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Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Toffee-Crack Dip

Toffee-Crack Dip

This is a great recipe to bring to your next get-together. Whenever I bring this, people are ga-ga over it- I think because it’s so easy! I got this from my friend who also brought it somewhere, and everyone was asking for her recipe! Well, she shared it with me, and I did tweak it a little though essentially it’s the same. And oh, by the way…you are going to freak out with her tip to keep your apples from browning…mind.blown. Here’s what you do:

Toffee-Crack Dip & Apples

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP half and half or whole milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 (8oz) block of softened cream cheese (I used the low-fat kind)
3/4 Cup of Toffee bits (found in baking section of grocery store)

For serving:

1 package graham crackers (around 10)
4-5 large apples
1 cup pineapple juice (canned)
Caramel sauce (bottle of your favorite at the store)

Here’s what to do:

  • Beat the softened cream cheese, vanilla, half and half, and sugars with an electric mixture in a bowl on medium until smooth.
  • Add in the toffee bits and stir until combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  • Peel and cut 4-5 apples in to wedges/slices. Add to about a cup of pineapple juice in a bowl and toss so apples are well coated, to prevent browning. Set aside until ready to serve.

When Ready to Serve:

Before serving, drizzle a little caramel sauce and a sprinkling of toffee bit on top of the dip.
Drain the apples from the juice, and serve with the dip, alongside of graham crackers or vanilla wafer cookies.

Toffee-Crack Dip

Isn’t it an awesome tip to soak the apple slices in pineapple juice before serving?! My kids love these slices just plain too! I used to cover them in cinnamon-sugar so they’d keep in their lunches and lemon-soaking was too tart- this is so great and it doesn’t change the apples’ consistency or taste- if anything it makes them a bit sweeter! Yum.

Toffee-Crack Dip

Toffee-Crack Dip

Ingredients

    Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP half and half or whole milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 (8oz) block of softened cream cheese (I used the low-fat kind)
  • 3/4 Cup of Toffee bits (found in baking section of grocery store)
  • For serving:
  • 1 package graham crackers (around 10)
  • 4-5 large apples
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (canned)
  • Caramel sauce (bottle of your favorite at the store)

Instructions

    Here's what to do:
  1. Beat the softened cream cheese, vanilla, half and half, and sugars with an electric mixture in a bowl on medium until smooth.
  2. Add in the toffee bits and stir until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Peel and cut 4-5 apples in to wedges/slices. Add to about a cup of pineapple juice in a bowl and toss so apples are well coated, to prevent browning. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Before serving, drizzle a little caramel sauce and a sprinkling of toffee bit on top of the dip.
  6. Drain the apples from the juice, and serve with the dip, alongside of graham crackers or vanilla wafer cookies.
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Toffee Crack Dip

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites #SundaySupper

Need a 10 minute dish to bring to your Halloween party using just 4 ingredients? This little “recipe”  for Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites is your new fun dessert to bring, that both kids and adults will devour!

I know this of course, since it is VERY difficult to get these out the door without popping at least a couple in my mouth- they are finger food!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

There really is no “recipe” for this- it’s just buying some things at the store and making this in about 5 minutes- the hardest part is unwrapping the  chocolates!


Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

One bag of square shaped (waffled) pretzels
1 large bag of chocolate covered caramel candy (I used Hershey Rolo®s)
1 small bag of candy corn
coarse salt for sprinkling

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment.
  • Place pretzels in a single layer all over the pan.
  • Place an unwrapped Rolo in the center of each pretzel.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

  • Bake for 5 minutes- you want them soft, not melted!
  • Take the pan out of the oven and quickly press one candy-corn in the center of each Rolo, pressing down to squish it a bit.
  • Sprinkle the whole pan with coarse salt.
  • Set up in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

I love these little bites because they are SO easy to make- Of course if it is not Halloween, you can press a little M&M on top instead of a candy corn, in the color the holiday represents: blue and white for Hannukah, red and green for Christmas, pink or red for Valentines….so easy.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 25-30

Serving Size: 1 pretzel bite

You've got to try this 4 Ingredient, 10 minute finger-food idea for your next gathering!

Ingredients

  • One bag of square shaped (waffled) pretzels
  • 1 large bag of chocolate covered caramel candy (I used Hershey Rolo®s)
  • 1 small bag of candy corn
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment.
  3. Place pretzels in a single layer all over the pan.
  4. Place an unwrapped Rolo in the center of each pretzel.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes- you want them soft, not melted!
  6. Take the pan out of the oven and quickly press one candy-corn in the center of each Rolo, pressing down to squish it a bit.
  7. Sprinkle the whole pan with coarse salt.
  8. Set up in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  9. Serve!

Notes

*Change up the color of the candy on top to suit the holiday or occasion that you are serving this.

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If you love the Halloween finger-food idea, check out these great ideas from the other Sunday Supper bloggers:

Halloween Finger Foods #SundaySupper

Spooky Snacks and Starters

Tasty Trick-or-Treats

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Chocolate caramel pretzel bites

 

 

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Last week, I worked with several sponsors to create chocolate recipes, one of which was Barlean’s. I made this Chocolate Mint Smoothie that was SO good, but I also made this Strawberry Chocolate Chia smoothie that I am sharing with you today.

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I added chia seeds after my cousin came to visit and told me how she adds chia to her smoothies and lets the smoothie sit for about 10 minutes to plump up the seeds. Total game changer! This is a filling and delicious way that I am starting my mornings this week- addicted to this combination of strawberry and chocolate too! Now, if you are not familiar with chia seeds, number one…get out from under that rock…number two, these are not of the “cha, cha, cha, chia!” fame:

image of bob ross chia pet

How can you resist the Bob Ross version…This is going on my holiday wish list!!

And number three, chia is SO good for you- let me tell you that WebMD notes that indeed the jury is still out on proven health and weight loss benefits, but that chia IS a “concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber,antioxidants and calcium.” Specifically for one tablespoon, it adds 2-3 grams protein, 4.5 grams of fat, 6 grams carbs and 6 grams of fiber in addition to all the other great nutritional benefits!

But a little goes a long way- one tablespoon can pack 70 calories, so take care to measure when you are adding it to your smoothie. Here is the breakdown:

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

8-12 oz. ice water
1 scoop Barlean’s Greens
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
5-6 frozen strawberries
1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
1 TBSP. chia seeds

Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can “gel” up, and enjoy!!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

After a week of “Choctoberfest” and all-things chocolate, I needed to lighten my load a little! I have been drinking these all week, and for the life of me, I cannot get a good picture with natural light! It has been raining here all week, and I am sorry to say, that smoothies are hard enough to get a nice picture of with good lighting, but with rain and dark skies…well, you have to imagine that these smoothies look way better in person! If you love the strawberry and chocolate combo, then I highly recommend this take!

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 large smoothie

Serving Size: 16 oz.

Strawberry Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Letting this sit for 10 minutes before drinking is key to letting the chia seeds set up- then you have a delicious and nutritious start to your day!

Ingredients

  • 8-12 oz. ice water
  • 1 scoop Barlean's Greens
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Mine is Advocare of course but any will do)
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 of a frozen or fresh banana
  • 1 TBSP. chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients in the order above and blend until mixed. Let sit 10 minutes so the chia can "gel" up, and enjoy!!

Notes

This is a great on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings! Make it ahead by placing all the ingredients in the blender jar the night before and setting in the fridge. Just wake up and blend!

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