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Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes from #DuncanHines

Back in July I had a blast making Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with Duncan Hines Summer Velvets cake mix. When I was given the opportunity to review their new Autumn Velvets, I wanted to make something similar… but with a twist. I have had a love for cake pops for years and thought how cool would it be to have a cupcake and a cake pop in one?! An idea – and a very tasty treat – was born. Check out my Halloween Trick or Treat Cake Pop Cupcakes.

halloween cupcakes

The Duncan Hines Autumn Velvets comes with two packets of cake mix – one brown and one orange. Their website has great ideas for how you can get creative with these velvets – making everything from swirl cakes to biscotti. But I kept thinking about biting in to a soft, rich cupcake… and finding an extra sweet “treat” inside. So I gathered up a couple of ingredients and got to work – not sure how, or even IF this would turn out.

duncan hines halloween cupcakes

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Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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#Whole30 Side Dish – Carrot and Cauliflower Herb Mash #Whole30Holiday

Since beginning Whole30 back in July, my entire life has changed. Yep, I realize how totally cliche that sounds and I am perfectly ok with it – because it is true. My Whole30 Experience was incredible, and since then I have maintained the lifestyle about 90% – splurging on my last two press trips but staying compliant at home. However with the holidays coming up, I know it is going to be easier and easier to let myself slide if I do not have a plan. So I began this week testing out some “Whole30 Holiday” type food so that when the big day comes, I know I will be serving my family something super tasty – and super healthy.

This week I tried out a Carrot and Cauliflower Mash that was absolutely amazing. The recipe was not only delicious – it was quick and easy to make. The recipe said it served four, but all four of us were wishing for more. It had a sweet and savory taste at the same time – pairing perfectly with chicken, but will also be amazing alongside ham or turkey.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day – September 29th!

Now that the temps are dropping I am waking up in the morning wanting a nice warm cup of coffee. No, I am not an every day coffee person – in fact it has probably been six months since I have had a cup… you know, last time it was cold outside. I’ve just never been a coffee person. I was a milk person – and then a water person when I began Whole30. However, once those crisp mornings begin, my morning routine of drinking an entire bottle of warm water will become drinking an entire pot of coffee.

Monday marks National Coffee Day and to celebrate IMUSA has an amazing recipe for a Mocha Espresso to help give you that extra kick in the morning. Enjoy.

mocha espresso

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Shrimp Vegetti Alfredo #Whole30

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she “may never eat pasta again” after discovering the Vegetti. The Vegetti is a hand held vegetable spiralizer that lets you turn vegetables like squash, zucchini, and carrots into thin cut spiral “noodles.” Oh, and it is less than 20 bucks!! I was a bit skeptical, but thought I would give it a shot. It has become one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets.

vegetti spiralizer

Since starting Whole30 I have missed pasta so bad. Like really bad. Like had to talk myself out of cheating at least 3 times a week bad. So I was stoked to try the vegetti and see if I could have “pasta” again. I opted to go for alfredo (go big or go home, right?) using a Paleo Alfredo recipe made from cauliflower. In a word…. ahmayzing.

vegetti shrimp alfredo

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