5. Pour in El Pato, and vegetable broth mix to combine. Add el pato to Barilla fideo for a spicy sopa
  6. Raise flame to high and add in cilantro. Add cilantro to fideo for a nice flavor to the broth.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Barilla fideo cooked al dente.
  8. Sprinkle with salt.
  9. Serve immediately and garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, fresh cilantro and a fresh squeeze of lime juice. Barilla spicy fideo garnished and ready to serve
  10. Enjoy!

* For a soupy version of spicy fideo add 9 cups of broth instead of 6 cups.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however,  my opinions are entirely my own, and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.

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Bunny Banana Caramel Bread Pudding For Easter!

Banana caramel bread pudding in a bunny shape for Easter I know exactly what I like, and I LOVE dessert. It’s not a fair-weather coupling or a casual like, I am hot blooded passionately in love with dessert. I obsess over cakes, and cookies, and donuts, and pan dulce, and pie, and bionicos, and gelatinas, and cream puffs, and the list goes on and on…. But the dessert that makes me weak in the knees is banana caramel bread pudding. I’d go so far as to say I dream about it.

The other day I found the cutest Easter baking supplies at Walmart. I couldn’t resist the cupcake holders, bunny ears, and spring colored sprinkles. At the time I had no idea what
I would do with them other than make some type of loaded with yum cupcake that my family would devour. I came home and that night I started planning my Easter menu. Things have shifted in the savory menu category, but one thing that would not be changed from my traditional Easter menu was the banana caramel bread pudding. I decided to put my cute Easter baking supplies to good use and make little individual bunny bread pudding servings for our Easter celebration. Hopefully if I’m lucky more than one will hop into my mouth. Happy Easter!

Ingredients for banana caramel bread pudding. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart.

Ingredients For Banana Caramel Bread Pudding:

  • 12 – cups croissant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 – cup candied pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 – cup almonds (coarsely chopped)
  • 2.5 – ounces caramels squares, about 10 pieces (unwrap and cut in 1/2)
  • 3 – large ripe bananas (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/4 – cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
  • 4 – eggs
  • 4 – cups half and half
  • 5 – tablespoons butter (melted and brought back to room temperature), plus a tablespoon to butter baking dish
  • 1 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 – teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 – teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Line the croissant pieces on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes to toast.
  3. Remove from the oven and set to the side.
  4. Generously grease a 9×13 pyrex dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Layer half of your toasted croissant cubes on the bottom of the pyrex.
  6. Pour in the pecans, almonds, and caramel pieces.
  7. Layer the bananas on top of the bread, pecan, almond, caramel layer. Pecans, almonds, caramel and banana slices layered on top of toasted croissant cubes for bread pudding.
  8. Top with the remaining bread crumbs.
  9. In a mixer, add 1 1/4 cup sugar and eggs, and beat for 5 minutes on high.
  10. Add in half and half, butter, cinnamon, almond and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  11. Pour the liquid mix over the croissant layers. Pour liquid over bread pudding
  12. Then push down on the top of the bread to make sure all the liquid is soaked into the cubes.
  13. Sprinkle the top with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar .
  14. Place the 9×13 pyrex into a larger pan and fill halfway with boiling hot water to create a water bath (Bain-Marie)
  15. Bake for 1 hour.
  16. Remove from oven and remove 9×13 casserole dish out of water bath.
  17. Let cool to room temperature, then cover top with aluminum foil and place in the fridge over night.
  18. The next day cut circles of bread pudding with a cookie cutter. Cookie cutter helps cut perfect rounds into the bread pudding.
  19. Place in a cupcake holder and decorate with bunny ears and sprinkles. For added fun add a small dollop of whipped cream for a little bunny cotton tail.
  20. Enjoy! Bunny banana caramel bread pudding perfect for Easter.

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Star Wars Easter Basket For My Boy!

Star Wars Easter basket and storm trooper stuffed doll for Easter. I bought all  my supplies from Walmart.

I’m just going to say it right off the bat… Walmart makes building a basket more affordable with the wide selection of assorted baskets, candies and Easter goodies. To sum it up it’s cuteness over load. I felt like an overwhelmed child as I roamed the isles looking at all the great Easter supplies they currently have in stock. It was an absolute no-brainer to build my own basket for my son when I saw a cool Boba Fett chocolate instead of a chocolate bunny. Let me tell you a little bit about my son…. he absolutely adores anything and all things Star Wars. He is also mesmerized by dinosaurs and can’t think of a better past time than eating candy. The rest was really easy… I picked up a Kylo Ren themed basket, and an incredible  2 foot stuffed Storm Trooper doll (you gotta see the little basket it’s holding) to celebrate the Easter festivities.

Stuffed storm trooper for Easter

I kinda went a tad crazy with all the traditional bunny candies and loved that they had dinosaur shaped plastic eggs to fill or hunt. I wished I had more baskets to make because seriously they have an amazing selection to choose from. I was able to meld my traditional favorites with his favorite characters for a really sweet Star Wars Easter Basket. The best part is I got exactly what I wanted for such a reasonable price and all in one place!!! Happy Easter!

Easter basket supplies from Walmart

Easy to assemble your own basket

  1. Pick a basket, paper grass, cellophane wrap, ribbon, scotch tape, plastic eggs, candy and toys.
  2. Fill the inside of the basket with paper grass.
  3. Then arrange candy, plastic eggs and small toys in the basket.
  4. Wrap the basket in cellophane wrap, tape the seams together, and tie the top with a ribbon bow.
  5. Enjoy!!!!

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Keep Glowing With Microwave Mug Berry Cobbler!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glowfest, all opinions are my own.

glowfest microwave mug berry cobbler station

I was happily surprised a few weeks ago at the arrival of an invitation to attend the co-sponsored Weight Watchers and PopSugar’s #Glowfest. I carefully read over the invite and liked the overall vibe of the event. I felt like it was attracting my body/mind/soul and energy and for all the right reasons.  Glowfest was an event all about putting importance on taking care of yourself. I am a woman in my early 40′s and am super conscious of how I treat my body and what I feed it. When I take care of myself I feel good. This is not something I have always practiced but am extremely active now in my daily nourishment, exercise, and rest. Glowfest was promoting these precious treatments for the body, and Weight Watchers new Beyond The Scale emphasizes this idea as well, so I welcomed the invitation and circled it on my calendar.

When the event finally arrived it was everything I had hoped for and a much more.   First of all it was held at Smashbox studios in beautiful Culver City. The space allowed the event to glow bright in it spacious serene setting. Weight Watchers did an amazing job of proving delicious food stations educating the attendees on how to eat within their new SmartPoints™ system. All the food stations were demonstrating that with Weight Watchers SmartPoints™ no food is off limits. Their plan nudges you toward a healthier pattern of eating so that over time smart choices become second nature. Being a girl who loves to eat, I was quite impressed with how tasty, better for you and attainable it is to eat within their points. Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale is all about a holistic lifestyle. Weight Watchers offers a holistic approach to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. They served lots of fresh vegetable, grains, eggs, beans, and fruit smoothies….nothing was off limits to my plate and I was happy.

avocado bowls by what's gabby cooking

Not only was the food amazing but they served it in the most creative way. Below is a picture of a vegetable garden, but it was actually an edible crudités garden. The base which looked like “dirt” was made of wild rice and black olive crumbs, all the veggies were ready to eat including the baby potatoes, and it was served with your choice of ranch, green goddess or chipotle dressing.

an edible vegetable gardenthe edible vegetable garden at glowfest

The fun didn’t end with the food. They had a manicurist on site doing nails for those who wanted to sparkle in the finger department, or just wanted to indulge in some “me time”. There were people getting massages at the mini spa and music filled the air with an extraordinary bad girl DJ pumping out the jams. Groov3 led a fun easy to learn dance workout, and everyone jumped along! The event busted at the seams with excitement. It dawned on me that working out doesn’t have to be intense, it could actually be a lot of fun. The key is to keep active.

glowfest DJGroove3 at glowfest dance at glowfest

keep glowing

I was inspired by the fact that the “keep glowing” motto not only encompassed an attraction to ladies my age but to women of all ages. It was uplifting to see so many people all of the same mindset of bettering their lives. Taking small steps to making for a better being, all while learning about Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale and incorporating a healthier approach to eating and being active in a fun workout routine.

I left the event with a reaffirmation of my own personal motto: Keep active, shine brighter than the stars with calm positivity, EAT to live….LIVE to eat, and magic will naturally follow you to keep glowing. <3

microwave mug berry cobbler

Here is a recipe for Microwave Mug Berry Cobbler: by Popsugar host Bandi Milloy

  • 3/4 – cup berries of choice – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 2 – tsp sugar – 2 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 – tsp fresh lemon juice – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 1/4 – tsp. vanilla extract – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 pinch salt – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 2 – tbsp ready to eat low fat granola – 2 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 – tbsp aerosol whipped cream – 0 SmartPoints ™

Directions: 

  1. In a small bowl mix berries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt together to combine.
  2. Cover and micro wave until berries are soft. Depending on which type of berry you are using it could take anywhere from 2 1/2 minutes to 4 minutes. Remove carefully from microwave.
  3. Sprinkle berries with granola, and top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!

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Crack Candy Clusters

crack candy clusters are the best thing you will ever serve at a party

There’s not much to write other than “CRACK CANDY!” So deliciously addicting….. hence the word crack. I have watched people go crazy in selfishness when it comes to the crunch of crack candy clusters…lying, stealing and acting like complete gluttons. It’s that good. Here’s the recipe… don’t wait another minute to make these crack candy clusters, you won’t regret it. Plus it’s the ideal thing to take to a party where you will be forced to share. Sharing is caring. <3

ingredients for crack candy clusters Ingredients for Crack Candy Clusters:

  • 3 – cups salted peanuts
  • 5 – cups cherrios
  • 5 – cups Chex cereal (corn)
  • 3 – cups broken pretzel stick pieces
  • 3 – sticks butter (24 tablespoons)
  • 2 2/3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – cup light corn syrup
  • 3 – teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 – cups dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a big bowl add peanuts, cherrios, chex cereal, and pretzels pieces together.  Mixing with your hands. Set to the side.dry cereal mix with peanuts and pretzels.
  3. In a dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached to the side add butter, sugar, and corn syrup. A dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached filled with butter sugar and corn syrup to make crack candy clusters.
  4. Place dutch oven over a medium flame and stirring constantly until mixture melts and candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees fahrenheit (hard crack). It takes about 15 minutes to reach this point. melted-butter-sugar-corn-syrupMelted butter, sugar, and corn syrup boiling to reach 290 degrees fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. hard crack
  5. Remove sugar/butter mixture from flame and mix in vanilla.
  6. Pour the sugar/butter/vanilla over peanut/cereal mix. Using a large spoon  mix well to combine. melted sugar butter mixture over cereal mixture. Mixing the hot crack candy mixture together with a spoon
  7. Divide mixture amongst two baking sheet lined cookie sheets and place in oven for 10 minutes. Crack candy clusters spread out on a cookie sheet.
  8. Remove from oven and stir crack candy on baking sheets, and place back in oven for an additional 10 minutes. Crack-candy-clusters-on-baking-sheet
  9. Remove from oven and place on aluminum foil or lined up baking mats, then sprinkle dried cranberries to top. crack-candy-clusters-ready-to-serve
  10. Allow to completely cool for 2 hours.
  11. Scoop up into bowls and serve.
  12. Enjoy!
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