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Healthy cookie tipsEver wonder how to make healthy cookies for a cookie exchange? There seems to be a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. There are ways to make cookies healthier so that everyone can still enjoy an occasional treat without you feeling guilty about it.

Keeping even adults away from cookies is a losing battle, but what if you could reduce the number of calories in each cookie, or lower the carbs. Seems like a win-win situation to me… So why not give some of these a try? […]

Healthy Gingerbread Men for ChristmasThere are quite a few Christmas cookies that rely on unique spices for flavor instead of more common ingredients like chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Many of those include ginger and molasses in the recipe and make tasty, decadent traditional holiday cookies.

Even if you include these spiced cookies in your Holiday fare, you can also make a healthier version for family and friends. Why not give some of the following wonderful spiced cookie recipes as a slightly more nutritious, less fattening alternative? […]

Healthy Cookies for KidsMaking healthy cookies for kids does not have to be complicated. Kids love peanut butter as much as they do chocolate, so why not offer ‘improved’ versions of their favorite treats.

Here are some ways you can alter your peanut butter cookie recipes to easily make them healthier but no less popular.

Peanut butter cookies often include a lot of butter, sugar and other less than healthy ingredients. What is the point of starting with a healthy ingredient only to end up with an unhealthy treat? Here are some variations you can resort to which will surely get a thumbs up. […]

Easy healthy cookiesHere are some tips for making easy healthy cookies at the drop of a hat, whether for everyday snacking, for an organization you are supporting, or for a cookie exchange.

Holidays in particular are a challenge as most desserts associated with them are filled with sugar and fats that translate into calories. Not helpful when you are trying to live healthier…

Lowering the fat content, substituting an ingredient for a healthier alternative, or simply reducing the size of your cookies can help. […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies TipsNo holiday would be quite as special without including chocolate chip cookies in the mix. But there are ways to make Santa’s cookies healthier while adding a personal touch just to make sure you jump to the top of his list next year…

Chocolate and Fruit Cookies

These cookies can use any type of fruit you want, though for the holidays, cranberries or raspberries are highly recommended. Make them healthier with dark instead of milk chocolate chips or pieces. Add your chopped fresh fruit, baking powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, [click to continue…]

Roasted pumpkin seedsIf you’re looking for a healthy treat for when you get the munchies, look no further than roasted pumpkin seeds. Easy to make, they’re also good for you.

Naturally anti-inflammatory, they can help lower your cholesterol, are believed to prevent some cancers, can help relieve women’s menopause symptoms and even benefit men’s prostate health. […]

French toast with pumpkinCan’t think what to do with that fresh pumpkin puree left over from your Thanksgiving baking? If you even thought of throwing it away, you’re about to be haunted by remorse…

Everyone loves French toast, and I’m sure you’re no exception. But did you know that you can make Pumpkin Pie French Toast with those leftovers you were so casually dismissing?

Now why would French toast and pumpkin flavor be one of those ‘perfect combos’? Now add some maple syrup… […]

Pumpkin MuffinsHealthy pumpkin muffins are always a welcome addition to a fall breakfast menu or for a quick snack. Here we use whole wheat flour and less sugar to make ours.

Another version below uses regular all purpose flour, but healthy pecans get added to a sweet, buttery topping.

Make your own fresh pumpking puree from scratch or used the canned version.

Either way, you’ll end up with a batch of delicious treats. […]

Pumpkin Crème BrûléeSure, pumpkin pie is the go-to dessert for Thanksgiving, but how about surprising your guest with an equally delicious though lighter dessert – something they won’t be expecting at all?

What is more satisfying than cracking that scrumptious hard caramel crust and diving through that sinfully creamy custard?

Can’t think of anything…

Prepare for some sharing – this is a dessert they’ll still be thanking you for come Christmas. […]

Pumpkin cheesecakePumpkin cheesecake seems the perfect dessert for so many holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas… Come the first days of fall, and it’s like somebody pushes a button and all of a sudden, everyone yearns for something pumpkin-ish.

Have you ever known ANYONE who doesn’t just love rich, decadent cheesecake? Didn’t think so – so why not marry the two for the best Thanksgiving dessert ever?

But wait, am I hearing some moaning – something like cheesecake is really hard to make? Not at all! You can even use canned pumpkin […]

Pumkin pie from scratchMaking pumpkin pie ‘from scratch’ is a labor of love and takes time, but your taste buds will sure be thanking you! The pumpkin puree is made ahead of time, then the pie crust and finally, we combine the two for a delicious pie.

Fresh pumpkin tastes much better than its canned reincarnation, and it’s certainly healthier.

It’s not hard to make and when you consider that you can freeze some for later use, it is not only economical, but makes for good meal planning. […]

Wiener worms for a little creepinessWho doesn’t love a great hot dog, or maybe wieners for a quick, easy meal that tastes awesome? When you’re rushed for time, they are a perfect go-to solution that the whole family can enjoy.

But how about giving the traditional wiener a Halloween twist and turning it into creepy crawlers – worms to be more specific. That is sure to gross out just about everybody.

Arm yourself with enough ‘worms’ for each person, and let your imagination run loose. […]

Make black icing for HalloweenSure, you can expedite the whole thing and simply purchase pre-made black icing from your nearest baking store.

But why take the risk and more than likely end up ruining the taste of your baked goodies?

Making truly black icing is no easy feat, but here’s a simple way to achieve a dark, evil looking icing for your next Halloween masterpieces without compromising taste.

Bats, cat & hats – Booo! […]

Creepy Halloween SpaghettiIf your family is into pasta, why not surprise them with freshly homemade Halloween spaghetti – with a twist? How about adding a couple of oozing eyeballs to each plate

If nothing else, they’ll learn to give you a little ‘rispetto’ around creepy holidays. 😉

But kidding apart, wouldn’t that make a delightful Halloween dinner and break the monotony while infusing a little holiday humor into an otherwise pretty gloomy time of the year?

Let’s get started, shall we? […]

Halloween desserts with Anna OlsonWithout a doubt, Halloween desserts are the most looked forward part of a Halloween meal. Sure, candy and costumes are the highlight of the day, but trick-or-treating is no fun on an empty stomach.

The thing is, desserts are time consuming to prepare – specially when decoration is involved. And this special day certainly gives Christmas a run for its money on that score.

But Halloween is almost here, so there’s no time to lose! Which is why I am going to let Anna Olson take over with her wagon load of inspiration for Halloween goodies. […]

Best blender on the market?What is the best blender on the market, you ask. Considering the crowded kitchen appliance marketplace, it is a little like asking “What is the best car I can purchase?”

The answer really depends on what you want your blender to do. Do you want it to produce juices that will keep intact the nutritional benefits of whatever fruit and vegetables you are using, or do you prefer a thicker drink with perhaps less nutrition value?

That is why I have broken down this page into 2 major and popular subsections of blending: smoothies and juicing. […]

Blender vs JuicerWhen I decided to start juicing to give my health a boost in the right direction, I questioned whether I should get a blender or a juicer. I spent a considerable amount of time researching juicing machines, so that I could settle the ‘blender vs juicer’ battle going on in my mind and address which particular small appliance would best meet my particular needs.

There are quite a few brands and models to choose from, and not all will satisfy your particular requirements. I was surprised to learn for example that, if you want to juice for health reasons, only a select few juicers are designed to produce healthy juices that will support your goals. […]

Shopping online for a KitchenAid mixerKitchenAid Mixer Best Price Ever! Just where are these ads when you most need them? Heaven knows shopping for small appliances can be mind boggling. So many models and series to bear in mind… and then all those colors to choose from!

But not to worry, we have let our fingers to the walking and found out absolute gems in terms of pricing tips that will help you find deals like you won’t believe. What we have found is that one of the top merchants you can rely on to find an ongoing daily KitchenAid mixer sale is Amazon. Not only will you find prices to be highly competitive, but Amazon often offers free shipping as well which can make a big difference. […]

Best meat mixer for hamburger?If you are looking for a manual or electric meat mixer, you might not know how to compare one product against another.

Sure, you can quickly look at a price tag and determine whether or not one particular item is more attractive to you than another.

But what does that price tag really mean?

How would you compare a 20 pound manual appliance to an electric one that cost the same amount but only holds a couple of pounds of meat at a time? The answer is, consider your unique situation. […]

the perfect dough mixer?When choosing a dough mixer, you will run across 2 major types. You will be choosing either a pizza dough mixer or a bread dough mixer. Once you decide which one of those small appliances you want for your kitchen, you are either going to be purchasing a commercial or home use model. Here is what you need to remember to ensure that you choose the perfect dough mixer for your kitchen. […]